International Congress on Science and/or Religion: a 21st Century Debate - 2015 Vienna

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  • The Science and Religion Debate in Current Social Context

    The progresses of modern sciences and technology have led to remarkable insights into the nature of universe and human life, challenging or transforming the former traditional worldviews and narrations. Sigmund Freud University (SFU) Vienna and the International Society for Science and Religion share the view that the dialogue between religions and modern sciences remains crucial for the 21st century to analyze and examine these challenges that arise at the interface of science and religion.

    The aim of the conference is to bring these various scientific perspectives into dialogue with the study of how religion is understood by the faith traditions of the world. How does science affect how religion is regarded? Does it confirm or invalidate the perspective of faith, or does it lead religious people to revise their understanding of religious practices and experience?

    The conference will provide a space to discuss the achievements of sciences and its impact on traditional religious beliefs and worldviews. Different viewpoints, and the perspectives of different mediating disciplines will be brought to bear on these key issues. The event will commence on August 27 – 29, 2015 in Vienna, Austria.

    Keynote Speakers

    • Khosrow Bagheri Noaparast – University of Tehran: “In Defense of an Idea of a Religious Social Science
    • Friedrich Wallner: “The cultural dependency of Science and Religion Interconnections and principal differences : With examples from Christianity, Islam and Buddhism
    • Kurt Anders Richardson – McMaster University /​Trinity College, University of Toronto

    Congress Topics

    The congress welcomes papers from all pertinent academic disciplines that take a multi-​/​interdisciplinary approach as well as religious, theistic, and philosophical scholarly pieces, and reports of comparative, cross-​cultural and cross-​religious studies.

    Core Congress Topics

    Papers are particularly invited that relate to the core theme of the conference, the place of religion in the modern world societies.

    The Science and Religion Debate in Current Social Context

    • Sociological and historical perspectives on the contemporary relationship between
      science and religion
    • Religion and scientific naturalism: conflict or integration?
    • Current relgious and scientific interpretations and narratives
    • The philosophical and scientific study of atheism
    • The philosophical and scientific study of fundamentalist religion
    • Implications of the scientific study of religion for religious life and thought
    • Scientific research on morality/​humanity related to /​or separated from religion

    Additional Congress Topics

    Papers are invited on any of the following topics that are also relevant to the theme of the congress:

    Science and Religions Explaining the Human Being

    • Science and religions’ explanations for human evolution, past and future
    • Mechanisms and functions of the brain/​mind
    • The meaning of being human in religion and sciences
    • Existential and basic human questions
    • Meaning-​giving beliefs throughout history: supernatural, religious, science – based systems of beliefs
    • Science and religion on death and the finiteness of human life

    Applied Issues in the 21st Century

    • Science and religions on functions of religions in 21st century: benefits and vulnerabilities
    • Science and religions on Compassion and morality
    • Ethics, human rights, and gender issues
    • Family issues
    • Science education and technology
    • Transhumanism/​Posthumanism

    Science and Religions Explaining Religion-​/​Spirituality-​related Phenomena

    • Evolution of religious and spiritual traditions
    • Mechanisms and functions of souls/​spirits/​ancestors/​gods and supernatural phenomena
    • Mechanisms and functions of meditation/​prayer/​religious and spiritual rituals
    • Religious/​mystical/​spiritual experiences
    • Religious development across the lifespan (including relationships with cognitive, emotional and social development; parenting styles; god image(s); identity formation; personality, personal values, moral development, scientific education, life events and personal experiences, gender, social, political features, life style etc.)
    • Traditional, modern, and postmodern orientations to religion and spirituality
    • Religion/​spirituality and human (mental) health and well being
    • Research reports from Psychopathology, religion and culture
    • Culture/​religion/​spirituality sensitive psychotherapy
    • Contemporary research in psychology, psychotherapy and spirituality/​religion
    • Assessing religious and spiritual phenomena

    Pre-​Congress workshops

    • Positive psychology and religious psychotherapy
      Dr. Mohammad Khodayarifard (Tehran University)
    • Mindfulness and it’s therapeutic implications and techniques
      Dr. Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi (Harvard University)

    Congress Organization

    Congress Committee

    • Adil al-​Salehi
    • Klaus G. Boehnke
    • Rafael Bonelli
    • Michael Reiss
    • Fraser Watts
    • Chris Knight
    • Soroush Dabbagh
    • Hadi Samadi
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