The mission of the center is to promote rational inquiry and to further understanding of key issues at the interface of science and religion through educational and research activities. The center is committed to the ideas that science and religion are not inherently incompatible, and that insight into key science and religion issues has a rich history. The center’s mission, however, is oriented around the belief there is much to learn and much work to be done in exploring new avenues of understanding and communicating current views to others. Outside its commitment to general Christian principles and an ongoing search for truth, the center does not exist to promote any particular scientific theory or point of view.

Objectives

  • Stimulate critical thinking and promote dialogue on key issues central to science and religion.
  • Create and support interdisciplinary research and publication.
  • Sponsor workshops, seminars, lectures, and other educational events both on and off-campus.
  • Establish a mechanism for strengthening Christian faith and scientific understanding.
  • Supervise an undergraduate major in science and religion and recruit high-caliber students.
  • Seek grants and other funding to support Center objectives.

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Latest News

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New Technology, Relationships Will Combine for Human Benefit, Picard Says
The technological future might be less about a dominating Artificial Intelligence and more about Extended Intelligence (XI) that works alongside humans, assisting us rather than replacing us, and promoting the human connections that make our lives better. 
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Samford To Host Computer Science Pioneer Rosalind Picard Oct. 4
Picard–inventor, electrical engineer, and founder and director of MIT’s Affective Computing Research Group–will describe building technology to help people manage stress, illness and autism, inventing sensors to measure emotion, making life-changing discoveries and facing the challenging question of what it means to be human. 
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Samford Mourns Professor Steve Donaldson
Donaldson’s work, presented not only in books and professional journals, but also in Sunday school classes and public lectures, sometimes addressed the most controversial aspects of science and religion, but with mutual respect as the foundation for learning and growth. 
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Reeves Earns International Fellowships for Science and Religion Research
Reeves will develop research projects through the Abraham Kuyper Center in the Netherlands and the Bridging Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities seminars in Oxford, England. 
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Center for Science and Religion Leads Important Discussions
Samford's Center for Science and Religion is seeking new support as it concludes a multi-year, grant-funded program of guest speakers, pastor workshops and collaboration with other programs and local churches. 
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March Lectures Will Address Evolution, Christian Skepticism about Science
Josh Reeves, assistant professor of science and religion at Samford, and Jeff Schloss, T.B. Walker Chair of Natural and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Center for Faith, Ethics and Life Sciences at Westmont College, will present two free public lectures on science and religion. 
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Belligerents or Brothers? Physicist Hutchinson to Explore Science and Religion Nov. 16
His book, “Monopolizing Knowledge,” explores how the error of scientism arose, how it undermines reason as well as religion, and how it feeds today’s culture wars and an excessive reliance on technology.