Sociedad Española de Biología Evolutiva (SESBE)/Spanish Society of Biology and Evolution
Facultad de Teologia de Granada and Campus Universitario de Cartuja
With the goal of founding a group of scholars, students and others interested in the study of science and religion throughout the region, this effort brings together members of the Facultad de Teología de Granada with expertise in electronics, paleontology, biology, chemistry, theology and philosophy. Society programs include public lectures, dialogue groups on specific areas of interest, and focused initiatives throughout the region. In addition, the group is creating a regionally collaborative resource library and documentation center. Outreach includes a public seminar series at the Faith-Culture Center in Granada, meetings arranged through Jesuit networks, other community-based centers and institutions of higher learning. The major theme for the project is titled “Hominization and Humanization: Implications for the encounter between Science and Religion,” intended to cover material on phylogenetic and ontogentic dimensions of the biological process (hominzation) and the cultural process (humanization), joining perspectives in natural and human sciences with philosophy and theology to consider the essential questions of being human. Plans also include a deep exploration of the ethical, philosophical and theological implications of the encounter between science and religion. An additional program will convene interdisciplinary dialogue experiences in a Spanish context, exploring the works of the “Atepuerca Team” a multi-disciplinary group of researchers who, in 1975, discovered a jawbone in a cavern in Atepuerca and went on to write a series of books accessible to the general public exploring the implications of interdisciplinary approaches. Matching funds are provided by the Facultad de Teología de Granada http://www.teol-granada.com.