“Readings and Writings” has two core areas: the Scholarly Section aims to promote a series of interrelated initiatives to boost national content producers on the relationship among science, religion, and philosophy; and the Educational Section aims to create a high-school program on science, religion, and philosophy that will both fit an urgent demand of confessional schools and promote a healthy and transformative approach to these areas of knowledge.
Two points highlight the relevance of the project to the Brazilian context: 1) After years of spreading intellectual goods on science and religion, and developing communities of learning around these themes, it is time to promote national contributors to this field. The cycle must move forward, and "consumers" become "promoters." 2) A recent reform in the Brazilian federal high-school policy, which most schools are in significant pain to respond appropriately, has created a unique opportunity for ABC² to provide the needed resources and impact in transformative ways Brazilian secondary education.
For the first part, we will promote a series of activities centered on creating opportunities, at different levels, for new writers and content producers to publish, review, and publicly engage with the project’s themes. We propose to publish 12 books: 6 translations and 6 new books authored by Brazilians, chosen by open calls. Our activities will involve: sponsoring 12 book symposia and 16 book seminars; creating a digital journal in which we will publish 30 essays selected through open calls. In addition, we will promote the production of 16 booklets, 60 articles for our website, and 30 podcast episodes. For the second part, we will create three high-school courses (one for each year of Brazil's curricula), composed of textbooks and teacher's guidebooks, on the relations among science, religion, and philosophy. We also will develop a program to train and equip high-school teachers in the themes related to these courses.