“Matter and Meaning: Exploring the Religion and Science Dialogue” serves as the culminating public event for the Religious Understandings of Science (RUS) study. The RUS study surveyed 10,000 Americans about their views on the relationship between religion and science, as well as specific scientific issues such as stem cell research, evolution and creation, science education, and others. The project also involved more than 300 in-depth interviews with religious people from diverse backgrounds, all with a view to further understanding the perspectives of religious people and institutions on science and its relationship with religion.
With so much data to work with, this conference will provide the opportunity to reflect on several major themes of the study across a range of disciplines. This daylong conference will consist of a large plenary session with a panel of scholars responding to the data, followed by breakout sessions on several topics, and a fishbowl discussion session/debate.
October 24, 2014
Rice University, Houston, Texas