The John Templeton Foundation is pleased to announce a new funding competition in the Philosophy & Theology department, with a total of up to approximately $8 million available over five years for projects.
The Psychological Science Cross-Training for Christian Theology RFP invites Online Funding Inquiry (OFI) submissions for proposals aimed at giving theologians, philosophers of religion, and scholars in religious studies who work in Christian theology (broadly construed) the opportunity to cross-train in psychological sciences. In this call, these sciences are understood to include cognitive, social, personality, moral, developmental, evolutionary, and cultural psychology; cognitive anthropology; behavioral economics; cognitive science; and cognitive and social neuroscience.
By “cross-training,” we refer to activities intended to help theologians, philosophers of religion, and scholars in religious studies:
- Increase their fluency in responsibly and critically engaging primary scientific literature
- Foster a sense of scholarly identity that values and seeks out the potential relevance of science to theological inquiry
- Equip themselves with accessible, theologically sensitive scholarly resources that allow them to learn about the latest research in psychological science
- Build cross-disciplinary scholarly relationships with psychological scientists, in hopes of seeding future research collaborations.
The Foundation’s overall objective is to help theologians, philosophers of religion, and scholars in religious studies better position themselves to conduct research in conversation and collaboration with scientists on topics at the intersection of Christian theology (broadly construed) and the psychological sciences.