"Science and religion are often viewed as separate aspects of our beliefs and understanding. But religion is an attempt to understand the pupose of our universe and science an attempt to understand its nature and characteristics, so the two are necessarily related."

-- Charles Townes
Nobel Laureate in Physics for co-discovery of the laser and maser and member of the CTNS Board for two decades

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CTNS promotes the creative mutual interaction between theology and the natural sciences. The CTNS mission is carried out through three program areas: research, teaching and public service.  The central scientific focus of these programs is on physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, and genetics, with additional topics in the neurosciences, technology, the environmental sciences, and mathematics. The central theological focus is on Christian theology, ethics and spirituality, with additional attention to the theological issues arising from the engagement between the sciences and world religions.

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2018 Russell Family Fellowship in Religion and Science with Ron Cole-Turner

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