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 currently Assistant

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 Westling 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, 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.

Justin L. Barrett is Thrive Professor of Developmental Science in Fuller Theological Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology. A cognitive and developmental psychologist (Ph.D., Cornell University), Barrett taught for five years in Oxford University’s School of Anthropology, where he was acting director for the Centre for Anthropology and Mind and remains a research associate. He has authored scores of 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.