Arbeitskreis Naturwissenschaft und Theologie Working Group in Science and Theology
Evangelische Akademie Iserlohn
This society stems from a project founded in 1971 by the synod and the leading church office of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia to further dialogue on religious, philosophical, metaphysical, sociological, and ethical questions concerning science, technology and nature. Bringing together people with different opinions, beliefs and professions, to deepen reflection, members meet regularly and organize an open conference on crucial topics to invite new membership and public participation. Particularly interested in anthropological questions, the society examines how scientific insight and technological progress touch upon, challenge, and change the concept and understanding of humankind. Issues such as the tension between the scientific and theological views of human life, the influence of recent neurobiological insights on the understanding of thought and action, or the increasing affiliation between humans and computers are considered in group meetings as well as public lectures, workshops, and annual conferences. To intensify professional input and broaden public outreach, the society is inviting high-ranking international experts to give junior scholars the opportunity to engage their work. Results of discussions are being published as papers and in book format. The Evangelische Akademie Iserlohn provides matching funds.