The Society of Christian Philosophers (SCP), a leading professional organization of Christian philosophers and philosophical theologians, proposes an approximately 18 month project to seed capacity in the next generation of Christian philosophers and theologians for scientifically engaged philosophy of religion and philosophical theology. In brief, science-engaged philosophy of religion and philosophical theology are characterized by their use of the results, methods, and ideas of empirical science in advancing or criticizing arguments, theses, and concepts in philosophy of religion or philosophical theology.
To seed capacity, the SCP will continue its fellowship program to give doctoral students with demonstrable interests in philosophy of religion or philosophical theology an opportunity to spend up to one academic year engaged in the systematic study of an empirical discipline such as psychology, cognitive science, biology, physics, genetics, neuroscience, or astronomy. Up to five one-year fellowships of $34,000 will be awarded over the project to graduate student members of either the Society of Christian Philosophers, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, or the American Catholic Philosophical Association. In addition this fellowship program, as well as build a group identity as philosophers and theologians whose work substantively engages with empirical science.