The Alberti Magni E-Corpus provides online editions of the works of the medieval philosopher and theologian, Albert the Great (ca. 1193-1280). Users can download PDF image files of over 30 volumes of Albert's works, taken from the Borgnet edition. Over 20 works (including Ethica, De Morte et Vita, and Super Porphyrium De V Universalibus) have also been transcribed for online browsing and searching, and there are plans to add further works in the future. Users should note that the texts are only available in the original Latin. The site home page and search interface are available in English and French. This resource is hosted by the University of Waterloo in Canada.
This is the homepage of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA). The organization was established in 1941 to study matters relating to the intersection between science and the Christian Faith, and to disseminate the results resulting from those investigations. This website contains information about their history, mission and membership. Visitors are allowed access to numerous resources. These include: the full-contents of their official journal 'Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith' (PSCF) and their bimonthly newsletter which is published jointly with the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation (CSCA). There are pages dedicated to discussion of the following topics: Bible and Science; Creation/Evolution; and Whole Person Education Embracing Science and Faith. Visitors may here access resources like articles and audio/video recordings of lectures. The website also links them to the homepages of relevant organizations. A search engine is available.
This webpage is maintained by Dr Ken Smith, an Honorary Research Consultant in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Queensland, Australia. It contains an annotated bibliography of over 100 print-based works on the interactions between Christianity and science. Listed alphabetically, the works are organised into the following categories: Introductory; Intermediate; Bible Commentaries; and Technical Works, Background and Historical Information. The bibliography is nevertheless confined to materials held at the University of Queensland Library and the library at the university's Chaplain Centre. The resource is primarily intended as a starting point for those wishing to study the relationship between religion and science.
This website contains a useful compilation of works published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) which relate to religion and spirituality. The collection dates from December 1999 and areas looked at include bioethics from the Islamic, Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Hindu and Sikh perspectives. Other issues discussed include: Jehovah's Witnesses and artificial blood; mental illness and religion; the Hajj in modern times; brain death; and consent. The full-text of all materials in the collection can be accessed from this website without charge. Those interested in the intersection between medicine and religion would find this resource useful.
This is the homepage of CedarEthics Online: The Academic Student Journal of Christian Bioethics. This online journal publishes selected papers written by students at Cedarville University on themes relating to ethical issues surrounding life, health and biotechnology. The journal is edited by Dr Dennis Sullivan, the director of the Center for Bioethics at Cedarville. This website, which also contains the journal's submission guidelines, allows access to all materials published since 2001. Works featured to date include: 'Pope Paul VI and the pill'; 'A conversation about assisted suicide'; 'A Christian perspective on stem cell research'; 'The art of dying'; 'Reflections on feminist views of abortion and motherhood'; 'Ethical choices: a case for hierarchicalism'; and 'Euthyphro's dilemma and divine command ethics'. A search engine is available on the site.
This is the homepage of the Center for Islam and Science (CIS), Canada. Founded and chaired by Dr Muzaffar Iqbal, the organisation aims to encourage research and the dissemination of knowledge on all aspects of Islam and science. This website informs visitors about their vision and activities, and contains instructions about how to be a member. There are several resources that would be of interest to students of Islam. These include: biographies of eminent Muslim scientists through the ages; annotated and shorter bibliographies of works relevant to Islam and science; articles; book reviews and audio recordings on 'Islam and Theories of Evolution'. The site also allows access to the homepage of their official journal 'Islam and Science: Journal of Islamic Perspectives on Science".
This is the homepage of the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard Divinity School. The center is directed by Professor Donald K. Swearer and seeks to promote interdisciplinary, international and interreligious study of the world's religions in the contemporary era. The site makes available numerous resources that would be of value to students of religion. Apart from information about the centre's work and of recent events, resources are provided for each of the following topics: Religion and Art; Religion and the Environment; Religion and Health; Religion and Identity; Religion and Place; and Religion and Politics. These, which are mainly derived from CSWR's work and events, include online papers; video and audio presentations of lectures and conferences; and photo galleries. A search engine and information about how to join their mailing list are also available.
This is the homepage of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, an international non-profit organization based in California, USA. The center focuses on the engagement between sciences and the religious traditions particularly Christianity. This website informs visitors of their research, teaching and public service activities. It links them to the homepage of the center's journal known as 'Theology and Science' from where they may view the editorial policy and table of contents of earlier volumes. The site also provides: a bibliography of suggested readings on religion and science (helpfully organised into basic, intermediate and research levels); a number of online articles and book reviews; media clips; abstracts of project papers; information on news, events and fellowships available; annotated links to relevant websites; and a search engine. The center is directed by Professor Robert J. Russell.
