Monthly Archives: October 2018

On the Road: Executive Director goes on US speaking tour


In late September and October, the Executive Director of SCIO, Dr Stan Rosenberg, journeyed across the US on a speaking tour. Dr Rosenberg addressed science and religion topics in open lectures; he also spoke at meetings with the science and religion clubs started under the auspices of SCIO and its Bridging the Two Cultures grant project. These included:

Calvin College on 25 September: a lecture on Augustine’s Theological Foundations for the Early Modern Move from Organism to Mechanism given at the ‘Christian Perspectives in Science Seminar’; an open forum held with the student science and religion club
Oklahoma Christian University on 28 September: a lecture on Can Nature be ‘Red in Tooth and Claw’ in the thought of Augustine
Southern Nazarene University on 1 October: a lecture on Can Nature be ‘Red in Tooth and Claw’ in the thought of Augustine; an open forum held with the student science and religion club.

For further discussion on the topic of science and religion, check out Dr Rosenberg’s new book, Finding Ourselves After Darwin.



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SCIO Publication Announcement: BioLogos research group publishes volume

We are pleased to announce the publication of Finding Ourselves after Darwin: Conversations on the Image of God, Original Sin, and the Problem of Evil, an anthology general edited by the Executive Director of SCIO, Dr Stan Rosenberg. The volume is the product of the BioLogos research group, for which several SCIO staff members form part of the core research team.

Associate edited by Dr Michael Burdett, Rev Dr Michael Lloyd, and Prof Dr Benno van den Toren, the anthology is a wide ranging volume, with chapters discussing the interface between Christian doctrine and evolutionary scientific research.

With contributions from a number of leading academics from various fields, including Richard Swinburne, Gijsbert van den Brink, Christopher M. Hays, and Vince Vitale, the volume addresses a variety of issues, and aims to equip readers from a range of backgrounds, from academics to students, from pastors to laity.

The book has already garnered endorsements from across the academy. Celia Deane-Drummond (professor of theology and director of the Centre for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, University of Notre Dame) writes that:
This is not just another book on theology and evolution but a serious attempt by well-established and emerging scholars to grapple with the most pressing theological issues that result from that engagement […]. This is not only a book for serious scholars in this field, but – given that it encourages open and honest debate – it is also one that will be extremely useful for teaching and deserves to be fully embedded in theology courses as well as those in theology and science.
Finding Ourselves after Darwin is available in both paperback and e-book form at Blackwell’s, Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), and Barnes & Noble.

By |October 12th, 2018|News|0 Comments|

Calling all student programme alumni – SCIO now on LinkedIn

We are pleased to announce that SCIO is now listed as a teaching and research institute on LinkedIn. This means that current students or alumni of SCIO can now list us in the ‘Education’ section of their LinkedIn profile.

Please do incorporate your educational experience here in Oxford into your online CV. It couldn’t be easier. Search ‘SCIO: Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford’, and then enter your programme:

Scholars’ Semester in Oxford
Scholars’ Semester in Oxford, Yearlong
Oxford Summer Programme

in the ‘Degree’ section. Once you’ve done that, you can then enter the subject that you majored in while you were here in the ‘Field of Study’ section. The rest ought to be fairly self explanatory.

At SCIO we are always looking to provide ways of linking our alumni community together. We do hope that this additional means of staying in touch with us and your fellow alumni, while also being able to share your experience here with potential employers, will be useful for you all. Get involved!


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Life after SCIO: alumna reads for MPhil at Oxford

We are delighted by the news that Marianna Nichols (Michaelmas Term, 2016) has accepted an offer to read for an MPhil in Roman History at St Cross College, Oxford.

A native of Iuka, Mississippi, Marianna completed her undergraduate degree in History and Religious Studies at Judson College in Marion, Alabama. Following her graduation from Judson, Marianna enrolled as a graduate student at Cornell University, where she read for an MA in Archaeology. Concerning her research interests, she writes:
Currently, I am interested in Graeco-Roman influences within Judaea during the first century CE and their effects upon localized identity formation. I am also intrigued by the alternative roles taken by textual and material expression within identity construction. While at Oxford I hope to acquire a greater understanding of how Roman politics, and perspectives, historically impacted self-perception within outlying regions of the Empire. My ultimate goal is to specialize in Classical Archaeology and teach at the collegiate level back in the states.
Remembering her time at SCIO, Marianna writes:
I participated in SCIO during my final year as an undergraduate, and I cannot express how positive the experience was for both my personal and academic development. Though I always planned on attending graduate school, I am certain that without my experience with SCIO I would not now be enrolled at Oxford. However, SCIO also provided me with a truly supportive academic environment that has fundamentally influenced the way I understand “community.”  The programme gave me an opportunity to form close bonds with a diverse range of academically-inclined individuals. Some of these individuals remain among my closest friends and have been a true source of inspiration within my current academic efforts. I am thankful that this programme exists [...]

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Life after SCIO: alumna to read for MLitt at St Andrews

SCIO is pleased by the news that alumna Jen Schmidt (Michaelmas Term, 2016) has been accepted to study for an MLitt at the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts (ITIA) at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Jen, who was a Creative Writing major at Biola University in La Mirada, California, remembers that she had ‘no thoughts of grad school’ when she arrived in Oxford at the beginning of the fall semester of her senior year. Her desire simply to ‘escape to the mountains to write’ took a dramatic turn, however, upon encountering the lively academic atmosphere of Oxford; she writes:
During a tea at Wycliffe, I met and spoke with Dr. Michael Burdett, who, after a conversation on heroic literature, C.S. Lewis, and medieval theology, recommended that I look into ITIA — the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts, a postgraduate program at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Encouraged by my tutor, Dr. Jonathan Thorpe, and my insightful Oxford friends, I ended up applying and am now an MLitt student with the program for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Regarding her research interests, Jen writes:
Even though my passion lies specifically in writing fiction and poetry, there is much to be learned from the stories that continue to influence our culture over the centuries, and much to be learned from how theology has both shaped and been shaped by stories of heroism. Our perception of heroes is simultaneously fluctuating and static, and literature is a beautiful medium for conveying, celebrating, and critiquing that perception.
Though Jen is now two years removed from her time at SCIO, her experience of Oxford remains significant:
During SCIO, I was able to explore my interest [...]

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