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. 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. Applications due Jan. 16

Topic of Inquiry

‘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.

Sample questions and concepts

  • What does the Bible teach about “goodness”—both of the prelapsarian creation and the state of creatures “out of Eden?”
  • What do we learn from the Torah, the Wisdom literature, and the Prophets of the Old Testament about goodness (and related concepts such as justice, righteousness, and holiness) as these relate to the doctrine of creation?
  • What insights do we glean from the New Testament; what do Jesus and Paul teach us about goodness? What should we affirm on the basis of these insights? What is ruled out by them? What might be suggested by them?
  • What insights might be retrieved from the Christian tradition? Is the distinction between moral and metaphysical goodness helpful or important?
  • How does the Christian doctrine of sin (“original” and actual) inform our understanding of the goodness of creation?
  • What can theologians learn from recent work in social and moral psychology as well as cognitive science? How might theology be of assistance to work being done in the empirical sciences?
  • How does a properly Christian understanding of the goodness of creation intersect with standard evolutionary accounts of the origin and development of humans and other creatures (especially with respect to prelapsarian suffering and death)?

Future Years

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

2019–2020: ‘And God Said . . . And It Was So’: Divine Action, Contingency, and Modern Science

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Regional Discussion Fellowship

In addition to the Resident Fellowship, the Creation Project is sponsoring six Regional Discussion Fellowships, located at evangelical seminaries across the U.S.

These Fellowships meet semi-annually and gather an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional group of scholars for collegiality and discussion on the pressing issues at the intersection of the doctrine of creation and modern science. All participants receive a $750 stipend for participation.

The fellowships are by-invitation only. To inquire about availability, contact the Fellowship leader in your area listed below.

Participating Seminaries

Covenant Theological Seminary | St. Louis, MO
Contact: C. John Collins | [email protected]

Beeson Divinity School | Birmingham, AL
Contact: Douglas Sweeney | [email protected]

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary | Wake Forest, NC
Contact: Ken Keathley | [email protected]

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary | Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: John Hilber | [email protected]

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School | Deerfield, IL
Contact: Geoffrey Fulkerson | [email protected]

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary | Wenham, MA
Contacts: Adonis Vidu and Sean McDonough
[email protected] and [email protected]

Quick Facts

  1. Regional Fellowships across the U.S.
  2. Three quarterly half-day colloquia
  3. $750 stipends

The Creation Project in San Diego

The Henry Resident Fellowship is a fully-funded study leave that supports new approaches to theological inquiry in the doctrine of creation. The fellowship buys out contracts, so no sabbatical is required.

Want to learn more? If you’re going to San Diego for the ETS, AAR, and SBL annual conferences in November, there are three ways you can get more info: on Friday morning, we’re hosting an informational breakfast at 7:15am open to the first 25 registrants in the Mt. Whitney room, 33rd floor of the Manchester Grand Hyatt. You’ll hear a brief word about the resident fellowship, and Henry Center staff and previous fellows will be available to talk further with you about the program.

On Thursday evening Henry Center staff will be available to discuss the fellowship at the TEDS Alumni & Friends Desert Reception (9:15–11:00 PM; Second Floor, Gaslamp ABCD).

You can also schedule 20 minute one-on-one appointments with Henry Center staff, held just around the corner from the Grand Hyatt at Copa Vida Coffee (655 W Broadway, San Diego). Here you can receive individualized feedback about your project, tips for the proposal process, and ask any questions you might have about the logistics of the resident community.

Info Breakfast

Join us for a free informational breakfast Friday Morning, 7:15–8:15 am. Coffee and continental breakfast provided.


One-on-one Consultations

Grab a coffee with a member of the Henry Center staff to learn more about the Henry Fellowship.


Important Dates

(2020 — 2021 Fellowship)

January 15, 2020
2020-2021 Proposals Due

March 1, 2020
Recipients Announced

August 21, 2020
2020-2021 Fellowship Begins

December 18, 2020
Fall Term Fellowship Ends

January 18, 2021
Spring Term Fellowship Begins

May 14, 2021
Fellowship Ends

 

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