Webinar Courses on Science, Christianity, and Society, 2020-21

SCIO’s Webinar Courses on Science, Christianity, and Society represent a new, webinar-based approach to teaching and learning about science’s intersections with broader societal forces, and especially its interactions with Christianity

 

At the invitation of the John Templeton Foundation, SCIO is trialling a new, webinar-based approach to teaching and learning about science’s intersections with broader societal forces, and especially its interactions with Christianity. We are recruiting two cohorts to participate in webinar courses that build on the success of SCIO’s research projects in science and religion, along with its interdisciplinary seminars in science and religion, Bridging the Two Cultures I and II.

For this initial trial, the courses will consist of 8 1-1.5hr sessions, to be held monthly throughout the 2020-21 academic year. In each session, the leader will guide a group discussion of a book or article(s) that they have chosen. Before each session, participants will read the assigned material, and will be encouraged to meet with other participants to develop questions they wish to discuss with the whole group.

Confirmed course leaders include distinguished scholars Peter Harrison, Elaine Howard Ecklund, Philip Clayton, Tremper Longman, Benno van den Toren, and Sarah Lane Ritchie. Course session topics may include:

  • Science and the Bible
  • History of the relations between science and religion
  • Sociological inquiry in science and religion
  • Theology and science-religion relations
  • Philosophy, science, and religion
  • Methodology in science and religion
  • The public responsibilities of scientific researchers
  • Science communication in uncertain times

Initially, the first cohort will be composed of postdoctoral researchers at the University of Oxford. The second will consist of early career faculty members from relevant member institutions of the CCCU.

To learn more about eligibility criteria, please select below:

Postdoctoral fellows at the University of Oxford

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must currently hold a postdoctoral research position (either part- or full-time) in MPLS or Medical Sciences at the University of Oxford
  • Applicants should not have previously done in-depth study of science-and-religion-related topics or science-and-society-related issues

Pretenure faculty members in STEM at CCCU member institutions

Eligibility criteria:

  • Applicants must currently hold a full-time faculty position in a STEM discipline
  • Applicants must be tenure-track (or equivalent) but not yet tenured
  • Applicants must be employed by a governing member or collaborative partner of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities in the United States
  • Applicants should not have previously done in-depth study of science-and-religion-related topics or science-and-society-related issues

To apply:

Applications for both cohorts close at 5pm BST on 14 August 2020.

To apply, please send the following as a single pdf file attachment to science&[email protected] by the closing date:

  • Name, email address, and description of your current position
  • 100 words stating why you are interested in participating in the course
  • 100 words describing a topic you would like to be addressed in the course
  • 100 words describing your research background
  • A brief CV

If you have any questions before the application deadline, please email science&[email protected]

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