The Interdisciplinary Documentation on Religion and Science website seeks to help scientists frame their work within a philosophical and humanistic context. It also seeks to aid people trained in theology to approach, through the humanistic reflections of scientists, the rationale of scientific activity. The website presents an ample anthology of selected documents and also offers, in a separate section, the Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science (ISSN: 2037-2329), a dynamic, online-only database. The Interdisciplinary Documentation on Religion and Science website is edited by the Advanced School for Interdisciplinary Research (ADSIR), operating at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome.
Joseph Needham was born in London. He was a biochemist, philosopher, and science historian. Initially working in biochemistry, particularly embryology, he became substantially interested in the role of the history of science in scientific progress. He then helped implement changes at the University of Cambridge in which the history of science became integrated into the natural sciences curriculums. Beginning in 1950, he taught history of science in California and then Baltimore. A supporter of UNESCO, a specialized agency of the United Nations, he directed the section dedicated to the natural sciences. He spent time in China as a scientific advisor to the English embassy, collaborating on scientific and cultural projects that China and the United Kingdom were advancing together. His experience in China led him to publish an important work on the history of science and technology in China, Science and Civilization in China (1954).
Charles R. Darwin, A Selection of Letters on God’s Existence and the Theory of Evolution (1860-1879)
Werner K. Heisenberg, Science and Religion (1927)
Theodosius Dobzhanski, Humanism and Humanity (1967)
Allan R. Sandage, Reflections on Religious Belief (1997)
Francis Collins, The Scientist as Believer (2009)
What Scientists Really Think (2010), by Elaine Howard Ecklund
In order to make certain documents better known in the scientific community, the Anthology and Documents section provides key materials for study and reflection concerning the dialogue among science, philosophy, and theology. It includes scientists’ essays, masterpieces on the history of science, works of philosophers and theologians, and documents from ancient, medieval, and Renaissance authors, as well as Sacred Scripture and official documents of the Catholic Church and other Christian churches.