Published on January 8, 2021 by Sean Flynt  
Taylor Cyr and David Bains
Taylor Cyr and David Bains

Bains, Cyr Earn Grants for Courses on Free Will, Religion, Race and Ethnicity

Two Howard College of Arts and Sciences professors have received course development grants from Samford University’s William E. and Wylodine H. Hull Fund for Christian Scholarship.

Biblical and Religious Studies professor David Bains will use his grant for work next summer to complete a new course–Religion, Race, and Ethnicity in America (BREL 356)–to be offered in fall, 2021. Bains said the grant will help him enhance the already-approved course through closer attention to recent developments in the history of race and ethnicity in America and a more thorough consideration of Christian theological reflections on the subject.

Philosophy professor Taylor Cyr will use his grant to develop a course that addresses the perennial debate about the relationship between God and human free will. The course will be offered every other year starting in fall, 2022, alternating with the current Philosophy of Religion course and cross-listed as a Biblical and Religious Studies Course.

The William E. and Wylodine H. Hull Fund for Christian Scholarship seeks to strengthen the Christian character and institutional purpose of Samford University by supporting faculty who are interested in how the integration of faith and higher education enriches the life of the academy and the church, preparing both to respond more faithfully and justly to the pressing social, cultural, and moral challenges of the day.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.