Call For Papers
Theology and Natural Sciences Topic Session
Theme: "The Role of the Sciences in Conversion and Growth in Faith"
Ever since the scientific revolution the sciences have often played a significant role in promoting religious conversion and growth in faith (e. g. in natural or physico-theology -- William Paley) and, more recently, in contributing to religious de-conversion (e. g. the New Atheism). The Theology and Natural Sciences Topic Group invites proposals that explore the more nuanced middle ground between extreme either-or positions on the relationship of the sciences to religious conversion and the maturation of faith. A successful proposal might describe and evaluate historical instances of interactions between scientific understanding and findings and the support (or undermining) of faith. It could explore differing anthropologies of conversion (viz. Bernard Lonergan or Michael Polanyi), suggesting revision or application to contemporary scene). It could also consider the topic of ``ongoing conversion’’ or deepening of faith, and how the sciences have played or can play a role therein. Finally, it might consider how science and faith interact when in comes to making concrete ethical-political commitments and decisions involving controversial issues resting scientific evidence and understanding – e. g. global climate change.
Proposals should be less than 500 words, including the name and institution of all participants, along with the authors’ contact information. Please give a title to each proposed presentation. Each proposal should also include a 100 word précis which can be used for the online program. Finally, it is very important that it mention whether or not A. V. equipment will be needed – e. g. a digital projector. All proposals should be submitted by e-mail to the convener, William R. Stoeger (Vatican Observatory Research Group, Steward Observatory, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ) at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 1, 2012. The other members of the Theology and Natural Sciences administrative team are Matthew Ashley, Notre Dame University, and person to be named very shortly.
Please remember that participants should usually be CTSA members whose dues are up-to-date. Obviously, there can be exceptions! Also, please remember that no person should have more than one speaking role at the convention, and that there can be no more than three presenters at a given session.
Notification of acceptance of proposals will be made by September 21, 2012.