South African Science and Religion Forum
The SASRF was launched in 1993 as a project of the Research Institute for Theology and Religion, University of South Africa, Pretoria. The project leader is Prof Cornel du Toit and co-project leader is Prof Peter Barrett, physicist from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. The aim of SASRF is to increase significantly the number of people interested in contributing to the development of Science & Religion studies in South Africa, and to raise the general level of knowledge and understanding of the S&R interaction in order to prepare the ground for future development of this new interdisciplinary field.
The SASRF keeps contact with similar global initiatives and participates in the ESSSAT (European Society for the Study of Science and Theology), and The British Science and Religion Forum. It received a grant from the Templeton foundation to sponsor research which issues in the tenth convention.
Various international scholars in this field have participated in SASRF programmes in the past. Among them count the late Arthur Peacock (Oxford), Nancy Murphy (Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena), Margaret Wertheim (Los Angeles), Wentzel van Huyssteen (Princeton), Niels Gregersen (Denmark), Prof Joshua Kudadjie (Univ of Ghana), Bill Stoeger (University of Arizona in Tucson), Martin Rogers (S&R in Schools Project, Oxford), Keith Ward (Oxford), Bernard Hoose (Philosophy, Cambridge, UK), Lewis Wolpert (London), Willie van der Merwe (Netherlands).
Apart from Unisa colleagues, other prominent South Africans participate in SASRF programmes. We single out George Ellis (University of Cape Town); Trevor Jenkins (renowned paleontologist); Jacques Kriel (philosopher, medical practitioner); David Hammond-Tooke (social anthropology: Wits university); Philip Tobias (Anatomy: Wits university); the late Prof Gabriel Setiloane.
Research Institute for Theology and Religion