Christians in Science
Christians in Science (CiS) is a network of scientists, educators and science students who profess a Christian faith and are interested in the dialogue between science and Christianity. CiS was formed in the early 1940s as a small professional group of the Inter-Varsity Fellowship (now the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship). The group’s name is meant to highlight the belief that committed Christians can and should play a role in the domain of science. Considered the sister group of the American Scientific Affiliation, CiS boasts more than 650 members. While CiS is primarily a professional group for scientists, it also welcomes nonscientist members with an interest in science and faith. Because CiS presents itself as explicitly Christian, all members must profess commitment to the organization’s statement of faith, which acknowledges a Triune God, the spiritual authority of Scripture, the responsibility of Christians to encourage the use of science for the betterment of humanity, and a commitment to the stated goals of CiS.
Christians in Science publicly promotes biblical Christian views on the nature, scope and limitations of science and on the changing interactions between science and religion. CiS encourages members engaged in scientific work or studies to maintain an active faith, apply it to their own professional work, and to communicate their faith with the general scientific community. CiS also highlights the importance of responsible Christian attitudes toward the care and stewardship of the environment.
Christians in Science publishes a bi--annual journal titled Science and Christian Belief, which is dedicated to the discussion of science–and-religion and provides articles and resources for those interested in the two areas. The Web site also includes links to a variety of articles, books, interviews, and multimedia resources on topics such as the environment and the creation-evolution debate. The site includes a collection of resources for educators about teaching the origins of life. CiS does not offer an official stance on the origins debate, though it accepts the BioLogos viewpoint as a valid stance on science and faith. Christians in Science has also hosted an annual conference in London for members since 1944 dealing with specific issues in the science-and-religion dialogue.