Ian Ramsey Centre

Personnel

Dr Stanley P. Rosenberg, Executive Director of SCIO

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Biography

Executive Director, Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford

BA (Colorado State University), MA, PhD (Catholic University of America)

Member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford
Academic Staff, Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford
UK Regional Director, Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative

Ian Ramsey Centre Associate from 1 January 2017

Stan Rosenberg founded and directs Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO), a partner of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.  He is an academic member of Wycliffe Hall and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, teaching early Christian history and doctrine.  His research and teaching interests focus on Augustine’s works, early Christian cosmology and its relationship to Greco–Roman science, culture and philosophy, and the interplay between intellectual and popular thought in this period. He is actively involved as participant and promoter of discussions on the relationship between science and religion.  Recent research has led to articles on early Christianity and Greco-Roman science, and the intersection of preaching, popular religion, and the development of doctrine in late antiquity.  Dr Rosenberg is the UK Regional Director for the Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative and directs the Logos in Oxford project.   Since 2002 he has directed and co-directed several science and religion projects in Oxford funded by the John Templeton Foundation, the Templeton Religion Trust, the BioLogos Foundation, and the Blankemeyer Foundation.  He is on the advisory councils of the BioLogos Foundation and the Museum of the Bible, advising the latter on science and the Bible, and early Church history.

Research Interests

  • St. Augustine
  • Early Christian cosmology
  • History of Religion and Science Dialogues
  • Oral culture and Early Christian thought
  • Early Christian Literature and Theology
  • Historical Theology
  • Late Antique History and Culture
  • Late Antique Philosophy
  • Historiography

Publications

  • Finding ourselves after Darwin: conversations about the image of God, original sin, and the problem of evil. S. Rosenberg, General. Ed. with B. ven den Toren, M. Burdett, and M. Lloyd, Associate eds., (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, forthcoming 2017)
  • “Can nature be red in tooth and claw in the thought of Augustine? A case study of the misappropriation of a major theologian”, in Finding ourselves after Darwin: conversations about the image of God, original sin, and the problem of evil, Gen. ed. S. Rosenberg. Associate eds., B. ven den Toren, M. Burdett, and M. Lloyd (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, forthcoming 2017)
  • “Not so alien and unnatural afterall—the role of privation and deification in Augustine’s sermons”, in Visions of God and ideas of divinization in patristic thought, ed. M. Edwards and E. Draghici-Vasilescu (London: Routledge, 2016)
  • “Nature and the Natural World in Ambrose’s Hexaemeron”, in M. Vinzent, ed. Studia Patristica, vol. 69, Papers presented at the sixteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2011, volume 17: Latin Writers; Nachleben, (Leuven: Peters, 2013), pp 15–24
  •  “Beside books: approaching Augustine’s sermons in the oral and textual cultures of Late Antiquity” in G. PartoensA. DupontM. Lamberigts, eds., Ministerium Sermonis II: Tractatio Scripturarum, Philological, historical and theological studies on Augustine’s Sermones ad Populum, in Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia, vol. 65 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), pp. 405–42
  •  “Forming the Saeculum: The desacralization of nature and the ability to understand it in Augustine’s Literal Commentary on Genesis”, in Studies in Church History, vol. 46, ed. P. Clarke and T. Claydon (Ecclesiastical History Society, 2010), 1–14
  •  “Orality, Textuality and the Memory of the Congregation in Augustine’s Sermons.” in  Studia Patristica XLIX. St Augustine and his Opponents, ed. J. Baun et al. (Leuven: Peters, 2010) pp. 169–74.
  • “Interpreting Atonement in Augustine’s Preaching,” in The Glory of the Atonement, ed. Charles E. Hill and Frank A. James III (Deerfield, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004) pp.  221–38

Major Grant-Funded Projects in Science and Religion

  • Project Director and one of four PI’s for Oxford Interdisciplinary Seminars in Science and Religion: Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities II, a project funding mid-career scholars and supporting campus-based initiatives with funding of £990,000 from the Templeton Religion Trust and $809,000 from the Blankemeyer Foundation, 2017-2019.
  • Producer, US Tour of the stage play, Mr Darwin’s Tree, written and directed by Murray Watts and performed by Andrew Harrison.  Fourteen performances at N. American universities made possible by a grant of £139,000 by Templeton Religion Trust, 2016.
  • Project Director and one of four PI’s for Oxford Interdisciplinary Seminars in Science and Religion: Bridging the Two Cultures of Science and the Humanities, a project funding mid-career scholars and supporting campus-based initiatives with funding of £1,100,000 from the Templeton Religion Trust, 2014-2016.
  • Co-Director and one of five PI’s for Configuring Adam and Eve: Creating Conceptual Space for New Developments in the Science of Human Origins, a BioLogos Foundaiton-funded grant of ca. $275,000 for Science and Religion, 2013 — 2015.
  • Project Director and one of six PI’s producing a commissioned report: Balancing Perspectives: Science and Religion Research and Teaching within the Member Institutions of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. Report commissioned by the John Templeton Foundation with funding of $120,000, 2011 — 2013
  • Co-Director for the John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity held in conjunction with Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (co-director, Prof. Alister McGrath), supported by the John Templeton Foundation with a grant of $800,000, 2002-2005.