META 01: Welcome to META

META 01: Welcome to META

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=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=–=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=WELCOME to the META: Science and Religion Listserv.=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=–=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

Meta is an edited, moderated, and public listserv dedicated topromoting the constructive engagement of science and religionand to sharing information and perspectives among the diverseorganizations and individuals involved in thisinterdisciplinary field.

This email message gives you important information aboutpurposes, guidelines, and uses of this list – please save thismessage for future reference.

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=–=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 1)PURPOSE:

Meta is an international online communication networkestablished in September 1997 with the support of the JohnTempleton Foundation and a number of sponsoring organizations<>.

The meta listserv seeks to serve the diverse organizations andindividuals engaged in science and religion dialogue byproviding a conduit for information sharing and high-qualitydiscourse among organizations, scholars, scientists, clergy,philosophers, students, and the interested public about issuesand interpretations in the field of science and religion. Theproject is non-sectarian and seeks to promote the serious andconstructive engagement of science and religion from a varietyof religious and philosophical perspectives. Areas of interestin the sciences include the entire scope of scientific inquiryand activity from the macrocosmic to the microcosmic, from thebiophysical sciences to the human sciences, and from themetaphysical to the practical and ethical dimensions. Allreligious traditions and spiritual disciplines are welcomeconversation partners, interpreters, and collaborator in thisdiscussion.

Contributions and postings invited include:

– Announcements about conferences and lectures; -Organizational press releases; – Informal book reviews andrebuttals; – Discussions with guest experts; – Thematicdiscussions; – Discussion of pedagogical issues; – Commentaryabout issues in the news; – Posting of job openings in thefield; – Special project reports; – Pre-publication andfeedback requests from authors; – Grant opportunities; and -Other material related to the science and religion.

The service is free to all subscribers. Submissions are welcomefrom everyone, but the editor is committed to restricting theposting of messages to less than seven per week, so not allsubmissions can be accepted. The editor-moderator is WilliamGrassie, Ph.D., assistant professor in the IntellectualHeritage Program at Temple University<>.

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=–=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 2)GUIDELINES

Submissions to the meta listserv may be edited for clarity andformatting, returned for further clarification, or rejected.Authors should work within the limits of a text-only e-mailsystem. All submissions must be made by e-mail to<>.

@ Break up long paragraphs and leave double-spaces betweenparagraphs in order to promote clarity of reading.

@ Try to keep most messages to four or less screens of text.

@ Always give postings descriptive and thoughtful titles in thesubject line to orient your readers to the content.

@ If reply to an earlier message and replicating that messagein your text, cut the reply-to-text down to only the essentialpoints to which you are addressing your comments. Repliesshould always be titled.

@ All postings must include the author’s name and e-mailaddress. No anonymous mail will be accepted.

@ Citations and references should be clearly designated at theend of the relevant passage or sources with the author’s name,year of publication, and page number in parentheses with a fullbibliography at the end. So for instance, one might site IanBarbour’s religion and science typology as (Barbour, 1997,4-8).

@ All e-mail addresses should be bracketed with < >, as in<>.

@ All urls should also be bracketed with < > and contain thehttp-prefix, as in <>.

@ Feedback, questions and comments about an author’s postingshould generally be directed privately to the author and not tothe entire meta listserv. Non-redundant and insightful debate,however, will be welcome as space allows.

@ The subscriber list is hidden and is not available to publicaccess through <>, nor will it be madeavailable to other groups and organizations.

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=–=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 3)LISTSERV COMMANDS

Sending mail to the list ========================

To send a message to all meta list members, use a message withthe following form (the email address is case insensitive):

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If you receive a message saying you are not a member but youare still getting messages, you could be subscribed as adifferent email address. In one of the errant messages, checkfor the X-ListMember: clause in the header of the message. Itwill have the form:


which means that this message was from the list called and sent to the email address <>.You can now leave the list by sending the message:

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Where to report problems ========================

Should you still have any problems or questions, please email<> who will be happy to help.

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=–=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 4)COPYRIGHT AND SPONSORSHIP

The editor of the meta listserv is: William Grassie, Ph.D.<>

The meta listserv is a nonsectarian and scholarly project ofthe John Templeton Foundation. For more information contact:

Science and Religion Program Director John Templeton FoundationP.O. Box 8322 Radnor, PA 19087-8322, USA

For more instructions and archive information, please go to themeta website: <>


Not all messages sent to meta can be posted. Those that areselected for posting are reviewed and may be edited for clarityor format. Authors may be asked to expand or clarify theirmessages before distribution to the list. Facts, includingURLs, are not checked or confirmed by the editor. Opinionsexpressed in meta’s postings do not necessarily reflect thoseof the John Templeton Foundation, the sponsoring organizations,or the editor. It is the intention of the editor that eachposting be protected by copyright as a compilation. As thecopyright holder for the postings to this listserv, the editorcan and does give permission ONLY for duplication andtransmission of each compilation complete and intact includingthis paragraph in the footer of each message. PLEASE FORWARDPOSTINGS FROM THE META LISTSERV AS OFTEN AS YOU LIKE — AS LONGAS YOU FORWARD THE _ENTIRE_ MESSAGE INCLUDING THIS SECTION INTHE FOOTER. Otherwise, duplication and/or transmission of anyportion should be guided by fair use principles, and explicitpermission should be obtained when needed. Except whenpermitted by fair use, permission to duplicate or transmitany portion written by a contributor must be obtained from thatperson. – Copyright 1997 William Grassie