The Addenda is being Restructured (Addenda 5.6 June 2022)

We Are Restructuring the Addenda!

Last month, we announced that we were working on a mechanism to allow our members to contribute to the Addenda. We want to enable Society members to produce content that will encourage Addenda readers to reflect on issues of faith and scholarship in their own lives and enhance their own effectiveness as participants in the Society and the body of Christ. The next few newsletters will be lighter on content in light of this restructuring.


The first step in that direction is a restructuring of the newsletter to incorporate regular contributions by our Society Regional Representatives, whose role includes connecting with those members in their regions. You can expect your Regional Representative to be inviting suggestions and Addenda submissions from you soon over the coming months!


Jeff Foster

Acquisitions Editor


Society Opportunities

NEW LIBRARY READING GROUP – The Society Library, led by our Librarian Dr. Marlene Hines, will start an online reading club in late summer or early fall. The group will discuss resources from the Library that help us bring the gospel to bear in our teaching, research, and administration. Be sure to participate in our survey to let us know how this group can be most useful to you.

Publishing Opportunity!

Even before the current crises, technology was threatening to create a “useless class” out of older workers and the uneducated young. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, the “great resignation” and other global disruptions, we believe job creation will become the major socio-economic challenge of our time.

The Journal of Ethics in Entrepreneurship and Technology is inviting Society members to participate in the academic paper competition “Creating Jobs for the NOT so ‘Useless’ Generation,” which will take place in fall 2022. The top three academic papers will be awarded  $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000, respectively. We invite global scholars and practitioners to apply their knowledge and expertise in solving this major crisis.

EBSCO Databases: Don’t forget to enhance your research by taking advantage of these EBSCO resources available to you as a Society member!

    1. Humanities Source; 
    2. Religion and Philosophy Index; 
    3. Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Index; 
    4. SOC Index; 
    5. Leadership Management Source; and 
    6. Education Source. 

Upcoming Webinars

How the Laws of Physics Leave Room for God’s Action

by Barbara Drossel

Do the laws of physics constrain God’s action in the world? Do they inhibit or interfere with God’s normal, non-miraculous action? While the laws of physics enable everything in the physical world, do they determine everything?

On Thursday, 16 June 2022 at 1400 UTC, Prof Barbara Drossel, professor of Theoretical Physics at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany and a fellow of the Faraday Institute at Cambridge University, will argue that the laws of physics do not interfere with God’s normal, non-miraculous action in the world, such as answering prayers and guiding persons and circumstances. This is because the laws of physics are neither complete, nor exact, nor fully deterministic.

On the contrary, the laws of physics are idealizations with a limited range of applicability, and the systems described by them are causally open for top-down influences from higher hierarchical levels within physics (for instance from the classical to the quantum world) and from without physics (for instance from the biological or psychological level) and even from non-material entities (for instance ideas, goals, rules, and values). Due to this broad causal openness, the view that the laws of physics forbid God’s action has no basis. Even though these laws enable everything in physical reality, they do not determine everything.

In preparation for this webinar, we encourage you to read Prof Drossel’s essay “How the Laws of Nature Leave Room for God’s Action.” We hope you will join us for this intriguing and insightful webinar by registering below.

Immediately following the webinar, you will have the opportunity to connect and catch up with colleagues from around the world. So plan to stay on the call for another 20+ minutes if you would like.

Ignatian Spirituality and the University by Nita Koitigua – 21 July 2022 at 1400 UTC

What does our spiritual life have to do with our academic life? Should they be separated or can they be brought together holistically? Academic life often neglects and hinders spiritual formation, because the whole idea is dismissed by atheistic cultures, diminished by secular cultures, or exaggerated by spiritualist cultures. At the root of the problem are conceptions of the relationship between the mind, body, and soul.

Join us as Dr. Nita Kotiuga, Director of Spiritual Formation at Bakke Graduate University, explores how to nurture the spiritual and the life of the mind. Dr. Kotiuga, a trained spiritual director in Ignatian spirituality, will discuss how academics can embrace the spiritual life by placing their minds under the direction of the Holy Spirit so that they can fully function as God intended, following the Holy Spirit into all truth.

Immediately following the webinar, you will have the opportunity to connect and catch up with colleagues from around the world. So plan to stay on the call for another 20 minutes or so if possible.

NB: Be sure to check out the Webinars Page for third-party webinars that are often added with short notice and for updated presenters and topics that may be helpful in equipping you to bring the gospel to bear in your university context.

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