Dr Jonathan Moo (Visiting Scholar)
As one of the earliest Faraday Research Associates, hired not long after the founding of the Faraday Institute, it was an immense privilege to return this past year for my sabbatical from Whitworth University. Faraday has always been a wonderfully stimulating environment in which to do academic work, but I had not anticipated just how much fun it would be to join what has become a much larger, diverse community of first-rate scholars and support staff working on a wide range of fascinating projects in science and religion. The warm hospitality I received from Faraday and St Edmund's and the engaging interdisciplinary conversations and debates that shape the Institute’s life made this sabbatical year an absolute delight, both academically and personally. In addition to giving some lectures and doing a bit of teaching on a couple of Faraday courses, the focus of my research was on finishing a biblical theology of creation care (coauthored with my father, Douglas Moo) and on starting a new project on the role of limits in environmental philosophy, science and technology, and theology. What began as a ‘theology of limits’, however, has become a ‘theology of belonging’, as limits finally only make sense in a context of belonging – to our bodies, to each other, to the land, and even to God. The themes of belonging and love seemed especially appropriate in the context of the Faraday Institute this year. I am deeply grateful for the Institute and look forward to the fruit of its ongoing work as it continues to grow and evolve. With thanks.
Jonathan Moo, Associate Professor of New Testament and Environmental Studies Whitworth, University Spokane, Washington, USA