The human quest for meaning—the irrepressible drive to see oneself as part of a cosmos, rather than a chaos—is among the primary motivators of human action. Indeed, beyond the fulfillment of life’s basic necessities, virtually all human decisions, actions, and goals may be seen as ultimately directed toward the generation of meaning, from the pursuit of hobbies and human relationships to the search for God and understanding of the universe. Since the Age of Enlightenment, the latter two missions, the quest for comprehension of the divine on the one hand and the “natural” world on the other, have diverged significantly, creating in the minds of many a rift between the methods and aims of science and those of religion.
It is the belief of the founders of the Boston University Religion and Science Club, however, that such rigid compartmentalization is unnecessary for accurate understanding, undesirable in the face of our human need for meaning, and destructive to our common identity as integrated beings. To that end, the Club seeks to foster honest inquiry, informed by the methods of both theology and the humanities, bolstered by unflinching and academically scrupulous examination of contemporary theories, hypotheses, and developments in science, into the potential interaction of these two realms of human endeavor.