General

The Carl F. H. Henry Resident Fellowship supports new approaches to theological inquiry in the doctrine of creation that address foundational questions of the nature of the world,
as well as demonstrate intellectual humility and openness to the claims of science. It is designed to advance evangelical understanding of the doctrine of creation by investing in the intellectual development and productivity of its leading theologians. As a resident community, the fellowship houses four concurrent research positions on Trinity’s campus, creating a collaborative, interdisciplinary research and learning environment.

Because of the doctrinal nature of the project and the objectives aspired to, our residency program will primarily be oriented towards philosophical and theological projects and disciplines (generally understood). The following fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis: (i) Senior Resident Fellowship; and (ii) Resident Fellowship.

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Senior Resident Fellowship

Applicants for the Senior Resident Fellowship should be full-time tenured faculty members at accredited institutions of higher education and experts in the conversation. They should be interested in the pursuit of a research program that is relevant to the topic of inquiry and that advances the conversation while bringing new insights into the doctrine of creation, and they should be open to interdisciplinary discussions in theology (generally understood), philosophy, and the natural sciences.

Those eligible for the Senior Research Fellowship are also welcome to apply for the Research Fellowship.

Eligibility

  • Full-time tenured faculty members at accredited institutions of higher education;
  • Established research record in the area of creation and/or the specific topic of inquiry;
  • Open to interdisciplinary discussions in theology, philosophy, and the natural sciences;
  • University approval of course release for fellowship.

Responsibilities of Fellowship

  • The pursuit of a major research project, ordinarily to result in a monograph or several articles and essays;
  • Regular office hours (intended to foster an ethos of collaboration among Fellowship community);
  • Leadership at weekly Creation Project discussions with other resident fellows and faculty members and doctoral students at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School;
  • Availability to provide guidance and leadership in planning the content of annual public events and summer Dabar Conference;
  • Attendance at, and participation in, select Creation Project events.

Application Requirements

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the program and fit with the overall program and specific theme;
  • A complete and current curriculum vitae;
  • A project abstract of no more than 150 words;
  • A statement between 1,200 and 1,500 words describing the project. The proposal should clearly state the relation between your research and the Center’s theme, the significance of the research, and the distinctive character of the argument advanced;
  • Names of three scholars who can serve as references for you.

NOTE: If your project is more introductory/popular than research oriented, then your project description must include a “hypothesis” about the social conditions that you wish to address and why you think this project will be able to do so.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Scholarly contributions within the scholar’s own field as it relates to the doctrine of creation;
  • Openness to interdisciplinary engagement, especially in relation to significant work in recent biology, primatology, physics, and other sciences;
  • The promise of new spiritual insights and progress for the sake of the church;
  • Helpfulness to ecclesial communities within evangelical circles on the relation of the doctrine of creation to important work in the natural sciences.


Quick Facts

  1. Year-long resident fellowship
  2. Two fellowships awarded annually
  3. 110% salary compensation (up to $100K)
  4. Up to $15K moving stipend
  5. Applications due Jan. 16

Resident Fellowship

Applicants for the Henry Research Fellowship program should ordinarily hold a PhD/ThD (in exceptional cases doctoral students may be considered), they should be interested in the pursuit of a research program that is relevant to the inquiry, and they should be open to interdisciplinary discussions in theology, philosophy, and the natural sciences. They should be interested in the pursuit of a research program that is relevant to the topic of inquiry and that advances the conversation while bringing new insights into the doctrine of creation, and they should be open to interdisciplinary discussions in theology (generally understood), philosophy, and the natural sciences.

Eligibility

  • Holds a PhD/ThD (in exceptional cases doctoral students may be considered);
  • Open to interdisciplinary discussions in theology, philosophy, and the natural sciences;
  • If currently employed, university approval of course release for fellowship.

Responsibilities of Fellows

  • The pursuit of a major research project, ordinarily to result in a monograph or several articles and essays;
  • Regular office hours (intended to foster an ethos of collaboration among the fellowship community);
  • Presence at weekly Creation Project discussions with other resident fellows and faculty members and doctoral students at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School;
  • Attendance at, and participation in, select Creation Project events.

