ABOUT US

Prayer, Love, and Human Nature: Analytic Theology for Theological Formation is a multi-million dollar initiative funded by the John Templeton Foundation at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. We are a team of theologians working on deepening and thickening out Analytic Theology, as well as applying it to the practice of Christian churches.

OUR STORY

How might theology help in the life of the churches? What difference does theology make, and how might the method used in theology help or hinder church life? The project hypothesizes that Analytic Theology (AT) provides a rigorous intellectual framework for the training and formation of church leaders. Our team will approach this in two ways. First, by “thickening up” AT theologically, providing examples of work that showcases the virtues of AT in written outputs and publications on the three Big Questions of the grant. These are prayer, divine love, and theological anthropology in conversation with the sciences. Second, we will bring together theologians and scholars with pastors and church leaders to explore the ways in which theology, and AT specifically, may be of service to the life of the church.

Amongst other things the grant will host weekly research seminars with visiting speakers, and colloquia each summer bringing together pastors and scholars to talk about the impact of theology in the church in pursuit of these two goals.

OUR TEAM

James M. Arcadi is currently Assistant Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. Prior to this appointment he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Analytic Theology for Theological Formation Project at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. From 2015-17, he was also a Research Fellow in the Jewish Philosophical Theology project at the Herzl Institute in Jerusalem. He also theology, history, and writing at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts (2008-2015), where he was also a Visiting Fellow in the Center for Faith and Inquiry (2014-2015). His first book, An Incarnational Model of the Eucharist, appears in Cambridge University Press' Current Issues in Theology series. His essays have appeared in such journals as Religious Studies, Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, Journal of Theological Interpretation, Philosophy Compass, Topoi, and The Heythrop Journal and such edited volumes as Being Saved (SCM, 2018), The Task of Dogmatics (Zondervan, 2017), Marking the Church (Pickwick, 2016), and Idealism and Christian Theology (Bloomsbury, 2016). He is the coeditor (with Joshua R. Farris) of special issues of the open-access journals TheoLogica and Open Theology and (with J.T. Turner) is presently coediting the T&T Clark Companion to Analytic Theology. Alongside his academic work, Dr. Arcadi is ordained in the Anglican Church in North America having served at parishes in Massachusetts and California.

Oliver Crisp is a professor of systematic theology who joined Fuller Theological Seminary in 2011. He holds a PhD from King’s College, London, and a DLitt from the University of Aberdeen. Crisp has written and edited a number of books on analytic-theological themes. His current research projects include writing a book on the atonement, and work on the doctrine of sin. He is a founding editor of the Journal of Analytic Theology and co-organizes the annual Los Angeles Theology Conference with Fred Sanders.

Allison Wiltshire is the Research Administrator for the Analytic Theology for Theological Formation Project at Fuller Seminary. Allison’s primary responsibility is the management of the day-to-day and financial logistics of the project. She holds a BS degree from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI, where her studies focused on journalism and visual communication.

Jordan Wessling is a Curriculum Development Specialist & Instructional Designer as well as an adjunct instructor at Fuller Theological Seminary, an institution at which he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Analytic Theology for Theological Formation Project from 2015-2018. Jordan holds a PhD in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Bristol and was the Frederick J. Crosson Fellow at Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame. He has authored over fifteen articles and book chapters, which have appeared in journals such as the International Journal of Systematic Theology, Theology and Science, Zygon, Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, and the International Journal of Philosophy of Religion. Jordan is also the author of the forthcoming book, Love Divine: A Systematic Account of God’s Love for Humanity, and he is currently completing three book projects with James Arcadi and Oliver Crisp.

Christopher Woznicki is a PhD student in the Analytic Theology for Theological Formation Project at Fuller Theological Seminary. He received a MA in Theology (Biblical Studies) from Fuller Theological Seminary and a BA in Philosophy from UCLA. Christopher's research articles have appeared in various journals including: Calvin Theological Journal, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Journal of Reformed Theology, Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, and Philosophia Christi. His research is focused on the doctrines of atonement, prayer, and theological anthropology as well as the theology of Jonathan Edwards and T.F. Torrance. Christopher teaches undergraduate courses in Biblical studies and trains pastors in Latin America. He was previously the college ministry director at a church in Los Angeles. He currently serves with Young Life.

Jesse Gentile is a PhD student in Analytic Theology at Fuller. He has an MA in Philosophy of Religion from Talbot School of Theology, an MA in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and an MS in Instructional Systems Design from Florida State University. He is interested in, analytic theology, divine action, and theological method. Jesse can be found most weekends preaching at Plymouth Brethren churches in the LA area. Given his work in both the academy and church he deeply appreciates the concept of “pastor as theologian.”

J. T. Turner is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Anderson University in South Carolina. From 2016 – 2018, he was Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Analytic Theology for Theological Formation Project at Fuller Theological Seminary. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, a Th.M. from Erskine College and Seminary, and an M. A. from Liberty University. J. T.’s main area of research focuses on analytic approaches to Christian doctrines concerning the afterlife, particularly the bodily resurrection and New Creation. He is the author of On the Resurrection of the Dead: A New Metaphysics of Afterlife for Christian Thought with Routledge Press. He is also co-editor, with James Arcadi, of the T&T Clark Companion to Analytic Theology. His research articles have appeared in venues such as International Journal of Philosophy of Religion, Journal of Analytic Theology, and Journal of Reformed Theology.

Justin L. Barrett is the Chief Project Developer of Fuller's office for Science, Theology, and Religion Initiatives, and is Thrive Professor of Developmental Science in Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology. A cognitive and developmental psychologist (Ph.D., Cornell University), Barrett taught in Oxford University’s School of Anthropology, where he was acting director for the Centre for Anthropology and Mind. He has authored articles and chapters concerning cognitive, developmental, and evolutionary approaches to the study of religion

Rebecca Sok is the Project Coach of Fuller's office for Science, Theology, and Religion Initiatives (STAR). She holds an MA in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA and a BA in Organizational Communication from George Fox University. She is a certified professional coach and has worked at Fuller since 2011, first as manager of the Thrive Center for Human Development.