James K. A. Smith
Director, Seminars in Christian Scholarship
John A. O’Brien Chair
Department of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame
This research grant surveyed the leading evolutionary theories of biological purpose and religious function, and assessed these notions both philosophically and theologically. A subsequent conference was held to discuss research findings, and an edited volume of essays was published by Oxford University Press under the title The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion (2009).