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SCIO’s research and education projects focus on key concerns in Science and Religion. SCIO has four members of staff with research interests in this field and works closely with University of Oxford academics and institutions engaged in research in Science and Religion.

SCIO staff contributing to the discipline of science and religion:

They are joined by Professor Alister McGrath, who is the academic director for the Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities projects. Dr Michael Burdett, Assistant Professor in Christian Theology at the University of Nottingham, worked closely with SCIO on these projects.

Past projects include:

  • Oxford Interdisciplinary Seminars in Science and Religion: Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities II, 2017–19. Building on the success of Bridging the Two Cultures I, SCIO offered a follow-up programme for a new cohort of up to 25 faculty members from CCCU institutions and other faith-based institutions, including those in Latin America and Africa. Funded by the Templeton Religion Trust and The Blankemeyer Foundation with grants of c.$2 million, the programme focused on enhancing the development of faculty members and serving the broader academic communities which they represent. Faculty Participants explored Science and Religion issues in the unique setting of Oxford, developing interdisciplinary skills that are central to the field. The programme trained the next generation of leaders in Science and Religion, provided mentoring for student researchers, and encouraged broader student engagement, and expanded the conversations to include key campus leaders (presidents, provosts, chief student development officers, and chaplains).
  • Glorification and Creaturehood in an Age of Biotechnological Enhancement, 2016–19. Funded with a grant of £141,000 from the John Templeton Foundation, this project focused on defining Christian and scientific responses (neuroscience, psychology, and biology) to human beings as ‘creatures’ who are bound for ‘glory’ with the aim of applying this wisdom to debates on human biotechnological enhancement. The main activities of the project included production of several peer-reviewed articles and a scholarly monograph, and an international symposium that convened leading Christian scholars on the topic.
  • Oxford Interdisciplinary Seminars in Science and Religion: Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities I, 2014–16. Funded by the Templeton Religion Trust with a grant of c.£1.15 million, the project focused on building a community of the next generation of Science and Religion scholars by increasing their interdisciplinary skills through a substantial programme of activities in Oxford, and providing resources for greater home campus engagement.
  • Configuring Adam and Eve: Exploring Conceptual Space at the Interface of Theological and Scientific Reflection on Human Origins, 2012–15.  Based at Wycliffe Hall, the $286,000 project was funded by the BioLogos Foundation and supported by SCIO Science and Religion staff. The project members hosted two international conferences, authored several academic and popular-level articles, and published a major edited volume on evolution and the image of God, original sin, and the problem of evil.
  • Balancing Perspectives: Science and Religion Research and Teaching within the Member Institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, 2011–13. This study of research and teaching at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) was commissioned by the John Templeton Foundation with a grant of $141,000. It culminated in a 111-page report to Templeton and a publicly available executive summary.
  • John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity, 2003–5. Building on the strengths of the first set of seminars and drawing upon the cohort trained in the first round, this set offered training to a new cohort of 35 scholars.
  • John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity, 1999–2001. Providing training for a cohort of 35 scholars, these seminars met for four weeks each summer for three years and helped to establish new scholars in the nascent field.