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.
Registration has opened on Wednesday, March 10, via www.starisland.org. We like to know who intends to come, and thus invite all to register as soon as possible, say at the latest by April 1st. Specific questions for IRAS on registration can be addressed to Marion Griswold.
However, we and Star Island also want to allow sufficient time to each potential participant to consider the conference in relation to your personal situation. Thus, all registrations received up to May 1st will be treated equally. If the conference is oversubscribed, we may have to create a waiting list. Hence, confirmations on registration will not be mailed out until shortly after May 1st. We hope, of course, that we will be able to accommodate all interested, while having a full conference. We expect to stream online some if the lectures and conference events, for those unable to come or reluctant to travel in these times.
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?