Application Requirements

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the program and offering a brief summary of your qualifications;
  • A complete and current curriculum vitae;
  • A project abstract of no more than 150 words;
  • A statement of 1,200-1,500 words describing the project. The proposal should clearly state the relation between your research and the Center’s theme, the significance of the research, and the distinctive character of the argument advanced;
  • Names of three scholars who can serve as references for you;

If the applicant has less than three years of experience in a tenure-track position, please also provide:

  • A paper (published or unpublished) that is representative of your best academic research and writing;
  • Letters of recommendation from three scholars listed above. These should address (a) your overall academic ability; (b) the merits of your proposed research program; and (c) your ability to make productive use of your time at the Henry Center.

NOTE: If your project is more introductory/popular than research oriented, then your project description must include a “hypothesis” about the social conditions that you wish to address and why you think this project will be able to do so.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Scholarly contributions within the scholar’s own field as it relates to the doctrine of creation;
  • Openness to interdisciplinary engagement, especially in relation to significant work in recent biology, primatology, physics, and other sciences;
  • The promise of new spiritual insights and progress for the sake of the church;
  • Helpfulness to ecclesial communities within evangelical circles on the relation of the doctrine of creation to important work in the natural sciences.

Quick Facts

  1. Four semester-long fellowships awarded annually
  2. May apply for 1 or 2 semesters
  3. $32K/semester
  4. Up to $5K moving stipend
  5. Applications due Jan. 16

Topic of Inquiry

“And God Said . . . And It Was So”: Divine Action, Contingency, and Modern Science

The whole of the Christian tradition has affirmed that God freely acts in the world; that he created and continually sustains it, that it is subject to his providential care and miraculous intervention—and most importantly, that God acted decisively in the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Christ. Yet, in spite of this commonly held belief, there is no clear consensus among evangelicals—theologians and scientists alike—about what it means to affirm that God acts in the world. This simple affirmation is taken by some to either support or rule out various scientific proposals. More often, the affirmation is taken for granted, and the implications of affirming divine action for our theological and scientific beliefs goes unexplored. This year of the Creation Project explore how these classical affirmations bear on issues and questions raised by the natural sciences.

Sample questions and concepts

  • How does the Bible portray divine action (central texts, interpretive matters, etc.)? What insights does this portrayal offer into the issues raised by modern natural philosophy and the sciences? What should be affirmed—and rejected—on the basis of the biblical account?
  • What insights might be retrieved from the doctrines of divine action that are to be found within the scholastic tradition (both medieval and early modern)? Are classical accounts of divine action that make use of primary/secondary distinctions and fourfold causality (final, formal, material, and efficient) hopelessly outdated in light of contemporary science? Or are they defensible and perhaps even helpful?
  • Does contemporary work in the natural sciences (e.g., quantum mechanics, relativity, chaos, emergence) offer resources for—or challenges to—the doctrine of creation? What insights do we find with respect to perennial theological concerns (e.g., time and eternity, freedom and determinism)?
  • How should we think about “miracles” (or “special divine action”)? How should evangelical theologians think about “intervention” and “laws of nature?” And how should such considerations inform a theological account of evolution (especially with respect to “the quest for the historical Adam”)?
  • How does the Christian conviction that God is Triune inform our understanding of divine action? What do we learn from Christology and pneumatology?
  • Addressing a central methodological concern, how does a proper understanding of divine action inform our positions on the proper relation between theology and science (e.g., the concerns about concordism)?

Future Years

2020–2021: 'God Saw That It Was Good': Uniting the Natural and Moral Orders

Discussion on the doctrine of creation has commonly centered on specific empirical questions in Genesis (e.g., age of the earth, diversity of animals, physical continuity of species). So much so that the author’s recurring refrain, “God saw that it was good,” is often overlooked. The goodness of creation is a central assertion of Genesis 1 and the whole of Scripture. On the one hand, it is directly tied to the goodness of God; on the other hand, it is set against sin and evil. But what does it mean to call creation good? Can the moral claim of goodness say anything about the natural order? Might it challenge the seemingly artificial dichotomy that our age has set up between the “natural” and “moral” order? And, if so, what alternative might we find for re-uniting these currently divided “orders”? Year two will bring biblical and theological considerations into constructive dialogue with insights from disciplines such as social and moral psychology, biology, sociology, and cognitive science.


