Fellowship Recipients


The Human Distinctiveness Summer Seminar, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, brought thirteen theologians and biblical scholars from the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom to Notre Dame in May 2015. The three-week teaching and research course provided an introduction to anthropological theories, methods, and practice with the aim of equipping participants to integrate anthropological insights into their research. During the seminar, scholars developed their own research agendas at this interface and presented and received feedback on their topics. Five of these participants also received sabbatical leave funding to continue this research during the 2015-16 academic year. Information about this growing body of research will be made available in the upcoming months.

Summer Seminar Research Fellowship Recipients

Rhodora Beaton, Associate Professor of Liturgical and Sacramental Theology, Aquinas Institute of Theology

Project title: An Embodied Theology of Revelation for the Twenty-First Century

John Berkman, Associate Professor of Moral Theology, Regis College, University of Toronto

Project title: Rethinking Rationality: The Aristotelian-Thomistic Account of Human Distinctiveness in Conversation with Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology, and Ethology

Oliver Davies, Professor of Christian Doctrine, King's College London

Project title: Theory of the Practice of Being Human

Eugene Rogers, Professor, Department of Religious Studies and Program Faculty, Women’s and Gender Studies, University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Project title: The Wisdom and Danger of Signaling in Blood

Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Project title: 'I am God Your Healer': Illness, Community and Healing in Biblical and Evolutionary Anthropological Perspectives

Summer Seminar Research Participants

Simon Gaine, Regent of Studies, Blackfriars, Oxford

Project title: A Theological Anthropology for Seminarians

Todd Hanneken, Associate Professor of Theology, St. Mary's University

Project title: Anthropological Perspectives on Scribal Culture

James Helmer, Assistant Professor of Theology, Xavier University

Project title: On Bridging the Gap: Wisdom, Culture, and Cooperation in Human and Non-Human Primates

Joel Hodge, Lecturer, School of Theology, Australian Catholic University

Project title: Hominization, Mimetic Theory and Theology

Nicola Hoggard Creegan, St. John’s Anglican Theological College

Project title: Freedom: Evolutionary Distinctiveness within the God-niche

Philip Rolnick, Professor of Theology, University of St. Thomas

Project title: A Theology of Biocultural Progress: Transcendence, Transversality, and Teleology

Timothy Sandoval, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University

Project title: Proverbs and Virtue Ethics in Light of Evolutionary Theory

Arthur Walker-Jones, Professor of Biblical Literature, University of Winnipeg

Project title: 'You Have Made Us Like Sheep for Slaughter' (Ps 44:11): Human Relationships with Other Species and Coevolution in Ancient Israelite Religion