Closing Remarks

  • Berry Billingsley
  • Keith Chappell
  • Michael J. ReissEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Trends and Issues in Science Education book series (CTISE, volume 48)


This book has its origins in the output from a conference that took place in Oxford in the Autumn of 2016. The conference represented a ground-breaking attempt to bring together interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners in order to have a meaningful dialogue about the many issues that surround science and religion in an educational setting. Topics that have been at the forefront of the study of science and religion, such as evolution and the origins of the Universe, were considered from new perspectives. In particular, the notion of conflict as a necessary model for the relationship between science and religion was challenged and new approaches considered. Conflict itself was considered in new ways, recognising that it too can be creative and constructive if dealt with appropriately. The debates and questions relating to science and religion continue and will continue for quite some time. The work reported in this book, we believe, represents a step forward at all levels, not least the thorny problem of how we present these debates and questions to young people.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Berry Billingsley
    • 1
  • Keith Chappell
    • 1
  • Michael J. Reiss
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.LASAR (Learning about Science and Religion)Canterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUK
  2. 2.Institute of EducationUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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