The William Temple Foundation is delighted to announce that Dr Ryan Haecker, our Communications Officer and one of our Research Fellows, has been awarded the Rome Prize Fellowship in Ancient Studies by the American Academy in Rome. The award for the recipients of the 2023-24 Rome Prize was announced at the 2023 Rome Prize Ceremony, which was held at 6:30 pm (EST) on Monday 24 April 2023 in the Great Hall at Cooper Union, in New York City.
For the duration of the Rome Prize Fellowship, Ryan will prepare to publish in a new book series his doctoral dissertation ‘Restoring Reason: Theology of Logic in Origen of Alexandria‘. Origen of Alexandria (fl AD 184–253/4) has contributed the first Christian theology of logic. He has shown how logic is virtually ‘interwoven’ in and through all the philosophical sciences, and supremely through the mystical or ‘epoptic’ science of theology. Origen’s logic should thus be read as he reads and is himself read by a spiritual hermeneutic for a theological interpretation of logic, that is, a ‘theology of logic’.
In April 2022, Ryan was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Religious Studies in recognition of his dissertation Restoring Reason: Theology of Logic in Origen of Alexandria, which was composed at Peterhouse University of Cambridge under the supervision of Rt. Hon. and Rt. Rev’d. Rowan Williams. His research asks the absolute theological questions of the fundamental forms of logic and technology for modern theology.
He has previously studied history, philosophy, and theology at the University of Texas, the University of Würzburg, and the University of Nottingham. He has published over two dozen articles and he has presented over one hundred papers at conferences and symposia around the world. His research interests cover a broad spectrum of topics, including philosophical, systematic, and historical theology, focusing especially on figures in Platonism, Patristics, German Idealism, and modern theology. He is currently editing papers from the New Trinitarian Ontologies Conference, an international and ecumenical conference held at the University of Cambridge in 11-13 September 2019 and developing a hyperbolic reflection on the grammar of digital computers, and preparing the 12 June 2023 ‘Hyperdigital Designs‘ workshop, which is hosted by Cambridge Digital Humanities, and co-sponsored by the William Temple Foundation.