by Public Relations

CEDARVILLE, OHIO – Adam Johnson, assistant professor of theological studies, and Shawn Graves, assistant professor of philosophy, received a cluster grant of $15,000 from Notre Dame's Center of Philosophy of Religion. The grant will be used for many purposes including faculty development and the pursuit of academic excellence at the University.

Steven Winteregg, dean of the college of arts and sciences, said that grants such as this one set an example for seeking outside funding that enables the University to pursue academic excellence within a Christ-centered environment.

"These grants allow us to provide experiences for our students and our faculty that we could not otherwise afford," Winteregg said.

The grant will specifically promote faculty development in analytic theology by providing stipends and books for 10 faculty members to study an analytic approach to a theological topic.

"Our selected topic is atonement and reconciliation," Graves said. "Additionally, the money will also be used to bring several prominent scholars to campus to discuss these topics."

Graves and Johnson hope the grant will enable them to impact students through the various courses that will be impacted by this grant. They also hope the money will enable students to interact with world-class theologians and philosophers.

Graves has taught at Cedarville since 2007 and received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester, his M.A. in philosophy from the University of Rochester and Ohio University and his B.A. in philosophy and English from Cedarville University. As a professor he enjoys the opportunity to have vigorous philosophical conversations with Cedarville students, prompting them to reflect carefully on what the world is like and how they should live in it.

Johnson has taught at Cedarville since 2011 and earned his Ph.D. in theological studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, his M.A. in New Testament from Talbot Theological Seminary and his B.A. from Biola University. He said he knew he wanted to be a university professor since his freshman year of college and is thrilled with his position at Cedarville. Johnson enjoys finding ways to relate the atonement to just about everything, so it's no surprise that he's exploring the contribution of analytic theology to our understanding of the cross.