This is the homepage of the Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability at the University of Aberdeen. The centre was set up to explore the relationship between spirituality, health and healing; and to study the theology of disability. This website provides information about the academic programmes on offer and the research projects undertaken by staff members. There are details of recent centre publications and links to relevant websites. The site also makes available resources like papers; essays; bibliographies of print-based materials; audio-recordings of interviews and presentations; reports; booklets; and book reviews. The centre is directed by Professor John Swinton. The resource would be helpful to those interested in the role of spirituality in healthcare practices and the lives and care of disabled patients.
The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS) was set up in 1991 at the University of Victoria, Canada. It aims to advance the scholarly study of religion and to foster dialogue between religion and other aspects of human experience. This homepage provides information about: the centre's mission and history; research projects and lecture series they are involved in; and the various fellowships available at the centre. There are details of the centre's publications including occasional papers, and visitors are given free access to newsletters published since 2004. Links are also provided to the homepages of relevant research centres. The site, which contains a search engine, would be of interest to students of Religion.
This is the homepage of Christians in Science (CiS) (registered charity number 1121422), an international network and professional group which is made up of scientists and others interested in the relationship between science and Christianity. It is directed by Malcolm Jeeves, an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. This website contains their Statement of Faith and information about CiS' history, aims, activities and membership. It gives visitors access to their newsletter (PreCiS) and the homepage of their journal 'Science and Christian Belief' from where the table of contents of all issues and a number of sample articles could be viewed. There are also links to numerous online resources like articles written by CiS members on issues like Creation; Bioethics; and the Environment. Other resources include audio and video recordings of lectures and interviews; book reviews; and links to the homepages of relevant organisations and journals. A search engine is available.
This is the home page of CrossCurrents, a magazine sponsored by the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life. Articles therein come from the interfaith community and these deal with a vast array of socio-religious issues relating to life in the postmodern era. The site publishes the tables of contents of all issues. It further makes available without charge a number of full-text articles taken from previous and current issues, as well as special collections of articles organised under themes like 'Religion and Violence'; 'Nature as Thou'; 'Returning to Scripture'; 'Education of the Heart'; and 'Sophia's Sisters'. The magazine's submission policy and an online forum that enables readers to register their reaction to issues raised on the site are also available.
This is the homepage of the Dharam Hinduja Institute of Indic Research (DHIIR) which was based at Cambridge University's Faculty of Divinity. It was established in January 1995 with a grant received from the Hinduja Foundation (UK). It aimed to study the Indic traditions i.e. "those religio-cultural traditions with deep roots in the Indian sub-continent". The institute ceased to operate in 2004. This website informs visitors about the works published in the 10 years of its operation. It allows access to a number of their newsletters and reports from the conferences and workshops they organised. In the institute's final 4 years of operation (2000-2004), research had focused on Indic health and medicine. The site contains annotated links to online articles; bibliographies; the homepages of government bodies; and educational sites relevant to these issues. The institute was directed by Dr Elizabeth De Michelis.
The European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT) is a voluntary society of scholars based in Europe. Members of the organisation study the interaction between science and theology. This website contains: recent news from ESSSAT and relevant organisations in Europe and elsewhere; details about membership; newsletters (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required for access and is downloadable from the site); lightly annotated links to the homepages of Science and Theology organisation in Europe and elsewhere; and a search engine. The organisation organises the European Conference on Science and Theology every two years. Details of these, which include reports and photographs, are available from here. Some materials on the site are available only to members.
Exploring Theosophy is the home page of theosophist David Pratt. The website offers a wide range of articles on various aspects of theosophy (a belief system centring around the idea of the spiritual unity of all things), including both introductory pieces explaining key concepts, and more detailed essays about specific elements of the subject. Particularly interesting are the papers giving theosophical perspectives on a range of issues in modern scientific research. The site also offers an extensive collection of quotations from classic theosophical texts (including the works of H. P. Blavatsky, G. de Purucker, and W. Q. Judge), grouped by topic. There is some fascinating material here; however, there are also some controversial pieces, and the lack of information about the author's academic credentials is perhaps cause for slight caution. Nevertheless, this is a useful site for anyone interested in finding out more about theosophy in general, and more specifically its relation to science.
