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Faraday Associates

Faraday Associates comprise an informal network of academics, mainly in Europe, lecturing and/or writing in the arena of science and religion. The majority of Associates work full-time within the scientific community.

Faraday Associates are deliberately chosen to represent a wide range of disciplines and stages in career development, ranging from doctoral students to Professorial status.

Please note that Associates are listed in alphabetical order. The cohort of Associates is growing and this list is therefore not yet complete.

Nicholas Beale

Nicholas Beale

Biography

Nicholas Beale is a Social Philosopher and Director of Sciteb. He read Maths at Cambridge University and then worked in

Nicholas Beale is a Social Philosopher and Director of Sciteb. He read Maths at Cambridge University and then worked in computer communications, chairing working groups of the IEEE (The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Project 802 which established industry standards. After a spell at McKinsey he established Sciteb in 1998. Much of his work has been on the interaction between investors and companies, culminating in his book Constructive Engagement. He also organised the first Colloquium on the Ethical and Spiritual Implications of the Internet, at the House of Lords in 1997. He collaborates with Martin Nowak, Robert May and others on certain applications of mathematical biology and evolutionary dynamics. His 10-year collaboration with John Polkinghorne on Polkinghorne.net resulted in their joint book Questions of Truth published in 2009.

Recent Selected publications

  • “God and Science” (with Colin Howson) Prospect May 1998
  • Cybernauts Awake (co-author) Church House Publishing (1999)
  • Constructive Engagement: Directors and Investors in Action Gower (2005)
  • “Oil and Troubled Waters". Harvard Business Review: Nov 2005
  • Questions of Truth (with John Polkinghorne) Westminster John Knox (2009)
  • The Selfish Gene Delusion Trinity Forum “Provocations” Feb 2009.

Stephen Blundell

Prof. Stephen Blundell

Biography

Stephen Blundell is currently Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics at Oxford University and Tutor at Mansfield College.

Stephen Blundell is currently Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics at Oxford University and Tutor at Mansfield College. He was an undergraduate at Cambridge University and studied for his Ph.D. at the Cavendish Laboratories before moving to Oxford in 1993, first as an EPSRC research fellow, then as a Merton College Junior Research Fellow, before taking up a university lectureship in 1997. He was a co-recipient of the Daiwa-Adrian prize in 1999. Prof. Blundell’s current research interests include the properties of correlated electrons in the solid state, particularly magnetism and superconductivity in organic systems and complex oxides, the use of high magnetic fields to probe Fermi surfaces, and muon-spin rotation to measure internal magnetic field distributions and dynamics.

Prof. Blundell is a member of Christians in Science and an occasional speaker on science/faith issues.

Selected recent research papers

  • Blundell, Stephen (2001) Magnetism in Condensed Matter Oxford University Press.
  • Hayward, M. A., Cussen, E. J., Claridge, J. B., Bieringer, M., Rosseinsky, M. J., Kiely, C. J., Blundell, S. J., Marshall, I. M. and Pratt, F. L. (2002) The hydride anion in an extended transition metal oxide array - LaSrCoO3H0.7 Science 295, 1882.
  • Coldea, I., Blundell, S. J., Steer, C. A., Mitchell, J. F. and Pratt, F. L. (2002) Spin freezing and magnetic inhomogeneities in bilayer manganites Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 277601.
  • Blundell, S. J., Steer, C. A., Pratt, F. L., Marshall, I. M., Hayes W., and Ward, R. C. C. (2003) Detection of magnetic order in the S=1 chain LiVGe2O6 using implanted spin-polarized muons Phys. Rev. B 67, 224411.
  • Blundell, S. J. (2004) Muon-spin rotation studies of electronic properties of molecular conductors and superconductors Chem. Rev. 104, 5717.
  • Blundell, S. J. and Pratt, F. L. (2004) Organic and molecular magnets J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 16, R771.
  • Goddard, P. A., Blundell, S. J., Singleton, J., McDonald, R. D., Ardavan, A., Narduzzo, A., Schleuter, J. A., Kini, A. M. and Sasaki, T. (2004) Angle-dependent magnetoresistance of the layered organic superconductor kappa-(ET)2Cu(NCS)2: Simulation and experiment Phys. Rev. B 69, 174509.
  • Analytis, J. G., Blundell S. J. and Ardavan, A. (2004) Landau levels, molecular orbitals, and the Hofstadter butterfly in finite systems Am. J. Phys. 72, 613.

Prof. Katherine Blundell

Biography

Prof. Katherine Blundell is professor of Astrophysics at Oxford University, where she is also a University Research Fellow of the

Prof. Katherine Blundell is professor of Astrophysics at Oxford University, where she is also a University Research Fellow of the Royal Society and a Science Research Fellow of St John's College, Oxford. Previously she was a Research Fellow of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and before that she was a Research Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford.

In 2010 she won the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award.  This is awarded annually and is funded by the government as part of its efforts to promote women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Dave Bookless

Revd Dave Bookless

Biography

Revd Dave Bookless is Director of Theology for A Rocha International (www.arocha.org). A Rocha is an international Christian organisation engaging

Revd Dave Bookless is Director of Theology for A Rocha International (www.arocha.org). A Rocha is an international Christian organisation engaging in scientific research, environmental education and community-based conservation projects across six continents. He is also studying for a part-time PhD under Professor David Ford in the Divinity Faculty at Cambridge University, exploring a theological understanding of biodiversity conservation. Rev Bookless was born in India and his first degree was in Modern History (1983) at Jesus College Cambridge (specialising in Gandhian politics). He stayed in Cambridge to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, specialising in multifaith Religious Education, before teaching and then becoming Lecturer in Christianity as a World Religion for Bradford’s Interfaith Education Centre. From 1988-1991 he trained for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol, where he completed a Dip. HE in Theology and an MA in Church, Religion and Society 1780-1914. He was ordained in 1991, serving as curate at St John's Southall before becoming Priest-in-Charge of St George's Southall, where he remained until 2000. In 2001 he left full-time parish ministry to set-up A Rocha UK. He was National Director until 2008 before focusing on writing and theological education, and in 2011 moved to his current role with A Rocha International. During his time with A Rocha UK, the Rev Bookless served on various bodies including the Church of England's Mission and Public Affairs Council and its 'Shrinking the Footprint' steering group, and as Moderator of the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Rev Bookless has written and spoken widely, his books including ‘Planetwise: Dare to Care for God’s World’ (IVP 2008) and ‘God Doesn’t do Waste’ (IVP 2010). He is married to Anne and they have four daughters. His academic interests include a theology of place; the interface between theology, economics and ecological sustainability; and the implications of biblical environmentalism for missiology and ecclesiology.

Selected Recent Science and Religion Publications:

  • Bookless, D. J .C. (2010), Environment and Leadership, in Ande, Titre (ed.) International Study Guide 43: A Guide to Leadership, London: SPCK
  • Bookless, Dave (2010), God Doesn't do Waste: Redeeming the Whole of Life, Nottingham: IVP
  • Bookless, David (2009), A Famine of Hope: Christian Mission and the search for a Sustainable Future, in Raj, Paul Mohan (ed.) Mission Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Bangalore: Theological Book Trust.
  • Bookless, Dave (2008), Planetwise: Dare to Care for God's World, Nottingham: IVP
  • Bookless, D. J. C. (2008), The Fifth Mark of Mission-Ecological Concern from a Praxis Perspective in Walls, Prof. A & Ross, Dr. C. Mission in the Twenty-first Century, London: Darton Longman and Todd
  • Bookless, D. J. C. (2008), 'The Land is Mine' says the Lord-Practical ways Christian mission can address environmental justice, Mission Studies 25:1-16
  • Bookless, Dave (2008), Introduction for The Green Bible, London: Harper Collins
  • Bookless, D. J. C. (2007), Towards a Theology of Sustainability in Berry, Prof. R. J. (ed.) When Enough is Enough-A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Nottingham: Apollos
  • Bookless, Dave & Larkin, Dr. Lucy (2006), Community and Environment, in ed. Ineson, E. and Edmonson, C. Created for Community, London: Darton, Longman and Todd

Revd Dave Bookless is Director of Theology for A Rocha International (www.arocha.org). A Rocha is an international Christian organisation engaging in scientific research, environmental education and community-based conservation projects across six continents. He is also studying for a part-time PhD under Professor David Ford in the Divinity Faculty at Cambridge University, exploring a theological understanding of biodiversity conservation. Rev Bookless was born in India and his first degree was in Modern History (1983) at Jesus College Cambridge (specialising in Gandhian politics). He stayed in Cambridge to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education, specialising in multifaith Religious Education, before teaching and then becoming Lecturer in Christianity as a World Religion for Bradford’s Interfaith Education Centre. From 1988-1991 he trained for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol, where he completed a Dip. HE in Theology and an MA in Church, Religion and Society 1780-1914. He was ordained in 1991, serving as curate at St John's Southall before becoming Priest-in-Charge of St George's Southall, where he remained until 2000. In 2001 he left full-time parish ministry to set-up A Rocha UK. He was National Director until 2008 before focusing on writing and theological education, and in 2011 moved to his current role with A Rocha International. During his time with A Rocha UK, the Rev Bookless served on various bodies including the Church of England's Mission and Public Affairs Council and its 'Shrinking the Footprint' steering group, and as Moderator of the Environmental Issues Network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. Rev Bookless has written and spoken widely, his books including ‘Planetwise: Dare to Care for God’s World’ (IVP 2008) and ‘God Doesn’t do Waste’ (IVP 2010). He is married to Anne and they have four daughters. His academic interests include a theology of place; the interface between theology, economics and ecological sustainability; and the implications of biblical environmentalism for missiology and ecclesiology.

Multimedia resources

Resourcing the Local Church: Bringing Creation Care to the Local Church   MP3Video (download) 
Earthing Theology: Caring for Creation in Urban and Rural Contexts   MP3Video (download) 
The Environment - Ethical and Religious Issues   MP3  
Derek Burke

Prof. Derek Burke

Biography

Prof. Derek Burke was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia, a post he held with distinction from 1987-1995.

Prof. Derek Burke was previously Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia, a post he held with distinction from 1987-1995. Prof. Burke is currently Honorary President of the British Nutrition Foundation, Honorary Fellow of St Edmunds College, Cambridge and of the Institute of Biology and Honorary Member of the Society of General Microbiology. He holds a BSc and PhD in Chemistry from Birmingham University and honorary doctorates from the University of Aberdeen and UEA. After research fellowships at Yale and then at the National Institute for Medical Research he lectured at the University of Aberdeen for ten years before appointment as Founding Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick in 1969. From 1982 to 1986 he was Scientific Director of Allelix Incorporated, Toronto, Canada, before returning to the UK in 1987 to become Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia.
 
Prof. Burke was previously Chairman of the Cambridge Templeton Consortium 2004-2009, President of the Society of General Microbiology 1987-1990, a member of the Advisory Committee on Genetic Modification 1987-1995, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes 1988-1997, a member of the Cancer Research Campaign Council 1987-1997, and Chairman of the Council of the CRC Paterson Institute for Cancer Research 1992-1997. He was Chairman of the Governing Council of the John Innes Centre 1987-1995, and a member of the Science & Engineering Board and the Technology Interaction Board of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council 1994-1997. He was a member of the Office of Science and Technology’s Technology Foresight Steering Group 1993-1995. Since retiring in 1995 he has continued as a Governor of the Institute for Food Research in Norwich and Reading 1994-2002, and was Chairman of Genome Research Limited, the body responsible for the governance of the Sanger Centre in Cambridge, from 1997-98. He was a member of the Governing Bodies of the Babraham Institute in Cambridge 1995-1999. He also carried out a number of tasks for Government Departments including the Prior Options Review for MAFF in 1995-1996 and a review of their scientific advisory system the Food Standards Agency (2009).

As Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (1988 – 1997), Prof. Burke was responsible for advising the Government on the safety of genetically modified foods and he has been very active in the subsequent debate about the safety, efficacy, and ethics of the use of genetically modified foods, and the crops from which they are derived. This has involved a very large number of speaking engagements, interviews for television and radio, and the writing of many articles. He was a member of the Societal Issues Panel of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council  and is currently a member of the Bioscience for Science Panel of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council which continues to address such issues on a wider horizon, for example the safety and ethical issues associated with synthetic biology. He is also currently a member of Newton's Apple, a science think tank. Prof. Burke was a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology 1995-2001 and a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics’ Working Party on the Genetic Modification of plants, which produced a Report titled ‘Genetically Modified Crops: the Ethical and Social Issues’ (1999) and ‘The use of genetically modified crops in developing countries’ (2004). He has also worked at the European level as one of the ten representatives from the EU in an EU-US Biotechnology Consultative Forum, which reported to Presidents Clinton and Prodi in 2000. He was, from 2000-2004, one of the two UK members of the High Level Life Sciences Group in Brussels, reporting directly to Commissioner Busquin, head of DG XII giving general advice to the Commissioner, especially on issues arising from novel science and technology that raise social and ethical implications for the wider public, including stem cells, and the regulation of genetically modified crops and their use in developing countries.

As a member of the Board of Social Responsibility of the Church of England, Prof. Burke chaired a Working Party on the social and ethical issues of cyberspace and was a member of the Archbishops’ Medical Ethics Advisory Group. Prof. Burke is also a former president of Christians in Science.

Recent publications in science and religion

  • Robin Gill & Derek Burke Strategic Church Leadership, SPCK (1996)
  • Derek Burke (ed.) Cybernauts awake!, Church Press (1999)
  • Derek Burke ‘Evolution and creation’, in Science Meets Faith. Theology and science in conversation, SPC K (1998)
  • Derek Burke ‘Genetic engineering of food’, in Christians and bioethics, SPCK (2000)
  • Derek Burke ‘BSE, MMR and GM: who’s telling the truth?’, in Can we be sure about anything?  Science, faith and postmodernism, Apollos (2005).
  • Derek Burke, 'Spending a life in Science and Faith' in Real Scientists Real Faith Monarach (2009)

Scientific publications

Prof. Burke has published over 120 scientific papers on the antiviral substance interferon and on the molecular biology of animal viruses.

