Humility, Wisdom, and Grace in Deep Time

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Project Dates: December 1, 2015 – November 30, 2018
Principal Investigators: Celia Deane-Drummond and Agustín Fuentes
Funded by: The John Templeton Foundation and the Notre Dame International Global Collaboration Initiative

Project Aim
Project Summary

The focus of the project will be an advanced symposium (by invitation only), entitled 'Humility, Wisdom, and Grace in Deep Time: A Conversation between Theology and Evolutionary Anthropology', under the auspices of the John Templeton Foundation's Humble Approach Initiative

The big questions to be addressed in this project connect with an existing project on the evoluton of human wisdom that asks: where did it come from and how did it begin? The symposium expands on this research and asks: what might be the relationship between the virtues of wisdom and humility and could the latter be tracked in the evolutionary record along with wisdom? In examining these questions the project will probe the extent to which the integration of theological approaches shapes, facilitates, and changes the answers to these questions. Moreover, the project also will explore the experience of grace as a way of understanding the complex way religious experience emerged in deep time.

Project Events
  • Advanced symposium (by invitation): 'Humility, Wisdom, and Grace in Deep Time: A Conversation between Theology and Evolutionary Anthropology', Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, Stellenbosch, South Africa (January 19-22, 2017).
Project Team