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.


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.


James M. Arcadi is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Analytic Theology Project at Fuller Theological Seminary and a Templeton Research Fellow at the Herzl Institute. His PhD from the University of Bristol focused on a philosophical explication of the doctrine of the Eucharist. James received a ThM and MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a BA from Biola University. He taught history, theology, and writing for seven years at Gordon College where he was a Visiting Fellow in the Center for Faith and Inquiry. James is also an ordained priest in the Anglican Church in North America.

Oliver Crisp is a professor of systematic theology who joined Fuller Theological Seminary in 2011. He holds a PhD from King’s College, London. 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 Theological 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 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Analytic Theology Project at Fuller Theological Seminary. He 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. His articles have appeared in journals such as Theology and Science, Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, International Journal of Philosophy of Religion, Journal of Reformed Theology, and Philosophia Christi, and Jordan is currently writing a book on God’s love. In addition to research, Jordan enjoys teaching and has instructed a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in theology, philosophy, biblical studies, and religion.

Christopher Woznicki is a PhD student in the Analytic Theology Project at Fuller Theological Seminary. He received a MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a BA in Philosophy from UCLA. Christopher has written several journal and encyclopedia articles on Jonathan Edwards. In addition to his research on theological anthropology he teaches undergraduate courses in Biblical studies, trains pastors in Latin America, and is the college ministry director at a church in Los Angeles.

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 theological anthropology, philosophical theology, and hopes to develop competence in Christian ethics. He is drawn to recent calls for the "pastor as theologian". Jesse can be found most weekends preaching at Plymouth Brethren churches in the LA area.

J. T. Turner is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Analytic Theology 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. His articles have appeared in venues such as International Journal of Philosophy of Religion and International Journal of Philosophy and Theology. Additionally, over the last six years, J. T. has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in philosophy, theology, and biblical studies.

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.