Faith and Reason is the online home page of the PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) television programme of the same name. Faith and Reason was dedicated to exploring the relationship between science and religion, and conducted interviews with many of the world's leading scientists and theologians. Interviewees included, for example: Richard Dawkins; Robert Russell; George Coyne; Francis Collins; Steven Weinberg; Nancy Murphy; and others. The site makes available the full transcripts of the interviews, and also provides brief overviews of many key topics at the crossroads of science and religion, including: evolutionary biology; technology; cosmology; and genetics. Additional resources include audio recordings, suggestions for further reading, and a glossary. The site is well presented, accessible, and a valuable resource for all who take an interest in the relationship between science and religion.
This is the homepage of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion based at St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge. Named after the eminent scientist Michael Faraday (1791-1867), the institute conducts research, offers short-term courses, and organises seminars and lectures on science and religion. It is directed by Dr Denis Alexander. This website contains information about: their staff; advisory board; bursaries; research projects; past and forthcoming seminars and lectures; and courses on offer. It likewise provides a number of downloadable resources like articles, commentaries, book chapters and the institute's newsletters; as well as the transcripts of lectures and speeches. Many of these are presented in PDF, thus requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader for access. A list of unannotated links useful to the study of science and religion is also provided.
The Global Spiral (ISSN 1937-268X) is a monthly online transdisciplinary magazine. It is published by and supports the vision of the Metanexus Institute on Religion, Science, and the Humanities - a Philadephia-based not-for-profit organization which advocates the constructive engagement of religion and science. This homepage allows free access to the latest and past issues (from 2006) of the magazine. Materials can be browsed by Subject, Author, and Type of publication (articles, book reviews, columns and letters to the editor). The homepage also contains information about news and upcoming events, as well as links to relevant resources around the web. The site provides guidelines on how to submit work to the magazine, and contains a search engine.
This is the homepage of the Ian Ramsey Centre (IRC) which is based at the Theology Faculty of the University of Oxford. Founded in 1985 and directed by Professor Peter Harrison, the centre was named after Ian Ramsey (1915-1972), an Oxford Professor of the Philosophy of Religion and Bishop of Durham from 1966 to 1972. It aims to promote teaching and research in the field of science and religion. To this end, the centre organises a seminar series, international workshops and conferences. Information about these events, past and forthcoming, are available on this site. Further provided are details about the research projects which the centre undertakes and books recently published by their researchers. The site, which also contains annotated links to relevant websites, should be an interesting resource for those studying the intersection between religion and science.
Ideas and Issues was an American radio programme hosted by Hugh LaFollette that ran between 1995 and 2003. Most of the guests featured on the show were academics, many of them philosophers or political scientists. Ideas and Issues catered for a general audience, although it was perhaps more academically inclined than some of its rivals. Guests included well-known authors such as Richard Dawkins, Matt Ridley, Michael Ignatieff, and Stanley Fish. This website hosts the archives of the show, which may be downloaded in RealAudio format or, in some cases, mp3. There is some grouping of shows by broad subject area in some parts of the 'list of shows' section, but there is no search engine provided. Episodes include: 'Why I am a Secular Humanist'; 'Why I am a Theist'; 'Greed'; 'The Origins of Virtue'; 'Punishment'; 'Pseudoscience'; 'Atheism'; 'Evolution'; 'The Significance of Community'; 'Relativity Theory'; 'Why Abortion is Immoral'; and 'Deconstruction'.
This is the homepage of Yale Divinity School's Initiative in Religion, Science and Technology (IRST). Founded by Harold Attridge and Rebecca Chopp at the beginning of the 21st centery, IRST aims to study the relationship between religion and spirituality, with that of science and technology. This website contains a schedule of the events which they organise e.g. public lectures; symposia; conferences and working groups. It also contains annotated links to the homepages of relevant organizations. Viewers can access academic articles; papers; transcripts of lectures; and bibliographies from the annotated links which they provide to a list of publications in the area. Search engines are available. The initiative is jointly directed by Willis Jenkins and Denys Turner.
The Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion (IBSR) was founded and directed by Patrick McNamara and Wesley J. Wildman. It aims to promote and support research into the manifold functions of religion. These include its biocultural function which involves areas like the biology of religious and spiritual experiences. This website informs visitors of the research, training and outreach activities they engage in. Resources available include: reviews of recent publications in the area; information on news and events; access to a number of papers written by the institute's researchers; and annotated links to the homepages of relevant organizations and journals, and the websites of external conferences and projects. A search engine is also available. This should be an interesting resource for the students of religion.