Multimedia resources

Ethical Issues in Public Policy   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Peter Childs

Dr Peter Childs

Biography

Dr Peter Childs is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical & Environmental Sciences at the University of Limerick.

Dr Peter Childs is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical & Environmental Sciences at the University of Limerick. He is President of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland and Chairman of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) Division of Chemical Education. Dr Childs was an Open Scholar at Oxford, where he studied Chemistry and gained his D.Phil. in 1968. He was a Fulbright Scholar and a post-doctoral research fellow at Northwestern University, Illinois before serving for a number of years as lecturer in Chemistry at Makerere, Kampala, Uganda. Upon returning to the UK he held research posts at the universities of York and Leeds, and was a part-time tutor with the Open University before moving to Ireland to take up a lectureship in Chemistry at Thomond College of Education and then at the University of Limerick. Dr Childs was BP Science Educator of the Year in 1985 and was Irish nominee for the UNESCO Science Prize in 1999. He has gained a number of awards, including the Boyle-Higgins Gold Medal of the Institute of Chemistry, Ireland (1992) and the Lucent Foundation Award for the Lucent Science teacher initiative (with George McClelland and Frank McGourty, 2000-2003). The University of Limerick gave him their Community Service Award in 2001 and the Royal Society of Chemistry their Higher Education Teaching Award for 2002-2003.

Dr Childs has been involved in various aspects of chemical education: curriculum development; role of practical work; language in science education; promotion of chemistry in schools; environmental science education; industry-education liaison; analysis of science performance; teaching of environmental chemistry; European liaison in chemical education; third level teaching of chemistry in Ireland; training of chemistry teachers. Amongst his other research interests are the history of chemistry, particularly in relation to Ireland – he is currently researching the history of the early Irish chemical industry – the history of chemical language and nomenclature and the role of serendipity in chemical discovery.

Dr Childs is a frequent speaker on Science and Faith issues and gained the Templeton Award for Science and Religion Courses (with Dr Michael Culhane) in 2000.

Recent publications

  • Olga Aslibekian, Peter Childs and Richard Moles, Metal Concentrations in Surface Waters in the Vicinity of the Silvermines Abandoned Mine Site, ,Environmental Geochemistry and Health, 21, 347-352, 1999
  • Childs, P.E. ‘Science education in the Republic of Ireland and the ‘Celtic Tiger’’, Revista de Educacion en Ciencias, 2(1), 6-12, 2001
  • Childs, P.E. Securing the future of chemistry:  a case study of developments in chemical education in Ireland’, CERAPIE, 3(3), 2002, 361-369
  • Childs, P.E. ‘James Muspratt’ in Irish Innovators in science and technology, edited by Charles Mollan, William Davis and Brendan Finucane, Dublin: RIA, 2002, 68-69
  • Childs, P.E. ‘A woman of substance’, Chemistry in Britain, 39(1), Jan. 2003, 41-43

Peter Clarke (deceased)

Prof. Peter Clarke (deceased)

Biography

Peter Clarke was Associate Professor at the Department of Cell Biology and Morphology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Following a first

Peter Clarke was Associate Professor at the Department of Cell Biology and Morphology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Following a first degree in Engineering Science (1968) at the University of Oxford, he did a PhD with philosopher-neurobiologist Donald MacKay at the University of Keele (UK), then postdoctoral jobs in Oxford and St. Louis (USA), before moving to Lousanne in 1977. His research focussed on neuronal death - occurring naturally in development, or pathologically in cerebral ischemia and hypoxia. He has been awarded two international prizes (the Ingle Writing Award and the Demuth Foundation Award for Medical Research).

Peter Clarke was Associate Editor of the journal Science and Christian Belief and lectured widely on science and religion, mainly on questions relating to the brain. He was very active promoting science-religion dialogue in the French-speaking world and was a founding member of the Reseau des Scientifiques Evangeliques. He was a member of an evangelical church in Lausanne. He was a memeber of the Faraday Institute's Advisory Board until his death in October 2015.

Recent publications in science and religion

  • P.G.H. Clarke (2010) Determinism, Brain Function and Free Will. Science & Christian Belief 22 (2), 133-149.
  • P.G.H. Clarke (2010) Dualism that Makes Contact with Science. Science & Christian Belief 22 (2), 171-172.
  • P.G.H. Clarke (2009) Neuroscience and the Soul: A Response to Malcolm Jeeves. Science & Christian Belief 21 (1), 61-64.
  • P. G.H. Clarke (2008) Book review of Why Psychology Needs Theology: A Radical-Reformation Perspective (eds Alvin Dueck & Cameron Lee) Science & Christian Belief 20 (1), 127-128.

Recent selected science publications

  • A.-C. Bessero, F. Chiodini, E. Rungger-Brändle, C. Bonny & P.G.H. Clarke (2010) Role of the c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) pathway in retinal excitotoxicity, and neuroprotection by its inhibition. J. Neurochem. 113, 1307-1318.
  • A.-C. Bessero & P.G.H. Clarke (2010) Neuroprotection for optic nerve disorders. Curr. Opinion Neurol. 23, 10-15.
  • J. Puyal & P.G.H. Clarke (2009) Targeting autophagy to prevent neonatal stroke damage. Autophagy 5, 1060-1061.
  • J. Puyal, A. Vaslin, V. Mottier & P.G.H. Clarke (2009) Post-ischemic treatment of neonatal cerebral ischemia should target autophagy. Annals Neurol. 66, 378-389.
  • A. Vaslin, C. Rummel & P.G.H. Clarke (2009) Unconjugated TAT carrier peptide protects against excitotoxicity. Neurotox. Res. 15, 123-126.
  • A. Vaslin, J. Puyal & P.G.H. Clarke (2009) Excitotoxicity-induced endocytosis confers drug targeting in cerebral ischemia. Annals Neurol. 65, 337-347.

 

Multimedia resources

Brains and Machines   MP3Video (download) 
Genetics, Brain Plasticity and Personhood   MP3Video (download) 
Brain Determinism and Free Will   MP3Video (download) 
The Brain as a Neuronal Machine   MP3Video (download) 
Alasdair Coles

Revd Prof. Alasdair Coles

Biography

  Alasdair Coles is an academic neurologist in Cambridge, UK, whose primary research

 

Alasdair Coles is an academic neurologist in Cambridge, UK, whose primary research interest is in the immunology and treatment of multiple sclerosis. He is employed by Cambridge University and has a small research team managing clinical trials and doing human immunological laboratory work. He also does clinical work for two days a week as a consultant neurologist at Addenbrooke’s and Peterborough Hospitals. He is a medical adviser to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of the UK, and advises several pharmaceutical companies. He was scientific adviser and contributor to ‘Here’s Johnny’ (a Wellcome-funded documentary about the effects of multiple sclerosis on graphic artist, Johnny Hicklenton), winner of two Grierson awards in November 2008.

He was ordained priest in the Church of England in 2009 and is now a minister in secular employment at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Prof. Coles has also done some research on the neurological basis for religious experience, stemming from managing a small cohort of patients with spiritual experiences due to temporal lobe epilepsy and he has given invited lectures on this subject at the Department of Theology, Liverpool Hope University, in 2003, and the Department of Religious Studies, Calgary University. He is now engaged in a study, funded by the Templeton Foundation, of the spirituality of people with neurological disease in Cambridgeshire and is editing a book on religion in neurological disease for Cambridge Univesity Press.

 science publications

  • Coles AJ, Compston DA, Selmaj KW, Lake SL, Moran S, Margolin DH, Norris K, Tandon PK (CAMMS223 Trial Investigators). Alemtuzumab vs. interferon beta-1a in early multiple sclerosis. N Engl J Med. 2008 Oct 23;359(17):1786-801.
  • Jones JL, Phuah CL, Cox AL, Thompson SA, Ban M, Shawcross J, Walton A, Sawcer SJ, Compston A, Coles AJ. IL-21 drives secondary autoimmunity in patients with multiple sclerosis, following therapeutic lymphocyte depletion with alemtuzumab (Campath-1H). J Clin Invest. 2009 Jun 22. pii: 37878. doi: 10.1172/JCI37878.
  • Coles AJ, Twyman CL, Arnold DL, Cohen JA, Confavreux C, Fox EJ, Hartung HP, Havrdova E, Selmaj KW, Weiner HL, Miller T, Fisher E, Sandbrink R, Lake SL, Margolin DH, Oyuela P, Panzara MA, Compston DA; for the CARE-MS II investigators. Alemtuzumab for patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis after disease-modifying therapy: a randomised controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2012 Nov 24;380(9856):1829-39
  • Jones JL, Thompson SA, Loh P, Davies JL, Tuohy OC, Curry AJ, Azzopardi L, Hill-Cawthorne G, Fahey MT, Compston A, Coles AJ. Human autoimmunity after lymphocyte depletion is caused by homeostatic T-cell proliferation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 26. [Epub ahead of print]
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Science and Religion publications

  • Coles A. God, theologian and humble neurologist. Brain 2008
  • Coles A, Contributor to 'Test of FAITH' documentary, 2008. DVD by Paternoster, Milton Keynes, 2009, 87 mins, £8.99

 

Multimedia resources

Brain Imaging and Religious Experience   MP3Video (download) 
Imaging the Religious Brain: What can brain imaging tell us about religion   MP3Video (download) 
Neuronal Imaging of the Religious Brain   MP3Video (download) 
God and the Brain   MP3  
Mind, brain and the search for God   MP3  
Parkinson's Disease and Faith      
Neurological disease and faith      
Pastoral issues arising from neurological and psychiatric illness      
Neuroscience, the Bible and the Soul      
What does neuroscience teach us which is helpful for those of faith?      
Pranab Das

Prof. Pranab Das

Biography

Prof. Pranab Das is Professor and Chair of the department of Physics at Elon University and Executive Director of the

Prof. Pranab Das is Professor and Chair of the department of Physics at Elon University and Executive Director of the Institute for Technology, Science and Culture (InTerSeCt). He was educated at Reed College and the University of Texas at Austin, where he obtained his PhD in the Dynamics of Small Asymmetric Self-Connected Hopfield Neural Networks, lectured and engaged in post-doctoral research. He moved to Elon in 1993 and, in 2004, was visiting scholar at Duke University.

A regular conference speaker, especially on science and religion, Prof. Das is the recipient of a number of awards, notably a shared award to the ISSR and InTerSeCt from the John Templeton Foundation in support of the creation and competitive distribution of a canonical library of texts in the field of science and religion. As Principal Investigator and Program Director for the Global Perspectives on Science and Spirituality (GPSS) Major Awards Program he oversees the identification, support and development of scholars and programs in science and spirituality in Eastern/Central Europe and Asia.

Selected recent publications on Science and Religion

  • 'The Intrusion of Unknowability: Chaos Theory and Free Action’ in Aesthetics and Chaos: Investigating a Creative Complicity, Grazia Marchiano ed. Traubin Press, Turin, 2002
  • ‘Chaos Theory, Human Freedom and the Transcendent’ in Science and Religion, Antagonism or Complementarity. Nicolescu and Stavinschi eds. 21 Eonul Dogmatic, Bucharest, 2002. (Also appears in translation in the volume Stiinta si Religie. De la Conflict la Dialog)
  • ‘Void Space and Physical Motion: Philoponus, Islam and the European Middle Ages’ in Cosmology Through Time, S. Colafrancesco and G. Giobbi eds. Mimesis Edizioni, Milan, 2003.
  • 'Emergence, Discovery and a Platonic Perspective on Complex Systems’ in Science and Orthodoxy: A Necessary Dialogue, Nicolescu and Stavinschi eds. Curtea Veche, Bucharest, 2006.

Andrew Davison

Revd Dr Andrew Davison

Biography

Andrew Davison is the Starbridge Lecturer in Theology

Andrew Davison is the Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences in the Faculty of Divinity, and Fellow in Theology at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Previously, he was tutor in doctrine at Westcott House, Cambridge (2010-14) and before that tutor in doctrine at St Stephen's House, Oxford and junior chaplain of Merton College (2006-10). He read chemistry at Merton in the 1990s, followed by a DPhil in biochemistry. He read theology and religious studies at Corpus Christi and subsequently completed a PhD in philosophical theology with Dr Catherine Pickstock in the faculty. He is a priest of the Church of England and served a curacy in South East London.

Andrew is author of serval books, most recently Care for the Dying (Canterbury Press, 2014 - with the physician Sioned Evans), The Love of Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy for Theologians (SCM, 2013) and Why Sacraments? (SPCK, 2013)

Multimedia resources

Science and religion: what are the issues?      
Pablo de Felipe

Dr Pablo de Felipe

Biography

Dr Pablo de Felipe is a Biotechnology Quality Assessor at the Spanish Medicines Agency. He studied at the Universidad Autónoma

Dr Pablo de Felipe is a Biotechnology Quality Assessor at the Spanish Medicines Agency. He studied at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid, Spain) where he obtained both, his BSc in Chemical Sciences (1994) and his PhD in Molecular Biology (2000). During his PhD he was part of the team that conducted the first Spanish gene therapy clinical trial, using retrovirus to destroy brain tumours. In the late 1990’s he was one of the pioneers in the use of the small 2A peptide from the Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) to improve vectors for gene therapy and other biotechnological applications. He moved in 2001 to the University of St Andrews (UK) to conduct further postdoctoral research on virology and the 2A peptide as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences. He returned to Spain in 2008.

Since the 1990’s, Dr de Felipe is a collaborator of GBU (the Spanish movement associated to IFES) and a speaker on science/faith issues, having published several papers and books. He is interested in the historical relations between science and Christianity, in particular two historical episodes that were dominated by confrontation: the debate about the shape of the earth in the centuries leading to the Middle Ages, and the debate about the movement of the earth in the 16th and 17th centuries. He is also interested in the bioethical challenges posed by gene therapy and cloning. In addition, he has studied science and faith relations in contemporary movements as Bible Codes and Intelligent Design. Since the mid 1990’s, Dr de Felipe has been in close contact with the Seminario Evangélico Unido de Teología (El Escorial, Madrid, Spain), where he is currently in charge of the Science and Faith Program (www.centroseut.org/cienciayfe).

