Fraser Watts, Director of the Institute, is also currently Visiting Professor of Psychology and Religion at the University of Lincoln and Executive Secretary of the International Society for Science and Religion. For further information see:
Fraser has recently completed an overview of psychology and religion, to be published early in 2017 as
- Watts, F. (2017) Psychology, Religion and Spirituality: Concepts and Applications. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
He is currently working on a book on religion and the body, arising from talks given under the auspices of CIAPR in the autumn of 2015, to be published as
- Watts, F. (in preparation) Embodied Spirituality: Psychology, Religion and the Body. Norwich, SCM Press.
In March 2011 CIAPR received a generous donation from the Epiphany Philosophers when they wound up their Trust. The intention was that these funds should be used to carry the Epiphany Philosophers’ baton into the future, with particular attention to the kind of work that the Epiphany Philosophers had carried out, as reflected in their journal, Theoria to Theory. Fraser gave a paper about the Epiphany Philosophers at the 2015 conference of the Science and Religion Forum, published as
Watts, F. (2016) Towards a bolder engagement between theology and science: Learning from the Epiphany Philosophers. In N. Spurway and L. Hickman (ed.) Forty Years of Science and Religion: Looking Back, Looking Forward. Newcastle-on-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press.
CIAPR is also supporting the construction of a website for the Epiphany Philosophers, and an event in January 2017 to mark the launch of Theoria to Theory.
Fraser is also working on various collaborative projects, including:
- with Roger Bretherton on character strengths and virtues, with particular emphasis on hope;
- with Galen Watts on spirituality in contemporary society, especially among Millennials;
- with Victor Counted on the role of place attachment in religion;
- with Moez Masoud on the reception of Darwinism in the Islamic world;
- with Matt Russell and Sarah Hills on forgiveness and reconciliation.
More information on Dr Fraser Watts can be found on his website.