Metanexus Institute

The Metanexus Institute is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1997 to explore scientific and philosophical questions. The institute has organized the exchange of ideas through conferences,[1][2] and published books.[3]


With the help of Peter Dodson, Soloman Katz, Andrew Newberg, and Stephen Dunning, William Grassie created the Philadelphia Center for Religion and Science (PCRS) to promote literacy in science and religion by hosting seminars, courses, and conferences.[4] PCRS was renamed to Metanexus Institute in 2000, and the Meta-List was relaunched as a website with the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, and Metanexus launched a $5.1 million Local Societies Initiative.[5] In 2003, Metanexus launched the $3.3 million Spiritual Transformation Scientific Research Project.[6] The organization hosted numerous conferences at universities and elsewhere, including a conference entitled Science and Religion in Context at the University of Pennsylvania.[7] Metanexus has promoted the concept of Big History, sometimes termed the Epic of Evolution, which examines history using long time frames through a multidisciplinary approach.[8]


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  3. ^ Hansell, Gregory, ed. (2011). H+/- Transhumanism and its Critics.
  4. ^ Faye Flam, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 9, 1999, “Science, at a High Power/Is God in the Details?”
  5. ^ David O’Reilly and Melissa Dribben, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 9, 2008, “An Investor in Money and Faith.”
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  8. ^ Christian, David. Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History.

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