The Science and Religion Dialogue: Past and Future

The University of Heidelberg (Germany) and the John Templeton Foundation hosted a major conference on "The Science and Religion Dialogue: Past and Future" from October 25th to 29th, 2012. Click the image on the left to access videos of the events online. The opening ceremony featured renowned keynote speakers in the area of science and religion. It commemorated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sir John Templeton and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the John Templeton Foundation.

In addition, there is footage of 12 academic sessions, which focused on numerous scientific disciplines and various aspects of the science and religion dialogue.

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Live Q&A

On October 29th, experts in the field of science and religion will be available to answer your questions relating to presentations given at this conference. During the event, an online form on this website will give you the chance to submit your questions about contributions to the conference. Questions can be submitted from Thursday, Oct. 25th until Sunday, October 28th. Together with the answers they will be published on this website. Be sure to check back during the conference.

  • Prof. Dr. Denis Alexander

    Prof. Dr. Denis Alexander

    Molecular biologist and Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund's College, Cambridge (UK).
  • Prof. Dr. Wentzel van Huyssteen

    Prof. Dr. Wentzel van Huyssteen

    Professor of Theology and Science, Princeton Theological Seminary.
  • Prof Dr. John Polkinghorne

    Prof. Dr. John Polkinghorne

    KBE, FRS, Professor emeritus of mathematical physics at the University of Cambridge and Anglican Priest.
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Stievermann

    Prof. Dr. Jan Stievermann

    Professor of American Church History and American Studies, Heidelberg University
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Tanner

    Prof. Dr. Klaus Tanner

    Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics, University of Heidelberg
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Welker

    Prof. Dr. Michael Welker

    Professor of Systematic Theology and Dogmatics, Director of the Research Center for International and Interdisciplinary Theology (FIIT), Heidelberg

Events

Note: All times on Oct 25th to 27th are UTC+1 (GMT+1).

Thursday, Oct. 25th, 4 p.m.
Opening Ceremony

Great Hall of Heidelberg University
Open to the public – please send us an E-Mail if you are planning to attend: sekretariat.welker@wts.uni-heidelberg.de
The ceremony will be broadcast on this website via livestream
Program Opening Ceremony (PDF)

Friday, Oct. 26th, 8:30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27th, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Academic panels on disciplines and initiatives in the area of science and religion

Participation by invitation only
Livestream available at this website
Program Academic Panels (PDF)

Monday, Oct. 29th
Live Q&A Session

On October 29th, experts in the field of science and religion will be available to answer your questions relating to presentations given at this conference. During the event, this website will give you the chance to submit your questions until Sunday, Oct. 28th via an online form. Together with the answers they will be published online. Be sure to check back during the conference.

Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Dr. Hans Joas

    Prof. Dr. Hans Joas

    Dr. Hans Joas is a Permanent Fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago. He has held many prestigious fellowships at European and US research institutions and served as vice-president of the International Sociological Association. Dr. Joas is an ordinary member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and a winner of the Luhmann Award. He has also taught theology and written about a wide range of issues such as religion, secularization, violence, democracy, and human rights.
  • Prof Dr. Martin Nowak

    Prof Dr. Martin Nowak

    Dr. Martin A. Nowak is Professor of Biology and of Mathematics at Harvard University and Director of Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. He works on the mathematical description of evolutionary processes including the evolution of cooperation and human language, the dynamics of virus infections and human cancer. Dr. Nowak has held numerous prestigious fellowships. Prior to his current position, he was professor at Oxford and researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is the recipient of many prestigious academic prizes.
  • Prof Dr. John Polkinghorne

    Prof. Dr. John Polkinghorne

    Dr. John C. Polkinghorne, KBE, FRS, is an internationally renowned physicist and theologian. He is the author of numerous books on the relationship between science and theology as well as on quantum physics and mathematics. His most recent publications include Science and Religion in the Quest of Truth and Meaning in Mathematics (2011). A Professor of mathematical physics at the University of Cambridge and an ordained priest, he served as founding president of the International Society for Science and Religion and is recipient of the Templeton Award.

Essay Contest

The Winners of the Essay Contest "Science and Religion"


1. Xiaobai Chu (East China Normal University, China):
“Science vs. Religion: A Brief Chinese History of Science and its Impacts on the Dialogue with Religion”

2. Andrea Hollingsworth (Loyola University Chicago, USA):
“Neurocognitive Readings of Ancient Religious Texts: Methodological Liabilities and Possibilities”

3. Zachary Newman (Yale University, USA):
“Are the Issues About Realism that Arise in Theology Parallel to those that Arise in Science?”

4. Kim Solin (Uppsala University, Sweden):
“Mathematics and Religion: On a Remark by Simone Weil”

5. Aku Olavi Visala (University of Oxford, UK):
“Do Evolutionary Origins Debunk Belief? - Morality and Religion Reconsidered”

Video Archive

The Videos of the Science and Religion Conference are available online.

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Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 25th, 4 p.m. Opening Ceremony
Great Hall of Heidelberg University
Open to the public – registration by E-Mail: sekretariat.welker@wts.uni-heidelberg.de
Friday, Oct. 26th, 8:30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27th, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Academic panels on disciplines and initiatives in the area of science and religion

Participation by invitation only
Livestream available online
Monday, Oct. 29th
Live Q&A Session

Video Archive

The Videos of the Science and Religion Conference are available online. Click here to watch the presentations and discussions.

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