ISSR IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE RESULTS OF ITS ESSAY COMPETITION IN HONOUR OF JOHN POLKINGHORNE, IN WHICH SEVERAL ESSAYS WERE SO CLOSE AT THE TOP THAT IT HAS BEEN DECIDED TO INCREASE THE TOTAL PRIZE MONEY SLIGHTLY AND TO AWARD IT AS FOLLOWS:
JOINT FIRST PRIZE (£6000 EACH) TO:
JUNGHYUNG KIM: "Christian Hope in Dialogue With Natural Theology:
Polkinghorne's Incorporation of Bottom-Up Thinking Into Eschatology";
DANIEL DARG: "Cosmic If Statements";
JOINT THIRD PRIZE (£3000 EACH) TO:
RUSSELL MANNING: "On Revising Natural Theology: John Polkinghorne and the False Modesty of Liberal Theology";
JAMES WATKINS: John Polkinghorne's Kenotic Theology of Creation and Its
Implications for a Theory of Human Creativity".
A fifth essay - Pat Bennett's "Subtle and Supple: John Polkinghorne's Engagement With Reality" was not awarded a prize but was nevertheless awarded a special commendation by the judges.
Congratulations to the winners!
The perceptive among my readers will notice that my submission, which focused on the distinction between primary causality and informational causality, is not in this list. I've emailed the competition organisers for the reviewers' comments, as I intend to revise my paper slightly and submit it to a journal.
On a mercenary note, I find curious the effective reduction in prize money for the joint winners: from £10,000 to £6,000. If I had been one of the joint first prize winners, I sure I'd feel a little cheated. Perhaps it's a good thing that I didn't win!