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  • Dr. James Peterson joins international society

  • 10/15/13
  • This article was featured in the Roanoke Magazine, Issue 2, 2013. The full issue can be seen here.

    Salem, Va. - A Roanoke College professor has joined a prestigious international science and religion society.

    Dr. James Peterson, who is the College's Schumann Professor of Christian Ethics, was invited to be a member of the International Society for Science & Religion.

    This society was founded in 2002, and its main purpose is to promote education through facilitating communication between the ideas of science and religion. There are only 200 members worldwide, and each member must be personally invited to join the society.

    "I was very surprised at the invitation," said Peterson, who came to Roanoke in 2011. "I wondered 'What were they thinking?' and accepted before they could change their minds."

    Peterson is well versed in both disciplines of science and religion. He is president of the Canadian Scientific Christian Affiliation and editor of the peer-review journal, "Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith." He has been a professor in Health Sciences at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and he has had numerous publications and contributions in the fields of science and religion.

    At Roanoke, he also directs the Benne Center for Religion & Society.

    "These points of service all work together, each one helping the others," Peterson said.

    The society's annual meeting is held every year at its headquarters at Cambridge University and its other gatherings are held around the globe. Peterson's first meeting with the society will be in November.

    "The conversations will definitely be interesting, and I expect to learn a great deal," he said.

    Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

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