|Science and the Spiritual Quest
Science and the Spiritual Quest was an international program conducted by
the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in collaboration with several
partner organizations. From 1996-2003, SSQ focused on the
ethical and spiritual questions raised by the best of contemporary science.
Our mission was to invite leading scientists into dialogue, through private
workshops, on the connections between their scientific pursuits and their
spiritual practices, and to present the results of this dialogue to a
worldwide public audience through conferences, publications, and multimedia
resources. SSQ did not advocate a particular religious or scientific position
or a specific outcome for discussions between science and religion. Rather, we
sought to promote open and authentic dialogue on this topic within the
scientific community, and to offer the insights and questions resulting from
these discussions to the public.
During its seven years the Science and the Spiritual Quest program involved
over 120 distinguished senior scientists in dialogue at the intersections of
science and spirituality. In conferences and workshops around the world, SSQ
demonstrated that scientists of Nobel caliber can also be people of faith,
and that those who are not traditionally religious can offer insights of great
value to religion. In an era of extreme specialization in the sciences,
scientists need every opportunity to broaden their horizons to embrace larger
philosophical and cultural contexts which will give their life's work
meaning beyond the confines of technical proficiency and professional success.
SSQ offered scientists free and open exploration of ideas, critical interaction
with colleagues, and equips them with tools for interdisciplinary work.
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