William G. Schmitt | August 17, 2018
Four scholars at the University of Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life, whose initiative advances a dialogue between religion and science education for Catholic school students, have been named winners of a 2018 Expanded Reason Award in Teaching.
The Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation and the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria jointly honored John Cavadini, McGrath-Cavadini Director, along with three leaders of the McGrath Institute's Science and Religion Initiative, for innovation expanding horizons of reason in the spirit of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
The foundation and the Madrid-based university bestow two Expanded Reason Awards in the teaching category and two in the research category. Each annual award, which carries a prize of 25,000 Euros (approximately $30,000), seeks to build what the organizations call an “expanded reason community” embodying the integrated vision of truth expressed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
“We are humbled to receive this award and very grateful for the recognition of our work,” said Cavadini, past chair of Notre Dame's Department of Theology, following the announcement in July. “We will pursue our work with renewed vigor and dedication.”
The three additional recipients — professional specialist Christopher T. Baglow and program co-directors Patricia Bellm and Jay Martin — implement the Science and Religion Initiative’s unique seminars and workshops. These approaches have helped secondary school teachers and others around the nation cultivate students’ understanding of science and Catholicism as complementary.
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