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Morehead State professor named senior scholar for national research program

Scott A. Davison
Scott A. Davison

Will study dialogue between the Abrahamic religions

MOREHEAD, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2016) — Morehead State University’s Dr. Scott A. Davison, professor of philosophy, has been named a senior scholar in a million dollar, international research program involving dialogue between the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and science.

“Models of Providence: An Abrahamic Inquiry” is a grant program funded by the John Templeton Foundation and administered by Dr. Kelly James Clark, Senior Research Fellow at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute of Grand Valley State University. The project will investigate issues in science and religion, bringing together 36 prominent philosophers, physicists and biologists from around the world for annual workshops and conferences in west Michigan, Istanbul, Turkey and Oman, Jordan.

Dr. Davison is the author of a number of scholarly articles and resources, including two entries in the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (“Prayer” and “Prophecy”).  He is also the author of two books, “On the Intrinsic Value of Everything” (Continuum Press, 2012) and “Petitionary Prayer: A Philosophical Investigation” (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017).

He joined the MSU philosophy program in 1995 after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University, along with master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Notre Dame

Other senior scholars include Josef Stern of University of Chicago, Nathan Aviezer of Bar-Ilan University, Israel; Karl Svozil, Vienna University, Austria; Bruno Guiderdoni, Paris Institute of Astrophysics;  Nidhal Guessoum, American University of Sharjah, UAE;  Rana Dajani, Hashemite University, Jordan; Caner Taslaman, Yildiz University, Turkey; Robert Koons, University of Texas; and Alan Love, University of Minnesota.