- To provide training in evolutionary anthropology for theologians
- To research at the interface of anthropology and theology on the topic of the evolution of wisdom
- 3-week summer seminar on evolutionary anthropology for theologians
- 2-day follow-up summer seminar
- Sabbatical-leave funding for 5 theologians
- Postdoctoral research fellowships
- Graduate student fellowships
This project provides training for a select group of theologians to explore advances in anthropological research on what it means to be human. Asking such big questions about becoming and being human necessitates a complex and dynamic theoretical and methodological toolkit. Although theology has a tradition of engaging and integrating knowledge gained from the sciences with scriptural and philosophical resources, this has become more difficult due to the dramatically increasing volume of material being discovered by, among others, the anthropological sciences, which has long been a nexus for social, biological, and philosophical research on humans – past and present. This program seeks to overcome these problems and build new capacity in the cross-disciplinary research field of theology and anthropology. It enables theologians to interface with anthropological toolkits, methods, and data from the main branches of anthropology, cultural anthropology and ethnography, biological anthropology and human evolution, archeology and cultural evolution, and linguistic anthropology.
The research component of this project, with its focus on an articulation of the evolution of wisdom – a category emerging from theology and philosophy – integrates detailed analyses of the evolutionarily recent human past (the last 2-300,000 years) with a focus on the materials and landscapes that can reflect the emergence of increased social complexity, the use of symbols, and a distinctly human semiosis. We undertake this in the context of theoretical and methodological approaches in contemporary evolutionary and ethnographic theory. In particular, we employ niche construction theory, multiple modes of inheritance theory, and integrated ethnographic approaches. We also engage insights from philosophical and theological traditions in order to enhance the capacity of our analyses.
- Rhodora Beaton, Associate Professor of Liturgical and Sacramental Theology, Aquinas Institute of Theology
- John Berkman, Professor of Moral Theology, Regis College, University of Toronto
- Oliver Davies, Emeritus Professor of Christian Doctrine, Kings College London
- Simon Gaine OP, Regent of Studies, Blackfriars Oxford
- Todd Hanneken, Associate Professor of Theology, St. Mary's University
- James Helmer, Assistant Professor of Theology, Xavier University
- Joel Hodge, Senior Lecturer, Theology, Australian Catholic University
- Nicola Hoggard Creegan, Theologian, New Zealand
- Philip Rolnick, Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas
- Eugene Rogers, Professor of Religious Studies, UNC-Greensboro
- Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
- Arthur Walker-Jones, The United Church of Canada Research Chair in Contemporary Theology, University of Winnipeg
Project News & Media
Jul 8 2017
Lecture – London Global Gateway
Jul 8 2017
Fiona Coward, The Wisdom of Homo sapiens: "The Wisdom of the Crowd"? Promiscuous Sociality, Things, and Networks in Human Evolution
Lecture – London Global Gateway
Jul 7 2017
Lecture – London Global Gateway
Jul 6 2017
Lecture – London Global Gateway
Jul 6 2017
Conference – London Global Gateway
May 4 2017
Lecture – Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall
Jun 2 2016
625 Flanner Hall
May 27 2015
Baynes-Rock, Marcus. Among the Bone Eaters: Encounters with Hyenas in Harar. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2015.
Baynes-Rock, Marcus. "Ethiopian Buda as Hyenas: Where the Social is More than Human." Folklore 126.3 (2015): 266–82.
Baynes-Rock, Marcus. "Human Perceptual and Phobic Biases for Snakes: A Review of the Experimental Evidence." Anthrozoös 30.1 (2017): 5–18.
Baynes-Rock, Marcus. "The Ontogeny of Hyena Representations among the Harari People of Ethiopia." Africa 86.2 (2016): 288–304.
Baynes-Rock, Marcus, and Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. "We Are Not Equals: Socio-Cognitive Dimensions of Lion/Human Relationships." Animal Studies Journal 6.1 (2017): 104–28.
Beaton, Rhodora. "'Let Us Sing As We Go’: Language Origins and the Sung Response of Faith." Horizons 44 (2017): 56–79.
Beaton, Rhodora. "Seeing with the Eyes of Mercy: Ade Bethune as Precursor to Walter Kasper." Worship 90 (2016): 513–31.
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Berkman, John, and Michael Buttrey. "Theologies of Enhancement? Another Look at Oliver O’Donovan’s Created Order." Toronto Journal of Theology 31.1 (2015): 27–37.
Davies, Oliver. "Cognition, Emotion and the Ethics of Authenticity." In Process of Believing: The Acquisition, Maintenance, and Change in Creditions, edited by H.F. Angel, L. Oviedo, R.F. Paloutzian, A. Runehov, and R.J. Seitz, 277–87. Springer, 2017.
Davies, Oliver. "Evolution, Language and the Biblical Text: Towards a Theological Synthesis." In Theologians on Scripture, edited by Angus Paddison. London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016.
Davies, Oliver. "Freedom, Community, and Language: Outline of a 'Neuroanthropological' Pneumatology." In The Testimony of the Spirit: New Essays, edited by Doug Geivett and Paul Moser. Oxford Unviersity Press, 2016.
Davies, Oliver. "Learning Presence: The Mystical Text as Intimate Hyper-Communication Across Time." In Mystical Theology and Continental Philosophy, edited by David Lewin, Simon Podmore, and Duane Williams. Ashgate, 2017.
Davies, Oliver. "Niche Construction, Social Cognition, and Language: Hypothesizing the Human as the Production of Place." Culture and Brain 4.2 (2016): 87–112.
Deane-Drummond, Celia. "The Birth of Morality and the Fall of Adam through an Evolutionary Inter-Species Lens." Theology Today 72.2 (2015): 182–93.
