A total of £2.3 million ($2.8 million) has been awarded to the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland for research and teaching of science-engaged theology.
The grant, awarded by the John Templeton Foundation, will fund an open online resource and two undergraduate scholarships.
“With this project, the University of St. Andrews is pioneering a wave of interdisciplinary research and teaching,” said Dr. John Perry, senior lecturer in Christian Ethics at St. Andrews in a statement. “Rather than generalizing about science and religion as abstract concepts, science-engaged theology draws specific sub-disciplines and theories together to solve concrete problems.”
The establishing of new courses and an online platform will incorporate current knowledge from the behavioral sciences into religious visions on what it means to be human. The hope is that the grant will facilitate greater collaboration between scientists and theologians for years to come.