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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Former Spokane scholar receives Templeton Award

the Inland Register

(From the April 9, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Dr. Alyssa (Lyra) Pitstick of the religion faculty of Hope College, Holland, Mich., is one of 12 young scholars worldwide to receive a 2009 “John Templeton Award for Theological Promise.”

The recipients are recognized on the basis of their doctoral dissertations related to the topic of God and spirituality, and chosen by an international and inter-religious panel of 25 judges. Each recipient receives an award of $10,000 plus an additional stipend of up to $10,000 for two years to support giving public lectures at the invitation of academic institutions.

The award program is a cooperative effort of the Research Center of International and Interdisciplinary Theology of the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the John Templeton Foundation of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Pitstick wrote her dissertation while completing her doctorate in sacred theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy, in 2005. In 2007, it was published by the Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company of Grand Rapids as Light in Darkness: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Catholic Doctrine of Christ’s Descent into Hell.


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