New Princeton grant supports research on public role of religion

Sept. 11, 2000 4:23 p.m.

a time when religion is taking a growing role on the public stage, the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University has received a major grant to create an interdisciplinary program on the public role of contemporary theology.

The grant of $511,000 from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation will enable the Center to bring six seminary-trained visiting scholars to campus over the next three years. These scholars will conduct research and writing and participate in interdisciplinary discussions about the role of religion in public affairs.

"Increasingly, theologians are having to work cooperatively with experts in other specialties, yet they are often ill-prepared to do so," said Robert Wuthnow, director of the Center for the Study of Religion. "The Princeton program will be a significant start toward broadening the disciplinary foundations for public theology in the future," he said.

For more information about the Center and the program in public theology, call 609-258-5545.

Contact: Justin Harmon (609) 258-3601