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Science & Religion: The Missing Link
30 July - 1 August 2004

    We invite all colleagues for an exciting conference which takes both scholarship and faith seriously. ICSA VI will offer a comprehensive framework interconnecting all disciplines in dialogue, seeking to bridge the great divide between what C. P. Snow called The Two Cultures (1959)–science and the humanities. A genuine dialogue between natural science and theology presupposes the connecting link of theory and philosophy. Yet for this dialogue to become relevant, it needs to address major contemporary dilemmas, and their social, ethical, and policy implications, as pioneered in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies. Interdisciplinary exploration of man and the world calls for engaging all disciplines in dialogue, not just science and theology, but social sciences, humanities, and the arts, while avoiding reductionism–spiritualizing science or scientizing religion. The missing link in the science-theology dialogue is indeed man, a conscious, self-conscious being, with a free will and the capacity of choosing between alternative courses of action. This means that scientific facts need to be conjoined with appropriate values and ethical conduct whose rationale is ultimately rooted in a transcendent, loving, forgiving, omniscient Lawgiver and Creator-God. The crucial question, then, is: How can we relate meaningfully science and theology, and bring to bear all disciplines in the quest for a more humane future?

 KEYNOTE  SPEAKER:   Dr. Arnold O. Benz
Prof. of Astrophysics, Swiss Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
Author, The Future of the Universe: Chance, Chaos, God?


   ICSA VI Congress theme is ideally suited for bringing together scholars and believers from a wide range of disciplines and denominations. Congress Venue: ICSA VI is hosted by Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, whose campus offers a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the Southern California coastline. Malibu is a quaint coastal town, an all-year resort with world-famous beaches and rolling hills overlooking the Pacific. Abstracts (250 words) due: 1 June 2004. Presenting a paper is not a prerequisite for participation. Those who prefer to serve as discussants, please indicate. Abstracts via regular mail to: Dr. O. Gruenwald, JIS Editor, 1065 Pine Bluff Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107, USA, or as e-mail attachments (WordPerfect 5 or 8, or Rich Text Format). Publication: Fully-developed papers will be considered for publication in JIS XVII 2005. Website: Registration: Congress participants must preregister: $75 by 1 June 2004; $100 after 1 June 2004; $150 after 1 July 2004.


    Participants are encouraged to attend the entire Congress to enhance dialogue, synergy, and synthesis, as well as fellowship. Presenting a paper is not a prerequisite for participation. Family members enjoy the reduced student registration rate. Registration: Thursday, 29 July, 2:00-6:00 PM, Special Programs, Lovernich Residential Complex. Welcome and Reception: Thursday evening, 29 July, 7:00-8:30 PM. Main Congress Program: Friday and Saturday, 30-31 July. Keynote: 31 July, 8:00-9:00 PM. Closing with Ecumenical Worship, Final Panel, and ICSA Society Luncheon: Sunday, 1 August. Format: Multidisciplinary panels/roundtables and papers. Audio-Visual Equipment: Kanet Thomas: phone 310-506-4264; fax 310-506-4327 (bring laptop). Optional Field Trips: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Mars Probe), Monday, 2 August; J. Paul Getty Museum, Saturday, 31 July.

Co-Sponsored by: IIR/ICSA & Pepperdine University

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