Quest for Modern World Views
Chair of Philosophy, Ufa State Institute of Service
This growing group of philosophers, researchers, scholars and students from various disciplines, as well as interested community members, formed in Ufa in 1995. In addition to students and scholars, members of the union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists, the Spiritual Board of Moslems, the Russian Orthodox Church and members of the local Jewish congregation also comprise this religiously diverse group in the Russian Federation. With offices located at the Ufa State Planetarium, this group gathers for both formal talks and informal discussion on a wide range of topics including the study and discussion of Ian Barbour’s book Religion and Science, topical seminar discussions on “The Role of Religion and Science in the Quest for Modern World Views” and “The Relation Between Religion and Science, Philosophy and Religion, and Philosophy and Science: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” Newspapers, magazines, and journals, as well as a local television station, which can broadcast society meetings, provide additional tools for outreach activities intended to invite others into the growing dialogue. Founders of this society provide personal financial support as well as extensive research to host meetings, publication of collections, and distribution of a free weekly publication, “Sphere Plus,” through Ufa State Institute of Service. Additional financial contributions are provided by Ufa Planetarium and the Ufa State Institute of Service.