2021–2022: 'God Saw That It Was Very Good': Reconsidering Theological Anthropology

Throughout the biblical witness, humanity is consistently depicted as occupying a unique location within the rest of creation. Humanity was created “a little lower than the angels,” as the Psalmist puts it, yet “crowned with glory and honor.” In Genesis humanity alone is said to be “very good,” made in the image and likeness of God, and given dominion over the rest of creation. These depictions ground the Christian understanding of humanity’s place in the cosmos. What the Bible takes for granted is a point of debate in modern, scientific thought and a focal point in the science-theology discussions. Difference between humanity and other animals has been replaced with an emphasis on similarities. To what extent are humans unique within the created cosmos? What is consciousness—is it reducible to complex physical properties? Is human capacity for language qualitatively distinct from the communicative abilities of other animals? Year three revisits these questions about the place of humanity in God’s created order.


Past Years

2016–2017: Reading Genesis in an Age of Science

2017–2018: Affirming the Doctrine of Creation in an Age of Science

2018–2019: Reclaiming Theological Anthropology in an Age of Science

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Regional Discussion Fellowship

The Regional Discussion Fellowship is currently full, and we are not accepting applications at this time. Thank you for your interest.

Trinity has gathered a resident fellowship community for the 2016-2017 academic year, addressing issues surrounding science and the doctrine of creation. Are you working in the doctrine of creation? Interested in the relationship between science and the bible? Consider joining the Henry Regional Discussion Fellowship. Building off of the Creation Project’s team of resident scholars, the Discussion Fellowship is intended to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary conversation  that advances evangelical understanding of the doctrine of creation.

The fellowship will gather quarterly during the academic year for a half-day colloquium that includes discussion of recent books in the field, presentation of papers that are in progress, and other activities that will advance understanding and interdisciplinary engagement. All meals will be provided. Participants will receive reimbursement for travel and a stipend of $1,000.

Eligibility

Applicants for the Henry Regional Discussion Fellowship should ordinarily be faculty members at accredited institutions of higher education, working in the general Chicagoland area (within four hours drive), and they should be interested in interdisciplinary discussions that involve theology, philosophy, and the natural sciences, and they should be interested in the broader dissemination of current and new insights. Both applicants who are currently engaged in the interdisciplinary conversation and those wishing to become acquainted with it are encouraged to apply.

Commitment Involves

  • Attendance at all quarterly meetings with other members of this group and with the Resident Fellows*;
  • Pre-reading of all selected material and group presentations;
  • The submission of one’s own work will also be strongly encouraged.

* Although complete attendence is not required at all four colloquia, privilege will be given to applicants who are able to do so. Additionally, the honorarium will be pro-rated based on attendance.

Application Requirements

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the program, providing a summary of your qualifications, and stating what contribution you believe you would make to these discussions. The letter should not exceed 1,000 words;
  • A complete and current curriculum vitae.

Quick Facts

  1. Intended for scholars in the Chicagoland area
  2. Ten Fellowships awarded annually
  3. Four quarterly half-day colloquia
  4. $1,000 stipend + travel expenses
  5. Applications due June 15

Contact Us

If you have any questions or feedback about the Henry Resident Fellowship, or would simply like to talk with someone in person, please do not hesitate to contact us:

847-317-8066

[email protected]


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Important Dates

(2019 — 2020 Fellowship)

January 15, 2019
2017-2018 Proposals Due

March 1, 2019
Recipients Announced

August 26, 2019
2018-2018 Fellowship begins

December 15, 2019
Fall term ends

January 14, 2020
Spring Fellowship begins

May 10, 2020
Fellowship Ends

 

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