Professor Receives Grant to Explore the Nature of Forgiveness

Cristian Mihut, an assistant professor of philosophy at Bethel College, recently received a $43,500 research grant funded by the John Templeton Foundation on behalf of The Character Project at Wake Forest University. Mihut submitted his proposal under the Theology of Character competition entitled "New Frontiers in the Theology of Character.”

Mihut’s research topic focuses on theological and secular conceptions of forgiveness. In preparation, he will attend national conferences in the fall, including: Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion and Evangelical Theological Society, where he will sample presentations relating to forgiveness.

“The end result of the research project is book length monograph on forgiveness.  But I hope to be a practitioner, not only a theoretician of this essential Christian virtue,” says Mihut.

Mihut must attend and present his findings during a three-day conference in June of 2013, as well as submit a chapter-length version of his findings for a publication entitled “The Character Project: New Perspectives in Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology.”

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the big questions of human purpose and ultimate reality. The Foundation supports research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution and infinity to creativity, forgiveness, love and free will. The Foundation supports a broad range of programs, publications and studies focused on the universal truths of character development, from childhood through young adulthood and beyond.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,100 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.