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Encouraging theologians to engage with empirical science.

In the Science-Engaged Theology priority, we seek to advance efforts in which theologians and philosophers of religion routinely engage with the natural and social sciences in their research and inquiry about the divine.

Data and theory that emerge from the sciences can serve to enhance our understanding of key concepts in theology and the philosophy of religion, and may in some cases enable us to evaluate, revise, and improve claims about spiritual topics. Successful proposals submitted within this area will have a detailed plan to substantively engage with primary literature within a specific area of scientific research.

Work carried on within this priority will involve three main audiences, namely theologians, philosophers of religion, and scientists. The activities supported will include:

  • Research
  • Training
  • Graduate education and programs to benefit graduate students
  • Creation and promotion of scholarly and popular resources
  • Network-building initiatives

We wish especially to encourage proposals to support programs of the sort described above that focus on the following topics:

  • How humans conceive of divine and other spiritual realities: Such research might engage with work in psychology of religion and cognitive science of religion on the cognition of invisible beings, God-concepts, and relationships between religious cognition and behavior.
  • Human nature in relationship to divinity: Such research might engage with work in evolutionary biology, cultural evolutionary theory, developmental science, and other areas of scientific inquiry that impinge on questions about human creatureliness and purpose.
  • Character virtues in theological context: Such research might bring theological and philosophical models of character virtues generally, or of specific character virtues into contact with empirical research on those topics; it might also identify and describe new constructs for empirical study.
  • The relationship between human flourishing and divinity: Such research might investigate the role that God or other spiritual realities might play in human flourishing generally, or in specific aspects of human flourishing.

Featured Grants

Philosophy and Theology
Project Leader(s): Justin Barrett, Rebecca Sok
Grantee(s): Fuller Theological Seminary
Philosophy and Theology
Project Leader(s): Neil Arner,
Grantee(s): University of Notre Dame
Philosophy and Theology
Project Leader(s): Robin Collins, Abaz Kryemadhi
Grantee(s): Messiah College
Philosophy and Theology
Project Leader(s): Ebrahim Moosa
Grantee(s): University of Notre Dame