Center for Study of Science and Religion
Institute for Human Science and Service
This society consists of scientists in the physical and biological sciences and scholars in the humanities and social sciences who have a deep interest in the spiritual dimensions of knowledge. The activities of this group include bi-weekly meetings, monthly workshops, tri-monthly seminars, and an annual conference. The objectives of these activities are to (1) promote non-judgmental understanding of different faiths as particular expressions of a profound universal mosaic called religion; (2) help to generate and unambiguous grasp of the scope and limits of science and the ethical and social challenges posed by its recent advances; (3) search for a hermeneutical resolution of the seemingly conflicting truth claims among different faiths and between religious beliefs and scientific claims; (4) examine whether science is a self-contained system or whether it points to something beyond itself; and (5) consider how religion might be seen as a value-addition to scientific knowledge. Some of the other activities proposed at the Center are: providing speakers to local student groups to promote science-religion dialogue, publishing a newsletter, setting up for public use a reading room and library dedicated to the study of science and religion, and supporting publication and translation of books that bridge the explanatory gap between religion and science. Particular programmatic emphases include yoga and meditation, Indian religious thought, psychology, health, and the role women in religion and science.