Jeff Schloss


Jeff Schloss

Grant Helps Westmont Prof Research Faith, Science Link

Bonding Hormone” Could Be Affected by Religious Worship

Westmont College announced this week that biology professor Jeffrey Schloss will receive two grants totaling $20,000 from the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences that will enable him to further research purported links between science and faith. Specifically, Schloss will be looking into how religious worship can affect the “human bonding” hormone oxytocin, which may strengthen the attachment between mothers and infants, as well as other person-to-person relationships. According to a press release from Westmont, Schloss’s future in the subject will have him working with the Pulizter-prize winning author of Edward Larsen of Pepperdine University School of Law, among others. The money will also be put to such causes as a book, lectures and a planned international conference in Santa Barbara. “Many prominent writers, both secular and Christian, promote a ‘warfare’ view of science and faith: choose one, reject the other, or domesticate one by the authority of the other,” Schloss said in the press release. “We believe faith and science can and should be celebrated in their full integrity and are necessary for intellectual progress and social harmony.”

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:
This Week's Issue

School Board Takes Public Comment on Ethnic Studies as Graduation Requirement

A meeting this evening will discuss adding ethnic studies as a high school requirement; initial vote scheduled ...

Time Remains to Register to Vote

'Conditional voter registration' allows late registration, including for some Californians with criminal convictions.

Bicycle Challenge Rides Through Santa Barbara

Project Hero helps vets and first responders with PTSD.

Home on San Andres Catches Fire

Sunday night blaze extinguished quickly.

Santa Barbara to Protest Narrower Gender Definition

The rally takes place Tuesday afternoon at State and Anapamu's "speaker's corner."