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Philip Hefner to Retire as Editor-in-Chief of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science after
19 Years of Distinguished Service
The Joint Board of Publication for the Zygon: Journal of Religion
and Science announces the retirement of its distinguished long-time
editor Professor Philip Hefner. Hefner has been editor of Zygon
since 1990. His retirement will become effective June 30, 2009.
Zygon is a leading journal exploring the relations of science
and religion which began publication over forty one years ago in
1966 and is currently printed and distributed by Wiley Blackwell.
Overall in a time of increasingly contentious relation between science
and religion, Zygon is dedicated to investigating the ways
of bringing together what in modern times has been disconnected–values
from knowledge, goodness from truth, religion from science.
Under Hefner's leadership, the journal has grown significantly
in its circulation, number of articles published in each issue,
and range of contributing authors now coming from many fields of
science as well as philosophy, theology, and the humanities. During
his tenure, the journal has doubled in size and presently is read
in over 50 countries and available in over 3000 libraries in the
United States and abroad.
Hefner is emeritus professor of systematic theology at the Lutheran
School of Theology at Chicago where he taught from 1967 to 2001.
He is a leading scholar who contributes to both the field of Christian
theology and the dialogue between religion and science. He is the
author of over 150 scholarly articles and many books in Christian
theology and on the relation of science and religion. Among his
widely read books are The Promise of Teilhard (1970), The
Human Factor (1993), and Technology and Human Becoming
The Joint Publications Board also wants to take this opportunity
to express its enormous appreciation for the many creative and outstanding
contributions Philip Hefner has made to the success of the journal
in achieving its position of preeminence in the field of religion
In order to begin a vigorous process of selecting the next editor
a complete description of the duties and responsibilities of the
position along with materials for potential candidates will be posted
no later than September 1 on this website.
SOLOMON H. KATZ (co-chair), KARL E. PETERS, and ROBERT C. SORENSEN
representing the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science. And
DON BROWNING (co-chair), MICHAEL RUSE, and WILLIAM E. LESHER.
representing the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science.