AAR Breakfast Reception

by Joshua Mauldin

CTI hosted a well-attended breakfast reception at the meeting of the American Academy of Religion / Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, California on Sunday, November 23, 2014. CTI’s Director, William Storrar, discussed the upcoming two-year program on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology, made possible through a grant awarded by the NASA Astrobiology Program. Celia Deane-Drummond and Jan-Olav Henriksen discussed books each has recently published, which grew out of their research in the CTI inquiry on evolution and human nature, 2012-13. Michael Spezio reflected on his positive experience as a psychologist and resident fellow in the CTI inquiry on religious experience and moral identity, 2013-14. Among the attendees were several participants in the June 2014 Young Scholar Workshop; Dallas Gingles, PhD Candidate at Southern Methodist University, gave appreciative remarks on their behalf. Dr. Storrar also invited CTI Members Christo Lombard and Ernst Conradie from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, to share news of their university's initiative to establish a professorship, scholarships, and a research center in honor of the university’s chancellor, Desmond Tutu.