This is the homepage of the Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology (ISCAST Ltd), Australia. It is a non-profit company which focuses on the relationship between Christianity and developments in science and technology. Headed by Emeritus Professor John R Pilbrow, the institute engages in research, teaching and public debate. This website allows access to a number of resources useful for those studying Christianity and the ethics of science and technology. These include: the full contents of the institute's online journal; texts of the public lectures they organise; an online discussion forum; information about the activities they engage in; and an annotated list of links to relevant websites. Visitors are also allowed to view and download the institute's bulletin as well as a publication edited by Allan J. Day entitled Science and Spirituality: Approaches in a Post Modern World (ISBN: 095789340X).
Christian Perspectives on Science and Technology is the online journal of the Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology, Australia (ISCAST Ltd). This website allows access to material published from 1996 onwards, presented in PDF (and hence requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader). The contents can be browsed by category: articles; opinion; book reviews; reflections; discussions; and the editor's column. A search engine is also available. Titles featured include: The Genesis of Everything: A Historical Account of the Bible's Opening Chapter; Modern Science and Christian Belief Should be at Peace; The Impact of Einstein's Relativity on Christian Thought; and Biotechnology and Medical Ethics: Thinking Biblically About Contemporary Medicine. The resource would be of interest to those studying religion and the ethics of science and technology. The journal is edited by Dr Bruce Craven.
'Interdisciplinary Documentation on Religion and Science' is a website which was designed to meet the needs of those interested in the intersection between theology, philosophy and science. It is directed by Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome; Alberto Strumia of the University of Bari; and Michelle Crudele of University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome. The site is divided into two main parts. The 'Anthology and Documents' section contains texts from works by classical and contemporary theologians, scientists and philosophers. Also offered are official documents of the Catholic Church and other Christian churces. The second section links visitors to the online database of the Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science (INTERS), from where they may access approximately 60 articles on a wide variety of topics. This interesting website is accessible in English and Italian. A search engine is available.
This is the homepage of the International Association of Catholic Bioethicists (IACB). Based in Canada, the organization was established to foster cooperation among Catholic bioethicists from around the world. It seeks to create a network for international colaboration that would enhance their participation in public discussions and to advance their thinking on various issues posed by developments in science and biotechnology. To this end, an international colloquium is organised every 2 years. Some resources on the site are only available to members. Visitors are nevertheless allowed access to 'Bioethics Herald', the association's newsletter, and a number of documents from the international colloquia. Information is also available about how to join their discussion group. Links are given to the homepages of relevant organizations from different parts of the world.
The International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) was established in 2002 to promote dialogue between the academic disciplines of science and religion. Membership of the society is only through nomination from existing members. This website lists the names of its current members and the titles of the books they have published. Although some areas of the site are only accessible to members, this resource should be of use to those interested in the intersection between the two subject areas as it provides information on recent activities like courses; conferences; public lectures; jobs; scholarships; fellowships; news; and publications. Links are also offered to a few online papers; reports and other documents; as well as to the homepages of relevant websites. The society is based in Cambridge and its president is Sir Brian Heap.
This website allows access to the Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science (INTERS). It is an online only database which features around 60 articles on important areas related to religion and science. The encyclopedia is edited by Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti, Philip Larrey and Alberto Strumia. Each entry provides a contemporary account on a specific topic as well as a summary of how the same topic was discussed historically. A number of these entries were originally published in Italian as part of the Dizionario Interdisciplinare di Scienza e Fede (ISBN: 88-401-1050-X). This website, which is accessible in English and Italian, also contains background information about the encyclopedia and instructions for readers. A search engine is available.
'Islamic Culture and the Medical Arts' is an online exhibition by the US National Library of Medicine (NLM). It is based on an exhibition by the same name which took place in 1994 to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the oldest Arabic medical manuscript in the NLM's collection. The materials on this website are organised under the following subject headings: Medieval Islamic medicine; Greek influences; The book as a means of communication and a forum for artistic design; Prophetic medicine; Al-Razi, the clinician; The great systematizers; Specialized literature; Ophthalmology and surgery; Pharmaceutics and alchemy; Hospitals; The art as a profession; and Late medieval and early modern medicine. There is a bibliography of relevant print-based books that could be consulted and an accompanying video program on Islamic calligraphy.
'Islamic Medicine' is an online book edited by Dr Shahid Athar, a clinical associate professor of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at Indiana University School of Medicine. It features a compilation of articles previously published in the Journal of Islamic Medical Association as well as a few of Dr Shahid's own work. Articles include: historical notes; Islamic philosophy of medicine; Islamic view of the well-being of man; the Quran and the psyche; Islamic perspective on medical ethics; and the role of the Muslim doctor.
The Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) is a non-political, non-governmental and non-profit organisation which seeks to promote all aspects of science and technology in the Islamic world. It is directed by Moneef R. Al-Zoubi. This homepage informs visitors of their mission, vision, programmes, activities and publications. It allows access to their newsletters which are issued since 1991 and provides annotated links to the homepages of relevant organisations. The site also links viewers to the homepage of the academy's journal (ISSN: 1016 3360) from where they may access without charge the full-text of all contents published since 1988. An interesting resource for students of Islam.
Professor Eric Priest and Professor Alan Torrance of St Andrews University received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to fund a series of 12 public lectures over a period of 4 years on science and religion. The lecture series was named after James Gregory (1638-1675), the eminent Scottish scientist who was also the first Regius Professor of Mathematics at St Andrews. Speakers to date include Bishop Tom Wright ('Can a Scientist Believe in Resurrection?'), Dr Bruno Guiderdoni ('Islam and Science') and Dr Denis Alexander ('Has Science Made Religion Redundant?'). This website contains the transcripts as well as the audio and visual recordings of these lectures. They can be accessed without charge. The site also provides a short biography of James Gregory; a web discussion forum; and unannotated links to relevant website.
'Jesuits and the sciences 1540-1995' offers a brief historical outline tracing the relationship between the Society of Jesus and scientific development over the last half-millennium. The site begins with an introduction and is then divided into a series of short historical sketches, each covering a few decades. The site deals with such thinkers as Clavius (1538-1612), Kircher (1602-1680), and Boscovich (1711-1787). Though this work is by no means comprehensive, it satisfactorily introduces students who are interested in the history of scientific development or the interaction between Christianity and science to a number of major figures and the arenas in which they operated. A short but useful bibliography accompanies this resource.
This website allows access to the full-text of 'Key Topics on End-of-Life Care for African Americans'. This e-book features papers that represent the most important subject areas covered in a 2004 conference called 'The Last Miles of the Way Home'. The contents, organised into 12 chapters, touched on end-of-life issues which are unique to African Americans. These include concerns over the impacts of health disparities, as well as the spiritual, historical, sociological and cultural perspectives on death and dying in the African American community. Visitors can also view the biographies of the book's contributors and they are given annotated links to relevant websites. The project is jointly directed by Richard Payne, Gwendolyn London and Sharon Latson. The book itself is edited by Kevin Sanders. The site, which is maintained by the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, should be of interest to students on Medical Ethics programme.
The Linacre Centre for Healthcare Ethics aims to assist Catholics and others to explore bioethical issues from the perspective of Catholic moral teaching. Based in London, it operates under the trusteeship of the Catholic Trust for England and Wales, and the directorship of Dr Helen Watt. This homepage contains online papers written by their staff on a wide range of issues such as: abortion; AIDS; brain death; cloning; euthanasia; fertility treatment; genetics; hybrids/chimeras; organ donation; prolonging life; and stem cell research. On a few of these topics, viewers can also find the centre's submission to government committees and other official bodies. The site provides information about events organised by the centre (e.g. conferences and forums) and the facilities they are able to offer to researchers (e.g. a specialist bioethics reference library which holds over 6000 titles). Links to relevant websites are available. This would be a useful resource for those interested in Catholic Bioethics.
This is the homepage of the Prof. dr. G. A. Lindeboom Institute (PLI), a centre for medical ethics based in The Netherlands. The institute, which works within the Christian tradition, engages mainly in research and publication. This website informs visitors about its history, mission and range of activities. It allows them to access a number of articles and to search the institute's database. A search engine and lightly annotated links to relevant resources are provided. Visitors are also given access to the homepage of 'Ethics and Medicine', a journal which the institute co-publishes. This website is available in Dutch and English.
This is the homepage of the Center for Christian Bioethics at Loma Linda University, USA. The center was established in January 1984 to promote teaching, research and service in areas connected to Christian bioethics. This website contains general information about the academic programs that it offers. Visitors can also access the center's newsletter (available in PDF); reports and guidelines on bioethical issues; conference statements; transcripts of lectures; opinion statements; powerpoint slides; and news on bioethics events. The site provides a search engine and a small number of links to relevant websites. The center is directed by Dr Mark Carr.
'Medica: the Society for the Study of Healing in the Middle Ages' is an academic association designed to explore the relationship between medicine and other scientific disciplines during the middle ages, while providing a forum for those interested in this topic to share their views and research. The site offers two main resources that may interest a wide array of students and scholars. The first is the Medica mailing list, which may be joined by contacting its operator. The second is a helpful bibliography of medieval medicine, divided into primary and secondary sources, and organized alphabetically by author. The site also features listings of upcoming events and calls for papers (although unfortunately these are not always up to date), a list of links to online medieval medicine resources, and PDF or MS Word versions of past editions of the Medica newsletter.
This is the home page of the Metanexus Institute, a global interdisciplinary think tank set up in 1997 to promote the constructive engagement of religion and science. The institute is based in Philadelphia and is chaired by Dr Edward J. Devinney Jr of Villanova University. Its range of activities include research; international, interfaith and interdisciplinary dialogue; conferences; research lectures and publication (print and online). Details of these can be obtained from here. This site also gives an overview of their history and mission, and contains information about how to be a member. Visitors are allowed access to their press releases, a number of articles, and the home page of The Global Spiral (ISSN 1937-268X) - an epublication of the institute. A search engine is provided as are partially annotated links to the home pages of relevant organizations.
The Muslim Scientists and Islamic Civilization web page attempts to redress the perceived imbalance in Western education that promotes European science and invention whilst ignoring the contributions and achievements of Islamic scholars. It contains accounts of Muslim scientists, scientific references in the Qur'an, quotations from historians of science, and a section called 'putting the record straight', which takes scientific accreditations in works such as the Encyclopaedia Britannica and places them alongside earlier Muslim thinkers and inventors who made the same discovery. The site contains more than simply articles on the history of science. There are also accounts of Islamic civilisation by geographic area, a section about the Qur'an, a group of essays about Western perceptions of the Prophet Muhammad, and a miscellaneous group of writings, many of which concern conflicts between Christianity and Islam. Islamic thinkers listed on the site include: Ibn Ishaq Al-Kindi (Alkindus, 800-873); Al-Farabi (Al-Pharabius, 870-950); Ibn Sina (Avicenna, 980-1037); Al-Ghazali (Algazel, 1058-1111); Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn Yahya (Ibn Bajjah, 1106-1138); Ibn Rushd (Averroes, 1128-1198); Ibn Khaldun (1332-1395). Whilst this is in many ways a fascinating site, it should be noted that some of the accounts are rather more controversial than the site flags (such as the account of the Gospel of St. Barnabas to name but one).
This is the homepage of the New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre, a Wellington-based organisation also known as the Nathaniel Centre. It was set up in 1999 as an agency of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference and is directed by Dr Michael McCabe. The centre engages in several activities including education; research; and publication. It also serves as an advisory and resource centre in bioethics. This website offers brief information on several important topics in medical ethics like cloning; end of life issues; surrogacy; xenotransplantation; embryo adoption; genetic testing and engineering; and euthanasia. It allows access to the Nathaniel Report which features articles and updates on bioethics, and is published by the centre three times a year. The site also gives access to press releases and official submissions which the centre makes to different bodies. Annotated links are offered to the homepages of relevant websites.
This is the homepage of the US National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC). Established in 1972 and chaired by The Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, the center conducts teaching, research, consultation and publishing in bioethics based on the official teaching of the Catholic Church. This website contains a number of interesting resources like: public policy reports; church documents; a state by state table of legal mandates; a Bioethics FAQs and Pastoral Resources; and NCBC's resources on stem cell research and human cloning. It also provides information about: the center's consultation services; publications; educational programs; news and events; membership; and other activities like seminars and workshops. The site gives access to the homepages of the center's two official journals - 'Ethics and Medics' and 'The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly'. This should be a stimulating resource for those interested in the intersection between religion and medicine.
This is the project homepage of 'New Visions of Nature, Science and Religion', a 3-year initiative (2003-2006) based at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It received funding from the John Templeton Foundation to study an issue which is of fundamental significance to science and religion: multiple visions of biophysical and human nature. The project was directed by Professor Jim Proctor. This website gives an overview of the project's background and of the metaphors or "visions" of biophysical and human nature deployed in the project (i.e. evolutionary nature; emergent nature; malleable nature; nature as sacred; nature as culture). Also available are video recordings and transcripts of lectures, dialogues and interviews; full annotated index of select readings; and annotated links to relevant websites. The site contains a search engine.
