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This webpage serves as a resource for project directors, faculty fellows, and webinar course participants to keep informed of project deadlines, play tour dates, conference details, webinar links, and other key pieces of information.

Information for Project Directors

Key Project Dates

Date Description
September 1, 2022 Year 2 payments made to grantees
May 23, 2023 MOUs for year 3 faculty fellows due
June 15, 2023 Progress report for year 2 activities due
July 5-16, 2023 Summer conference in Oxford
September 1, 2023 Year 3 payments made to grantees
June 30, 2024 Progress report for year 3 activities due
TBD 2024 Summer conference in Oxford
TBD 2024 President’s roundtable in Oxford



Faraday Play Tour

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Date Location
February 21, 2023 Gordon College
February 23, 2023 Calvin University
February 25, 2023 Azusa Pacific University
February 27, 2023 Abilene Christian University
March 30, 2023 Dordt University
April 1, 2023 Seattle Pacific University
April 3, 2023 Whitworth University
April 5, 2023 Trinity Western University


Progress Reports

Click here for the Year 1 progress report

Information for Faculty Fellows

Summer 2023 Conference in Oxford

The summer conference will take place in Oxford, UK from July 5-16, 2023. The tentative conference schedule is available here.

Information for Webinar Course Participants

Webinar Topic: Introduction to the Course

Webinar Leader(s): SCIO staff

Time/Date: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm Oxford on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 & Thursday, September 22, 2022

Link for Wednesday, September 21:

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Meeting ID: 396 604 878 144
Passcode: BS7cE5

Link for Thursday, September 22:

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Meeting ID: 380 506 390 546
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Alister McGrath, Inventing the Universe: Why we can’t stop talking about science, faith and God (Hodder and Stoughton, 2015), chapter 9.

You can find a PDF scan of this reading here

Alister McGrath, Science and Religion: A New Introduction, 3rd edition (Wiley Blackwell, 2020), chapter 1 (some overlap with first reading; please focus on non-overlapping material) and chapter 2.

Webinar Topic: Biblical Studies

Webinar Leader(s): John Walton, Wheaton College

Time/Date: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm Oxford on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 & Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Link for Tuesday, October 18th: 

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Meeting ID: 348 813 074 333
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Link for Wednesday, October 19th:

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Meeting ID: 315 890 294 97
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John Walton, The Lost World of Adam and Eve: Genesis 2-3 and the Human Origins Debate (IVP, 2015), propositions 1-5, 8-9, 13-15, 20-21.

Questions to Guide Reading:

  1. What do you think of the overall argument that the current cognitive landscape misinterprets the nature of the genesis story? Do you find the argument convincing for a more ancient cognitive frame of reference? (Pg. 15-20; 24-26) 
  2. What is the functional/material distinction that Walton makes? Why does he think it is important to make it? How does it shape how he reads Genesis? 
  3. How does the identity (or essence)/substance distinction (p. 76) regarding the creation of Adam specifically work within a scientific framework? In other words, do you think that there is a meaningful distinction between the two in the way the author uses these concepts? 
  4. What do you think of the house/home analogy that Walton makes (pg. 44-45)? Does this capture the nuance of the argument? In what ways does the metaphor work or fall short? Are there other images that might capture this better? 
  5. What does the notion of the archetype add to the creation story and what role does it play in Walton’s shift away from an essentially substance-based view of creation? (pg. 74-77) 

Webinar Topic: Psychology

Webinar Leader(s): Erin Smith, California Baptist University

Time/Date: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm Oxford on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 & Thursday, November 17, 2022

Link for Wednesday, November 16th:

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Meeting ID: 861 1188 3538
Passcode: 868206
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Link for Thursday, November 17th: 

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Erin Smith, “The Role of Psychology in Advancing Dialogue between Science and Christianity” (2020).

You can find a PDF scan of this reading here

Tyler J. VanderWeele, “Religious Communities and Human Flourishing” (2017).

You can find a PDF scan of this reading here

Erin Smith, “A Tale of Two Perspectives: How Psychology and Neuroscience Contribute to Understanding Personhood” (2021).

You can find a PDF scan of this reading here

Questions to Guide Reading:

Reading 1: The Role of Psychology in Advancing Dialogue Between Science and Christianity  

 Why is Smith’s articulation of implicit bias as a guiding cultural paradigm and its role in shaping the science and religion dialogue important? 

To what extent do you think psychology can help not just within particular applications of science and religion, but in shaping the nature of the debate itself? 

Are there other considerations Smith has not touched on that would strengthen or challenge her argument? 

Reading 2: Religious Communities and Human Flourishing 

Are you persuaded by VanderWeele’s argument that religious communities promote human flourishing? Why or why not?

What types of success markers are used in establishing this argument, and do you agree that they indicate flourishing? 

What are some arguments for a causal versus correlational relationship, and what are some pros and cons of this type of reasoning? 

Reading 3: A Tale of Two Perspectives 

Are you persuaded by Smith’s claim that: “research in psychology and neuroscience can serve as an anchor for philosophical and theological examinations of the human person, grounding those discussions according to evidence about how personhood functions in the lives of people.”? (pg. 44-45) Why or why not?

In what ways does Smith propose that theological and philosophical thinking can improve psychological and empirical thinking about the self? 

Are there areas of integration between science and theology, especially surrounding the concept of personhood, that you would add to this debate?


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