Capstone Seminars

Teaching at the Interface of Science & Religion 

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Capstone is designed as a follow-up to Foundations for teachers and administrators of truly exceptional schools that have either completed our first-year seminar or who have already developed substantial courses in the dialogue between science and religion.  Held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame over the next 3 years, Capstone is an intensive 2.5-day seminar, focusing on advanced issues in science and religion with a continued emphasis on curricular development.

 In the summer of 2018, David Bentley Hart will explore the question of atheism and its scientific, philosophical, and theological presuppositions, and its impact on Catholic education.  Hart is the author of numerous books, including The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss (2014), The Doors of the Sea: Where Was God in the Tsunami? (2011), The Story of Christianity: A History of the 2,000 Years of the Christian Faith (2011),  Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies (2010), and The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian Truth (2004).  In the fall of 2017, Yale University Press will publish his new translation of the New Testament.

In the summer of 2017, Stephen M. Barr, a leading particle physicist at the University of Delaware and president of the Society of Catholic Scientists, led our inaugural seminar on how new developments in the fields of particle physics and quantum theory teacher might approach consciousness and free will in their theology and science classes.  In 2019 we will focus on evolution, biblical creation narratives, and the question of extraterrestrial life.  

Join us!

Let us know if you are interested in attending 2018 Capstone seminar. Tell us how your school implements efforts to teach at the interface of science and religion. Did you design electives for your students? On which areas do your teaching efforts focus? Let us know! Please fill in our application form

Eligible schools must apply with two teachers and one administrator.  In addition to accommodation in air-conditioned dorm rooms (single occupation) and board, participants will receive an honorarium of $200.

We are able to award a stipend of $600 to up to seven schools who demonstrate an extraordinary effort in integrating an active dialogue between science and religion into their school curricula. 

Schools may join with more teachers or administrators for a cost of $360 per person, although no additional honoraria can be awarded.

Admission is on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested in attending Capstone, please fill in this form. For any questions, please send us an email at or call Patricia Bellm (574) 631-1379 or Jay Martin at (574) 631-1378.



Upcoming Capstone Seminars

2018, June 13 - 16, "The New Atheism & Its Impact on Catholic Education," David Bentley Hart, Ph.D.

2019, TBD,  planned: "Evolution, Biblical Creation & the Question of Extraterrestrial Life"

Past Capstone Seminars

2017, June 25 - 27, "Mysteries: Quantum & Divine," Stephen M. Barr, Ph.D.