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Metanexus Annual Conferences

"Metanexus hosts an annual conference with over 200 delegates in the field dedicated to fostering an open and exploratory dialogue between science and religion. Attendees bring expertise from a broad range of the natural and social sciences, as well as from various faith traditions and philosophical perspectives. They represent in an ever-expanding international network of scholars, teachers, clergy, and activists who are involved in the transdisciplinary exploration of the foundational questions of humanity, the cosmos, and the divine."

2007   Transdisciplinarity and the Unity of Knowledge: Beyond the Science and Religion Dialogue

"The 20th century may very well come to be considered the "age of hyper-specialization." Through the increasing division of labor–both economic and intellectual–humans have certainly made enormous progress. We see the acceleration of specialization not only in industry, but in higher education as well. Does hyper-specialization, however, with its intensification of complexity and multiplication of information, also produce significant problems? Does it–and must it–lead to disintegration, a fracturing of knowledge, of culture, and of the soul? What impact has hyper-specialization had on education? And what are its implications for that which goes by the name of "science and religion dialogue"?"

2006  Continuity + Change: Perspectives on Science and Religion

"Change and continuity—a metaphysical problem as old as thought itself. Heraclitus, famous for holding that "all things pass and nothing abides; you cannot step twice into the same stream," also insisted: "It is wise to hearken to the Logos and to confess that all things are one!" For Heraclitus, change, the "clash of opposites," is essential to the unity and stability—the continuity—of reality. But the tension between continuity and change is not simply an ancient philosophical conundrum. It is also at the root of the most pressing questions of our time. If Heraclitus is right that change is essential to the continuity of reality, and change is the "clash of opposites," then the constructive engagement of the seemingly "clashing opposites" of science and religion may hold the secret to our well-being and our future."

2005  Science and Religion: Global Perspectives

"The endeavors of science and religion, despite obvious differences, each represent a significant path to knowledge about ourselves, our communities, and our universe. Today more than ever before in history we have the opportunity to encounter and consider a panoply of perspectives from around the world on the most fascinating questions of science and the most pressing questions of justice and human flourishing."