Science and religion exist in conjunction in the lives of people around the world, as well as in larger-scale contexts like policy-making and institutional structures. While many continue to argue about the normative parameters determining the relationship between science and religion—theorizing about whether to view this relationship as one of conflict, harmony or independence—SRC moves beyond these conversations. We focus, instead, on serious considerations of the practical problems facing our world, from nuclear proliferation to economic development, from public health and epidemics to environmental sustainability.
We focus on the study of the existing human condition as it concerns science and religion. In this field of study, it is necessary that any serious research account for science, technology and religion as a totality that factors in the making and the solving of our problems. SRC is deeply rooted in Harvard Divinity School’s tradition of critical religious studies, where religion is studied in order to intensify our understanding of its role in human societies. Both HDS and SRC are committed to a global and diverse perspective that views the world as a multi-religious, multi-cultural environment. Our global problems and solutions have their own local and diverse causes, and need to be addressed with care, respect and analytical depth. Equipped with this understanding of religion and religious beliefs and behaviors, SRC conducts both empirical (medical, psychological and social scientific), as well as theoretical, theological and philosophical research.
Our research is focused on six module areas, with several teams currently conducting research. Please use the menu on the right to explore the various projects that are currently under way. If you are interested in doing research with SRC, please contact the assistant director of research and development, Lauren Taylor. If you are interested in more in depth academic development, please contact the assistant director of academic affairs, Faye Bodley-Dangelo.