Science, Theology, and Religion Initiatives
TheoPsych: Bringing Theology to Mind
What new insights concerning human nature may be discovered when theology and psychological science are brought together?
Join this initiative that will support science-engaged theology.
About the Program
Seminar Themes, Structure and Criteria, and Application Process
Each seminar will have its own unique focus within the theme “On Human Natures: Psychological Science in the Service of Theology.”
July 8-20, 2019
The Created and Fallen Image of God
January 6-18, 2020
Completely Human, Completely Divine (accepting applications now)
July 6-18, 2020
Restoring Human Nature
You could be one of 20 select early- to mid-career theologians invited to attend one of these immersive two-week residential seminars in Southern California.
Each participant will be encouraged and supported in authoring a paper for presentation and publication in the year following the seminar.
Following the seminar, participants will be eligible to apply for up to $15,000 to further their scholarship on the topic of the seminar program.
How to Apply
Applicants must be:
- Early- to mid-career theologians with faculty posts (tenured or non-tenured)
- Interested in integrating the seminar theme into their future work
- Interested in generating new questions and new research impacting scholarship and teaching in theology and psychology
- Interested in generating new empirical questions for psychological scientists to research
- A one-page statement outlining why you want to join the seminar program and specifically why this theme is important for your work
- An abstract for a proposed paper using psychological science and theology
- A short (one page or less) list of psychological topics you feel are relevant to your work, and a brief description of what you are interested in learning about these topics and/or why they are relevant
- A short list of your favorite (most influential to your thinking/work) authors and/or books
- A CV including the following items:
- Description of current faculty post
- Publication record
- A letter of support from your relevant chair, dean, or administrator
Host and Convener
Hosted by Dr. Justin L. Barrett
Justin Barrett is a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a cognitive and developmental psychologist who conducts research concerning (1) cognitive foundations of cultural expression, (2) religious thought development (primarily in childhood), and (3) other causes and consequences of thought and behavior that might be considered “religious.” He also writes and speaks on philosophical and theological implications of scientific approaches to the study of religious thought. He is widely regarded as one of the founders of cognitive science of religion because of his empirical and theoretical work in the area.
Convened by Dr. Oliver Crisp
Oliver Crisp is a professor of systematic theology who joined Fuller Theological Seminary in 2011. He is also a professorial fellow at the Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He holds a PhD from King’s College, London, and a DLitt from the University of Aberdeen. Dr. Crisp has written and edited a number of books on analytic-theological themes, is a founding editor of the Journal of Analytic Theology, and co-organizes the annual Los Angeles Theology Conference with Fred Sanders. He has just completed leading a major grant initiative in analytic theology involving ongoing seminars and training opportunities for theologians.
Who You’ll Hear From and What You’ll Do
Our seminar programs will follow a non-traditional format featuring a unique optimized learning experience. Your days will be comprised of micro-lectures, ½ day lectures, group discussion, solo processing time, Q&A, recreational activities, network development, and more.
Justin Barrett (Fuller Seminary)
Peter Hill (Biola University)
Mari Clements (Fuller Seminary)
Justin Barrett (Fuller Seminary)
Pamela King (Fuller Seminary)
Brad Strawn (Fuller Seminary)
William Newsome (Stanford University)
Robert Emmons (University of California, Davis)