Cognitive Science of Religion and Christian Faith

Justin L. Barrett is the Thrive Professor of Developmental Science in the Graduate School of Psychology, and Chief Project Developer for the Office of Science, Theology, and Religion Initiatives at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA. A cognitive and developmental psychologist (Ph.D., Cornell University), his books include Why Would Anyone Believe in God? (2004), Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology: From Human Minds to Divine Minds (2011), and Born Believers: The Science of Childhood Religion (2012). Barrett describes for us here the latest developments and challenges in the cognitive sciences for Christian faith. The essay is intended as an invitation. Readers are encouraged to take up one of the insights or questions, or maybe a related one that was not mentioned, and draft an article (typically about 5,000-8,000 words) that contributes to the conversation. These can be sent to Dr. Barrett at He will send the best essays on to peer review and then we will select from those for publication in a cognitive science theme issue of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith. The lead editorial in the December 2013 issue of PSCF outlines what the journal looks for in article contributions. For best consideration for inclusion in the theme issue, manuscripts should be received electronically before 31 March 2016.

Looking forward to hearing your perspectives,

James C. Peterson
Editor of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
CSCA Past-President

Call for Papers: Didaskalia

Patrick Franklin, editor of Didaskalia and coordinating book review editor of PSCF

Dear fellow CSCA members,

In addition to serving as the Coordinating Book Review Editor of PSCF, I also serve as the Editor of Didaskalia, which is the peer reviewed theological journal of Providence University College and Theological Seminary. The theme for our Spring 2016 issue is something that I believe will be of interest to you, namely Christ Centered Education. We are inviting essays that address the question: What does it mean to be a Christian scholar and teacher? We are anticipating a variety of perspectives on this, as contributors reflect contextually (i.e., within their own field, discipline, setting/type of institution, etc.) about what it means for them to integrate their faith and their vocation. To that end, I invite interested CSCA members to submit an article that addresses this theme as it relates to your field of expertise and/or your teaching vocation.

Here is the official call for papers and submission instructions:

Call for Papers: Disdaskalia

The theme for the Spring 2016 issue of Didaskalia is Christ Centered EducationDidaskalia welcomes the submission of quality papers that address this theme as it relates to the author’s own field of research and/or teaching expertise and experience. From your perspective, as you reflect on your own academic discipline, what does it mean to be a Christian scholar? What does it mean to be a Christian teacher in an institution of higher education? How do you understand the nature and function of theological integration with respect to your own field of study, writing, teaching, and service? Papers that address these and/or other relevant questions are most welcome.

Articles should run approximately 5000-8000 words in length, be written according to style guidelines set forth in Turabian / Chicago Manual of Style, and use footnotes rather than endnotes.

Submissions are due March 1, 2016. Please send your submission to Patrick Franklin, Editor:

Didaskalia is Providence Theological Seminary’s peer reviewed academic journal. Guided by the principle of interdisciplinary theological reflection for the church, Didaskalia is published annually, with issues featuring articles and book reviews of significance for an ecclesial and academic audience.

Didaskalia is indexed in the ATLA Religion Database® and included in ATLASerials® (ATLAS®), an on-line collection of major religion and theology journals, published by the American Theological Library Association. 300 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 2100, Chicago, IL, 60606.

For more information, see Didaskalia’s web page.

Warm Regards,
Patrick Franklin