Human thriving is a directional concept tied to our God-given purpose. Hence, it is fundamentally a theological notion. But thriving is worked out in the lives of particular human animals, embedded in families and communities, and shaped by environmental pressures. A practical view of human thriving, then, is importantly informed by scientific perspectives on what it means to be human. Could evolutionary psychology be a tool for theologians in exploring thriving? A science-engaged theological treatment of thriving has promise for great impact on how we all pursue and promote thriving.

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This event is made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed in this conference are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.

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Justin L. Barrett (PhD Cornell University) is President of Blueprint 1543 and honorary Professor of Theology and the Sciences at St Andrews University School of Divinity. His publications include Thriving with Stone Age Minds: Evolutionary Psychology, Christian Faith, and the Quest for Human Flourishing (IVP Academic, 2021), and Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology: From Human Minds to Divine Minds (Templeton Press, 2011).

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