FAITH AND THE ARTS


Beethoven and Freedom
This project, published as Beethoven and Freedom (Oxford University Press, 2017), explores the ways in which Beethoven's music articulates the dilemmas of modern freedom and how religion is both enmeshed in the process as well as its critique.
Daniel KL Chua - a project with Yale, where Daniel Chua was a visiting senior fellow at the the Institute of Sacred Music, the Tangeman Lecturer, and lecturer in the Music Department.


Theology of Joy and The Good Life (in progress)
Daniel KL Chua, Project Leadership Team of the Theology of Joy and the Good Life project based at the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. The three-year project is made possible by a 4.2 million grant USD from The John Templeton Foundation. As a member of the Project Leadership Team, Professor Chua conducted research and directed the project in collaboration with the project’s principal investigator, Miroslav Volf, Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School, and an extraordinary group of scholars and religious leaders from institutions around the globe, including Jürgen Moltmann, Jonathan Sacks, N. T. Wright, and Nicholas Wolterstorff. Chua contributed to a 2014 planning project on the Theology of Joy, during which the fundamental questions of the Theology of Joy and the Good Life project were formulated. The Theology of Joy and the Good Life project will conduct research and facilitate interdisciplinary conferences and other gatherings to build a transformative movement driven by an articulation of the joy that attends the flourishing human life. “We are very excited to have Professor Chua’s leadership in this project,” said Volf. “We are working to articulate visions of the good life that call forth lives of joy and to change the way that theology as a discipline understands itself and its role in society. His expertise in music and the broader humanities will bring a unique and nuanced perspective to our team, and provide guidance that is essential to achieve such ambitious aims.” More information about the Theology of Joy and the Good Life project is available at joy.yale.edu


Music, Theology and Modernity (in progress)
The aim of this edited book project (Oxford University Press: forthcoming 2019) is to explore:
-     the ways in which music (and reflection on music) can bear witness to the theological currents that have shaped modernity
-     the ways in which music (and reflection on music) can point to ways of addressing and moving beyond some of the intractable theological aporias which modernity has bequeathed to us
Daniel KL Chua (Co-Chair) - a project with Duke Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music


FAITH AND THE HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 

This project examines the juncture between the history and philosophy of science, and religious faith and experience. It is headed by R. Clinton Ohlers (PhD, Penn, History) whose areas of research include the origin of the Conflict Thesis of science and religion, the development of the concept of laws of nature, the relationship between modern science and the study of divine action, and Victorian scientific naturalism. Dr. Ohlers is preceded in this position by analytical theologian Andrew Loke, whose work has focused on science and religion, cosmological arguments for the existence of God, and on the nature of the Incarnation of Christ.

Books

Ohlers, R. Clinton. The Birth of the Conflict Between Science and Religion  (in progress)

Loke, Andrew. 2017. The Origins of Divine Christology. Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Loke, Andrew. 2017. God and Ultimate Origins: A Novel Cosmological Argument. Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion Series. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature.

Loke, Andrew. 2016. Science and the Christian Faith. Singapore: Ethos Institute for Public Christianity.

Loke, Andrew. 2014. A Kryptic Model of the Incarnation. London: Routledge.


Articles

Ohlers, R. Clinton. 2018. "The Conflict Thesis and the Reificiation of ‘Science’ and ‘Religion’.” [Review of The Territories of Science and Religion. By Peter Harrison. University of Chicago Press, 2015. Pp. xi + 300.] Fides et Historia 50(1): 85-93.

Ohlers, R. Clinton. 2017. “The ‘Conflict Thesis’ of Science and Religion: A Nexus of Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of Religion.” Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies  2(2): 208-33.

Loke, Andrew. 2017. ‘On the beginning of time: a reply to Wes Morriston concerning the existence of actual infinities.’ In The Kalām Cosmological Argument: Criticisms and Defenses ed. Paul Copan and William Lane Craig. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

Loke, Andrew. 2017. ‘A reply to Peter Lyth on whether an infinite temporal regress of events is possible.’ Think 16:77-81.

