The Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing (CTSHF) seeks to attract research projects of significance for the dialogue between the sciences and the humanities, projects that promote new scientific research and new theological and philosophical reflection in light of this exchange. Our research foci are the big questions surrounding origins, natures, and futures, questions that are of interest to scientists, theologians, and philosophers.
- ORIGINS – theology, philosophy and anthropology, evolutionary biology, astrobiology, physics
- NATURES – theology, philosophy and anthropology, neuroscience, psychology, biology, genetics, social science
- FUTURES – theology, philosophy and global ethics, new technologies, ecology, sustainability
Since the Center's inception in 2015, our mission has been to foster innovative, transdisciplinary research at the intersections of the natural sciences and humanities, to equip scholars on the vanguard of this research, and to shape the public conversation.
Our work is motivated by the search for wisdom in service of the common good. The modern world is dominated by an accumulation of knowledge about the world and its history. However, less attention has been given to integrating sources of new knowledge in light of centuries of human experience and to drawing on the different forms of wisdom that arise from this process. By bringing the natural and social sciences, theology, and the humanities together to explore the big questions of ORIGINS, NATURES, and FUTURES, we seek to gain transformative new insights – for the academy and beyond – into what it means to be human and to live well and responsibly in the world. The Center is inspired by the particular wisdom of Catholic philosophy, theology, and social thought, though not limited to that religious tradition as part of the process of respectful dialogue with the sciences.
- To initiate intellectual advances in theology/philosophy and the sciences through transdisciplinary research projects
- To strengthen the international profile of the University of Notre Dame and to build capacity for future research
- To catalyze research collaboration across disciplines and academic centers and institutes at the University of Notre Dame
- To support students interested in working at the intersection of theology, philosophy, and the natural and social sciences
- To shape the public conversation on theology and science through the popular dissemination of research
Support for Faculty
The CTSHF invites faculty to contact the Director – Celia Deane-Drummond – regarding ideas for potential research projects that align with our mission and aims. We provide extensive support for faculty including the management of grants, personnel, events, reporting, financial tracking, publications, and more. In offering an infrastructure of support for research projects, we seek to enable faculty to fully focus on their research goals, with the knowledge that the administrative elements are in good hands.