LeTourneau University won a globally competitive and prestigious grant from the International Society for Science and Religion, receiving a wide-ranging set of books on a variety of issues on science and spirituality for the Margaret Estes Library.

LETU was selected as one of 150 institutions in 47 countries and six continents to receive this bound set of books.  These volumes were written by top experts from many academic disciplines, faith traditions and regions that expand into the sciences, social sciences, history, philosophy, religion and the environment. The books have been rebound in sturdy, long-lasting bindings to enable them to be circulated widely for students, professors and the public to enjoy.

The ISSR Library is an essential reference collection for scholars, students and interested lay readers spanning books directly focusing on science and religion and also important foundational works in related and underlying subjects.

Selected from over two thousand candidate volumes by a rigorous process of nomination and peer review, the ISSR library of books consists of 225 titles. An introductory essay on each title along with full listings of all selections and categorized sub-listings is available on the website www.issrlibrary.org. Supported by the John Templeton Foundation, the ISSR Library Project is based at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University.

“We are excited and honored to be the recipient of the library award,” said Dr. Steven D. Mason, Associate Provost and Dean of Faculty. “We don’t believe there to be a dichotomy between excellent science and the excellent pursuit of faith and religion.”

Chemistry/physics professor Dr. Gary DeBoer said receiving this grant confirms LETU’s efforts

to integrate faith and learning in the area of science and faith.

“It opens up new opportunities for us to continue on this process of integrating science and religion, both for our faculty, our students and the larger community,” DeBoer said.  “The faculty members are eager to make use of the library for both teaching and research.”

The grant was written collaboratively among the sciences, theology department and the library, with coordination from the Office of Sponsored Programs Director Paul Boggs.

LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, offering academic majors in aviation, business, communication, criminal justice, education, engineering, health science-nursing, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, the sciences and psychology.