A significant portion of the funding, some $4 million, will be re-granted to sixteen researchers to study the nature and implications of intellectual humility — the ability of an individual to be open to new ideas, receptive to new evidence, and willing to revise even deeply held beliefs in the face of compelling reasons. The remaining funds will support the publication of a volume of research and two conferences designed to promote dialogue and collaboration on the topic. The center hopes that the project will lead other scientists, theologians, and traditional and experimental philosophers to devote more attention to the topic.
"I am delighted that Fuller has received the John Templeton Foundation's strong support for our study about intellectual humility," said Fuller Theological Seminary president Richard J. Mouw. "We are deeply concerned at Fuller about the increasing divisions we see in society and we believe this project will develop new opportunities for building civil discourse."