The Institute for
Interdisciplinary Research is an
independent research and educational think-tank co-founded by Dr. Oskar Gruenwald, author
of The Yugoslav Search for Man, which
inspired the creation of IIR-ICSA-JIS, and
David Morsey, a Bible scholar and President of Harvester
Mission, in 1983--the USA Year of the Bible.
IIR endeavors to
rethink all areas of knowledge, theory and practice, and thus reinvent the university.
| IIR=s aim is to
increase understanding among academics, college students, and the public of the
interrelatedness of all areas of knowledge across the disciplines--social sciences and
humanities, arts and the natural sciences--and reconnect them once more with ethics and
faith. St. Thomas Aquinas fashioned a grand synthesis for the Middle Ages--an
inspiration in the quest for a grand new synthesis for our age. However, in our
time, this quest is necessarily a collegial enterprise. Hence a Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies.
It is becoming increasingly clear that neither man nor his world can be
fully understood from the standpoint of any single discipline. A curious
parochialization of understanding has attended the compartmentalization of knowledge along
academic disciplines, fields, and subfields, and their insulation from transcendental
values and faith. Undoubtedly, specialization is necessary to advance
knowledge. However, there is an equally urgent need at the dawn of the Third
Millennium for an integral vision of man and his world expressed in a dialogue between
civilizations, cultures, and scientific disciplines. Hence, IIR is dedicated to
rekindling the spirit of free inquiry and academic excellence via research, publications,
conferences, and public discussion.
with ICSA and publishes:
JIS seeks to recover the lost
unity of Renaissance learning, while affirming transcendental values and faith, thus
promoting dialogue across geographical, disciplinary, and denominational boundaries.
JIS offers a much-needed forum for exploration and a publishing outlet for
innovative scholarship, building bridges across the disciplines--a key to 21st-century
literacy and curricular development. JIS provides constructive mentoring and peer-review, encouraging
interdisciplinary, faith-informed, and in particular Christian scholarship at the cutting
edge of knowledge, ethics and faith. Nominated to Delta Tau Kappa, the International
Social Science Honor Society, 1991. In 1994, JIS was selected for indexing
and abstracting in H. W. Wilson's Social Sciences Index and Abstracts
Colleagues use JIS as a resource
Honors Programs, Liberal Studies, Religious Ethics, Science-Theology
Dialogue, Russia and Eastern Europe, etc. Five
essays published in JIS won Templeton Awards for best published papers on
science and religion. JIS is listed
as an ethics
resource in the Bureau of National Affairs' Codes of Professional Responsibility.
Both JIS and its Editor are listed in Who=s
Who in Theology and Science. JIS has two Merit Awards: The Oleg Zinam Award for
Best Essay and the David Morsey Award for Best Biblical Exegesis.
See also: JIS Benefits.
To Join IIR: IIR Membership.