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.
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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.
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.
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.