Deane-Drummond, Celia. "Deep History, Amnesia, and Animal Ethics: A Case for Inter-Morality," Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 67.4 (2015): 263–71.
Deane-Drummond, Celia. "Empathy and the Evolution of Compassion: From Deep History to Infused Virtue." Zygon 52:1 (2017): 258–78.
Deane-Drummond, Celia, Agustín Fuentes, and Neil Arner. "The Evolution of Morality: A Three-Dimensional Map." Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences 3.2 (2016): 115–51.
Deane-Drummond, Celia. "Looking at Humans Through the Lens of Deep History: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Theology and Evolutionary Anthropology." In Theology as Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Learning with and from the Natural and Human Sciences, edited by Robin Lovin and Joshua Mauldin. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017.
Deane-Drummond, Celia. "Moral Origins and Evolutionary Ethics: Navigating the Maze in Conversation with J. Wentzel van Huyssteen." In Human Origins and the Image of God: Essays in Honor of J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, edited by Christopher Lilley and Daniel Pedersen, 201–24. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017.
Feder, Julia. "Directed Toward Relationship: William Stoeger's Immanent Directionality and Edward Schilllebeeckx's Mystical Eschatology." Theological Studies 78.2 (2017): 447–61.
Feder, Julia, and Jonathan Marks. "Genetics, Race, and the Practice of Science, Part One: On How the Humanities Help Us Think Critically About Science." Anthropology Today ( 2016).
Feder, Julia, and Jonathan Marks. "Genetics, Race, and the Practice of Science, Part Two: On How Human Genetics is Biopolitical." Anthropology Today (2016).
Feder, Julia. "Human Suffering, Evolution, and Ecological Niches: Edward Schillebeeckx in Dialogue with Niche Construction Theology." Journal of Religion and Society Supplement 16 (2018): 150–64.
Feder, Julia. "The Impossible is Made Possible: Edward Schillebeeckx, Symbolic Imagination, and Eschatological Faith." Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences 3.2 (2016): 188–216.
Fuentes, Agustín, Marc Kissel, Rahul Oka, Susan Sheridan, Nam Kim, and Matthew Piscitelli (2017). "The CLASH model lacks evolutionary and archeological support." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40, E85 (2017).
Fuentes, Agustín. The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional. New York: Dutton, 2017.
Fuentes, Agustín, and Marc Kissel. "Human Evolutionary History and Contemporary Evolutionary Theology Provide Insight when Assessing Cultural Group Selection." Behavioral and Brain Sciences 39 (2016): 25–6.
Fuentes, Agustín. "Integrative Anthropology and the Human Niche: Toward a Contemporary Approach to Human Evolution." American Anthropologist 117.2 (2015): 302–15.
Fuentes, Agustín. "Manipulating Materials, Bodies, and Signs: How the Ecology of Creative Problem Solving, Tool Manufacture, and Imaginative Sociality Set the Context for Language in the Later Pleistocene Human Niche." In The Evolution of Human Wisdom, edited by Celia Deane-Drummond and Agustín Fuentes, 193–206. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2017.
Fuentes, Agustín, Marc Kissel, and Jeffrey Peterson. "Semiose in der Evolution von Primaten und Menschen." In Geschaffen nach ihrer Art: Was unterscheidet Tiere und Menschen?, edited by Ulrich Beuttler, Hansjörg Hemminger, Markus Mühling, and Martin Rothgangel. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2017.
Fuentes, Agustín. "Thinking Across Boundaries: The Virtues of Humility and Hope." In Theology as Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Learning with and from the Natural and Human Sciences, edited by Robin Lovin and Joshua Mauldin. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017.
Fuentes, Agustín. "What Evolution, the Human Niche, and Imagination can tell us about the Emergence of Religion." Theology Today 72.2 (2015): 170–81.
Kissel, Marc. "What Can Anthropology Say About the Evolution of Human Wisdom?." In The Evolution of Human Wisdom, edited by Celia Deane-Drummond and Agustín Fuentes, 25–46. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2017.
Kissel, Marc, and Agustín Fuentes. "A Database of Archaeological Evidence for Representational Behavior." Evolutionary Anthropology 26.4 (2017): 149–50.
Kissel, Marc, and Agustín Fuentes. "From Hominid to Human: The Role of Human Wisdom and Distinctiveness in the Evolution of Modern Humans." Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences 3.2 (2016): 217–44.
Rogers, Eugene. "Blood.” In T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement, edited by Adam Johnson, 403–5. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.
Rogers, Eugene. "The Blood of Christ and the Christology of Things, Or, Why Things Became Human." In The Promise of Robert W. Jenson's Theology: Constructive Engagements, edited by Stephen John Wright and Chris E. W. Green, 159–76. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017.
Rogers, Eugene. "The Fire in the Wine: How Can the Blood of Christ Carry the Holy Spirit?" In Third Article Theology: A Pneumatological Dogmatics, edited by Myk Habets, 251–64. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.
Rogers, Eugene. "Sacrifice Regained in the Light of God, Sexuality, and the Self and ‘Flesh and Blood.’’ In Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology, edited by Janice McRandal, 49–66. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2016.
Rogers, Eugene. "Tanner’s Non-Competitive Account and the Blood of Christ: Where Eucharistic Theology Meets the Evolution of Ritual." In The Gift of Theology: The Contribution of Kathryn Tanner, edited by Rosemary P. Carbine and Hilda P. Koster, 139–58. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015.
Walker-Jones, Arthur. "Naming the Human Animal: Genesis 1-3 and Other Animals in Human Becoming." Zygon 52.4 (2017): 1005–28.
Willows, Adam. "Change and Constancy in the Nature of Wisdom over Time." In The Evolution of Human Wisdom, edited by Celia Deane-Drummond and Agustín Fuentes, 147–65. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2017.