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About CTNS

The Past and Future of the Science-Religion Dialogue:
Celebrating the Work of Ian G. Barbour
October 3-5, 2003
Berkeley, CA

Founded as a California non-profit corporation in 1981, the Center is self-supporting through grants and individual donations. The Center is an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union, an ecumenical and interfaith consortium of nine independent seminaries and ten affiliated centers based in Berkeley, California. 

CTNS is dedicated to research, teaching and public service. The central scientific focus of CTNS is on developments in physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, and genetics, with additional topics in the neurosciences, the environmental sciences, and mathematics. With regard to the theological task, CTNS engages in both Christian and multi-religious reflection. The Christian theological agenda focuses on the various doctrinal loci of systematic theology. The multi-religious agenda attends primarily to theological issues arising from the engagement between the sciences and religious traditions such as Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and indigenous spiritualities.

CTNS offers courses at the doctoral and seminary level as an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union.  CTNS is committed to offer these courses in order to bring future clergy and teachers to greater awareness of this important interdisciplinary work. Located next to the University of California at Berkeley, CTNS welcomes U.C. graduate students into course discussion. 

Additionally, CTNS administered the Science and Religion Course Program, an eight-year initiative to encourage the teaching of science and religion in seminaries, colleges, and universities worldwide. Over 700 courses in science and religion have been taught around the world and many are now integrated in regular course curricula. This program was made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

CTNS continues manages a number of programs and research projects including the Science and the Spiritual Quest project, a program that promotes dialogue among leading scientists on the connections between their scientific work and their religious or spiritual identities. Dedication to research is exhibited by a variety of research projects including the ten-year collaborative program with the Vatican Observatory on divine action in the world; the three-year project (1991-1994) "Theological and Ethical Questions Raised by the Human Genome Initiative" funded by the National Institutes of Health; the J. K. Russell Research Fellowship (the longest-running series of research conferences in science and religion), and individual research by CTNS faculty. Public service has been and will continue to be an integral part of the Center's mission. CTNS hosts a public forum series on the science and religion dialogue every year, and offers seminars to churches, academic groups and other organizations.

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