The “New Visions in Theological Anthropology” project at the University of St. Andrews has announced a new round of course development grants in Science and Theology.
Deadline 30 June 2020.
Our project seeks to encourage research and teaching on science and theology/religion. We encourage the development of new courses which use empirical research in some aspect of theology/religion. While we are especially drawn to the pairings of (1) Moral Theology & Evolutionary Biology, (2) Spiritual Formation & Developmental Psychology, and (3) Ecclesiology & Cognitive Science, we welcome proposals for any syllabus that engages theology with empirical science. Since developing any new course will take time away from other research, we have launched this series of Course Development Grants and offer stipends of £2,000.
More information can be found here: https://set.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/course-development-grant/“.
The “New Visions in Theological Anthropology” project at the University of St. Andrews has announced a call for course proposals in Science and Theology.
Deadline 29 February.
The project seeks to encourage research and teaching on science and theology/religion. We encourage the development of new courses which use empirical research in some aspect of theology/religion. While we are especially drawn to the pairings of (1) Moral Theology & Evolutionary Biology, (2) Spiritual Formation & Developmental Psychology, and (3) Ecclesiology & Cognitive Science, we welcome proposals for any syllabus that engages theology with behavioral science. Since developing any new course will take time away from other research, we have launched this series of Course Development Grants.
Full information about the Course Development Grants can be found here: https://set.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/course-development-grant/.”
Topic: Hebraic Thought and the Intellectual World of the Bible
The Center for Hebraic Thought (CHT) is offering two grants up to $4,000 each for the equivalent of a three-credit university course/module offered in your home institution for the 2020-21 academic year. The course may be undergraduate or graduate (US)/post-graduate (UK).
Applications received by March 16, 2020 will be given priority in the review process.
Full-time professors (equivalent to the US ranks of assistant, associate, or full professor) at a regionally accredited college or university may apply.
A development grant of up to $4,000 will be paid to the instructor of record. The grant also requires a post-semester workshop at The King’s College in New York City. The CHT will cover flight, hotel, and meals for traveling to NYC.
This grant aims to increase the study of biblical literature as an intellectual tradition and put Christian Scripture (both the HB/OT and the NT) in conversation with various philosophies and philosophical traditions. Applications that engage both the Bible as a primary source and works of conceptual analysis within the biblical texts will be considered more seriously (see list below). Additionally, applicants should feel free to include essays and books not listed below, especially if there are any plans to publish as a result of the course development. Successful applicants can expect to receive advice on course planning if needed from CHT personnel or fellows. See our website for other scholarly resources: hebraicthought.org/.
A complete application should include:
- Name, position, brief biography, and institution of the applicant/s.
- Number of students expected and the semester/year of the term and how this course fulfills institutional and program requirements.
- Please indicate if this a team-taught course or a compressed schedule course (e.g., 8-week semester).
- A proposed syllabus that includes the course level, title, description, outcomes, dates of classroom meetings, possible skype/guest lecturers, assignments, and required/suggested readings.
- An endorsement of the application by the department chair, provost, or whomever approves class scheduling.
Applications and inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship on the Conceptual World of the Bible
Many other articles and volumes could be added, but these give the applicant a notion of the kinds of philosophical analyses of Scripture we aim to foster through this grant.
- Joshua Berman
- Created Equal (Oxford University Press, 2009).
- Inconsistencies in the Torah (Oxford University Press, 2018).
- Michael Carasik, Theologies of the Mind in Biblical Israel (Peter Lang, 2006).
- James Diamond, Jewish Theology Unbound (Oxford University Press, 2018).
- Henri Frankfort, et al., The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man (University of Chicago)
- Jaco Gericke,
- The Hebrew Bible and Philosophy of Religion (SBL Press, 2012).
- “Is There Philosophy in the Hebrew Bible? Some Recent Affirmative Perspectives,” Journal for Semitics 23/2 (Jan 2014): 583 – 598.
- A Philosophical Theology of the Old Testament: A Historical, Experimental, Comparative and Analytic Perspective (Routledge, 2020)
- Lenn Goodman, God of Abraham (Oxford, 1996).
- Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes, The Beginning of Politics: Power in the Biblical Book of Samuel (Princeton University Press, 2017)
- Yoram Hazony
- Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture (Cambridge University Press, 2012).
- God and the Politics of Esther (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
- Mary Healey and Robin Parry, eds., The Bible and Epistemology (Paternoster, 2007).
- Dru Johnson
- Biblical Knowing (Cascade, 2013).
- Knowledge by Ritual (Eisenbrauns, Penn State Press, 2016).
- Epistemology and Biblical Theology (Routledge, 2017).
- The Question of God’s Perfection, edited with Yoram Hazony (Brill, 2018).
- Ryan O’Dowd, The Wisdom of Torah (V&R, 2009).
- Eleonore Stump, Wandering in Darkness (Oxford, 2010).
- Jeremiah Unterman, Justice for All (JPS/University of Nebraska Press, 2016).
- Shira Weiss, Ethical Ambiguity in the Hebrew Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
For more information see:Center for Hebraic Thought
New Visions in Theological Anthropology: Engaging with the Behavioral Sciences is a project designed to get theologians thinking carefully about theological anthropology on those questions that involve evolutionary biology, developmental psychology, and cognitive science. This project is intended as an exercise in science-engaged theology. By this, we see science as an authentic theological source alongside – not in competition with – scripture, tradition, and reason.
We don’t think that all theology needs to be science-engaged, nor do we think that theological anthropology needs science more than any other area. But we must begin somewhere. Therefore, within the overarching umbrellas of behavioral science and theological anthropology, we will focus on three subdisciplinary pairings:
- Moral Theology & Evolutionary Biology
- Spiritual Formation & Developmental Psychology
- Ecclesiology & Cognitive Science
Course Development Grants
Our project seeks to encourage research and teaching on science and theology/religion. We have found getting students thinking about the relationship between theology and empirical research is a good way to introduce new students to the field, as well as a good way to get advanced students performing at the highest level. During the St Andrews-based pilot programme, one course we developed turned out to be the largest in our department. Another, aimed for upper-division seminar discussions, was team taught by an expert in science and religion together with a professor in Hebrew Bible; they found it the perfect context for research-led teaching. Since developing any new course will take time away from other research, we have launched this series of Course Development Grants.
What we provide
- Stipend of £1,200
- Eligibility for a travel bursary (£500) to share findings at next AAR annual meeting
Your new course
- Develop a new course which uses empirical research in some aspect of theology/religion.
- While we are especially drawn to the pairings of (1) Moral Theology & Evolutionary Biology, (2) Spiritual Formation & Developmental Psychology, and (3) Ecclesiology & Cognitive Science, we welcome proposals for any syllabus that engages theology with behavioral science.
- Courses can be for lower-division undergraduates, upper-division undergraduates, or for Master’s degrees.
- Courses could be open to any major or limited to theology/religion, provided that it is at least cross-listed in your theology/religion department.
Selection criteria & eligibility
- Overall fit with project vision (our project is somewhat different than the discipline of ‘Science & Religion’; see What is Science-Engaged Theology?).
- Clear choice of relevant scientific and theological subdisciplines/topics.
- Course plan reflects innovative ideas within best pedagogical practice and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
- Because bias gets in the way of good science (and theology), we seek a diverse set of topics and participants. Therefore, we are especially eager to facilitate participation by women and courses that study women’s contributions to science and theology.
- Open to scholars with a PhD who are currently teaching in any college or university department of theology, divinity, or religious studies.
How to apply
Submit the following items to email@example.com:
- Short description of the proposed module/class (400 words). Be sure to make your adherence to our project guidelines clear, in particular: (1) stating the subdisciplines you plan to use, both from theology and the relevant science, (2) why this course is important, and (3) a bit about the intended audience.
- Applicant CV.
- Letter of support from your department chair or dean, confirming the likelihood of the course being taught within approximately 2-3 semesters after development.
- If you are selected, you will provide:
- Course syllabus/handbook, including assignments you set, readings, etc.
- If and when the new course has been taught, student feedback and your own feedback from a teachers’ perspective.