ITEST – Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Theology
The Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology (ITEST) is an association of theologians, scientists and others committed to a world view in which faith and science collaborate in exploring the truth. ITEST explores truth theologically in the wisdom traditions of the human community and in the data studied in the sciences. It seeks to develop a dialogue and a common ground between religious and scientific truths, in order to promote a comprehensive understanding of the real.
The Institute began in 1966 when Father Robert Brungs, SJ (a physicist) and Dr. John Matschiner (a biochemist) saw the need to keep Christian churches abreast of advances in science and technology. Recognizing that faith-science issues were both complex and widespread, they incorporated ITEST in 1968. Since then ITEST has addressed itself primarily to scientists, technologists and religious believers. It also invites the participation of theologians, physicians, lawyers, social and behavioral scientists, philosophers, and economists.
ITEST is concerned with scientific and technological advance as it relates to a Christian understanding of the human and of creation. The Institute has members worldwide – representing 30 countries – as well as members from most areas of the United States.
Thomas P. Sheahen (Director), Marianne Postiglione (Associate Director), Sebastian Mahfood (Secretary),The Honorable Thad F. Niemira (Treasurer). Founder: Rev Robert A. Brungs. Board Members: Professor Benjamin F. Abell, Robert J. Collier, Lauren Lester, Fr. Earl Muller, Ralph Olliges, Patrick Panozzo, Deacon Donald Sparling, Carla Mae Streeter, Stacy Trasancos.
ITEST - Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology Cardinal Rigali Center 20 Archbishop May Drive, Suite 3400A St. Louis, Missouri 63119 USA
In the News and Events section there is the list of conferences and workshops organized by ITEST.
The Media area provides a complete list of the books published from the 1970’s up to now (some excerpts are freely available online), the articles and DVDs. From this section it is also possible to have access to the Bullettin, quarterly published for membership by ITEST.
The Other links page contains a list of organizations operative in the Science & Religion field, with the related website addresses.
The inspiration of the site is Christian with a Catholic orientation