In 2002 the winner of the ESSSAT Prize was Dirk Evers, while ESSSAT Awards were given to Leon Turner and Taede Smedes.
The European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT) proudly announced the winner of 2002 ESSSAT Prize for an “outstanding original contribution in an academic context at postgraduate or doctoral level”. Five doctoral dissertations, all written in German and accepted by leading German universities during 1998-2001, were submitted. The jury, consisting of Professors Wil Derkse, Nijmegen, Jürgen Hübner, Heidelberg, and Niels Henrik Gregersen, Aarhus, has decided to award the 2002 Essat Prize to
Dr. Dirk Evers at the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen for his work, Raum – Materie – Zeit. Schöpfungstheologie im Dialog mit naturwissenschaftlicher Kosmologie (Hermeneutische Untersuchungen zur Theologie vol. 41), Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen 2000, 437pp. The Prize of 2000 Euro has been awarded at the 9th European Conference on Science and Theology in Nijmegen, March 19-24, 2002. The judges considered the dissertation by Dr. Evers to be an important contribution that is able to stimulate both a meaningful dialogue and a practical cooperation between theology and science. Following a clear exposition of scientific and theological theories of the past and the present, the author forms a well-reflected position of his own that shows philosophical competence, theological sensibility and a capacity for independent judgment on the bearings of scientific theories for current religious thought. His arguments are well-informed, convincing and at the same time open for further critical inquiries and discussion. The jury congratulates the prize-winner, but also the other entrants, as all submissions were of a very high quality. We also want to thank the Radboud Foundation for sponsoring the ESSSAT Prize.
Besides, two ESSSAT Awards were given in 2002, precursors to the ESSSAT Student Award announced for 2004.