Publications in science and religion

  • P. de Felipe (2006). C.S. Lewis. H&D editores and Publicaciones Andamio. Madrid and Barcelona, Spain.
  • P. de Felipe (2006). El código secreto de la Biblia y la cábala (parts I & II). Edificación Cristiana 223:9-11; 224:11-13.
  • P. de Felipe (2003). ¡Dolly ha muerto! Kerigma 1:25, 26.
  • P. de Felipe (2001). El De Revolutionibus de Copérnico: la gestación de un libro que cambió la ciencia y la teología. Historia para el debate 6:48-56.
  • P. de Felipe (2000). Apuntes para el debate histórico de la cosmología bíblica. Alétheia 17:67-76.
  • P. de Felipe (1999). Bases científicas de la clonación y cuestiones éticas. Alianza Evangélica Española. Barcelona, Spain.
  • P. de Felipe (1999). De la cábala al ‘El código secreto de la Biblia’. CLIE. Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain.
  • P. de Felipe (1998). El código secreto de la Biblia y la cábala (parts I & II). Cristianismo Protestante 6:33-40; 7:41-48.
  • P. de Felipe (1998). Sobre “el debate de los orígenes”. Alétheia 14:62-64.

Selected recent science publications

  • G. A. Luke, P. de Felipe, A. N. Lukashev, S. Kallioinen, E. A. Bruno & M. D. Ryan (2008). Occurrence, function, and evolutionary origins of ‘2A like’ sequences in virus genomes. Journal of General Virology 89: 1036-1042.
  • G. M. Funston, S. E. Kallioinen, P. de Felipe, M. D. Ryan & R. D. Iggo (2008). Expression of heterologous genes in oncolytic adenoviruses using picornaviral 2A sequences that trigger ribosome skipping. Journal of General Virology 89:389-396.
  • S.R. Heras, M.C. Thomas, M. García, P. de Felipe, J.-L. García-Pérez, M. D. Ryan & M. C. López (2006). L1Tc non-LTR retrotransposons from Trypanosoma cruzi contain a functional viral-like self-cleaving 2A sequence in frame with the active proteins they encode. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences 63:1449-1460.
  • P. de Felipe, G. A. Luke, L. E. Hughes, C. Halpin & M. D. Ryan (2006). E UNUM PLURIBUS: co-expression of multiple proteins from a single self-processing polyprotein. Trends in Biotechnology 24:68-75.
  • P. de Felipe & M. D. Ryan (2004). Targeting of proteins derived from self-processing polyproteins containing multiple signal sequences. Traffic 5:616 - 626.
  • P. de Felipe, L. E. Hughes, M. D. Ryan & J. D. Brown (2003). Co-translational, intra-ribosomal cleavage of polypeptides by the foot-and-mouth disease virus 2A peptide. Journal of Biological Chemistry 278:11441-11448.
  • P. de Felipe & M. Izquierdo (2000). Tricistronic and tetracistronic retroviral vectors for gene transfer. Human Gene Therapy 11:1921-1931.
  • V. Martín, M. L. Cortés, P. de Felipe, A. Farsetti, N. B. Calcaterra & M. Izquierdo (2000). Cancer gene therapy by thyroid hormone-mediated expression of toxin genes. Cancer Research 60:3218-3224.
  • M. L. Cortés, P. de Felipe, V. Martín, M. A. Hughes & M. Izquierdo (1998). Successful use of a plant gene in the treatment of cancer in vivo. Gene Therapy 5:1499-1507.
  • M. Izquierdo, V. Martín, P. de Felipe, J. M. Izquierdo, A. Pérez-Higueras, M. Cortés, J. F. Paz, A. Isla & M. G. Blázquez (1996). Human malignant brain tumor response to herpes simplex thymidine kinase (HSVtk)/ganciclovir gene therapy. Gene Therapy 3:491-495.

Jonathan Doye

Dr Jonathan Doye

Biography

Jonathan Doye is currently a University Lecturer in Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Oxford, having previously been a Royal

Jonathan Doye is currently a University Lecturer in Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Oxford, having previously been a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge and the Sir Alan Wilson Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In 2000 he received the Harrison Memorial Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry in recognition of his work on the statistical mechanics of atomic clusters and polymer crystal growth. Dr Doye’s research is computational and lies in the field of chemical physics. Much of his work to date has been on clusters, energy landscapes and global optimization, but he is now increasingly applying computational techniques to questions of biophysical interest, such as protein crystallization and the self-assembly of protein complexes and DNA nanostructures.

Dr Doye was a member of the Cambridge Templeton Consortium for the Emergence of Biological Complexity, which ran a $3 million request for proposals on behalf of the John Templeton Foundation in 2005. He was jointly responsible for the 'biochemistry and fine-tuning' programme.

Selected recent science publications

  • The structure and stability of atomic liquids: from clusters to bulk Science 271, 484-487 (1996)
  • Global optimization by basin-hopping and the lowest energy structures of Lennard-Jones clusters containing up to 110 Atoms J. Phys. Chem. A, 101, 5111-5116 (1997)
  • Thermodynamics of global optimization, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 1357-1360 (1998)
  • Mechanism of thickness determination in polymer crystals, Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 2160-2163 (1998)
  • Entropic effects on the size dependence of cluster structure, Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 3570-3573 (2001)
  • Polytetrahedral clusters, Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 5719-5722 (2001)
  • Evidence of kinetic trapping in clusters of C60 molecules, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 075503 (2002)
  • The network topology of a potential energy landscape: A static scale-free network,
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 238701 (2002)
  • Inhibition of protein crystallization by evolutionary negative design Physical Biology 1, P9-P13 (2004)
  • Mapping the magic numbers in binary Lennard-Jones clusters Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, 063401 (2005)
  • Controlling crystallization and its absence: Proteins, colloids and patchy models, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 9, 2197-2205 (2007)
  • Reversible self-assembly of patchy particles into monodisperse icosahedral clusters, J. Chem. Phys. 127, 085106 (2007)
  • The self-assembly and evolution of homomeric protein complexes, Phys. Rev. Lett 102, 118106 (2009)

Recent publications in science and religion

  • Soul-Searching: A review of Francis Crick's latest book (The Astonishing Hypothesis: the scientific search for the soul), Evangelicals Now, March 1995.
  • Evidence for design in the physical universe?, CiS conference paper 1995.
  • Contemporary perspectives on chance, providence and free will: A critique of some modern authors, Science & Christian Belief, 7, 117-139 (1995)
  • Review of 'Nature's Imagination: The frontiers of scientific vision' (ed. J. Cornwell), Science & Christian Belief, 11, 83-84 (1999)

Barbara Drossel

Prof. Dr Barbara Drossel

Biography

Barbara Drossel is professor of Theoretical Physics at Darmstadt University of Technology. She studied Physics at the Technical University of

Barbara Drossel is professor of Theoretical Physics at Darmstadt University of Technology. She studied Physics at the Technical University of Munich and the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg from 1982 to 1989 and then engaged in doctoral research at the Technical University of Munich under Prof. F. Schwabl. From 1994 to 1996 she worked with Prof. Mehran Kardar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA), on a postdoctoral fellowship from the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft. In 1996 she moved to Manchester University to carry out postdoctoral studies in Condensed Matter Theory before becoming Research Associate in the Department of Condensed Matter Physics at Tel Aviv University (Israel), financed by a Minerva Fellowship (first year) and a Heisenberg Fellowship (second year). Prof. Drossel’s research interests are in the field of complex systems. These include biological systems, such as genetic networks, ecosystems and evolutionary processes, as well as physical systems such as soft materials (gels, polymers), chaos and pattern formation.

Prof. Drossel lectures on science-religion to general audiences. She is a member of the editorial board of the German science-faith journal "Evangelium and Wissenschaft", edited by the Karl-Heim-Gessellschaft. She is also a member of Christians in Science.

Recent publications in science and religion

  • Drossel, Barbara, 2013: Und Augustinus traute dem Verstand. Warum Naturwissenschaft und Glaube keine Gegensätze sind. (Book. Publisher: Brunnen-Verlag, Giessen)
  • Drossel, Barbara, 2012: Wie die Physik zu ihren Theorien kommt. (Journal: Evangelium und Wissenschaft. Beiträge zum interdisziplinären Gespräch Vol. 33(1), pp. 2-12)
  • Drossel, Barbara, 2011: Leid in der Natur. Die physikalischen Hintergründe. (Journal: Evangelium und Wissenschaft. Beiträge zum interdisziplinären Gespräch Vol. 32(2), pp. 77-87)
  • Drossel, Barbara, 2010: Die Rolle des Zufalls in der Evolution aus Sicht einer Physikerin. (Jahrbuch "Glaube und Denken" der Karl-Heim-Gesellschaft, Jhg 23 (2010) pp. 105-117)
  •  Drossel, Barbara, 2009: Was Kann die Physik ueber den Zufall sagen? (Journal: Evangelium und Wissenschaft Vol 30(1), pp. 15-26)

Recent science publications

  • L. Heckmann, B.Drossel, Common features of simple water models. J. Chem. Phys. 138, 234503 (2013)
  • M. Möller and B. Drossel Scaling laws in critical random Boolean networks with general in- and out-degree distributions. Phys. Rev. E 87, 052106 (2013)
  • F. Tobias, D. Löb, N. Lengert, M. Durante, B. Drossel, G. Taucher-Scholz, B. Jakob, Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Early DNA Damage Response Proteins on Complex DNA Lesions. PloS one 8, 1932-6203 (2013)

 

  • M.F. Harrach, M. Heckmann, B. Dossel, Strong stretching theory for diblock copolymers in thin films under application of electric fields. Journal of Chemical Physics 137, 044908 (2012)
  • L. Heckmann, B. Drossel, U. Brose, C. Guill, Interactive effects of body-size structure and adaptive foraging on food-web stability. Ecology Letters 15, 243 (2012)
  • E. Ackermann, T. Peixoto, B. Drossel, Reliable dynamics in Boolean and continuous networks. New Journal of Physics 14, 123029 (2012)
  • E. Gehrmann, C. Gläßer, Y. Jin, B. Sendhoff, B. Drossel, K. Hamacher Robustness of glycolysis in yeast to internal and external noise. Phys. Rev. E 84, 021913 (2011) (Selected for a Viewpoint in Physics)
  • Y. Song, B. Drossel, S. Scheu, Tangled Bank dismissed too early. Oikos 120, 1601 (2011)
  • C. Guill, B. Drossel, W. Just, E. Carmack A three-species model explaining cyclic dominance of pacific salmon. Journal of Theoretical Biology 276, 16 (2011)

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Paul Fairchild

Dr Paul Fairchild

Biography

After obtaining a first class degree and an award for top graduate in the Biological Sciences, Paul Fairchild began his

After obtaining a first class degree and an award for top graduate in the Biological Sciences, Paul Fairchild began his research career in Oxford, where he studied for a DPhil within the Nuffield Department of Surgery, focussing on the immune response to organ allografts.

After spending five years as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge, he returned to Oxford where he is currently a Lecturer and RCUK Academic Fellow within the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. Here, he has applied his immunological training to the emerging field of cell replacement therapy and regenerative medicine to investigate the immune response to tissues differentiated from embryonic stem cells, the rejection of which threatens to undermine the success of regenerative medicine in the future.

He has developed technologies which may help promote the indefinite survival of stem cell-derived grafts, which forms the basis of a patent, licensed by Geron Corporation with whom he collaborates scientifically. He has published widely in the field and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.

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Yonghua Ge

Dr Yonghua Ge

Biography

Dr. Yonghua Ge joined Regent College in August 2015 as Post-Doctoral Fellow in Theology for the period 2015-2018. Most recently, Dr.

Dr. Yonghua Ge joined Regent College in August 2015 as Post-Doctoral Fellow in Theology for the period 2015-2018.

Most recently, Dr. Ge has been engaged in a postdoctoral research project on the relationship between the Christian doctrine of creation and ancient Chinese ontology at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at Cambridge University in England.

A native of China, Yonghua Ge studied physics as an undergraduate at Fudan University and began graduate work in physics at the University of Toledo in the United States. He worked as a teacher of science and English before enrolling as a student at Regent College. In 2011, he graduated from Regent with a Master of Christian Studies degree, writing a thesis on creatio ex nihilo and Thomas Aquinas under Professors John G. Stackhouse and Loren Wilkinson. After earning the MPhil degree at Cambridge University, he continued this line of research on the doctrine of creation in a PhD thesis supervised by Professor Janet Martin Soskice (who is also a graduate of Regent College). Completed in January 2015, Dr. Ge's dissertation was titled “The Many and the One: The Metaphysics of Participation in Connection to creatio ex nihilo in Augustine and Aquinas.”

Along with researching the doctrine of creation and its relation to medieval theology and ancient Chinese philosophy, Yonghua Ge desires to strengthen the bridge between Christian and Chinese scholarship. 

Yonghua Ge has taught general sciences, physics, and mathematics in China, Thailand, and the US. He has published articles in (or has articles accepted by) leading academic journals such as Philosophy East and West, Sino-Christian Studies, Tyndale Bulletin, The Heythrop Journal, Chinese Social Studies Today, and the Regent Review of Christian Thoughts. He is currently working on publishing his doctoral dissertation in both English and Mandarin.

Lisa Goddard

Dr Lisa Goddard

Biography

Dr Lisa Goddard is an Associate Lecturer at Spurgeon's Theological College, where she teaches a science and theology module. She

Dr Lisa Goddard is an Associate Lecturer at Spurgeon's Theological College, where she teaches a science and theology module. She received her second doctorate from Liverpool University in 2008; her postgraduate study was based at the Centre of Religion and the Biosciences, Chester, and was supported by a Gladstone Fellowship. Her thesis was a critical response to the idea of selfishness which pervades some evolutionary accounts of the natural world and human nature, particularly its explanations of altruism and religion. Lisa's work engages with some of the key aspects in the current dialogue between evolutionary biology, the New Atheism and Christian theology.

