This October, Dr. Simon Maria Kopf, Associate Professor of Fundamental Theology at ITI Catholic University, was invited to serve as Fellow by the Executive Committee of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR). As an Academy, the Society seeks to foster “the highest standard of research on the relationship between science and religion/theology.”
The ISSR is composed of scholars from all over the world. Members are elected based on the excellence they bring to their field of study. They include scientists, theologians, historians, philosophers and others, who examine the relationship between science and religion from the perspective of their various disciplines. The goal of the organization is to bring science and religion into fruitful dialogue, as “there is no necessary incompatibility between the two,” despite the fact that their relationship has been a complicated one over the last two centuries.
They aim to include in their membership the leading figures around the world concerned with science and religion, and to advance exploration of their interface for the benefit of all. There are at present over three hundred Fellows in many countries. These represent many faith traditions, and also non-religious and spiritual viewpoints. Dr. Kopf will provide valuable Catholic insights to the work of the ISSR and we look forward to following his contributions.
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