Center for Science and Religion

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.


  • 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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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. 
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Developing Minds Have ‘God-Shaped Space,’ Barrett Says at Samford
“It looks like children, just because of the way their minds naturally develop, have this tendency to see the natural world as purposeful in its design, to understand that it takes a god and not humans to account for that design,” Barrett said. 
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Acclaimed Play to Explore Life of Darwin Oct. 28
The professional production, written by Murray Watts and acted by Andrew Harrison, premiered at Westminster Abbey and has been performed at the Edinburgh Festival, King’s Head Theatre in London, as well as at Oxford, Cambridge, St. Andrews, and many other universities, colleges, and theatres in the UK.  
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Psychology of Religion Expert Barrett to Speak Oct. 27
Justin Barrett, an experimental psychologist regarded as one of the founders of the cognitive science of religion field, will speak on the subject of “How Religion is Natural and Why Christians Should Care.”