CASIRAS – Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science


Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science

Founded in 1965 by Ralph Wendell Burhoe, winner of the 1980 Templeton Prize, CASIRAS is an independent organization of scientists and theologians incorporated under IRS section 501 (c) (3), section 509 (a) (3). CASIRAS supports the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (in partnership with the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) and co-publishes Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science (in partnership with the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science).

Activities of CASIRAS

CASIRAS has financially supported a new web-based curriculum, FAITH INTERSECTIONS, developed by Kim Eighmy, a CASIRAS Board member emeritus and a Christian educator in the Lutheran church.  The curriculum’s six lessons are split into two sections. The first looks at faith statements and the Apostle’s Creed, and the second provides a general overview of religion and science in approaching topics such as biology and mind/body connections.  Eighmy writes, “By integrating scientific teaching into faith-based educational programs, youth will be better positioned in the future to make decisions that affect the integrity of all of life.”


CASIRAS funds the email service (provided by Constant Contact) used by the Clergy Letter Project ( to distribute its monthly Newsletter to thousands of clergy members who are signatories of the Christian, Rabbi, Unitarian Universalist, or Buddhist Letters, as well as scientific consultants and other interested parties who have requested addition to the data base. The Clergy Letter Project is an endeavor designed to demonstrate that religion and science can be compatible and to elevate the quality of discourse on this issue.


CASIRAS is a Partner with the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) in supporting the 2016 IRAS conference on Star Island.  Being a Partner means sharing news about the conference with CASIRAS Board members and friends, for which IRAS offers discounts for registration and room and board.  IRAS will also share information provided by CASIRAS at the conference.  More on the Conference is at and on Partners at