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CTNS – Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences


CTNS is an international program dedicated to research, teaching and public service. The central scientific focus of CTNS is on developments in physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, and genetics, with additional topics in the neurosciences, the environmental sciences, and mathematics. With regard to the theological task, CTNS engages in both Christian and multi-religious reflection. The Christian theological agenda focuses on the various doctrinal loci of systematic theology. The multi-religious agenda attends primarily to theological issues arising from the engagement between the sciences and religious traditions such as Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism, and indigenous spiritualities.

The CTNS faculty offers courses at the doctoral and seminary levels in order to bring future clergy and faculty to a greater awareness of this important interdisciplinary work. 

Board of Directors

Robert John Russell (Founder and Director), Joshua M. Moritz (Managing Editor), Melissa Moritz (Program Associate for Administration), Braden Molhoek (Financial Assistant).

2400 Ridge Road
Berkeley, CA 94709 - 1212

Tel: 510-649-2564 Fax: 510-649-1417


Services and Resources

The website offers a rich section of "News & Events” and a short description of the major programs of the Center.

The "Publications" section offers a selection of books, journals and articles. In this section, within the "Online Resources", it is available a link to the "Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science” (, realized by the Research Center for Interdisciplinary Documentation (DISF) with a partial contribution of the CTNS. 

Since 2003, CTNS publishes the tri-annual peer-reviewed journal, Theology and Science (Routledge-Taylor & Francis). The CTNS Bullettin is also available for members.

The "Links" section contains a selection of websites operating in Science & Religion field. The "Research" section includes a presentation of the CTNS research activities. The most important programs are: 1. Theological and Ethical Implications of the Genome Initiative 2. The Science and Religion Course Program 3. The Science and the Spiritual Quest Program 4. STARS: Science and Transcendence Advanced Research Series.

Religious Confession

The Center is a program of the Graduate Theological Union, an ecumenical and interfaith consortium of seminaries and centers based in Berkeley, California. The website has a Christian inspiration and follows an ecumenical style.

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