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January 2013

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Call for Proposals

This Group is accepting individual paper, papers session, or roundtable proposals that engage the natural sciences from religious perspectives and consider the import of developments in science and technology for religion. We encourage submissions in the following areas:

  • Reflections and assessments on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) and religion

  • Transcendence and immanence in religion and science

  • Religious and philosophical responses to Terrence W. Deacon’s Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged from Matter (W. W. Norton and Company, 2011)

  • Creative proposals for the teaching of religion and science

  • For a possible cosponsored session with the Cognitive Science of Religion Group, critical analysis of the “naturalness of religion versus unnaturalness of science” — claim(s) made in the recent book by Robert N. McCauley, Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not (Oxford University Press, 2011)


This Group supports scholarship that explores the relationship of religion, theology, technology, and the natural sciences. We support research that attempts to bridge the gap between religious and scientific approaches to reality and encourage the development of constructive proposals that encourage engagement and dialogue with the sciences, along with a critical assessment of the meaning and impact of technologies for the human condition and the natural world.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposer names are anonymous to Chairs and Steering Committee members during review, but visible to Chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection.


James Haag
Suffolk University
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Lea Schweitz
Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago
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Method of Submission


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