Building on AAAS's long-standing commitment to relate scientific knowledge and technological development to the purposes and concerns of society at large, the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) facilitates communication between scientific and religious communities.
The discussion of science, ethics, and religion may date back to ancient Greece, but the specific topics on which the conversation dwells change with time and scientific advancements. Similarly, DoSER's projects respond to the rising themes and trends in the scientific and religious communities. Learn more about our current projects below.
Many people seek guidance on scientific subjects from their religious leaders, so it is important that quality science resources are made available to those leaders. DoSER is supporting seminaries in their efforts to incorporate forefront science into their core curricula and prepare future clergy to address questions of science, ethics and religion with their congregations.
Forefront Science for Religion Reporters
The nation's religion reporters are often tasked with interpreting science advances in light of religious values, but may lack the technical proficiency in science and technology to do so effectively. This one-year pilot project offers two science enrichment opportunities to this pool of journalists. First, DoSER will host an exciting one-day seminar in August 2015 to highlight current topics in science and technology for these journalists. Second, DoSER will offer up to 12 religion reporters awards to attend the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. (The award application site launches August 1, 2015.)
Regardless of whether they spend their days in the classroom or at the lab bench, scientists interact with the public in some capacity. DoSER is developing resources to help scientists address the religious and ethical questions related to their work as these questions arise.
The Evangelical Christian community comprises a significant portion of the U.S. population, so it is important that this community maintain a healthy dialogue with the scientific community. In March 2013, DoSER completed a three-year project investigating perceptions that scientific and religious communities (especially Evangelicals) have about one another in order to increase understanding between these communities.