This proposal seeks to initiate a new direction in my scholarship and teaching by engaging directly with theologians, not fellow economists. I will do this by spending the summer reading theology, by visiting a seminary, and by reflecting theologically. This will be challenging and novel for me, because I am an economist, not a theologian. By spending the summer reading theology, I aim to identify and learn from theologians in the field of ethics. During a week visiting a seminary, I will network and foster dialogue with ethicists. By taking the time for interdisciplinary reflection, I will gain valuable fresh momentum in my work. The proposed project has serendipity at this time. Theologians are becoming interested in economics, stimulated by the Wall Street crisis and questions about the human condition. I propose to visit an exciting new seminary project along these lines, the "Theology of Work" project (www.theologyofwork.org/)
connected with Gordon-Conwell Seminary. I believe the impact will be felt not just by me personally, but also by my fellow economists. By and large, we economists talk amongst ourselves about faith integration, for example through the Association of Christian Economists. The problem is that our reading and writing is basically to each other, and there is little or no actual dialogue with theologians. This is puzzling and unsatisfactory, because faith integration should be seen as an interdisciplinary project, by definition. Theologians stand on the other side of the topic, and the two sides need to engage.