Lisa originally trained as a scientist and did her first PhD in the Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge University, with the support of a Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship.  Some of this work was published with her supervisor Sir Hans Kornberg. She then went on to pursue theological studies at Oak Hill Church of England College in London where she gained a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and was awarded a letter of commendation for academic achievement.

Publication

  • Orchard, L. M. D. & Kornberg, H. L. (1990) Sequence similarities between the gene specifying 1-phosphofructokinase (fruK), genes specifying other kinases in Escherichia coli K12, and lacC of Staphylococcus aureus. Proc. R. Soc.. Lond. B. 242, 87-90.

Brian Heap

Prof. Sir Brian Heap

Biography

Professor Sir Brian Heap is Research Associate, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge, Honorary Professor University of Nottingham, and

Professor Sir Brian Heap is Research Associate, Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge, Honorary Professor University of Nottingham, and Project Leader, Biosciences for farming in Africa.  He was Master of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge.  As a biological scientist he published extensively on endocrine physiology, reproductive biology and biotechnology, and was Director of Research at the Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics Research (Babraham, Cambridge and Roslin, Edinburgh) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.  Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, he held posts as Foreign Secretary, Vice-President, and editor of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B.  He was President of the European Academies Science Advisory Council, President of the Institute of Biology, and President of the International Society of Science and Religion.  He was UK Representative on the European Science Foundation and the NATO Science Committee.  With the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Department of Health's Expert Group on Cloning, the EU President's Advisory Group on Biotechnology, and Parliamentary Select Committee he has been engaged in public issues of biotechnology, population growth, sustainability and science policy working with the World Health Organisation, the UK-China Forum and the European Commission.  He was scientific consultant for several international pharmaceutical companies.

Recent science-religion interests/publications

  • HEAP R B (2001) Cloning: can we play God? In Genetic Engineering: Christ and the Cosmos Series XV pp.113-123 ed. Brenda Beamond
  • HEAP BRIAN (2004) Pastoral implications of the new genetics. Partner and Paternoster, Carlisle, Cumbria
  • HEAP, BRIAN & COMIM, FLAVIO (2005) Consumption and Happiness: Christian values and an approach towards Christianity Annual Conference on Sustainability, London

Selected recent publications

  • HEAP R B (2004)  Man and the future environment European Review 12 273-292

  • HEAP, BRIAN & COMIM, FLAVIO (2006)  Ethical demands and economic decisions  In: In Search of Common Values in the European Research Area  ed: Pieter J D Drenth, Ludger Honnefelder, Johannes J F Schroots and Beat Sitter-Liver  ALLEA Report Series 4 pp 61-78 Amsterdam

  • HEAP R B (2006) NATO’s Science for Peace Programme  Science and Society in the Face of the New Security Threats pp.3-6, ed M Sharpe and A Agboluaje IOS Press Washington

  • HEAP R B (2006)  Creating a sustainable future In: Human Nature pp.300-317 ed Malcolm Jeeves, The Royal Society of Edinburgh

  • HEAP R B  (2007)  Higher education, scientific research and social change  In: Higher Education and National Development   Universities and societies in transition pp.265-278 ed David Bridges, Palmira Juceviciene, Robert Jucevicius, Terence McLaughlin and Jolante Stankeviciute, Routledge London and New York

  • HEAP R B  (2008)  Whither universities?  In:  The University in the Market pp. 1-7 ed L Engwall and D Weaire, Portland Press London

  • HEAP R B (2009)  In Need of an Ethic and Legal Framework to Secure InternationalCooperation  pp.171-174 In: The Role of Law and Ethics in the Globalized Economy  ed. Joseph Straus Springer Heidelberg

     

     

     

     

     

 

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Rodney Holder

Revd Dr Rodney Holder

Biography

Rodney Holder read mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge, and researched for a

Rodney Holder read mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge, and researched for a D.Phil. in astrophysics at Christ Church, Oxford. Following 14 years working for the UK Ministry of Defence, he returned to Oxford to study theology and was ordained in the Church of England in 1997. After several years of parish ministry he was appointed Course Director of the Faraday Institute from its inception until his retirement in January 2013. Rodney has explored ways in which science and faith complement each other in a number of books and is a regular speaker on the relationship between religion and science, especially cosmology.  He is Reviews Editor of Science and Christian Belief and is on the national committee of Christians in Science. In addition, he is a Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion, and a member both of the Society of Ordained Scientists and of the Science and Religion Forum.

Recent selected publications in science and religion

  • Holder, R. D. (2017), 'Gaia Hypothesis', 'Hoyle, Fred', 'Lakatos, Imre', 'Libertarian Free Will', 'Popper, Karl', in Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L. Reese, and Michael G. Strauss (eds.), Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan), 297-298, 365-366, 404, 413-415, 522-523.
  • Holder, R. D. (2016), 'Explaining and Explaining Away in Cosmology and Theology', Theology and Science 14(3), 234-255, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14746700.2016.1191876 .
  • Holder, R. (2014), Longing, Waiting, Believing: Reflections for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany (Abingdon: The Bible Reading Fellowship).
  • Holder, R. (2014), 'Can a Multiverse Provide the Ultimate Explanation?', Faith and Thought 56, 4-18.
  • Holder, R. (2013), ‘Why We Need Ramified Natural Theology’, Philosophia Christi, 15 (2), 271-282.
  • Holder, R. (2013), Big Bang, Big God: A Universe Designed for Life? (Oxford: Lion Hudson). 
  • Holder, R. and Mitton, S. (eds.) (2013), Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy. Royal Astronomical Society-Springer.
  • Holder, R. and Mitton, S. (2013), ‘Georges Lemaître: A Brief Introduction to His Science, His Theology, and His Impact’, in Rodney Holder and Simon Mitton (eds.) (2013), Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy, 1-7.
  • Holder, R. (2013), ‘Georges Lemaître and Fred Hoyle: Contrasting Characters in Science and Religion’, in Rodney Holder and Simon Mitton (eds), Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy, 39-53.
  • Holder, R. (2013), ‘Natural Theology in the Twentieth Century’, in Russell Re Manning (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Holder, R. (2012), ‘An Augustinian Perspective on Creation and Evolution’, in John Doody, Adam Goldstein and Kim Paffenroth (eds.) (2012), Augustine and Science, Series Augustine in Conversation: Tradition and Innovation, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Holder, R. (2012), ‘Lemaître and Hoyle: Contrasting Characters in Science and Religion’, Science and Christian Belief 24 (2), 111-127.
  • Holder, R. D. (2012), 'Quantum Theory and Cosmology', in J. B. Stump and Alan G. Padgett (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell), 220-230.
  • Holder, R. D. (2012), The Heavens Declare: Natural Theology and the Legacy of Karl Barth (West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press).
  • Holder, R. D. (2011), 'God and the Multiverse: A Response to Stephen Hawking', Faith and Thought 51, 3-17.
  • Holder, R. D. (2009), 'Beyond Science: Answering the Boundary Questions', in A. M. Herzberg (ed.), Statistics, Science and Public Policy XIII: Responsibility, Prosperity and Culture. Proceedings of the Conference on Statistics, Science and Public Policy held at Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, UK, April 16-19, 2008, 79-84.
  • Holder, R. D. (2009), 'Thomas Torrance: 'Retreat to Commitment' or a New Place for Natural Theology?', Theology and Science 7(3), 275-296, www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a912448732 
  • Holder, R. D. (2009), 'Science and Religion in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer', Zygon 44(1), 115-132.
  • Holder, R. D. (2008), Nothing But Atoms and Molecules? Probing the limits of science, Third Edition (Cambridge: The Faraday Institute) (First Edition, Crowborough: Monarch Publications, 1993).
  • Holder, R. D. (2008), 'Modern Science and the Interpretation of Genesis: Can We Learn from Dietrich Bonhoeffer?', Theology and Science 6(2), 213-231, www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1474-6700&volume=6&issue=2&spage=213 
  • Holder, R. D. (2007), 'Creation and the Sciences in the Theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg', Communio Viatorum XLIX, 210-253.
  • Holder, R. D. (2006), 'Fine-tuning and the Multiverse', Think 12, 49-60.
  • Holder, R. D. (2005), 'God and Differing Interpretations of Quantum Theory-Response to Paul', Science and Christian Belief 17(2), 177-185.
  • Holder, R. D. (2004), God, the Multiverse, and Everything: Modern Cosmology and the Argument from Design (Aldershot, and Burlington, VT: Ashgate).
  • Holder, R. D. (2002), 'Fine-tuning, Multiple Universes and Theism', Noûs 36, 295-312.
  • Holder, R. D. (2001), 'The realization of infinitely many universes in cosmology', Religious Studies 37, 343-350.
  • Holder, R. D. (2001), 'Karl Barth and the Legitimacy of Natural Theology', Themelios 26, 22-37.
  • Holder, R. D. (2001), 'Fine-Tuning, Many Universes and Design', Science and Christian Belief 13, 5-24.
  • Holder, R. D. (1999), 'Multiple Universes as an Explanation for Fine-Tuning', Science and Christian Belief 11, 65-66.
  • Holder, R. D. (1998), 'Hume on Miracles: Bayesian Interpretation, Multiple Testimony, and the Existence of God', Brit. J. Phil. Sci. 49, 49-65.

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Colin Humphreys FRS

Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys FRS

Biography

Colin Humphreys is the Director of Research in the Department of Materials

Colin Humphreys is the Director of Research in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge; Professor of Experimental Physics, The Royal Institution; Professorial Fellow, Selwyn College, Cambridge; past-President, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining; Director, Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre on Advanced Materials, Cambridge; and Director of the Cambridge Aixtron Centre for Gallium Nitride. Prof. Humphreys has received numerous honours and awards, most recently the Kelvin Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics (1999); award of an honorary D.Sc. from the University of Leicester (2001); the European Materials Gold Medal, Federation of European Materials Societies (2001); and the Robert Franklin Mehl Gold Medal, The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, USA (2003). Prof. Humphreys is also very involved in the public understanding of science, having served as Selby Fellow, Australian Academy of Science (1997); as Fellow in the Public Understanding of Physics, Institute of Physics (1997-99); and as President of the Physics Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (1998-99).

He publishes and lectures extensively in the field of science and religion, and has a particular interest in the application of scientific knowledge to the understanding of the historicity of the Biblical text.

Recent publications in science and religion

  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The Star of Bethlehem - A Comet in 5 BC - and the date of the birth of Christ" Q.Jl. R. Astr. Soc., 32, 1991, 389-407.
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The Star of Bethlehem - A Comet in 5 BC - and the date of Christ's birth". Tyndale Bulletin, 43, 1992, 32-56
  • Humphreys, C.J. and Waddington, W.G. - "The Jewish Calendar, a lunar eclipse and the date of Christ's Crucifixion", Tyndale Bulletin, 43, 1992, 331-351.
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The Star of Bethlehem", Science & Christian Belief, 1993, 5, 83-101.
  • Humphreys, C.J. and White R.J. - "The eruption of Santorini and the date and historicity of Joseph". Science and Christian Belief, 7, 1995, 151-162
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The number of people in the Exodus from Egypt: decoding mathematically the very large numbers in Numbers I and XXVI", Vestus Tesatmentum XLVIII, 1998, 196-213.
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "How Many People Were in the Exodus from Egypt?" Science & Christian Belief, 2000, 12, 17-34
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The numbers in the Exodus from Egypt: a further appraisal". Vetus Testamentum, 50, 2000, 323-328.
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "How many thousands did Moses pilot across the Red Sea?" Manna, 69, 2000, 20-21.
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The Miracles of Exodus - A Scientist's Discovery of the Extraordinary Natural Causes Underlying the Biblical Stories", 362 pages, Harper San Francisco, USA, and Continuum, UK, 2003, hardback and 2004 paperback..
  • Humphreys, C.J. - "The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus", 244 pages, Cambridge University Press, UK 2011.

Selected recent science publications

  • Graham, D.M., Soltani-Vala, S., Dawson, P., Godfrey, M.J., Smeeton, T.M., Barnard, J.S., Kappers, M.J., Humphreys, C.J., and Thrush, E.J. ‘Optical and microstructural studies of InGaN/GaN single quantum well structures’ J.Appl.Phys. 97, 2005, 103508
  • Martinez C E, Stanton N M, Kent A J, Graham D M, Dawson P, Kappers, M.J., Humphreys, C.J. ‘Determination of relative internal quantum efficiency in InGaN/GaN quantum wells’ J. Appl. Phy. 98, 053509 (2005)
  • Ofori, A.P., Rossouw, C.J., and Humphreys, C.J Determining the site occupancy of Ru in the L12 phase of a Ni-base superalloy using ALCHEMI’ Acta Materialia, 53, 2005, 97-110
  • Oliver, R. A., Kappers, M.J., Humphreys, C.J. and Briggs, G.A.D, ‘Growth modes in heteroepitaxy of InGaN on GaN’ J. Appl. Phys. 97, 2005, 013707
  • Robinson, J.W., Rice, J.H., Lee, K.H., Na, J.H., Taylor, R.A., Hasko, D.G., Oliver, R.A., Kappers, M.J., Humphreys, C.J. and Briggs, G.A.D. ‘Quantum-confined Stark effect in a single InGaN quantum dot under a lateral electric field’ Appl. Phys. Lett, 86, 2005, 213104
  • Vickers, M.E., Kappers, M.J., Datta, R., McAleese, C., Rayment, F.D.R. and Humphreys, C.J. ‘In-plane imperfections in GaN studied by X-ray diffraction’ J. Phys. D. Appl. Phys., 38, 2005, A99-A104
  • Campbell, L.C., Wilkinson, M.J., Manz, A., Camilleri, P. and Humphreys, C.J. ‘Electrophoretic manipulation of single DNA molecules in nanofabricated capillaries’ Lab Chip, 4, 2004, 225-229
  • Kaestner ,B., Schönjahn, C. and Humphreys, C.J. ‘Mapping the potential within a nanometre undoped GaAs region using a scanning electron microscope’ Appl.Phys.Lett., 84, 2004, 2109-2111
  • Rice, J.H., Robinson, J.W., Jarjour, A., Taylor, R.A., Oliver, R.A., Briggs, G.A.D., Kappers, M.J. and Humphreys, C.J ‘Temporal variation in photoluminescence from single InGaN quantum dots’ Appl. Phys. Lett. 84, 2004, 4110-4112
  • Taylor, R.A., Robinson, J.W., Rice, J.H., Jarjour A., Smith, J.D., Oliver, R.A., Briggs, G.A.D., Kappers, M.J., Humphreys, C.J., and Arakawa, Y. ‘Dynamics of single InGaN quantum dots’ Physica E, 21, 2004, 285-289

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Lydia Jaeger

Dr Lydia Jaeger

Biography

Dr Jaeger holds a permanent lectureship and is academic dean at Nogent Bible Institute (IBN) in Nogent-sur-Marne, an interdenominational evangelical

Dr Jaeger holds a permanent lectureship and is academic dean at Nogent Bible Institute (IBN) in Nogent-sur-Marne, an interdenominational evangelical Bible college situated near Paris which trains pastors and other Church workers at an undergraduate level, and lay people in extension programs.

