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Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences Announces Gift of $2M from Dr. Francisco J. Ayala

For Immediate Release

Berkeley, CA – January 26, 2017 - The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) is pleased to announce a $2M gift from long-time professional partner Dr. Francisco J. Ayala, University Professor in the Sciences and Humanities at the University of California Irvine. In recognition of Dr. Ayala’s gift, CTNS will be renamed The Francisco J. Ayala Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.

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.

Empathy and the Evolution of Compassion: From Deep History to Infused Values

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

A CTNS Public Forum. This lecture contributes a theological perspective to recent heated public debates in psychology on the rejection of empathy as of key significance in the moral life.  In dialogue with philosopher Martha Nussbaum, Celia Deane-Drummond explores recent analysis of the deep history of the evolution of compassion in early hominids and argues for the importance of charity, understood in the classic, Thomistic, sense, as holding a central place for mercy and its relationship with superabundant compassion. Free and open to the public.

CTNS Naming Event and Reception

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 4:00pm

The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences at the Graduate Theological Union is thrilled to host a special event on Thursday, February 16, celebrating a $2 Million pledge from renowned scientist Francisco J. Ayala. This generous gift will complete the $4M endowment of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, which will be restyled The Francisco J. Ayala Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Dr. Ayala’s honor.

In Pursuit of Perfection: The Misguided Transhumanist Vision

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 1:00pm

The 2017 Russell Family Research Conference with Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, "In Pursuit of Perfection: The Misguided Transhumanist Vision"

Sponsored by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences

Registration required. Richard S. Dinner Board Room, GTU, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley, 3rd Floor 

Judaism and the Science-and-Religion Dialogue: A Personal Journey

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

A CTNS Public Forum with Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, in connection with the Russell Family Fellowship Conference

Richard S. Dinner Board Room, GTU, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, 3rd Floor

Jewish Environmentalism: Faith, Scholarship, & Activism

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 5:00pm

A CJS Event featuring Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, cosponsored by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, in connection with the Russell Family Fellowship Conference.

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. 

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CTNS Turns 35—and Becomes a GTU Program!

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