Sweden is among the most secularized countries in the world. In a survey about 50% concur with the statement that the more science advances, the more difficult is it to believe that God created the world. Recent figures point in the same direction. The general aim of the present project is to increase commitment to and knowledge of the constructive dialogue between science and religion primarily among religious leaders in Sweden, among their constituencies and ultimately the general public.
The general aim can be broken down into three more specific sub-targets. The first sub-target of this three year project is to create venues especially directed to develop the understanding of scientific results and theories and the relation between science and faith among those involved in work with religion in Sweden as theologians and/or as leaders within religious organizations and institutions. The second sub-target is to make constructive models about science and religion visible on different public arenas and, possibly, contribute to a change in general attitudes. The third sub-target is to gain an impact on the pastoral level (preaching, youth and adult education, pastoral care).
The project will involve activities on both the national, regional and local level through concrete deliverables in the form of selective conferences and events and more extensive courses and training programs. All these activities will be supported by a (1) web platform (2) surveys into the knowledge of and perceived needs of support from the constructive international dialogue on science and religion.
The expected impact of the project will be an increased awareness among religious leaders (and members of their communities) of the relevance of the constructive dialogue between science and religion for central aspects of their religious faith. Through key groups we also expect an impact on public dialogue and the public perception of the relationship between science and religion.