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New Grant Opportunity

If you’re interested in learning about grant opportunities for science-and-faith scholarships, be sure to bookmark our new Grant Opportunities page, which we plan to update with links to the latest programs, both from BioLogos and other organizations.

Grant Opportunity:

Over the past few months, we’ve highlighted our new grants program, Evolution & Christian Faith. Today we want to let you know about another excellent funding opportunity that will surely be of interest to the BioLogos community. The program, called Randomness and Divine Providence, has been made possible by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation. It offers grants of up to $200,000 for individuals or interdisciplinary teams who will commit a significant portion of time over one to two years to investigating questions related to the program topic.

Here is a brief description from the Request for Proposals page on the Calvin College website:

Many scientists have come to see randomness as pervasive in the physical world, notably in quantum mechanics, chaos theory, complexity studies, and evolutionary biology. However, randomness has been problematic both for those secular scientists who see the physical universe as governed by deterministic natural laws and for those theists who see it as governed by an omniscient, sovereign deity. Nevertheless, in recent years, a growing number of scientists and theologians have suggested that randomness is an instrument of divine purpose and may enrich our understanding of the creator. This initiative seeks proposals from scientists, philosophers, theologians, and interdisciplinary teams of scholars who are interested in exploring the relationship between randomness and divine providence.

The application deadline is October 1, 2012. Please see the program’s Request for Proposals (RFP) page for more details. Questions may be directed to the project coordinator, James Bradley, PhD (Department of Mathematics at Calvin College), by emailing him at braj@calvin.edu.