Carol Rausch Albright's work and writing examine the relationships
among neuroscience, religious experience, theology, and complexity
Albright's early work with campus ministry involved considerable
theological training but at that time no career path was available
for women in theology, and so she moved into publishing.
During the extended final illness of her first husband, and then
as a single parent, Albright wrote encyclopedia articles for five
years and a newsletter for physicians for ten years, learning considerable
science and medicine along the way. She also edited college textbooks,
especially in psychology and business. Savvy in publishing led to
work advising theological faculties on how to get their work finished
and into print. Albright's interests in both religion and science
came together in work as executive editor of Zygon: Journal
of Religion & Science.
In 1991 she married physicist John R. Albright, who is also active
in the science-and-religion dialogue. Together, the Albrights ran
programs for the John Templeton Foundation and the Center for Theology
and the Natural Sciences, attended dozens of conferences, heard
a great many lectures and delivered a few, and became well acquainted
within this community of scholars. In fact, she organized a good
many of these conferences herself.
Background in medicine and psychology, gained from previous writing
and editing, helped lead to her research specialization in neuroscience,
religion, and complexity. As far as she knows--and somewhat to her
chagrin--she is the first U.S. Lutheran woman to publish a book
of constructive theology (Ashbrook & Albright, The Humanizing
The Humanizing Brain has been required reading in
courses at a variety of colleges and universities, including Columbia
University, The University of Vermont, St. Louis University, and
Ouchita Baptist University. The University of Santa Clara offered
a course "Religion and Modernity," covering Descartes, Nietsche,
Freud, Jung, and Ashbrook & Albright. A similar course has been
taught at Georgetown University.