International Society for Science & Religion - Library Project

Press Release, 20th November 2007

Upon selection of constituent titles, Society members will write critical essays on each book and these will be collected into a new, stand-alone companion volume, The ISSR Companion to Science and Religion, to be made available through a commercial publisher.

At the same time, an international competition will be launched inviting applications from institutions of higher learning and other high-impact centers in targeted regions, primarily less-developed countries, around the globe. Approximately one hundred and fifty complete sets of volumes will be awarded, including copies of the Companion, to the best applicants with the intended impact of greatly improving scholarly and lay access to essential resources in science and religion.

By the end of this three-year program a basic library in science and religion will exist for the first time. A compact, critical overview will be available in the form of the companion volume, and hundreds of institutions worldwide will provide access for their students, scholars and the general public.

Supported by a one million pound grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the ISSR Library Project is based at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University. Its Executive Editor is Dr. Pranab Das, Professor of Physics at Elon University. The Editorial Board consists of Dr. Philip Clayton, Dr. John Hedley Brooke, Dr. Wesley Wildman, Dr. V.V. Raman and Dr. Ron Cole-Turner as ISSR Executive Liaison and Dr. Christopher Knight as Secretary. The Program Manager is Tom Mackenzie and the Program Assistant is Sharon Mellul.

The Executive Editor of the Library Project is Pranab Das, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics at Elon University. Professor Das was Program Director of the Global Perspectives on Science and Spirituality program and is the Executive Director of InTerSeCt: The Institute for Technology, Science and Culture.

The Library’s Editorial Board consists of:

Philip Clayton, the Ingraham Professor of Theology and Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Claremont University. Professor Clayton’s recent books are Mind and Emergence and the Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science.

John Hedley Brooke, Emeritus Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University. Professor Brooke’s books include the award-winning Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives and Reconstructing Nature: The Engagement of Science and Religion, co-authored with Geoffrey Cantor.

Wesley J. Wildman, Associate Professor and Director of the Science, Philosophy and Religion PhD program at Boston University. Professor Wildman co-edited the Encyclopedia of Science and Religion. His two forthcoming volumes, Found in the Middle are interdisciplinary analyses of Sociology, History, Theology and Ethics.

V. V. Raman, Professor Emeritus of Physics and Humanities at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His many books include Variety in Religion and Science and works on science, Indic traditions and philosophy.

Ron Cole-Turner (ISSR Executive Council Liaison), H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Professor Cole-Turner’s books include Beyond Cloning: Religion and the Remaking of Humanity and the award-winning Pastoral Genetics: Theology and Care at the Beginning of Life.

The Library’s Program Manager is Thomas Mackenzie. Mr. Mackenzie is the Program Director of Global Perspectives on Science and Spirituality: Major Awards Program and has led or served on the team of over a dozen programs and activities in the field of Science and Religion.