After completing postgraduate studies in physics and mathematics — including research in theoretical solid state physics — at the University of Cologne (Germany) and in theology at the Seminary for Evangelical Theology in Vaux-sur-Seine (France), Lydia Jaeger obtained her Ph.D. in philosophy at the Sorbonne on the possible links between the concept of laws of nature and religious presuppositions, under the supervision of Michel Bitbol (CNRS, France). She holds a permanent lectureship and is academic dean at the Institut Biblique de Nogent-sur-Marne, an interdenominational Evangelical Bible college near Paris which trains pastors and other Church workers at an undergraduate level, and lay people in extension programs.

Since 2000, Lydia Jaeger has had several short study leaves in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge (Great Britain), where she is also an associate member of St. Edmund’s College and of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. From 2005 to 2010, she held a research professorship in philosophy of science and contemporary thought, jointly based at the Evangelical Theological Seminary (FLTE) in Vaux-sur-Seine and the Institut Biblique de Nogent-sur-Marne. Since 2012 she has been coordinating a joint project with the French branch of IFES (GBU) to develop evangelical science-faith resources for the francophone world. Her current research interests are natural order, the epistemological and ethical implications of the doctrine of creation, the theology of science and our understanding of humankind in the light of evolutionary biology, neuroscience and philosophy.

She is a member of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA), Christians in Science (CiS), the Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians (FEET), the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) and the Tyndale Fellowship; she is a founding member of the Société de Philosophie des Sciences, the Réseau des Scientifiques Evangéliques and the Réseau Evangéliques et Sciences Humaines. She is the author of seven books and several articles on the relationship between Christianity and the natural sciences.

 

Recent science – religion publications

  • Jaeger L (2015) “Chance in a created world: how to avoid common misunderstandings about divine action”, European Journal for Philosophy of Religion VII, 2015, p. 155-169
  • Jaeger L (2014) “Beyond emergence: learning from Dooyeweerdian anthropology?”, in The Future of Creation Order, vol. 1, ed. Gerrit GLAS, Jeroen de RIDDER, Dordtrecht, Springer, to be published.
  • Jaeger L (2013) “Les lois de la nature prouvent-elles l’existence du Créateur? ”, in Études de cosmologie philosophique, ed. Michel BASTIT, Paris, L'Harmattan, p.107-127. 

  • Jaeger L (2012) “Against Physicalism-plus-God: how creation accounts for divine action in the world”, Faith and Philosophy XXIX, p. 295-312.
  • Jaeger L (2012) “Laws of Nature”, in Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity, ed. James B. STUMP, Alan G. PADGETT, Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell, p. 453-463.
  • Jaeger L (2012) “Introduction”, in La fin d'un monde, Marne-la-Vallée, Farel, p. 3-6.
  • Jaeger L (2010) “The contingency of laws of nature in science and theology”, Foundations of Physics XL, p. 1611-1624.
  • Jaeger L (2010) “La volonté de tout expliquer : John Wheeler et l'univers comme 'circuit auto-excité'”, Théologie Évangélique IX, p. 233-257.
  • Jaeger L (2010) “La religion : risque ou chance pour la science” & “Conclusion du colloque”, in Origine, ordre et intelligence, Proceedings of the colloquium of the Faculté libre de théologie réformée d'Aix-en-Provence, 5-6 déc. 2008, ed. Pierre Berthoud, Paul Wells, Charols/Aix-en-Provence, Excelsis/Kerygma, p.9-23, 183-191
  • Jaeger L (2010) “Nancy Cartwright's rejection of laws of nature and the divine Lawgiver”, Science and Christian Belief XXII, 2010, p. 81-86.
  • Jaeger L (2010) “La neutralité de la science : quelques considérations épistémologiques”, in La science peut-elle être neutre ?, ed. L. JAEGER, Marne-la-Vallée, Farel, p. 17-31.
  • Jaeger L (2009) “Les neurosciences face à la théologie”, in L'âme et le cerveau : l'enjeu des neurosciences, ed. L. JAEGER, Vaux-sur-Seine/Charols, Édifac/Excelsis, p. 159-177.
  •  Jaeger L (2009) “La théorie de l'évolution: quelques considérations apologétiques”, Théologie Évangélique VIII, p.55-69 (also published in De la Genèse au génome : perspectives bibliques et scientifiques sur l'évolution, ed. L. JAEGER, Nogent-sur-Marne/Cléon d’Andran, Éditions de l’Institut Biblique/Excelsis, 2011, p. 147-161).
  • Jaeger L (2009) “Baptiser Darwin ? : Le pasteur et la théorie de l'évolution”, Cahiers de l'École Pastorale 71, p. 3-20.
  • Jaeger L (2009) “The challenge of modern science to Thomistic ontology”, Faith XL, p.7-11.
  • Jaeger L (2008) “The idea of law in science and religion”, Science and Christian Belief XX, p.133-146.
  • Jaeger L (2008) “Lee Smolin : les lois issues de l’évolution”, Revue philosophique de Louvain CVI, p.372-386.
  • Jaeger L (2008) Ce que les cieux racontent : la science à la lumière de la création, Nogent-sur-Marne/Cléon d’Andran, Éditions de l’Institut Biblique de Nogent/Excelsis, 246p.
  • Jaeger L (2007) Vivre dans un monde créé, Marne-la-Vallée/Nogent-sur-Marne, Farel/ Éditions de l’Institut Biblique de Nogent, 123p.
  • Jaeger L (2007) Lois de la nature et raisons du cœur: les convictions religieuses dans le débat épistémologique contemporain, Bern, Peter Lang, 360p.
  • Jaeger L (2006) “Einstein und die kosmische Religion”, Philosophia naturalis XLIII, p.313-327.
  • Jaeger L (2005) “Cosmic Order and Divine Word”, Churchman CXVIII, 2004, p.47-51; also published in Spiritual Information: 100 Perspectives, ed. Charles L. Harper Jr., Philadelphia (PA), Templeton Foundation Press, p.151-154.

 

Selected recent publications

  • Jaeger L (2013) “La vérité : perspectives philosophiques et théologiques”, Théologie Évangélique XII, n°3, p. 3-32.
  • Jaeger L (2013) “Vérité”, dans La foi chrétienne et les défis du monde contemporain : repères apologétiques, sous dir. Christophe PAYA, Nicolas FARELLY, Charols, Excelis, p. 572-580.
  • Jaeger L (2013) Vivre avec la mort, Vaux-sur-Seine/Charols, Édifac/Excelsis, 2013, 151 p.
  • Jaeger L (2013) “Quelle place pour Dieu dans le doute cartésien ?”, Théologie Évangélique XII, 2013, p. 42-68.
  • Jaeger L (2012) “Herman Dooyeweerd, la 'spéculation sur le logos' et la vérité”, in L'amour de la sagesse : hommage à Henri Blocher, ed. Alain NISUS, Édifac/Excelsis, Vaux-sur-Seine/Charols, p. 299-310.
  • Jaeger L (2012) “Apologétique”, Dictionnaire de théologie pratique, Charols, Excelsis, p. 80-89.
  • Jaeger L (2011) “What place is there for God in Cartesian Doubt?”, Churchman CXXV, 2011, p. 315-330.

Multimedia resources

The Idea of Law in Science and Religion   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
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Jonathan Jong

Jonathan Jong

Biography

Jonathan is a PhD. candidate in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Philosophy at University of Otago, New

Jonathan is a PhD. candidate in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Philosophy at University of Otago, New Zealand. His empirical research is in the cognitive science of religion (CSR), looking at the relationship between death-related cognitions and religious belief, whereas his philosophical research is on the philosophical implications of CSR for theistic belief. As an undergraduate, he also completed research projects on factors underlying perceptions of facial attractiveness, and the relationship between religiosity and sense of humour.

On top of his doctoral research, Jonathan is a regular contributor to Critic Te Arohi, University of Otago's award-winning student publication. The magazine features his popular science articles and reviews of books on science, philosophy, and theology.

Publications

  • Jong, J. (2010). Religion explained? Critic, 18, 22-27.
  • Halberstadt, J., & Jong, J. (2007). The role of familiarity in the attractiveness of average ingroup, outgroup, and alien faces. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Memphis, TN.

Dr Paul Joshua

Stuart Judge

Dr Stuart Judge

Biography

Dr Judge is Emeritus Reader in Physiology, University of Oxford. After studying Physics and Mathematics at the University of Keele

Dr Judge is Emeritus Reader in Physiology, University of Oxford. After studying Physics and Mathematics at the University of Keele he undertook Voluntary Service Overseas in the Philippines 1969-71, teaching Mathematics and Physics at Mindanao State University. He obtained his doctorate in Neuroscience in 1976 at the University of Keele, supervised by Prof. D.M. MacKay, and then held postdoctoral positions at the US National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland and the University of Oxford. Current research interests are in the neuroscience of vision, eye movement and accommodation of the eyes, and within that field, myopia and eye growth, the mechanism of accommodation, and the cause of presbyopia.

Dr Judge has spoken at various science-religion Summer Schools on bioethics, Neuroscience, the Christian view of human nature and Miracles. He is a member of Christians in Science.

Publications in science and religion

  • Judge, S.J. (1988) ‘Ideology and the nature of Man’, Faith and Thought 114: 119-127.
  • Judge, S.J. (1991) ‘How not to think about miracles’, Science and Christian Belief 3: 97-102.

Recent science publications

  • Judge SJ (2006) `Reflection makes sense of rotation of the eyes', Vision Res. 46:3862-6.
  • Burd HJ, Wilde GS, Judge SJ (2006) ‘Can reliable values of Young's modulus be deduced from Fisher's (1971) spinning lens measurements?’, Vision Res. 46:1346-60.
  • Burd HJ, Judge SJ, Cross JA. (2002) ‘Numerical modelling of the accommodating lens’
    Vision Res. 42:2235-251.
  • Whatham AR, Judge SJ. (2001) ‘Compensatory changes in eye growth and refraction induced by daily wear of soft contact lenses in young marmosets’, Vision Res. 41:267-73.

Multimedia resources

Brains and Persons   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Divine Action and the Brain   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Rina Knoeff

Dr Rina Knoeff

Biography

Dr Knoeff is undertaking post-doctoral studies in the history of anatomy in relation to philosophy, theology and (modern) art in

Dr Knoeff is undertaking post-doctoral studies in the history of anatomy in relation to philosophy, theology and (modern) art in the Faculty of Arts, University of Leiden, where she is also setting up a humanities research project on the anatomical collections of the university. She previously engaged in post-doctoral research at Maastricht University, on a project funded by the Dutch Research Council.  She holds a doctorate in the History of Medicine from Cambridge University. She did her first degree in Maastricht, where her thesis on the seventeenth-century physician, Jonathan Goddard, was awarded the Research Prize of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 1995.

Dr Knoeff’s research interests are in the history of medicine, chemistry and anatomy and the interaction of  science and religion in these fields.

Selected recent publications

  • Knoeff, R. “Jonathan Goddard (1617-1675), Chemie, Geneeskunde en de Royal Society’, in Gewina 20 (1997) 1-13
  • Knoeff, R. ‘The Making of a Calvinist Chemist: Herman Boerhaave, God, Fire and Truth’, in Ambix. 48 (2001) 102-111.
  • Knoeff, R. ‘Herman Boerhaave (1668-1738): Calvinist Chemist and Physician’, Amsterdam: Edita (2002)
  • Knoeff, R., ‘Over “het konstige toch Verderfelijke Gestel”. Een Cultuur-historische Interpretatie van Bidloo’s Anatomische Atlas’, in Gewina 26 (2003) 189-202
  • Knoeff, R., ‘Herman Boerhaave’, in Bunge, W. (et.al.), Dictionary of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Dutch Philosophers (Bristol: Thoemmes, 2003) 118-124
  • Knoeff, R. ‘The Reins of the Soul. The Centrality of the Intercostal Nerves in the Neurology of  Thomas Willis and in Samuel Parker’s Theology’, in Journal for the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 59 (2004) 413-440
  • Knoeff, R., ‘Moral Lessons of Perfection. A Comparison of Mennonite and Calvinist Motives in the Anatomical Atlases of Bidloo and Albinus’, in Cunningham, A. & Grell, O.P. (eds.), Medicine and Religion in Enlightenment Europe (Aldershot: Ashgate, forthcoming in 2006)
  • Knoeff, R. & Roberts, L. (eds.) ‘The places of Chemistry in Eighteenth-Century England and the Netherlands’, Special issue of Ambix, Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry (forthcoming, 2006)
  • Knoeff, R., ‘Chemistry, Mechanics and the Making of Anatomical Knowledge. Boerhaave vs. Ruysch on the Nature of the Glands’, in Ambix (forthcoming in 2006)

Simon Kolstoe

Dr Simon Kolstoe

Biography

Dr Simon Kolstoe is a senior fellow in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Portsmouth. Dr Kolstoe has a

Dr Simon Kolstoe is a senior fellow in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Portsmouth. Dr Kolstoe has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and a first class B.Sc. Hons. in Biomedical Sciences, both from the University of Southampton.

