The Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School has awarded six recipients for the inaugural Henry Resident Fellowship program. The recipients for the 2016-2017 academic year are C. John “Jack” Collins, John W. Hilber, Hans Madueme, R. Clinton Ohlers, and Todd L. Patterson.

The Henry Fellowship is the centerpiece of a $3.4 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust awarded to the Henry Center in 2015 for a project called Evangelical Theology and the Doctrine of Creation (known in short as the “Creation Project”). “providing resources for deeper reflection on the most important elements of the doctrine of creation” The fellowship is a scholar-in-residence program designed to support and stimulate evangelical scholarship—not least among Trinity’s faculty and students—that examines various biblical and theological elements in the doctrine of creation and their interaction with scientific developments.

This resident community, according to Tom McCall (director of the Henry Center and professor of systematic theology), will bring “expertise, energy, and enthusiasm” to the project’s efforts to develop a “robustly Christian doctrine of creation.” He continues, “We hope that the resident fellowship program will provide resources for deeper reflection on the most important elements of the doctrine of creation as well as help us arrive at a richer interpretation of the biblical teaching about creation.”

The scholars will leave their home communities and reside on Trinity’s Deerfield campus, creating a collaborative learning environment throughout the academic year. In addition to their research, the fellows will also participate in public lectures and events, engage in discussion groups, and join in the various other aspects of the Creation Project. During the first year, the group will be focusing on the topic of “Reading Genesis in an Age of Science.

Senior Research Fellows

John “Jack” Collins
Professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
Project: “Genesis 1–11: Poetry, History, Science, Truth”
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John W. Hilber
Professor of Old Testament, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
Project: “Relevance Theory and Divine Accommodation”
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Research Fellows

Hans Madueme
Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, Covenant College
Project: “The Evolution of Sin? Sin, Theistic Evolution, and the Biological Question—A Theological Account”  |  learn more
Clinton Ohlers
Senior Producer and Leadership History Fellow, Leaders Portfolio
Project: “Evangelicals and Genesis, Before and After Darwin”
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Todd L. Patterson
External Lecturer of Old Testament, Univerzita Mateja Bela
Project: “Mimesis in the Biblical Historical Narrative of Gen 1-2: Relating the Biblical Doctrine of Creation to the Modern Scientific Context”  |  Learn more

 

The Creation Project is a three-year, six-program initiative intended to bring greater clarity, openness, and understanding about the doctrine of creation within the evangelical theological community in light of modern scientific discovery. In addition to providing wider guidance to the evangelical public, the project is also intended to stimulate interdisciplinary scholarship and engagement on the controversial issues at the intersection of Scripture, theology, and scientific discovery. Visit henrycenter.org/creation-project to stay updated on events, resources, and other announcements.

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The Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding is dedicated to the advancement of Christian wisdom in all areas of life and thought for the glory of God, the good of his church, and the welfare of the world. As an outreach ministry of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, the Center embodies the vision of Carl F. H. Henry (1913-2003), a long-time faculty member at Trinity, which promotes the need for evangelical collaboration and commitment to God’s Word, where scholars with expertise in the relevant areas can work together to engage the pressing challenges of the day.