The Early History of the European Conferences on Science and Religion and of ESSSAT

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Abstract

The early history of the European Conferences on Science and Religion and ESSSAT, the European Society for the Study of Science And Theology, is documented and discussed. In Europe, there were, and still are, genuine differences in attitude towards methodology, ideas about the reach of knowledge, ways of understanding religion and theology, and priorities with respect to the agenda. Initiating European conferences on religion and science in the 1980s was quite an achievement. Once started, a controversy over the name and preamble of the Society emerged. Should it be ‘science and religion’ or ‘science and theology’? How the later terminology became dominant, is documented here, drawing on minutes and some letters. However, over the years, ESSSAT has provided a platform where different intellectual perspectives on relations between religion and science can be presented and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmbracing the Ivory Tower and Stained Glass Windows
Subtitle of host publicationA Festschrift in Honor of Archbishop Antje Jackelén
PublisherSpringer International
Pages211-229
Number of pages19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016

Publication series

NameIssues in Science and Religion
PublisherEuropean Society for the Study of Science and Theology
Volume2
ISSN (Print)2364-5717
ISSN (Electronic)2364-5725

Keywords

  • ESSSAT
  • Europe
  • European Conferences on Science and Theology
  • Antje Jackelén
  • science and religion
  • science and theology
  • Karl Schmitz-Moormann

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    Drees, W. B. (2016). The Early History of the European Conferences on Science and Religion and of ESSSAT. In Embracing the Ivory Tower and Stained Glass Windows: A Festschrift in Honor of Archbishop Antje Jackelén (pp. 211-229). (Issues in Science and Religion; Vol. 2). Springer International. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23944-6_17