Alongside biomedical research,  Dr Kolstoe is currently studying for a cross-disciplined degree from the Open University, helps coordinate the South Central branch of Christians in Science, and speaks and writes on science and faith issues in his local community.

Selected Science Publications

  • M. B. Pepys, J. Herbert, W. L. Hutchinson, G. A. Tennent, H. J. Lachmann, J. R. Gallimore, L. B. Lovat, T. Bartfai, A. Alanine, C. Hertel, T. Hoffmann, R. Jakob-Roetne, R. D. Norcross, J. A. Kemp, K. Yamamura, M. Suzuki, G. W. Taylork, S. Murray, D.Thompson, A. Purvis, S. Kolstoe, S. P. Wood and P. N. Hawkins. (2002) Targeted pharmacological depletion of serum amyloid P component for treatment of human amyloidosis. Nature 417:254-259.
  • S. Kolstoe and S. Wood (2004) Perspectives for Drug Intervention in Amyloid Disease. Current Drug Targets 5(2):151-158.
  • Mark B. Pepys, Gideon M. Hirschfield, Glenys A. Tennent, Ruth J. Gallimore, Melvyn, C. Kahan, Vittorio Bellotti, Philip N. Hawkins, Rebecca M. Myers, Martin D. Smith, Alessandra Polara, Alexander Cobb, Steven V. Ley, Andrew Aquilina, Carol Robinson, Isam Sharif, Gillian A. Gray, Caroline A. Sabin, Michelle C. Jenvey, Simon E. Kolstoe, Darren Thompson and Stephen P. Wood. (2006) Targeting C-reactive protein for treatment of cardiovascular disease Nature 440:1217-1221.
  • Raj Gill, Simon E. Kolstoe, Fiyaz Mohammed, Abeer Al D-Dass, Jonathan B. Coper, Stephen P. Wood and Peter M. Shoolingin-Jordon (2009) The structure of human porphobilinogen deaminase at 2.8A: the molecular basis of acute intermittent porphyria. Biochemical Journal 420(1):17-25.
  • Simon E. Kolstoe, Basil H. Ridha, Vittorio Bellotti, Nan Wang, Carol V. Robinson, Sebastian J. Crutch, Geoffrey Keir, Riitta Kukkastenvehmas, J. Ruth Gallimore, Winston L. Hutchinson, Philip N. Hawkins, Stephen P. Wood, Martin N. Rossor, and Mark B. Pepys (2009) Molecular dissection of Alzheimer's disease neuropathology by depletion of serum amyloid P component. PNAS 106(18):7619-23.

Wang-Yen Lee

Dr Wang-Yen Lee

Biography

Dr. Wang-Yen Lee is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Philosophy, National University of Singapore. He read theology at

Dr. Wang-Yen Lee is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Philosophy, National University of Singapore. He read theology at Singapore Bible College and received his MPhil in philosophy of religion and PhD in philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. As a member of St Edmund's College, he was awarded the Coventry Prize for Divinity in 2005 for his MPhil work, and the Emsley Prize for his PhD work in 2007-08. After submitting his PhD thesis in 2008, he worked briefly as a postdoctoral research assistant at the Faraday Institute.

As a third-generation Christian brought up in multi-religious Malaysia, Dr. Lee has been interested in the justification of Christian belief since he was a child. Years of reflection has led to his deep sense of revulsion at the postmodernist attack on truth and a conviction that the most general principles and criteria in the confirmation of large-scale scientific theories are very similar to those we can use to develop rigorous arguments for Christian theism. He sees his current work in general philosophy of science and epistemology and interests in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, philosophy of language, and science and religion as integral to his long-term plan to contribute to the justification of traditional Christian belief.

Selected recent publications

  • 2009. Does Plantinga's Evolutionary Argument against Naturalism Work? Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 45: 73-83.
  • 2009. A Pragmatic Case against Pragmatic Theological Realism. The Heythrop Journal: a Quarterly Review of Philosophy and Theology 50: 479-94. (Blackwell) *2008.The Chinese translation of this paper is published in Logos and Pneuma: Chinese Journal of Theology 28: 245-74 (Hong Kong)
  • 2007. A Pragmatic Case against Pragmatic Scientific Realism. Journal for General Philosophy of Science 38 (Nov): 299-313.

Work submitted for publication: New Evidence and the No-Miracle Argument for Scientific Realism. (under review at Synthese: An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science)

Work in progress: Simplicity and the Reliabilist Solution to the Problem of Induction.

Ard Louis

Dr Ard Louis

Biography

Dr. Ard Louis is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and a Reader in Theoretical Physics at the University of

Dr. Ard Louis is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and a Reader in Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford, where he leads an interdisciplinary research group studying problems on the border between chemistry, physics and biology.    Prior to Oxford he taught Theoretical Chemistry at Cambridge University where he was also director of studies in Natural Sciences at Hughes Hall. He was born in the Netherlands, raised in Gabon, Central Africa, did his undergraduate studies at the University of Utrecht, Netherlands and received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cornell University, U.S.A.

Dr. Louis is the International Secretary for Christians in Science and an associate of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion based at St. Edmunds College, University of Cambridge, and served on the Advisory board of the John Templeton Foundation.

Recent Publications in Science and Religion:

Wonderen en Wetenschap: de Lange Schaduw van David Hume, in Cees Dekker, René van Woudenberg and Gijsbert  van den Brink (ed.), Omhoog kijken in platland (Baarn: Ten Have, 2007).

Geloof en wetenschap: van culturele vervreemding naar hereniging, in Cees Dekker (ed) Geleerd en Gelovig (Baarn: Ten Have, 2008)

Christen en toch serieuze natuurwetenschapper, Nederlands Dagblad, 4 Nov 2008

Has physics disproved the existence of God? UCCF Free website

Belijdend christen kiest evolutie, Nederlands Dagblad, 22 Jan 2009

Conflict of boedelscheiding? in Martine van Veelen and Cees Dekker (ed) Hete Hangijzers ( Buijten en Schipperheijn  2009)

A Deeper Logic? in R. Bancewicz (ed) Test of FAITH: Spiritual Journeys with Scientists. (Paternoster 2009)
 


Recent Scientific Publications:

The self-assembly and evolution of homomeric protein complexes
Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 118106 (2009)

Knot controlled ejection of a polymer from a virus capsid
Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 088101 (2009)

The self-assembly of DNA Holliday junctions studied with a minimal model
J. Chem. Phys. 130, 065101 (2009)

Hydrodynamics of confined colloidal fluids in two dimensions
Phys. Rev. E 79, 051402 (2009)

Self-assembly of monodisperse clusters: Dependence on target geometry
J. Chem. Phys. 131, 175101 (2009).

Monodisperse self-assembly in a model with protein-like interactions
J. Chem. Phys. 131, 175102 (2009)

Effect of topology on dynamics of knots in polymers under tension
arXiv:0908.1085  (2009)

Modelling the Self-Assembly of Virus Capsids
arXiv:0910.1916 (2009)

Self-assembly, modularity and physical complexity
arXiv: (2009)

DNA nanotweezers studied with a coarse-grained model of DNA
arXiv:0911.0555 (2009)

Multimedia resources

The Origin of Life   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Evolution and Fine-tuning in Biological Complexity   MP3Video (download) 
Contingency, Convergence and Hyper-astronomical Numbers in Biological Evolution.   MP3  
Nicole Maturen

Dr Nicole Maturen

Biography

Nicole Maturen is a Research Associate at The Faraday Institute. She completed her Ph.D. in evolutionary biology at the Natural

Nicole Maturen is a Research Associate at The Faraday Institute. She completed her Ph.D. in evolutionary biology at the Natural History Museum and the University of Michigan Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She has been the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships in support of her studies and academic visits.

Nicole Maturen has a particular interest in the relationship between evolutionary biology and religion.

Tim Middleton

Tim Middleton

Biography

Tim is a PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford University. His research concerns earthquakes and active

Tim is a PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford University. His research concerns earthquakes and active tectonics in central and eastern Asia, including fieldwork in Kazakhstan and China. This work is useful both for the assessment of the seismic hazard in these countries, and for developing an overall understanding of continental deformation. He also works for the organisation Geology for Global Development (http://www.gfgd.org/) and sits on their national committee.
He takes a keen interest in science communication, particularly the relationship between science and religion and writes on a freelance basis for a number of organisations. Previously, he was President of the Cambridge University science magazine, BlueSci (http://www.bluesci.org/).
Tim is currently the student representative on the Christians in Science committee and is co-author of their leaflet entitled ‘Being a Christian in Earth Sciences’ (http://www.cis.org.uk/resources/articles-talks-and-links/students/).

Chiranjib Mitra

Dr Chiranjib Mitra

Biography

Dr Chiranjib Mitra joined the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) as a Research Fellow in November 2003. He

Dr Chiranjib Mitra joined the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) as a Research Fellow in November 2003. He obtained a PhD in physics from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in ay in 2001. He then moved to Germany, holding a joint post-doc position at the Max Planck Institute for the Chemical Physics of Solids and at the Institute for Solid State and Materials Research in Dresden where he carried out research in Magnetic Tunnel Junction Devices. He moved from Dresden to the University of Cambridge, where he continued working on Magnetic Tunnel Junction at the Device Materials Group. During this time he became familiar with lithographic techniques and was introduced to the world of Nanotechnology.

In his last year in TIFR he became interested in the rapidly emerging area of Quantum Computers, having taken a course in the Dept of Theoretical Computer Science at TIFR, and looked for an opportunity to transfer to working within this field. An opportunity arose at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, affiliated to University College London. Dr Mitra took up the position of Research Fellow there in November 2003 working in Strongly Correlated Electron Systems within the field of Experimental Condensed Matter Physics. He was also elected a Chevening Technology Enterprise Scholarship fellow in September, 2004.

His current research interests are:

  • Build and characterise solid-state quantum gates for quantum computing.
  • Metal-insulator phase transitions in highly correlated electron systems.
  • Quantum Magnetism.
  • Development of setup for measuring Photo-induced magnetism.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Growth of epitaxial and polycrystalline samples of the Electron Doped series La0.7Ce0.3MnO3 through pulsed laser deposition (PLD). C. Mitra, P Raychaudhuri, J. John, S. K. Dhar, A K. Nigam, R Pinto. J. Appl. Phys, 89, 524 (2001).
  • Magnetic and 4f-duadrupolar behaviour of Yb2Co3Al9 and the Kondo lattice Yb2Co3Ga9. S.K. Dhar, C. Mitra, P. Bonville, M. Rams, K. Królas, E. Godart, E. Alleno, N. Suzuki, K. Miyake, N. Watanabe, Y. Onuki, P. Manfrineti, A. Palenzona. Phys. Rev. B 64, 094423 (2001).
  • The nature of magnetism in CeScSi and CeScGe. Surjeet Singh, S K Dhar, C Mitra, P Paulose, P Manfrinetti and A Palenzona. J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 13, 3753 (2001).
  • A ‘p-n’diode with hole and electron-doped lanthanum nites, C. Mitra, P. Raychaudhuri, G. Köbernik, K. Dörr, K.H Müller, L. Shultz, R. Pinto. Applied Physics Letters 79, 2408 (2001).
  • Photoemission study of Yb2Co3X9 [X=Ga, Al]: Variation of the electronic structure from a mixed-valent to Kondo lattice system; T. Okane, S.-I. Fujimori, A. Ino, A. Fujimori, S. K. Dhar, C. Mitra, P. Manfrinetti, A. Palenzona, O. Sakai, Phys. Rev. B., 65, 125102.
  • Magnetotransport properties of a room temperature rectifying tunnel junction made of electron and hole doped nites, C. Mitra, G. Koebernik, K. Doerr, K.-H. Mueller, and L. Schultz P. Raychaudhuri, R. Pinto, E. Wieser, J. Appl. Phys, 91, 7715 (2002).
  • Observation of minority spin character of the new electron doped nite La0.7Ce0.3MnO3 from tunneling magnetoresistance; C. Mitra, P. Raychaudhuri, K. Doerr, K.-H. Mueller, L. Schultz, S. Wirth, Phys. Rev. Lett., 90, 17202 (2003).
  • Direct observation of electron doping in La0.7Ce0.3MnO3; C. Mitra, Z. Hu, P. Raychaudhuri, S. Wirth, S. I. Csizar, H.H. Hsieh, H.-J. Lin, C.T. Chen and L.H. Tjeng. Phys. Rev. B 67, 92404 (2003).
  • Phase Diagram and Hall effect of the Electron Doped nite La1-xCexMnO3. P. Raychaudhuri, C. Mitra, Peter Mann and S. Wirth, Jour Appl Phys., 93, 8328 (2003).
  • Photoemission and x-ray absorption spectroscopy study of electron-doped colossal magnetoresistive nite La0.7Ce0.3MnO3 films; S. W. Han1, J.-S. Kang, K. H. Kim, J. D. Lee, J. H. Kim, S. C. W, C. Mitra, P. Raychaudhuri, S. Wirth, K. J. Kim, B. S. Kim, J. I. Jeong, S. K. Kwon and B. I. Min, Phys. Rev. B 69, 104406 (2004).

Jonathan Moo

Dr Jonathan Moo

Biography

Jonathan Moo was a research associate with the Faraday Institute from 2006-2010

Jonathan Moo was a research associate with the Faraday Institute from 2006-2010 and is back this year doing research with the Faraday Institute as a visiting scholar at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. He is an associate professor of New Testament and environmental studies at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, and teaches and writes in the areas of New Testament, early Judaism, environmental ethics, and science and faith. 

Jonathan did his PhD.in the Divinity Faculty at the University of Cambridge and holds previous degrees in biology and English (B.A., Lake Forest College), wildlife ecology (M.S., Utah State University), and biblical studies (M.A. Old Testament, M.A. New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary).

Selected Publications:

Creation Care: A Biblical Theology of the Natural World. Co-authored with Douglas J. Moo. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017 (in press).

