Appointment of Assistant Director

Author: Katie Zakas Rutledge

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Rev. Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C. has been appointed as the Assistant Director of Life Sciences Research and Outreach at the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing (CTSHF). In this role, Ehrman will expand the center’s portfolio of life sciences research projects and oversee the center’s outreach efforts across campus and more broadly.

"Fr. Terry is the ideal candidate to serve in this role,” said Celia Deane-Drummond, director of the center. “His scholarly work in both biology and theology combined with his pastoral experience will be an asset to the transdisciplinary research we engage in at the center.”

Ehrman’s work lies at the intersection of theology and science, including developing an understanding of who God is as Creator, who we are as creatures, and what our relationship is to God, ourselves, and the natural world. His publications in the last year include “Evolution and Providence: Discovering Creation as Carmen Dei” in Theology and Science and “Disability and Resurrection Identity” in New Blackfriars. Ehrman also teaches an undergraduate course entitled Science, Theology, and Creation in the theology department.

“I am excited about participating in the work of the center to bring science, especially the life sciences, and theology into dialogue. Notre Dame is a perfect place for this as the center’s work flows naturally from the University’s Catholic mission to unite faith and reason in understanding the truth. Since the founding of Notre Dame’s College of Science in 1865, priests and brothers of Holy Cross and lay professors and students have born witness, through their teaching and research, to the compatibility of science and theology.”

Ehrman earned his doctorate in systematic theology from The Catholic University of America. He obtained an M.Div. from the University of Notre Dame; an M.S. in biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and his B.S. in biology from the University of Notre Dame. Ehrman is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2000.

The Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing, established in 2015, seeks to foster innovative transdisciplinary research at the intersection of theology and science, to equip scholars on the vanguard of this research and to shape public conversation.

More information about CTSHF can be found at ctshf.nd.edu