Since 1965, an advanced seminar on religion in the context of the sciences has been offered for faculty, students, and professionals in the Chicago area. The seminar was founded by Ralph Wendell Burhoe under the auspices of the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science (CASIRAS) and Meadville/Lombard Theological School. In 1970, CASIRAS affiliated with the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS). In the 1970s, Philip Hefner, Professor of Systematic Theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), joined Burhoe in directing the seminar. In 1988, the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (ZCRS) was founded by LSTC and CASIRAS and began sponsoring the Advanced Seminar. From this tradition, the Advanced Seminar takes its shape as a multidisciplinary network of persons seeking to understand how the sciences and the religions engage each other and to interpret the fundamental issues that are posed in this engagement. The goal is to gain insight into the import of the sciences for the critical function of religion in its role as a cultural vehicle of ultimate values and concerns.
Course Credit and Registration
The Advanced Seminar in Religion and Science is designed as a research seminar for faculty, students, and other professionals. Course credit is available via registration through the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) or cross-registration through member schools of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS); the course number is T-672. For more information about ZCRS, please visit www.zygoncenter.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call 773-256-0670.