Jesenius Center for Science and Religion/Tudomány és Hit Jesenius Központ
Evangelical-Lutheran Theological University
Károli Gáspár Reformed University
Comprised of scholars in theology, geology, mathematics, computer science, and physics from four area institutions, the core group of the Jesenius project provides a forum for intellectuals to discuss the relationship between science and theology, faith and reason. They are interested in reaching out to people who, “for cultural or historical reasons live overly in faith or in rationality.” Open to cooperating with inquirers of differing religions, the initial stages concentrated mainly on reaching out to protestant intellectuals of Lutheran and Calvinist denominations, in conjunction with members of the “Scientists” Bible Study group of Budapest-Pasarét Reformed Congregation. Current plans include outreach to other denominations (Baptist, Roman Catholic, and others) for membership and cooperative learning. The society explores the effects of the advancement of thinking in logic, cosmology, informatics, physics and mathematics, biology, ecology, and geology on Christian theology and the history of the sciences and Protestantism. Monthly meetings, an annual conference, publication of flyers, development of a library collection, course development, and an electronic database and homepage support growth and outreach. Matching support is provided by Evangelical-Lutheran Theological University and Károli Gáspár Reformed University.