A full list of participants for the 2014–16 programme is available.

In 2017 SCIO invited participants to send in reflections on their time with the programme from 2014 to 2016; a selection have been posted below.  

Bernard Boyo, Phd, Daystar University, Kenya
Boyo, Bernard“Bridging the Two Cultures was such an eye-opener to me on the extent to which the gap between science and religion permeates virtually all sectors of our society creating an unnecessary dichotomy and thus disrupting the cohesiveness of life and reality. Our view of creation and the practice of our Christian faith must not be divided on the basis of certain beliefs or practices that have been brought about by undue engagement from both sides of the divide. The program lectures and interactions at the seminars clearly enabled me to refocus my Christian calling to be a conduit of accurate information on my teaching in and engagement of the biblical text to my peers and students. This was a one in a million opportunity which I am truly grateful to have participated in.”

Laird R. O. Edman, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Northwestern College, USA
Edman, Laird“Spending time in Oxford was wonderfully stimulating—the resources of the Bodleian are impressive, yes, but the presence of the cloud of scholarly witnesses in the very air of the place was profoundly inspiring. The most powerful influences on my scholarship and my thinking are the relationships I formed among the scholars in this program. These relationships are leading to collaborations on research, on grants, even on a book project. Most importantly, they have led to life-giving friendships with Christian scholars across disciplines and around the world. The quality of the lecturers was consistently impressive. These are the people who define the debate in their fields and who command international respect. I felt privileged to listen to, question, and even spend leisure time with them.”

Carlos Miguel Gómez, Phd, Profesor Investigador, Director Centro de Estudios Teológicos y de las Religiones-CETRE, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia
Gomez Rincon, Carlos“I have been profoundly impacted by the personal encounter with top scholars, who understand their intellectual work as a spiritual calling. Their example has given me inspiration and strength, at the same time as I have been introduced to new exciting fields of research. The idea of integration of faith and scholarship is not common in my context, and I was struggling, before going to Oxford, with many conflicts, not between science and religion, but between my academic and my spiritual life. I am in the process of finding my way to integrate my spiritual and my philosophical search.”

April Cordero Maskiewicz, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Point Loma Nazarene University, USA
Maskiewicz, April“The experience at SCIO transformed how I think about and conduct research related to science and Christianity. I gained a greater appreciation for the importance of bridging the humanities and the sciences as well as more clarity about the challenges. Now, more than ever I value the essential role of history and philosophy in the conversation thanks to amazing lecturers, the SCIO staff, and my new CCCU colleagues.”

 

Amanda J. Nichols, PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Oklahoma Christian University, USA
Nichols, Amanda“Participating in the Bridging the Two Cultures program changed the course of my career. The program provided me with valuable training, research time and resources, and networking opportunities. These tools helped me to develop my research and teaching interests further and to engage more fully in interdisciplinary work involving science and religion. As a young faculty member at a small Christian university, primarily a teaching institution, the program helped me gain the tools and confidence needed successfully to move forward in my research.”

Erin Smith, Phd, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Director of Research, California Baptist University, USA
Smith Erin“One way to think about this program is one of depth: my knowledge of the critical issues, historical contexts, and advancements in science and religion was deepened.

“Another way is to think about scope: I naively came to this program thinking about science and religion as a field dominated by the question that has occupied much of my thinking, the question of evolution and the Christian faith. My worldview was broadened and my misconceptions corrected. The impact of the increased scope of the field of science and religion has been felt in my thinking, my teaching, my scholarship, and my personal faith journey.

“A final way to think about the contributions of this program to my personal, professional, and spiritual development is to consider the future. As a result of my engagement in this program, I have developed important relationships with leaders in their fields, colleagues, and friends who understand the importance and idiosyncrancies of these kinds of topics within a Christian context. My research and my teaching have been strengthened as a result of my relationships with this interdisciplinary group representing a wide variety of experience in higher education. I have not just grown in knowledge, but in wisdom in multiple areas (e.g., my area of scholarship, but also in thinking about my scholarship from an administrative perspective). I have several ongoing projects, most involving students, and new course offerings as a direct result of this project. I am grateful to have had this opportunity so early in my career, and am excited to see what this training and these relationships hold for me, my colleagues, and my students, in the future.

“I suppose that one other way of talking about this is that this project wasn’t about me. I might have received the training, but my students will attest: I won’t stop talking about these issues since returning from Oxford. The intellectual stimulation, training, networking, and resources have pervaded my life as a professor. Although I participated, my colleagues and students are also being influenced by the activities of this project.”