‘The Biblical Basis for Creation Care’. Pages 28-42, 321-22 in Creation Care and the Gospel. Vol. 1 of the Lausanne series on Mission in the 21st Century. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2016.

‘Climate change and the apocalyptic imagination: Science, faith and ecological responsibility’. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 50 (2015): 937-48.

Let Creation Rejoice: Biblical Hope and Ecological Crisis. Co-authored with Robert S. White. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2014.

As Long as the Earth Endures: the Bible, Creation and the Environment. Co-edited with Robin Routledge. Nottingham, England: Apollos, 2014.

‘Of Parents and Children: 1 Corinthians 4:15-16 and Life in the Family of God’. Pages 57-73 in Studies in the Pauline Epistles. Edited by Matthew S. Harmon and Jay E. Smith. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014.

‘New Testament Hope and a Christian Environmental Ethos’. Pages 146-68 in As Long as the Earth Endures: the Bible, Creation and the Environment. Edited by Jonathan Moo and Robin Routledge. Nottingham, England: Apollos, 2014.

Creation, Nature and Hope in 4 Ezra. Forschungen zur Religion und Literatur des Alten und Neuen Testaments 237. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011.

‘The Few who obtain Mercy: Soteriology in 4 Ezra’. Pages 98-113 in This World and the World to Come: Soteriology in Early Judaism. Edited by Daniel M. Gurtner. Library of Second Temple Studies 74. London: T&T Clark, 2011.

‘Environmental Apocalypse and Christian Hope’. Ethics in Brief 17.1 (2011). Co-authored with Robert S. White. Reprinted in Bioethics Research Notes 23 (2011): 37-40.

‘Continuity, Discontinuity and Hope: The Contribution of New Testament Eschatology to a Distinctively Christian Environmental Ethos’. Tyndale Bulletin 61 (2010): 21-44.

‘The Sea that is No More: Rev 21.1 and the Function of Sea Imagery in the Apocalypse of John’. Novum Testamentum 51 (2009): 148-67.

‘Environmental Unsustainability and a Biblical Vision of the Earth’s Future’. Pages 255-70, 288 in Creation in Crisis: Christian Perspectives on Sustainability. Edited by Robert S. White. London: SPCK, 2009.

‘Romans 8.19-22 and Isaiah’s Cosmic Covenant’. New Testament Studies 54 (2008): 74-89.

‘A Messiah whom “the Many do not Know”? Rereading 4 Ezra 5:6-7’. Journal of Theological Studies NS 58 (2007): 525-36.

 

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Pete Moore

Dr Pete Moore

Biography

Dr Pete Moore is a multi-award winning science communicator and author. As well as journalistic and PR writing, he has

Dr Pete Moore is a multi-award winning science communicator and author. As well as journalistic and PR writing, he has published more than a dozen published books that address different aspects of science, technology and ethics. He blogs at www.humanfutures.biz, and enjoys injecting realism into debates about the potential uses of technology in the near future.

Dr Moore leads training courses on different aspects of writing and editing both in the UK and Europe. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, was Chairman of the Medical Journalists' Association (2002) and is a member of the Physiological Society, the Association of British Science Writers, and the Society of Authors. Dr Moore has also acted as rapporteur at consultations held at St George's House, Windsor Castle and at private consultations organised by the Christian Medical Fellowship held within the House of Lords.

Recent selected publications

  • Moore, P. (2001) Ethical Debates: Stem Cell Research.
  • Moore, P. (2008) Enhancing Me: The Hope and Hype of Human Enhancement. Science Museum / John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
  • Moore, P. (2007) Ethical Debates: Genetic Engineering. Wayland.
  • Moore, P. (2006) The little book of big ideas: Science. A & C Black.
  • Moore, P. (2005) E=mc2. Friedman/Fairfax Publishing.
  • Moore, P. (2004) The Forensic Handbook. Eye Books.
  • Moore, P. (2003) Being Me. John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
  • Moore, P. (2002) Blood and Justice. John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
  • Moore, P. (2002) Killer Germs. London, Carlton Books.
  • Moore, P. (2002) Babel's Shadow. Oxford, Lion.

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Joe Perry

Prof. Joe Perry

Biography

Professor Joe Perry is a quantitative ecologist at Rothamsted Research. His interests are in spatio-temporal dynamics of insect and plant

Professor Joe Perry is a quantitative ecologist at Rothamsted Research. His interests are in spatio-temporal dynamics of insect and plant populations; risk assessment for GM crops; biometry in ecology; effects of agriculture on farmland biodiversity; and bioethics of GM. He was awarded a DSc degree by the University of Reading in 1989. Since 1994 he has been Visiting Professor of Biometry at the University of Greenwich. In 1998 he received the Distinguished Statistical Ecologist Award of the International Association for Ecology. He was elected to Fellowship of the Institute of Biology in 2002. In 2004 he was a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is currently President of the British and Irish Region of the International Biometric Society.

Science and Religion Papers

  • Perry, J.N. (2001) Genetically Modified Crops. pp. 22-91 in: Genetic Engineering, Volume XV in the 'Christ and the Cosmos' series. Edited by Brenda Beamond. Proceedings of the Consultation held in London Colney, 20-22 April 2001. ISBN 0953036057.
  • Perry, J.N. (2002) Genetically Modified Crops. pp. 115-122 in: Genetically Modified Foods: Debating Technology. Edited by Michael Ruse & David Castle. Prometheus Books ('Contemporary Issues' series), New York, ISBN: 1-57392-996-4. 350pp.
  • Perry, J.N. (2003) Genetically-Modified Crops. Science & Christian Belief, 15, 141-163.
  • Kean (2004). Report on: Is GM God’s will?. Science & Religion Forum Discussion between Joe Perry and John Bryant at The British Association for the Advancement of Science meeting 6-10 September 2004, Exeter.
  • Perry, J.N. (2005) Powerpoint slides and Abstract from the invited talk: ‘Some bioethical issues concerned in minimising harmful impacts of agriculture on biodiversity in arable ecosystems’, given at Seminar 4 (‘Ethical Production and Protection’) in the ESRC Transdisciplinary Seminar Series: ‘Approaches to Sustainable Farmland Management’, Royal Geographic Society, London, 18 January 2005.

Selected Recent Papers

  • Firbank, L.G., Perry, J.N., Squire, G.R., Bohan, D.A., Brooks, D.R., Champion, G.T., Clark, S.J., Daniels, R.E., Dewar, A.M., Haughton, A.J., Hawes, C., Heard, M.S., Hill, M.O., May, M.J., Osborne, J.L., Rothery, P., Scott, R.J. & Woiwod, I.P. (2003) The implications of spring-sown genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops for farmland biodiversity: A commentary on the Farm Scale Evaluations of Spring Sown Crops. ISBN 0-85521-036-2. Published on the Defra website.
  • Perry, J.N., Firbank, L.G., Champion, G.T., Clark, S.J., Heard, M.S., May, M.J., Hawes, C., Squire, G.R., Rothery, P., Woiwod, I.P. & Pidgeon, J.D. (2004) Ban on triazine herbicides likely to reduce but not negate relative benefits of GMHT maize cropping. Nature, 428, 313 – 316.
  • Bohan, D.A., Boffey, C.W.H., Brooks, D.R., Clark, S.J., Dewar, A.M., Firbank, L.G., Haughton, A.J., Hawes, C., Heard, M.S., May, M.J., Osborne, J.L., Perry, J.N., Rothery, P., Roy, D.B., Scott, R.J., Squire, G.R., Woiwod, I.P. & Champion, G.T. (2005) Effects on weed and invertebrate abundance and diversity of herbicide management in genetically modified herbicide-tolerant winter-sown oilseed rape. Proc. R. Soc. series B., 272, 463 – 474.
  • Alexander, C.J., Holland, J.M., Winder, L., Wooley, C. & Perry, J.N. (2005) Performance of sampling strategies in the presence of known spatial patterns. Annals of Applied Biology, 146, 361-370.
  • Winder , L., Alexander, C.J., Holland, J.M., Symondson, W.O.C., Perry, J.N. & Woolley, C. (2005) Predatory activity and spatial pattern: the response of generalist carabids to their aphid prey. Journal of Animal Ecology, 77, 443-454.
  • Heard, M.S., Rothery, P., Perry, J.N. & Firbank, L.G. (2005) Predicting longer-term changes in weed populations under GMHT management. Weed Research, 45, 331 338.
  • Firbank, L.G., Rothery, P., May, M.J., Clark, S.J., Scott, R.J., Stuart, R.C., Boffey, C.W.H., Brooks, D.R., Champion, G.T., Haughton, A.J., Hawes, C., Heard, M.S., Dewar, A.M., Perry, J.N. & Squire, G.R. (2005) Effects of genetically modified herbicide-tolerant cropping systems on weed seedbanks in two years of following crops Biology Letters, 1, - (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2005.0390).
  • Maria Burke, The FSE Research Consortium, & The SSC (2005) Managing GM crops with herbicides: Effects on farmland wildlife. ISBN 0-85521-142-3. Published on the Defra website: http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/gm/fse/index.htm.
  • Clark, S.J., Rothery, P. & Perry, J.N. (2005) Farm Scale Evaluations of spring-sown genetically modified herbicide-tolerant crops: a statistical assessment. Proc. R. Soc. series B , published online - doi:10.1098/rspb.2005.3282.
  • Conrad, K.F., Perry, J.N., Woiwod, I.P. & Alexander, C.J. (2006) Large-scale temporal changes in spatial pattern during declines of abundance and occupancy in a common moth. Journal of Insect Conservation, 10, 53-64. DOI 10.1007/s10841-005-1618-2.

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Justus Piater

Dr Justus Piater

Biography

Prof. Justus Piater is Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Liège,

Prof. Justus Piater is Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Liège, Belgium. After studying computer science at the University of Braunschweig and the University of Magdeburg, Germany, he was awarded a Fulbright graduate student fellowship and earned his doctorate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, followed by a European Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellowship at the Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique (INRIA), Rhône-Alpes, Grenoble, France. His research activities are in computer vision and machine learning. Besides classical questions in computer vision, much of his research is motivated by the concept of agents that use vision as a mode of perception in an interactive context. He is interested in the biology and psychology of perception as well as in artificial systems that learn to comprehend their environment through perception and interaction.

Prof. Piater is involved in the Wallonian chapter of IFES and helps organize ‘Carrefours’ dialogues on religious topics that include science and religion (http://www.carrefours.be/).

Recent science publications

  • Justus Piater, Edward Riseman, Paul Utgoff, ‘Interactively Training Pixel Classifiers’, International Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence 13 (2), pp. 171-194, 1999.
  • Justus Piater, Roderic Grupen, ‘Constructive Feature Learning and the Development of Visual Expertise’, Proceedings of the Seventeenth International Conference on Machine Learning, pp. 751-758, 2000.
  • Jefferson Coelho, Justus Piater, Roderic Grupen, ‘Developing Haptic and Visual Perceptual Categories for Reaching and Grasping with a Humanoid Robot’, Robotics and Autonomous Systems 37 (2-3), pp. 195-218, 2001 (special issue on Humanoid Robots).
  • James Crowley, Justus Piater, Markus Vincze, Lucas Paletta, eds., ‘Computer Vision Systems: Third International Conference, 2003 (April 1-3 2003, Graz, Austria)’, Springer LNCS 2626.
  • Robert Platt, Oliver Brock, Andrew Fagg, Deepak Karuppiah, Michael Rosenstein, Jefferson Coelho, Manfred Huber, Justus Piater, David Wheeler, Roderic Grupen, ‘A Framework For Humanoid Control and Intelligence’, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Humanoid Robots, 2003.
  • Raphaël Marée, Pierre Geurts, Justus Piater, Louis Wehenkel, ‘Random Subwindows for Robust Image Classification’, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, pp. 34-40, 2005.
  • Fabien Scalzo, Justus Piater, ‘Statistical Learning of Visual Feature Hierarchies’, Proc. of the IEEE Workshop on Learning in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2005.
  • Sébastien Jodogne, Fabien Scalzo, Justus Piater, ‘Task-Driven Learning of Spatial Combinations of Visual Features’, Proc. of the IEEE Workshop on Learning in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2005.
  • Sébastien Jodogne, Justus Piater, ‘Interactive Learning of Mappings from Visual Percepts to Actions’, International Conference on Machine Learning, pp. 393-400, 2005.
  • Tom Mathes, Justus Piater, ‘Robust Non-Rigid Object Tracking Using Point Distribution Models’, British Machine Vision Conference, pp. 849-858, 2005.

Wilson Poon

Prof. Wilson Poon

Biography

Wilson Poon is Professor of Condensed Matter Physics in the University of Edinburgh. He obtained his PhD at Cambridge and

Wilson Poon is Professor of Condensed Matter Physics in the University of Edinburgh. He obtained his PhD at Cambridge and was a research fellow of St Edmund’s College. After a year at Portsmouth Polytechnic, he moved to Edinburgh in 1990. He specialises in studying well-characterised ‘model colloids’ to throw light on generic issues in condensed matter and statistical physics. He has had a long-standing interest in biological physics and is currently turning his attention to bacterial self organisation and evolution.

Prof. Poon is keen to develop a comprehensive ‘theology of science’. Currently, he is particularly interested in the 4th century Cappadocian philosophers and in Dietrich Bonhoeffer. The Bible also features strongly in his work, particularly those texts that help us understand how and why scientists can successfully carry on their work without importing the ‘God hypothesis’.

Prof. Poon is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is also a member of the Doctrine Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and of the Editorial Board of Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. He holds a grant from the Cambridge-Templeton Consortium with Tom McLeish (Physics, Leeds) and Alexander Bird (Philosophy, Bristol) to study philosophical issues at the interface between biology and physics, particularly these subjects’ differing perspectives on holism and teleology. He is a regular book reviewer for the journal Theology.

