Shaping Dialogue Between Science and Religion


The content and tone of the debate between science and religion are often set by the perceptions individuals have of the relationship between these two domains of human investigation. And those perceptions can be misplaced, when, for example, they assume a natural antagonism or incompatibility.

Perceptions: Science and Religious Communities” is an upcoming one-day conference on March 13, 2015 that will bring together national and local leaders in science and religion to foster dialogue between these communities, and to plan a course for future conversation. Participants will include Nobel Prize-winning physicist William D. Philips, Texas Tech climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe, National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson, and Rice University sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund. The conference is a result of the Perceptions Project, part of the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) initiative at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), funded in part by the John Templeton Foundation.

The conference is open to the public and journalists, students, academics, and religious leaders are encouraged to attend. Discussion tracks include environmental stewardship, global health, and science and religion in the public sphere and in congregational settings. More information, including registration, can be found online.