$1.45 Million Grant Won for Project on Philosophy of Science and Theology
Meghan Page, assistant professor of philosophy at Loyola University Maryland has won a grant of $1,455,601 to support her project, “Building Foundations in Science-Engaged Theology: Insights from Philosophy of Science”.
The project aims “to apply insights from contemporary philosophy of science to recurrent debates in philosophy of religion and theology,” exploring “how scientific concepts can be applied to questions about the nature of the divine, its role in the world, the extent of human freedom, and the shape and structure of the natural order,” according to a press release from Loyola.
Professor Page’s project brings together scholars in philosophy and theology from several institutions. The grant, from the John Templeton Foundation, will fund the project for three years, supporting research, summer seminars, and the development of pedagogy that “integrates philosophy of science with investigations of the divine.”
do we raise up these awards to set a new standard/bar for researchers?Report
Congratulations Meghan, this sounds awesome. Now just figure out a way to work some St. John of the Cross in with a bit of the reflex arc and stellar nucleosynthesis!Report
thanks Preston! Hope you are well.Report
Reading between the fairly obvious lines of the academic jargon in the project description, I see yet another big ticket Templeton-funded academic initiative that will exploit scientific concepts as a crypto apologetic attempting to validate orthodox theology. Same stuff, new package. And yes, I am a theologian, not a cynical philosopher or scientist, fearing there might be bad theology on the horizon. (Templeton is legendary for funding bad theology. I hope this project is different but I’m not counting on it.)Report
This is amazing. Well done, Meghan!Report