On Wednesday, January 3rd, Dr. Justin Barrett will be presenting his paper on theological anthropology in conversation with the sciences.
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.
The 2009 publication of Analytic Theology: New Essays in the Philosophy of Theology gave focus and a name to a burgeoning movement within academic systematic theology—Analytic Theology (hereafter referred to as “AT”). AT is an approach to theology that seeks contact and integration between theological investigation on one hand, and truth-apt, discovery-oriented disciplines such as analytic philosophy and the empirical sciences on the other. While there is still more work to be done on that score, especially in religious traditions outside of Christianity, within academic Christian theology, AT has gained more traction.
However, as Robert Jenson notes in the preface to his Systematic Theology, “Theology is the church’s enterprise of thought,” (emphasis added); thus, to remain viable, and to fulfill theology’s mission, AT must move beyond the province of academic theologians and into the church. An intermediate step on this path is the context wherein pastors and lay ministers are formed—in other words, the theological seminaries and divinity schools. This project’s primary purpose is to move AT into this context at Fuller Theological Seminary by: