5th edition

Teaching Category

John Slattery , Curtis L. Baxter, Katharine Hinman and Jennifer J. Wiseman (American Association for the Advancement of Science).

Science for Seminaries Program.

The program aims to equip future religious leaders with a solid epistemological foundation from which to answer questions of truth, meaning and existence, and adequately address questions of the limits as well as the reach of modern science today.

5th edition

Research Category

Carter Snead (University of Notre Dame) 
What It Means to be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics.

Snead addresses the most relevant current issues on bioethics such as abortion, artificial reproduction, palliative care or euthanasia. From a solid anthropological base, he penetrates into the legislative debate, ethical aspects of medicine and deals with the problem of the meaning of human life and suffering.

Jeffrey Bishop (Saint Louis University / Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics), Andrew Michel (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine) and Therese Lysaught (Loyola University Chicago).

Biopolitics After Neuroscience: Morality and the Economy of Virtue.

Neuroscience has become the paradigm of scientific reason. Yet too often, its findings are accepted uncritically, hailed as finally giving us the answers to what it means to be human.In this co-authored, thesis driven book, a psychiatrist, a scientifically-trained theologian, and a philosopher-physician interrogate the history and deeply-held philosophical assumptions that animate this most recent attempt to scientifically ground morality.

Michael Dominic Taylor (Edith Stein Philosophy Institute / International Laudato Si´ Institute)

The Foundations of Nature: Metaphysics of Gift for an Integral Ecological Ethic.

In the presence of the technocratic paradigm that views all of nature mechanistically, with indifference towards the good, and its antagonists – the eco-philosophies that attempt to emphasize relationality and the intrinsic value of non-human creatures, Taylor explores the metaphysics of gift. This perspective offers a deeper and more satisfying vision of all things, one that can restore hope in our common future, transform our relationships with the most vulnerable of our human brothers and sisters as well as the rest of creation, and speak to every aspect of human existence.

Honorable Mentions

Christopher Kaczor (Loyola Marymount University)

The Gospel of Happiness: How Secular Psychology Points to the Wisdom of Christian Practice.

Kaczor brings together the empirically verifiable findings of positive psychology that show the wisdom of the Christian tradition. The author delves into issues such as forgiveness, gratitude, humility and service to others.