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The Gordon McPhate Essay Prize for Science and Christian Theology

The Gordon McPhate Essay Prize for Science and Christian Theology

The Gordon McPhate Essay Prize for Science and Christian Theology was been established at Chester Cathedral in 2018 and is given in recognition of the fifteen years (2002 – 2017) that The Very Rev’d. Professor Gordon McPhate was Dean of Chester.

The 2019 Prize is now open for applications.

The prize has been established at Chester Cathedral and is given in recognition of the fifteen years (2002 – 2017) that The Very Revd Professor Gordon McPhate was Dean of Chester.

Who is it for?
It is expected that the essay will be attractive to those in any year of undergraduate studies who have engaged with, and have an interest in, the intersection of Science and Christian Theology.

What is the title?
There is no set title. The essay can be on any subject which demonstrates the relationship between the physical, natural or life sciences and Christian theology, broadly conceived, including studies that compare Christian perspectives with those of other religious traditions.

How long is the essay?
The essay is to be 3,000 – 5,000 words.

What is the prize?
£250

What is the deadline?
Friday 29th March 2019

When will the winner of the prize be announced?
Friday 31st May 2019

How do I submit?
Send the essay as an electronic attachment together with a personal CV (with your full name and postal address) of no more than half a page of A4 and a covering letter of recommendation from your tutor to Canon Jane Brooke, Canon Chancellor, Chester Cathedral at canon.brooke@chestercathedral.com

Who will judge the prize?
The prize will be judged by a panel made up of a representative of Chester Cathedral, a representative of the Society of Ordained Scientists, and a representative of the University of Chester.

2018 Winner

We are very pleased to announce the first winner of the Gordon McPhate Prize for Science and Religion is Amy Gillin.

Image of 2018 Prize Winner - Amy Gillin

Amy, 21, is currently studying in her final year of Theology at the University of Chester.

Since studying Religious Studies at her Catholic high school, Amy developed an interest in the workings of the Christian faith.  Alongside English Literature, she proceeded to study Religious Studies and Philosophy at Alcester Grammar Sixth Form. It was studying both Philosophy and Religious studies when she recognised her interest in Christian ethics. This has continued to be one of Amy’s favourite subjects that she has studied during her degree, and Amy recently completed her dissertation titled, ‘Divinely Mandated Genocide and Implications for Christian Ethics and the Authority of the Bible’.

The essay Amy submitted to the prize was titled ‘Is it morally permissible to use human embryos for stem cell research?