'Notes on the Existence of God' was written by Don Mannison (formerly an academic at the University of Queensland, Australia) shortly before his death in 1989. The paper, which is divided into five parts, is a philosophical examination of belief in God. He explained in the first part that "what is of interest here is not the causal background of an individual's (or of a group's) religious convictions, but rather, an examination of the nature and implications of the beliefs themselves, and the possible type of epistemological foundation they might have". He dedicated the second part of the paper to traditional arguments for the existence of God and here he looked at the cosmological, design, and ontological arguments. The third part deals with "problems arising from the traditional concept of God" and the fourth concentrates on the argument for the existence of God from "personal experience", before bringing the discussion to a close in the fifth section with some concluding observations. An interesting resource for students of religion.
The Organization for Islamic Learning aims to promote learning based on the Quran and the Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad so as to enhance religious and civic participation as well as interfaith dialogue. This website makes available a number of interesting resources to help further these objectives. It contains a section which gives introductory information on Islam; and another which offers guidelines on health care and the ethics of human cloning. Also included are: articles; audio lectures; a list of recommended readings; reviews of topical issues; and links to relevant websites. A useful resource for students of Islam and medical ethics.
The Park Ridge Center for Health, Faith and Ethics is an independent, non-profit and non-sectarian organization based in Illinois, USA. It carries out teaching, research and consultation in the intersection between health, faith and ethics. This homepage gives free access to the center's three main publications: its bimonthly Bulletin; Second Opinion - the center's peer-reviewed quarterly journal; and E-Ethics, its monthly newsletter. The site also gives information about the center's mission; educational programs; consultancy services; and other works published by them. A search engine is provided as are links to relevant websites. It does not, however, appear that the site is regularly updated. The existing materials would nevertheless be of value to those interested in the interaction of health, faith and ethics.
This is the homepage of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (PSCF), an official publication of the American Scientific Affiliation. The journal publishes works which engage with the intersection between science and Christianity. It is edited by Arie Leegwater of Calvin College and is published four times a year. This website contains the journal's submission policy. It allows free access to materials published since 1949 to the present day. The more recent issues are available in PDF and requires Adobe Acrobat Reader for access. Titles featured include: 'An examination of a proposed new religion based on science'; 'Empirical social science and Christian faith'; 'Thinking critically and Christianly about technology'; ''From scientific method to methodological naturalism: the evolution of an idea'; 'Prospects for theistic science'; and 'Conflicts between Christianity and physical science'. Search facilities are available that would enable searches to be conducted by words in the title, author and date of publication.
This is the homepage of the Psychology and Religion Research Group (PRRG) set up in 2000 at the University of Cambridge. The group was founded and directed by Dr Fraser Watts in order to forge better links between psychology and religion. It is co-directed by Dr John Polkinghorne. This website informs visitors about the academic programmes on offer as well as the research projects which its staff are involved in (on issues like Religion Cognition; Human Spiritual Qualities; and Science and Theology). Also available is information on news and events. Visitors can view staff profiles and search PRRG's publications database, where the abstracts of many works are available. The site holds a search engine.
This is the homepage of the Queensland Bioethics Centre (QBC), a community service which was set up in 1981 under the sponsorship of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, Australia. Directed by Ray Campbell, the centre is responsible for providing: regular briefings on developments in bioethics; a resource library; workshops; education, advice and respresentation; and an online resource centre. This website allows visitors to search their library holdings. It also provides factsheets, notes and articles on issues like euthanasia; IVF; status of the embryo; cloning; stem cell research; the beginning of life; and abortion. The site contains media releases; information statements prepared by the centre; and unannotated links to the homepages of relevant organisations.
This website provides annotated links to various online resources on religion and Religious Studies. These include electronic journals; the homepages of research and data centres; Bible study guides; and theological resources. There is also a section on the Creation-Evolution debate and one on the religions of the world which connects readers to Internet materials on the Bahai Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism and Sikhism. The site is maintained by the Iowa State University Library.
Sponsored by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (OCRT), Religious Tolerance.org is a fascinating site not only for its extensive content on modern contemporary religious issues, but because of its mandate to promote religious understanding and knowledge across all different faiths, which seems to have caused it much electronic persecution. The site offers a variety of resources, including a large number of descriptive factual articles on contemporary social debates and religious movements. While seeking to avoid promoting any single belief system over another, the site contains a number of articles addressing modern ethical issues and religious responses on topics such as abortion and homosexuality. Religious Tolerance.org is most suited to undergraduate students requiring background information on a particular religious query or modern development, though it will be of benefit to anyone seeking introductory information on religious expressions. In general, material is presented in the form of essays on specific questions, or short summaries of religious systems. The site itself can be somewhat difficult to navigate because of the sheer number of articles it holds, so be prepared to spend some time looking around. All users are strongly advised to read the OCRT’s statement of intention along with their “unhidden agenda” through the first visit link. This further explains their mandate, and clarifies some of the site’s organisational structure. Furthermore, at the bottom of this page, you will also find a link to a search utility that will make navigating these pages much easier.