Loke, Andrew. 2016. ‘On Finitism and the beginning of the universe: A reply to Stephen Puryear.’ Australasian Journal of Philosophy 94: 591-595.

Loke, Andrew. 2016. ‘Reconciling Evolution with Biblical literalism: a proposed research program.’ Theology and Science 14:160-174.

Loke, Andrew. 2016. ‘On the Infinite God objection: a reply to Jacobus Erasmus and Anné Hendrik Verhoef.’ Sophia 55: 263-272.

Loke, Andrew. 2016. ‘On beginningless past, endless future, God, and singing angels: an assessment of the Morriston-Craig dialogue.’ Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie 58: 57-66.


FAITH AND PSYCHOLOGY


Causal Relationships between Religiosity and Value Priorities (in progress)
Stephanie Chan, Wilfred W.F. Lau, C. Harry Hui, & Shu-fai Cheung
There is ample evidence that religiosity and certain value orientations are correlated. However, it is unclear whether the value orientations predispose a person to become religious, or whether religious persons are more likely to adopt those values. To address this causality issue, cross-sectional and longitudinal data were collected from a Chinese sample.


Psychological and Demographic Predictors of Christian Believers' Exit from Church and Faith (in progress)
C. Harry Hui, Esther Y.Y. Lau, Jasmine Lam, Shu-Fai Cheung, and Wilfred W.F. Lau
In what ways are the unchurched Christians differ from those who attend church? Can we predict which church-attending Christians will later become unstable in attending church or even exit a congregation? Can we predict which Christians will later leave their faith? Although there are retrospective studies of people who changed religion, large-sample longitudinal research on psychological predictors of religious transition is rare. To fill this gap, we conduct a 3-wave prospective study.


Predictors and Outcomes of Experiences Deemed Religious: A Longitudinal Investigation. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. 
C. Harry Hui, Wilfred W.F. Lau, Sing-Hang Cheung, Shu-Fai Cheung, Esther Y. Y. Lau & Jasmine Lam


Purpose-driven life: Life goals as a predictor of quality of life and psychological health. Journal of Happiness Studies.
Esther Yuet Ying Lau, Sing-Hang Cheung, Jasmine Lam, C. Harry Hui, Shu-Fai Cheung, and Doris Shui Ying Mok


The Relationship between Spirituality and Quality of Life among University Students: An Autoregressive Cross-lagged Panel Analysis
Wilfred W.F. Lau, C. Harry Hui, Jasmine Lam, Esther Y.Y. Lau, and Shu-Fai Cheung


Does Church Size Matter? A Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Study of Chinese Congregants' Religious Attitudes and Behaviors
Sing-Hang Cheung, C. Harry Hui, Esther Yuet Ying Lau, Shu-Fai Cheung, and Doris Shui Ying Mok


"Faith Maturity Scale" for Chinese: A Revision and Construct Validation 
C. Harry Hui, Eddie Chi Wai Ng, Doris Shui Ying Mok, Esther Yuet Ying Lau & Shu-Fai Cheung


Personal Spiritual Values and Quality of Life: Evidence from Chinese College Students
Kaili Chen Zhang, C. Harry Hui, Jasmine Lam, Esther Yuet Ying Lau, Shu-fai Cheung, and Doris Shui Ying Mok


The Impact of Post-Apology Behavioral Consistency on Victim's Forgiveness Intention: A Study of Trust Violation Among Coworkers
C. Harry Hui, Felicia L.Y. Lau, Karina L.C. Tsang, and S. Tess Pak


The role of religion in moderating the impact of life events on material life goals: some evidence in support of terror management theory
C. Harry Hui, Stephanie W.Y. Chan, Esther Y.Y. Lau, Shu-Fai Cheung, and Doris Shu Ying Mok