Science and Religion in Context

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Scientific and Religious Perspectives on Altruism | May 31-June 5, 2003 | Philadelphia, PA, USA


We live at an extraordinary moment in the natural history of our planet and the cultural evolution of our species, a moment rife with dangers but brimming with possibilities. Science and religion broadly understood take center stage in our hopes for crafting a safer and healthier future. With over 100 delegates coming from 26 different countries, diverse scientific disciplines, and faith traditions, this international conference will examine foundational questions in the natural sciences, new approaches to the human sciences, all with the aim of discerning the whereto-and-why of humanity, cosmos, and the divine in the 21st century. We will also explore ways to take the science-and-religion dialogue beyond the Ivory Tower. Keynotes, panels, papers, and workshops will examine theoretical problems and practical issues in the contemporary encounters between science and religion.

“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world."

Louis Pasteur

“Religion is the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern, a concern which qualifies all other concerns as preliminary and which itself contains the answer to the question of the meaning of our life.”

Paul Tillich

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