International Theological Conference III. Religion and Science: From Opposition to Complementarity

We are pleased to announce and bring to your attention our forthcoming international theological conference III “Religion and Science: From Opposition to Complementarity” and young scholars forum (Parallel Sessions), to be hosted by the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology of the Ukrainian Catholic University in partnership with other leading organizations. The information below provides further details. We would be extremely grateful if this announcement could also be shared with other interested parties by forwarding the information provided below.

When:14-16May 2020

Where: Faculty of Philosophy and Theology, Ukrainian Catholic University, 35а Khutorivka St, Lviv 79070, Ukraine

Languages: English, Ukrainian

Conference Overview

This Annual Conference will be held in the framework of the large-scale series on “Methods in Theological Research”, involving academic theologians and philosophers from three major traditions of Christianity in Ukraine: Orthodox, Catholic and Protestantand will be the third event in the series. International in scope, the conference seeks to stimulate scholarly enquiry, constructive dialogue and interactions between and among different Christian traditions with a special focus on the current condition and future prospects of the science-religion debate in ecumenical perspective. It is our aim that young academics and senior scholars whether from the leading centres of science or from theological institutions have a chance to respond to their colleagues’ work in a professional and academic setting.

One of the most common stereotypes is that science and religion are essentially incompatible. Although this has been successfully refuted at a conceptual level, it still holds in the popular imagination, rooted in the historical clichés, which greatly contribute to the tension and mutual opposition between the religious and the secular. The purpose of this conference is to initiate more constructive dialogue between Christian theological and secular scientific worldviews, to analyze and overcome mutual stereotypes and to move towards a sustainable cooperation and exchange of ideas.

Conference Topics

The historical study of the models and images of the relationship between faith and reason
Methodological issues of the study of the interaction between science and religion

The role of Christian theology and the natural sciences in the emergence of contemporary conceptions of rationality

•Scientific naturalism and theological inquiries of the world: is there space for dialog?

•The psychological and sociological foundations of religious and scientific beliefs

•The relationship between reason and spirituality in different religious traditions

•Religion, science and ecology: mutual responsibility for the future

•A critical assessment of the impact of science and technology on the human condition and the natural environment

•Science as a Christian vocation

•The influence of scientific and religious scholars on public discourse

Papers and publication

Participation in the conference is open to academics, young scholars and students as well as other interested stakeholders from across the world. If you would like to reserve a position and participate in the conference, please submit 300-word abstracts along with a short CV to Papers can be in English or Ukrainian (simultaneous translation at the plenary sessions will be available). Plenary session presentation — 30 minutes, plus additional time for discussion, Parallel session presentation — 15 minutes, plus 7 minutes for discussion. Conference proceedings will be published via an academic publisher.

Key Dates:

Paper submission deadline: 20 March 2020
Paper notifications: Early April

Conditions for participation in the conference

The conference registration fee is €390. The fee includes the cost of hotel lodging (three nights), three breakfasts and lunches, coffee breaks for three days the conference, materials packet, a city tour, and pick up from/to the Lviv airport (code LWO There are numerous direct flights to Lviv from major European cities: Vienna, München, Frankfurt, Berlin, London, Warsaw, Krakow, Rome, Dortmund, Istanbul and many more. Video about Lviv: will cover the cost of their own airfare. Payment of the registration fee may be made on the first day of the conference.

Conference Organizing Committee

Dr. Roman Soloviy, Eastern European Institute of Theology (Ukraine)
Dr. Roman Zaviyskyy, Philosophical and Theological Faculty of the Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine)

Dr. Mykhaylo Khrom`yak, Еuro-Аsian Accrediting Association


For further information please contact us at:
Address: Theology Faculty, 35-A Khutorivka St, Lviv 79070, Ukraine