Dr. Lewis Ayres named as Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2007-2008

The Association of Theological Schools and The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. Name Seven Faculty Members as the 2007-2008 Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology

Dr. Lewis O. Ayres(Pittsburgh, PA, February 9, 2007) The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and The Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. have named seven scholars from ATS member schools as Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology for 2007-2008.

Selected on the basis of the strength of their proposals to conduct creative and innovative theological research, the Fellows will engage in year-long research in various areas of theological inquiry. The 2007-2008 Fellows constitute the fourteenth class of scholars to be appointed since the inception of the program in 1993, bringing the total number of Luce Fellows to ninety-eight. The program is supported by a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation, honoring the late Henry Luce III.

At the conclusion of their research year, the Fellows will gather at the annual Luce Fellows Conference to present and critique their work and to discuss with both current and past Luce Fellows how their work may impact the life of the church and the broader society. They will also present their findings for publication in popular religious journals.

The 2007-2008 Fellows, their institutions, and projects are:

Lewis O. Ayres, Candler School of Theology of Emory University
The Giver of Life: The Spirit and the Christian Life in Nicene Theology
Ayres proposes to spend 2007-08 finishing a book that will focus on the exegetical strategies through which Nicene theologians redescribed traditional actions accorded the Spirit as the acts of one who possesses the full power of God. Through such strategies Nicene theologians show how locating the Spirit in a fully Trinitarian context shapes our understandings of Christian life.

Hans Boersma, Regent College
Ressourcement: The Quest for a Sacramental Ontology
Boersma plans to investigate whether and how a sacramental view of reality lies at the heart of the two-pronged approach of the French Catholic school of nouvelle theologie: its critique of the dominant mode of neo-scholastic theology and its ressourcement of the Great Tradition of the Church Fathers and the Middle Ages.

William Patrick Brown, Columbia Theological Seminary
The Seven Ways of Creation: A Field Guide to the Ancient Cosmologies of Scripture for a Scientific Age
Brown seeks to engage the creation traditions of Scripture with the natural sciences and, thereby, to discern anew their distinctly theological and ethical import for contemporary readers. More broadly, this study will investigate how biblical theology and scientific understanding can be viewed as interrelated yet distinct domains: the faith seeking understanding of theological inquiry and the understanding seeking (further) understanding of scientific investigation.

Mark S. Burrows, Andover Newton Theological School
Untamed Wisdom: Poetics of Desire and the Renewal of Theology as an Art
Burrows believes there is a crisis of confidence in the historical authority of the Christian tradition, and thus a shaking of intellectual and spiritual foundations long constructed around scriptural narrative and religious rituals and symbols. One of the significant responses to this crisis in theological scholarship has been the attention to the relationship that theology has or might have with the arts. This study contributes to this engagement by pointing to the role poetics plays in such collaborative work.

Amy M. Hollywood, Harvard University Divinity School
Acute Melancholia: On Loss, Mourning, and Mysticism
Hollywood will carefully juxtapose medieval Christian mystical texts in which union with Christ is understood as a form of melancholic lovesickness with modern theological, psychoanalytic, feminist, and queer accounts of mourning and melancholia.

Jennifer Wright Knust, Boston University School of Theology
Loose Texts, Loose Women: A History of Jesus, an Adulteress, and the Gospel of John
Knust explores the intersection of identity production and sacred text by focusing on one tale in particular, the story of the woman taken in adultery (John 7:53-8:11). A close study of the transmission and reception of this exceptionally popular and yet extraordinarily unstable tale invites a reappraisal of the multiple ways that confessing Christian communities work with and through texts to envision what it means to be the faithful people of God.

Maura A. Ryan, University of Notre Dame Department of Theology
Health, Development and Human Rights: New Directions for Christian Bioethics
Christian bioethics has begun to take on a global health perspective focusing attention on the relationship between health and persistent poverty, the effect of international economic systems on access to care, the role of the environment in health promotion, the impact of political conflict on health and health care delivery, and the effectiveness of transnational partnerships for the promotion of health-related initiatives. This project shows that an adequate and responsive global bioethics must engage debates within contemporary development theory as well as discourses and movements related to international human rights.

The Association of Theological Schools, located in Pittsburgh, PA, is an organization of more than 250 graduate theological schools that educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. The Commission on Accrediting of ATS accredits the schools and approves the degree programs they offer.

Established in 1936 by the late Henry R. Luce, cofounder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., the work of the Henry Luce Foundation reflects the interests of four generations of the Luce family. These include the interdisciplinary exploration of higher education; increased understanding between Asia and the United States; the study of religion and theology; scholarship in American art; opportunities for women in science and engineering; and environmental and public policy programs.