Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing Appoints New Assistant Director

Author: Katie Zakas Rutledge

Terrence Ehrman Rev. Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C.

The Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing (CTSHF) at the University of Notre Dame has named Rev. Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C., its assistant director of life sciences research and outreach.

Ehrman will expand the center’s portfolio of life sciences research projects and oversee the center’s outreach efforts across campus and more broadly.

“Father Terry is the ideal candidate to serve in this role,” said Celia Deane-Drummond, director of the center and a professor of theology in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. “His scholarly work in both biology and theology combined with his pastoral experience will be an asset to the transdisciplinary research we engage in at the center.”

Ehrman’s work lies at the intersection of theology and science, including developing an understanding of who God is as creator, who humans are as creatures, and the human relationship with God, others, and the natural world. His publications in the last year include “Evolution and Providence: Discovering Creation as Carmen Dei” in Theology and Science and “Disability and Resurrection Identity” in New Blackfriars.

Ehrman also teaches an undergraduate course, Science, Theology, and Creation, in the Department of Theology.

“I am excited about participating in the work of the center to bring science, especially the life sciences, and theology into dialogue," he said. "Notre Dame is a perfect place for this, as the center’s work flows naturally from the University’s Catholic mission to unite faith and reason in understanding the truth. Since the founding of Notre Dame’s College of Science in 1865, priests and brothers of Holy Cross and lay professors and students have born witness, through their teaching and research, to the compatibility of science and theology.”

Ehrman earned his doctorate in systematic theology from The Catholic University of America. He obtained a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame. Ehrman is originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and was ordained a Holy Cross priest in 2000.

The Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing, established in 2015, seeks to foster innovative transdisciplinary research at the intersection of theology and science, to equip scholars on the vanguard of this research and to shape public conversation.

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