The great assistance which science affords humanity, in its practical ability here and now to supply human needs and accomplish technical feats, is beyond dispute. At the same time the global, overarching and cosmic claims of science do become issues of political and philosophical dispute: was, for example, the world created or is it an extension (even via a big bang) of pre-existing matter?

The interest of the Institute is to explore and compare secular and religious perspectives on these two aspects - the practical effectiveness and the philosophical or metaphysical truthfulness - of the natural sciences.