Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science
Zygon’s entire collection of 55 years of articles is available online at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14679744. This puts at your fingertips what is surely the richest library of religion-and-science writing available anywhere. About half of our authors are rooted in the sciences; the other half in the humanities, including philosophy, religious studies, and theology. For more information about becoming an author in Zygon please visit https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/14679744/homepage/forauthors.html for guidelines.
Statement of Perspective
Traditional religions, which have transmitted wisdom about what is of essential value and ultimate meaning as a guide for human living, were expressed in terms of the best understandings of their times about human nature, society, and the world. Religious expression in our time, however, has not drawn similarly on modern science, which has superseded the ancient forms of understanding. As a result religions have lost credibility in the modern mind. Nevertheless some recent scientific studies of human evolution and development have indicated how long-standing religions have evolved well-winnowed wisdom, still essential for the best life.
Zygon’s hypothesis is that, when long-evolved religious wisdom is yoked with significant, recent scientific discoveries about the world and human nature, there results credible expression of basic meaning, values, and moral convictions that provides valid and effective guidance for enhancing human life. Zygon also publishes manuscripts that are critical of this perspective, as long as such papers contribute to a constructive reflection on scientific knowledge, human values, and existential meaning.
Joint Publication Board
Editorial Advisory Board
Editor:Arthur C. Petersen is Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London (UCL) which he joined in September 2014 after more than 13 years’ work as scientific adviser on environment and infrastructure policy within the Dutch Government, including as Chief Scientist of the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (2011–2014).Professor Petersen is also Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (since 2009). He has been Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2009–2022), Adjunct Professor of Science and Environmental Public Policy at the VU University Amsterdam (2011–2016), Professorial Fellow in the Governance of Antimicrobial Resistance Risks at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment – RIVM (2016–2017) and Visiting Fellow in Anthropology of Environmental Infrastructures at Osaka University (2018). In June 2019, he was elected as a Member of Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences.Professor Petersen studied physics and philosophy, obtained doctorate degrees in atmospheric sciences (Doctor of Philosophy - PhD, Utrecht University, 1999), philosophy of science/science and technology studies (Doctor of Public Administration - DPA, VU University Amsterdam, 2006), and theology/science & religion (Doctor of Philosophy - DPhil, University of Oxford, 2022), and now also finds disciplinary homes in international relations (science diplomacy and soft power) and philosophy of culture. Most of his research is about dealing with uncertainty.Professor Petersen has been a member of STEaPP's Leadership Team from 2014–2018 (in 2016–17 he was Acting Head of Department), and again from 2022 (as Director of Education). Former Editors:Ralph Wendell Burhoe (1966-1979), Karl E. Peters (1979-2009), Philip Hefner (1989-2009), and Willem B. Drees (2009-2018) Book Review Editor:Mladen Turk, Elmhurst University, USAAssociate Managing Editor:Tom Harley-Mckeown, Wiley, Oxford, UKEditorial Assistant:Thirisshu Sundar, Wiley, Chennai, IndiaAssistant Treasurer and Chicago Editorial Office Assistant: David M. Glover, Zygon Journal of Religion and Science NFP
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