They will lead this interdisciplinary research project in collaboration with Robin Lovin
, CTI’s Director of Research and the Inquiry’s Senior Research Fellow in theology.
This Inquiry will bring an international team of legal scholars and theologians together in residence at the Center for the 2014-15 academic year.
The Inquiry will be conducted in cooperation with the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University and with support from the John Templeton Foundation.
The Center’s Director William Storrar said, “I am honored to appoint two such distinguished legal scholars to serve with Robin Lovin
as co-leaders of our interdisciplinary Inquiry on this key global issue.” Mary Ellen O’Connell
is the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution at the University of Notre Dame. Peter Danchin
is Professor of Law and Director of the International Comparative Law Program at the University of Maryland. The other members of the interdisciplinary research team will be announced in May.
For more information on the Center’s Inquiry on Law & Religious Freedom, click here
After exploring their understandings of the terms "liberal Christianity and liberal theology” with the two authors, Lovin
opened up the conversation to a lively discussion with the audience.
Douglas Ottati, Theology for Liberal Protestants
, available here
Theo Hobson, Reinventing Liberal Christianity
, available here
As an ecumenical institute, the Center welcomes outstanding scholars from across the theological spectrum and this was yet another rich and stimulating contribution on an important theological tradition of Christian thought and practice.
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Dr. Robin Lovin, CTI’s Director of Research, delivered the annual Maguire Lecture at the Library of Congress on January 23.
The lecture, which Lovin
summarized as a “history of the shrinking moral vocabulary of American politics,” traces developments that have reduced public political arguments to considerations of economic efficiency and national security and identifies sources in for a renewal of political discourse about the human good.
The lecture was based on Lovin’s research as scholar in residence at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, where he held the Cary and Ann Maguire Chair in Ethics and American History during the spring of 2013.
The Center of Theological Inquiry will hold its annual breakfast reception for Members and friends at this year’s meetings of the American Academy of Religion and Society for Biblical Literature in Baltimore.
All CTI Members and friends are invited to join us in the Stadium Ballroom 5 at the Marriott Inner Harbor on Sunday November 24 between 7:00am and 8:30am.
CTI’s new Director of Research, Dr. Robin Lovin, will speak about our forthcoming Inquiry on Law & Religious Freedom, 2014-15, with its online application closing date of December 15, 2013.
Scholars at AAR / SBL interested in applying for this Inquiry are welcome to attend the reception to learn more about this collaborative and interdisciplinary research program.
The Director, Dr. William Storrar, is honored to announce the appointment of a new senior colleague on his staff, Dr. Robin Lovin (above right), who will serve as Director of Research at CTI for a three-year period from July 2013.
Dr. Lovin will be responsible for directing the residential research program and advising the Director on the longer-term development of the Center’s research agenda.
has already been working closely with Dr. Storrar as a co-leader of CTI’s long-term project on religion and international law, and as project leader for the three-year interdisciplinary research program in theology, science, and law currently underway with the support of a $3.5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
Lovin is one of the world’s foremost Christian ethicists.
He has just retired as the Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he had previously served as Dean of its Perkins School of Theology.
Before coming to SMU in 1994, Lovin was Dean of the Drew University Theological School and held faculty positions at the University of Chicago and Emory University. He is a past president of the Society of Christian Ethics and a former Guggenheim Fellow.
He is currently a distinguished visiting scholar at the Library of Congress in Washington DC, where he is the Cary and Ann Maguire Professor in Ethics and American History at the library’s John W. Kluge Center.
Lovin is the author of numerous books and papers, including most recently An Introduction to Christian Ethics: Goals, Duties, and Virtues (2011), Christian Realism and the New Realities (2008) and Christian Ethics: An Essential Guide (1999).
When Lovin retired at SMU, a senior colleague there said of him, "Robin is one of those people who inspires you to probe your own assumptions and values to determine if you’ve set them appropriately high.
I am personally delighted to welcome Robin as my senior colleague in the mission he has already done so much to advance.” Commenting on his new appointment, Dr. Lovin said,
"Being Director of Research at CTI is a unique opportunity to focus creative thinking on the most important problems facing theology and society.
Come back soon for interviews with senior research fellows Stephen Pope and Robert Roberts, a theologian and a philosopher who will share their thoughts on how dialogue is changing the disciplines that study religion and the moral life.
Director of Research
They represent a range of relevant disciplines for our inquiry and all will enrich our conversation through their individual projects for the year.
Our two Senior Research Fellows, theologian Stephen Pope and philosopher Robert Roberts will lead this interdisciplinary inquiry and research team, working closely with the Center’s director of research, Robin Lovin
- Robin Lovin, Center of Theological Inquiry
From the Senior Research Fellows
Welcome to the Center of Theological Inquiry's Inquiry on Religious Experience and Moral Identity.