Loyola University Maryland Assistant Professor of Philosophy Meghan Page won a roughly $1.5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to support her three-year project to apply insights from contemporary philosophy of science to the ongoing debates in philosophy of religion and theology.
The project titled, “Building Foundations in Science-Engaged Theology: Insights from Philosophy of Science,” includes a series of seminars looking at questions about the nature of the divine, its role in the world, the extent of human freedom and the shape and structure of the natural order.
“I am very excited for this project and opportunity to bring together philosophers of science and theologians, both of whom hold unique perspectives on understanding the richness and complexity of the natural world,” Page said in a statement. “Loyola will make an excellent host institution for this grant, as it exemplifies the Ignatian values of wonder, curiosity, and the pursuit of truth in all intellectual endeavors.”
In addition to seminars aimed at mid-career theologians and philosophers of religion, Page plans to fold the insights from the grant into her courses at Loyola, where she has taught since 2015.
The grant will also fund the development of both research and pedagogy that integrates philosophy of science with investigations of the divine. Joining Page are Rebekah Eklund, associate professor of theology, who will also represent Loyola, and Jennifer Juhn, from Duke University who will serve as an instructor at the seminars.
Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.