This is the homepage of the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) based in Istanbul, Turkey. This international institution researches and publishes in the following areas: the history of Muslim nations; the history of arts and sciences in Islam; and Islamic culture and civilisation. This website contains information about the organisation itself; the research projects they undertake; news of upcoming events; details about the calligraphy, architectural and photography competitions they organise; a list and the abstracts of the work they publish; and details of their award program. Visitors are linked to the website of their library and the homepages of relevant organisations. They may also download the latest copy of the centre's newsletter. A search engine is provided. The centre is directed by Dr Halit Eren.
Originally constructed for the benefit of students of San Francisco State University, this site has been left online for use by scholars of Buddhism around the world. The site contains a number of useful resources from class reading lists, links to online versions and translations of Sutras and other Buddhist texts, articles about Buddhist history and about the interaction of the religion with modern society. There are also sections looking at Buddhist teachings and Buddhism and science. The site is simply laid out and easy to navigate. Although there is a warning at the top of the home page that the site is no longer monitored, so some links might be out of date, this has not yet happened in too many cases. As a result this is a useful introduction to the religion and to the academic study of Buddhism and its practices.
Science, the Occult, and Religion is part of the online facsimile archiving project at the Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image (SCETI) of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. It offers a small collection of digital facsimiles of printed texts and manuscripts from the 15th to the 18th centuries, relating to natural philosophy, magic, alchemy, and religion. The works reproduced include: Robert Boyle's 'Sceptical Chymist' (1661); Joseph Priestley's 'Disquisitions Relating to Matter and Spirit' (1777); Samuel Clarke's 'Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God' (1706); and Elias Ashmole's 'Theatricum Chemicum Britannicum' (1652). The scanned images are finely detailed and carefully produced; background information is provided where appropriate, although there are no transcripts. Access is also provided to the Edgar Fahs Smith Collection of online scientific images. Unfortunately, this part of the SCETI site is no longer being maintained, but it nevertheless remains a useful resource.
The Society, Religion and Technology Project is a unit within the Church of Scotland which aims to promote analysis of the relationship between science, technology, religion and ethics, to encourage discussion between professionals in the various fields involved and the general public, and to disseminate its own views on the subject. This site contains the texts of many of the Project’s reports and press releases on such matters of public concern as genetic modification, nuclear energy, cloning and stem-cell research, and information relating to the Project’s 1999 publication "Engineering Genesis", produced in consultation with a group of social scientists, geneticists and ethicists. Also provided are links to other sites concerning the relationship of Christianity with both science and the environment.
This is the homepage of 'The Spire', a journal published by the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University in cooperation with the university's Office of Development and Alumni Relations Communications. The journal is published twice every year and is edited by Victor Judge. Although mainly directed at the students, friends and alumni of the school, the articles and discussion therein would be of interest to Religious Studies students elsewhere. Works featured to date cover issues like: the theology of mediation; the gift of confinement; religious interpretations of the tragic effects of the tsunami; the human genome project and the good death. This website allows access to materials published since 2000. These are presented in PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the site.
The Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowships in Science and Religion was founded in 2005 by the John Templeton Foundation. It seeks to enable up to 12 journalists and editors (print, broadcast or online) annually to follow a 2-month course of learning both independently at home and at the University of Cambridge on the interface between science and religion. This website contains information about eligibility and the application procedure; the names of speakers and the names and biographies of current fellows; a list of recommended readings; photographs from previous sessions; and a list of FAQs. The site also features a number of articles written and published by past recipients of the fellowships. The site should be of interest to anyone wishing to explore the relationship between science and religion.
Founded in January 1988, the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (formerly known as the Chicago Center for Religion and Science) serves as a forum in which scientists, theologians and other scholars could engage in research and discussion on the relationship between religious traditions and scientific knowledge. Available on this home page are: the Center's newsletter, a small selection of articles, and details about the lecture series it organises. It also provides useful links to relevant sites. The Center's director is Dr Gayle Woloschak of North Western University's School of Medicine.