Religious & Theological Studies
Dr. Kay has specialties in historical and systematic theology, and the interaction of science and religion. In 1997, he was the recipient of the John Templeton Science & Religion Course Program Award for a course he developed and taught while on sabbatical in Prague, Czech Republic. His research into the life and work of Augustinian Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics, resulted in an invitation to speak at the University of Tartu, Estonia, and the Center for Augustinian Study and Legacyof Merrimack College selected him to give the 2002 Thagaste Lecture, speaking on “The Religious Side of Gregor Mendel.”
Kay has also been active teaching courses on “Jesus and the Gospels,” “The Life and Teaching of St. Paul,” as well as classes in New Testament Greek. His research in these, and related areas resulted in the essay entitled “The Life and Work of Eberhard Nestle” which was published in The Bible as Book: The Transmission of the Greek Text, edited by Scott McKendrick and Orlaith O’Sullivan (The British Library & Oak Knoll Press, 2003).
Dr. Kay has been active with the international conference PATEFO (Pankraz Theological Forum) in the Czech Republic, his most recent paper was entitled “Is Intelligent Design Creationism a Form of Christian Witness or a False Witness?”
After more than 15 years as assistant coach of cross-country and track, Dr. Kay developed the course “The Spirituality of Running” and has recently published the book Running—The Sacred Art (SkyLight Paths, 2007).