IRAS Scholarships available
IRAS offers a limited number of fellowships and scholarships for students and seniors (over 55).
The IRAS Council has great confidence in the way Star Island is preparing for the conferences this summer. The Council has decided that we will go ahead with our conference, Naturalism — as Religion, within Religions, without Religions. It will be another great conference, in a special year. Though some of the specific changes made for this season may seem a hassle, we expect that the joy of an ‘in person’ conference, after a year full of online meetings, will be well worth it. And years later, when we look back, this may shine in our memories as a special year, with a remarkable conference.
Though the conference will be well attended, there still are spaces available. Registration goes via the Star Island website www.starisland.org, where you will also find their guidance on health and safety issues. Specific questions for IRAS on registration can be addressed to Marion Griswold.
Streaming the Conference
We expect to stream online lectures, chapel services, book seminars, and short papers for those unable to come or reluctant to travel in these times. For more information on the program & streaming, see the 2021 Conference Program.
2021 IRAS Conference Statement
The natural sciences have enabled humans to develop mind-boggling technologies. But to many, the sciences offer still more: an encompassing and coherent understanding of reality. If the sciences shape one’s view of the world, one might speak of science-inspired naturalism. What are the consequences of science-inspired naturalism for religion? In this conference, we will explore and evaluate options available to those who take science seriously. Briefly, these could be characterized as replacement, reform, and rejection.
1. How well do they address reality?