Joseph Wolyniak

Joseph Wolyniak


Thesis title:

The Baconian Project: Theos, Ethos, and the Telos of Techné at the Advent of Modernity


Professor Peter Harrison


Mr. Wolyniak’s interests lie broadly in the Anglican origins of modernity, especially the emergence and various moral implications of modern science and technology. His thesis looks at the thought and legacy of Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) and Bacon’s interlocutors from the 16th to 19th C., specifically the way in which theological commitments vivify the ‘new science’ that emerges in the early modern era – for better and for worse.


Andreas Idreos Studentship (Harris Manchester College), Squire and Marriott Bursary (Faculty of Theology and Religion), Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow (Episcopal Church Foundation), Chapel Lectorship (St John’s College), Stapley Scholarship (Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust), Ellerton Theological Essay Prize (Faculty of Theology and Religion)

Selected Publications:

  • 2014* For Dissections and Trials: The Religious Roots of Animal Experimentation in Bacon’s ‘New Science’ – Paper accepted for presentation, Oxford Animal Ethics Summer School (Oxford, UK), July 21-23, 2014
  • 2014* Private browsing?: Assessing the pillars of pornography in a digital age – Paper accepted for presentation, Ecclesia and Ethics II (Online conference hosted by Corban University – Salem, OR, USA), Mar. 1-8, 2014
  • 2013 So old it seems new: Anglo-Catholic contemplation-and-action in contemporary context – Paper presentation, New England Anglican Studies Conference–Harvard Divinity School (Cambridge, MA, USA), Apr. 19-21, 2013
  • 2013 Bacon, Baconianism, and the Baconian project: What’s it all got to do with bioethics? – Visiting Scholar presentation, The Hastings Center (Garrison, NY, USA), Feb. 11, 2013
  • 2013 Beyond mere etiquette: ‘Integral human development’ as a framework for thinking Christianly about mobile phones – Paper presentation, Technology & Ethics Interest Group, Society of Christian Ethics, Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL, USA), Jan. 12-14, 2013
  • 2012 The Catholic Worker way: A (first-hand) perspective on its past, present, and prospects – Paper presentation, Ecclesiological Investigations Program Unit, American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL, USA), Nov. 17-20, 2012
  • 2010 Transhumanism and the Baconian project: The theological impetus for material salvation – Paper presentation, Transhumanism and Religion Program Unit, American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting (Atlanta, GA, USA), Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2010
  • 2010 Used cars have values: Science, values, and ethics in Sir Francis Bacon’s wake – Paper presentation, Venice Summer School on Science and Religion (Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti, Venice, Italy), May 25-28, 2010
  • 2010 Never the twain shall meet?: Natural philosophy and divine knowledge among Bacon, Barth, and the neurotheologians - Paper presentation, European Society for the Study of Science and Theology, Annual Meeting (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland), Apr. 7-11, 2010

Other research interests:

Moral theology (technology), science and religion, early modern English intellectual history, English Reformation, Catholic social thought

Academic-related Activities:

2013-Present: Visiting Scholar – Department of Religious Studies, University of Denver

2012-2013: Visiting Scholar – Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University

2012-Present: Vice Chair – The Episcopal Church Executive Council Committee on Science, Technology & Faith (2013-2015 Triennial Term)

2012-Present: Treasurer/Leadership Team – The Scholar-Priest Initiative, The Episcopal Church (USA)/Anglican Church of Canada

2011-Present: Member – Technology Committee, Society of Christian Ethics

2009-2012: President/Secretary – Oxford Animal Ethics Society, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics

2010-2011: Member – Graduate Joint Consultative Committee, Faculty of Theology, Oxford University

About me:

Joseph Wolyniak holds a BS in neuroscience and a BA in philosophy from East Carolina University and a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) from Duke University. A DPhil candidate in theology at Harris Manchester College, he currently resides in Denver, CO, where he is a visiting scholar at the University of Denver.

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