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The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences Announces $1.3 Million in New Support from the John Templeton Foundation


from Currents Spring 2015

The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) has received $1.3 million in new funding from the John Templeton Foundation to support and enhance CTNS programming.

Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences

Over its 35-year history, the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) has distinguished itself as a world leader in the field of theology and science. Our continued success depends on the generous support of individuals who share our mission to bridge theology and science, and there is much important work to be done.

CTNS Faculty Showcase

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 7:00pm

A sampling of theology and science research by faculty from around the GTU. 

Confirmed Speakers:

CTNS Turns 35—and Becomes a GTU Program!

CTNS 35th Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 7:00pm

This event will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences as well as CTNS's new beginning as a program of the Graduate Theological Union. There will be brief statements from the key players in the transition to be followed by a reception. We hope to see you there to help us celebrate this milestone in the history of CTNS.

CTNS Student Showcase

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 7:00pm
To kick off the 2016-2017 school year the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences will give a sampling of the kinds of science and religion research being done at the GTU by doctoral students.
Confirmed Speakers:
  • Alan Weissenbacher, Ph.D. candidate currently finishing his dissertation. His presentation is entitled “Practical Neuroscience for the Pews”
  • Braden Molhoek, 2016 graduate. His presentation is entitled “Original Righteousness Contributes to the Inevitability of Sin?”

CTNS Gives GTU an Endowed Chair and Fellowships in Theology and Science Worth Nearly $2.1M

The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) has given the Graduate Theological Union the endowed Ian G. Barbour Chair in Theology and Science and two endowed fellowships, the Russell Family Fellowship in Religion and Science and the Charles H. Townes Graduate Student Fellowship in Theology and Science. These gifts, valued at nearly $2.1M, mark the latest and most significant step in the year-long transition through which CTNS will shift from being an independently incorporated GTU affiliate to an internal program of the GTU.

CTNS Student Showcase

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 7:00pm

The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences announces the 2015 Student Showcase. Come hear about the research of students in Science and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union:

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Daekyung Jung, Divine Action and the Origin of Life: Theistic Evolution and Semantic Divine Action

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CTNS Announces $1.3M Gift from the John Templeton Foundation

The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) has received a $1.3 million institutional donation from the John Templeton Foundation, one of the largest such donations in the Foundation’s history. This funding will support and enhance CTNS programming as the Center transitions from being an independently incorporated organization affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) to being an internal program unit of the GTU.

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