“This creation in its maintenance and government proclaims the majesty of the divine nature.”
–John of Damascus
Dabar Incentives Program
During our first three Dabar conferences, we asked participants (1) whether their interest in the doctrine of creation had increased as a result of this conference, and (2) whether they would be more likely to teach or publish on the doctrine of creation. Participants responded overwhelmingly affirmative to both of these questions: 84% indicated increased interest in the doctrine of creation, and 83% indicated interest in publishing or teaching on the topic. Based on these results, the new grant has added an incentives program for all participants of the conference. Following the conference, if you implement these topics and concerns into your teaching or publish on the topic, we would like to provide a modest financial renumeration for your efforts, up to $500 for a published essay or $1,500 for class design.
Applications for remuneration are due May 1, and we will accept new applications as long as allocated funds last. Please review the below information for criteria and guidelines.
The incentives program for classroom design and implantation encourages theological approaches to the integration of the doctrine of creation and issues of modern science within the seminary or Christian university teaching and learning context.
- Both entire classes and sections within classes are eligible for application for renumeration;
- Newly designed classes qualify for $1,500;
- New sections within a class and refurbished classes qualify for $500;
- Classes or sections of classes previously designed and taught do not qualify;
- Attendance at Dabar Conference;
- The objectives of the class must be consistent with the following objectives of the Creation Project: (1) Gain a deeper understanding of the doctrine of creation (generally understood); (2) Increase openness, understanding, and intellectual humility by incorporating insights from contemporary science; and (3) Provide clear and public guidance within evangelical communities. See the website for further details about these objectives.
- Title of class;
- Department in which the class is taught;
- Affirmation of the Dean’s approval to teach the class and date in which the class will be taught;
- Full draft of syllabus (attached document);
- Brief rationale of the class (attached document);
- If the submission is either a new section within an existing class or a refurbishment of an existing class, you must also submit the previous version of the syllabus.
Syllabus should include: (i) Course summary statement (including, where appropriate, catalog copy), (ii) Course objectives, (iii) Reading list, (iv) Lecture outline, and (v) Evaluation apparatus.
Rationale should include: (i) A brief statement about where the doctrine of creation fits within your current university’s curriculum, or various curricula within different programs, and, where appropriate, your department; (ii) How this class fits within your curriculum; and, (iii) How the class, as designed, accords with the objectives of the Creation Project, with special attention given to the engagement with issues in modern science; and, (iv) What impact you believe this class will have on the student’s overall education. The rationale should be no more than 1,000 words.
The incentives program for publication encourages theological approaches to the integration of the doctrine of creation and issues of modern science within theological scholarship.
- Published articles in popular and scholarly publications are eligible for application for renumeration;
- Articles accepted for publication at scholarly, peer-reviewed journals qualify for $500;
- Articles accepted for publication at popular and ecclesial publications, as well as established, widely-read digital platforms qualify for $250;
- Blogs and other forms of digital media other than established platforms do not quality;
- Previously published articles do not qualify;
- Limit one submission per year;
- Attendance at Dabar conference;
- The content and/or argument of the essay must be consistent with the stated objectives of the Creation Project: (1) Gain a deeper understanding of the doctrine of creation (generally understood); (2) Increase openness, understanding, and intellectual humility; and (3) Provide clear and public guidance within evangelical communities. See the website for further details about these criteria.
- Title, abstract, and word count of article;
- Copy of article;
- Name of journal that article has been accepted and anticipated publication date;
- Brief rationale of article, stating how the article accords with the objectives of the Creation Project, with special attention given to the engagement with issues in modern science.