Dialogues Concerning Science and Natural Religion
Claremont School of Theology
Center for Process Studies
The Center for Process Studies was founded in 1973 by John B. Cobb, Jr., and David Ray Griffin to encourage exploration of the relevance of process thought across diverse fields of research, reflection, and action. The goal of the LSI program, â€œDialogues Concerning Science and Natural Religion, â€œ is to encourage dialogue between science and religion using process thought as a bridge between the two fields. Process thought has been extensively used both in the interpretation of science (Birch, Stapp, Waddington, etc.) and in the field of religion (Cobb, Griffin, Suchocki, etc.) It has also served as a tool for linking the two fields, most notably in the work of the founder of the contemporary science / religion dialogue, Ian Barbour, and also in the work of John Haught, Frederick Ferre, Nancy Howell, and others. This program both advances that discussion and opens up the discussion to a wider audience. The program provides one free public conference and at least two additional public seminars each year, touching on topics such as quantum physics, contemporary cosmology, and biological evolution and purpose. Matching funds are provided by the Helios Foundation as well as individual donations and program registration fees.