Recent publications in science and religion

  • Wilson Poon and Tom McLeish, Theology CII (no. 807) May/June 1999, ‘Real Presences: Two scientists’ response to George Steiner’.
  • Wilson Poon, Theology CIII (no. 816) Nov/Dec 2000, 433-436, ‘”You must name him Jesus”: Being named as kenosis’.
  • Tom McLeish and Wilson Poon, Interdisciplinary Science Review 26 (2001) 167-172, ‘How many cultures? “Real Presences” and the healing of the academy’.
  • Wilson C. K. Poon, Expository Times 114 (2003) 224-230, ‘Superabundant Table Fellowship in the Kingdom: The Feeding of the Five Thousand and the Meal Motif in Luke’.
  • Wilson Poon, Theology CVII (no. 835) Jan/Feb 2004, 37-44, ‘History, Science and Theology: An Essay Review of Hans Schwarz’s Creation’.
  • Wilson Poon and Michael Fuller, eds., Sketches Towards a Theology of Science, Doctrine Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC: 2005).
  • Wilson Poon, ‘Liquids, biopolymers and evolvability: Case studies in counterfactual “water-life”’, in Water of life: counterfactual chemistry and fine-tuning in biochemistry, ed. Lynden-Bell, R. M., Conway Morris, S., Finney, J. L., Barrow, J. D., Harper, C. L., Jr., forthcoming (2006).

Recent science publications

  • W C K Poon, S U Egelhaaf, P A Beales, A Salonen and L Sawyer, J. Phys. Condens.
    Matter 12 (2000) L569-L574, ‘Protein crystallization: scaling of charge and salt concentration in lysozyme solutions’.
  • K N Pham, A M Puertas, J Bergenholtz, S U Egelhaaf, A Mousaïd, P N Pusey, A B Schofield, M. E. Cates, M. Fuchs and W C K Poon, Science 296 (2002) 104-106, ‘Multiple glassy states in a simple model system’.
  • K N Pham, S U Egelhaaf, P N Pusey and W C K Poon, Phys. Rev. E 69 (2003) art. no. 011503:1-13, ‘Glasses in hard spheres with short-range attraction’.
  • K Kroy, M E Cates and W C K Poon, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92 (2004) art. no. 148302:1-4, ‘Cluster mode-coupling approach to weak gelation in attractive colloids’.
  • A Stradner, H Sedgwick, F Cardinaux, W C K Poon, S U Egelhaaf and P Schurtenberger, Nature 432 (2004) 492-495, ‘Equilibrium cluster formation in concentrated protein solutions and colloids’.
  • T-J Su, M R Tock, S U Egelhaaf, W C K Poon and D T F Dryden, Nucleic Acids Res. 33 (2005) 3235-3244, ‘DNA bending by M.EcoKI methyltransferase is coupled to nucleotide flipping’.
  • W C K Poon and D Andelman, eds., Soft Condensed Matter Physics in Molecular and Cell Biology, Taylor and Francis (2006).

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Vinoth Ramachandra

Dr Vinoth Ramachandra

Biography

Dr. Vinoth Ramachandra is Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. After studying Nuclear

Dr. Vinoth Ramachandra is Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. After studying Nuclear Engineering at Queen Mary College, London, where he was awarded the Medal of the Institution of Nuclear Engineers upon graduating in 1975, and gaining a PhD from Imperial College, London, in 1979, he returned to his native Sri Lanka in 1980. He was General Secretary of the Fellowship of Christian University Students from 1983 to 1991 and Regional Secretary for South Asia of IFES from 1987. His work includes promoting the vision among students and professors of a holistic engagement with the university; giving public lectures and participating in dialogue events in universities; and helping Christian students and graduates think and respond as Christians to some of the social, cultural and political challenges they face in their national contexts throughout the world.

Dr. Ramachandra’s interests in the science-religion arena include the philosophy of science, the science-theology interface, and developments in cosmology and nuclear physics. He is an Anglican lay preacher in the diocese of Colombo.

Recent publications in science and religion

  • Subverting Global Myths: Theology and the Public Issues that shape Our World (London: SPCK, 2008) including the chapter 'Myths of Science'.
  • ‘Towards a Missionary Engagement with Science and Technology’ in A Textbook of South Asian Missiology, eds. Paul Joshua Bhakiaraj and Roger Hedlund (Delhi: ISPCK, 2004)
  • ‘Tsunami Tragedy: Where was God?’, Dharma Deepika, Vol.9:2, 22, July-Dec 2005

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Jason M Rampelt

Dr Jason M Rampelt

Biography

Dr Jason M Rampelt completed his Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University and is pursuing

Dr Jason M Rampelt completed his Ph.D. in the History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University and is pursuing the Institute’s first research project in scientific biography. Dr Rampelt has also earned degrees in Philosophy (B.A., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; M.A. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia) and Theology (M.A.R., Th.M. Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia).>

Recent publications in science and religion:

"Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882-1944)" in Rupke, Nicolaas A., ed. Eminent Lives in Science and Reliigon. Second Revised and Much Expanded Edition (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2009) pp. 129-154

"Religion as a Cause in Scientific Research". Essay review of Practical Mystic: Religion, Science, and A.S.Eddington, by Matthew Stanley. Annals of Science 66:3 (2009)

Recent publications in the history of science:

"The Last Word: John Wallis on the Origin of the Royal Society". History of Science 46, II: 152 (2008), 177-201 

"Religion and Narrative Building in the History of Science". Essay review of Quakers Jews and Science: Religious Responses to Modernity and the Sciences in Britain, 1650-1900, by Geoffrey Cantor. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 39 (2008): 286-289 

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Patrick Richmond

Revd Dr Patrick Richmond

Biography

The Rev Dr Patrick Richmond is vicar of Christ Church, Eaton, Norwich and was until May 2007 Dean of Chapel

The Rev Dr Patrick Richmond is vicar of Christ Church, Eaton, Norwich and was until May 2007 Dean of Chapel at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He read medicine at Balliol College, Oxford and did a DPhil in cell physiology at Green College, Oxford. He worked with heroin addicts in Pakistan before training for ordination at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, where he took a first in the BA theology examinations and a distinction in the postgraduate diploma. He served as a curate in Leicester before going to St Catharine's College. His academic interests include philosophical theology, ethics, and the relationship of science to faith. He has authored numerous book reviews, given several lectures and refereed several papers submitted to Science and Christian Belief and refereed books for Apollos.

Recent Selected Publications

  • 'Response to Campbell's Euthanasia and the Principle of Justice' in Euthanasia and the Churches ed. Robin Gill (Cassell, London, 1998) pp.103-109
  • 'Openness to the Bible? A traditional challenge to Clark Pinnock's Understanding of God' in Reconstructing Theology: A Critical Assessment of the Theology of Clark Pinnock Eds. Gray, A. & Sinkinson, C. (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2000) pp.91-119
  • Review: Nature, Design and Science: the Status of Design in Natural Science by Del Ratzsch (State University of New York Press, 2001) Faith and Philosophy Vol 19 No.3 July 2002, pp. 390-393
  • 'Neuroscientific determinism and the Problem of Evil' Science and Christian Belief Vol. 16 No. 2 (October 2004), pp. 139-156
  • Reviews: Science and the Study of God by Alan Padgett (Eerdmans) and Divine Action and Modern Science, by Nicholas Saunders (Cambridge University Press), Faith and Philosophy, Vol 23, No.3, July 2006
  • 'Richard Dawkins' Darwinian Objection to Unexplained Complexity in God' Science and Christian Belief, Vol 19, No. 2, (October 2007) pp.99-116
  • 'Response to Bussey' Science and Christian Belief, Vol 20, No. 2, (October 2008) pp. 195-200
  • 'Scientific Explanations of Religious Experience and their Implications for Belief' Science and Christian Belief Vol 22 No.1, (April 2010) pp. 23-43
  • 'Where does Belief Come from?' Reform Magazine July/August 2010 pp.14-16

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Alan Roberts

Dr Alan Roberts

Biography

Dr Alan Roberts is currently working as a Research Associate at Durham University, applying Bayesian techniques to the inversion of

Dr Alan Roberts is currently working as a Research Associate at Durham University, applying Bayesian techniques to the inversion of geophysical datasets. Previously he worked under Prof. Bob White in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge, having successfully completed a PhD there on the Crustal Structure of the Faroes North Atlantic Margin, trying to understand the mechanism of North Atlantic breakup 55 million years ago. He was a Natural Sciences undergraduate at Robinson College, Cambridge, specialising in Experimental and Theoretical Physics..

Having becoming a Christian in 1998 during his studies in Cambridge he is now an active member of Christ Church, Durham. He is deeply interested in the relationship between science and faith, the implications each has for the other, and also differing cultural perceptions of both. A member of Christians in Science, he has written for the CiS online magazine and spoken at Christian summer camps overseas about the nature of science and how one can be both a Christian and a scientist.

Recent Publications

  • A.W. Roberts, R.S. White, P.A.F. Christie. Imaging igneous rocks on the North Atlantic rifted continental margin. In: Geophysical Journal International, in press, 2009
  • R.S. White, L.K. Smith, A.W. Roberts, P.A.F.Christie, N. Kusznir Team, & iSIMM team. Lower-crustal intrusion on the north atlantic continental margin. In: Nature, vol. 452 pp 460-464, 2008.
  • A.W. Roberts and R.S. White, Z.C. Lunnon, P.A.F. Christie, R. Spitzer iSIMM team. Imaging Magmatic Rocks on the Faroes Margin. In: A.G. Dore and B. Vining, editors, Petroleum Geology Conference. Geological Society, London, 2005.

Gunter M. Schtz

Dr Gunter M. Schtz

Biography

Gunter Schütz is Professor of Physics at Bonn University and Research Scientist at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. He studied Physics,

Gunter Schütz is Professor of Physics at Bonn University and Research Scientist at the Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany. He studied Physics, Ancient Semitic Languages and Comparative Religion at Marburg University and Bonn University. After doctoral studies in physics at Bonn University and at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Rehovot, Israel), he undertook postdoctoral positions at the Weizmann Institute (1991-1993) and at Oxford University (1993-1996). In 2000 he received the Gustav-Hertz-Prize of the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.  He has been visiting scientist and visiting professor at academic institutions in the United States, England, France, Brazil and Germany. Prof. Schütz’s research interests are in mathematical physics, in particular the foundations of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics. This includes the investigation of collective phenomena in diverse complex systems such as polymer melts, zeolites and quantum spin systems.

Prof. Schütz lectures and publishes on the relation of science and religion mainly for a broad audience. His main interest is in epistemological problems. Since 1991 he has been a member of the Karl-Heim-Gesellschaft and since 1996 editor of the journal Evangelium und Wissenschaft.

Recent publications in science and religion

  • Gunter M. Schütz, in Can science dispense with religion?, M. Golshani (ed.), 3rd edn, 2004 (Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, Teheran)
  • Gunter M. Schütz, ‘Wie offen ist ein wissenschaftliches Weltbild?’, Evangelium und Wissenschaft  44, 4-23 (2004)
  • Gunter M. Schütz, ‘Hat die Relativitätstheorie irgendetwas mit Religion zu tun?’, Evangelium und Wissenschaft 45, 4-11 (2005)
  • Gunter M. Schütz, ‘Wolfgang Gentner und die Atombombe in Nazi-Deutschland: Vom Offizier des Heereswaffenamts zum Ehrenmitglied des Weizmann-Instituts in Israel’, Evangelium und Wissenschaft  (2006)
  • Gunter M. Schütz, ‘Nur Mythen in der Bibel?’, Christsein Heute 113(3), 10-12 (2006)

Selected recent science publications

  • G.M. Schütz ’Exactly Solvable Models for Many-Body Systems Far From Equilibrium’, in Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena 19, 1 - 251, C. Domb und J. Lebowitz (eds.), (Academic Press, London, 2001).
  • Y. Kafri, E. Levine, D. Mukamel, G.M. Schütz and J. Török, ‘Criterion for phase separation in one-dimensional driven systems’, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89 (2002), 035702.
  • A. Rakos, M. Paessens and G.M. Schütz, ‘Hysteresis in one-dimensional reaction-diffusion systems’, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91 (2003), 238302.
  • G. Schönherr and G.M. Schütz ‘Exclusion process for particles of arbitrary extension:
    Hydrodynamic limit and algebraic properties’, J. Phys. A   37 (2004), 8215-8231.
  • D. Gobert, C. Kollath, U. Schollwöck and G.M. Schütz, ‘Real-time dynamics in spin-1/2 chains with adaptive time-dependent DMRG’ cond-mat/0409692, Phys. Rev. E 71 (2005), 036102.
  • A. Brzank and G.M. Schütz ‘Molecular traffic control in porous nanoparticles’
    cond-mat/0503068, Appl. Catalysis A  288 (2005), 194-202.
  • R.D. Willmann, S. Großkinsky und G.M. Schütz ‘Dynamical origin of spontaneous symmetry breaking in a field-driven nonequilibrium system’ cond-mat/0504558, Europhys. Lett. 71 (2005), 542-548.
  • V. Popkov, M. Salerno und G.M. Schütz ‘Entangling power of permutation invariant quantum states’ quant-ph/0506209, Phys. Rev. A {\bf 72} (2005) 032327.
  • A. Rakos and G.M. Schütz ‘Bethe ansatz and current distribution for the TASEP with particle-dependent hopping rates’ cond-mat/0506525, In Press in: Markov Proc. Rel. Fields.

Paul Shellard

Prof. Paul Shellard

Biography

Paul Shellard received his PhD in cosmology from the University of Cambridge. He subsequently pursued postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts

Paul Shellard received his PhD in cosmology from the University of Cambridge. He subsequently pursued postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then back in Cambridge with a Trinity College Research Fellowship and a PPARC Advanced Fellowship. He is now a faculty member - Professor of Cosmology - at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in the University of Cambridge.

Since 1997 he has also been Director of COSMOS, the UK national cosmology supercomputer, which entails oversight of scientific activities and grants, as well as coordinating weekly management meetings. His research interests include numerical modelling of early universe cosmology (notably cosmic strings) and theories for large-scale structure formation and cosmic microwave sky fluctuations.

Robert Sluka

Dr Robert Sluka

Biography

Robert Sluka received his Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of Miami and has since led projects in the

Robert Sluka received his Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of Miami and has since led projects in the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean. He is currently a marine conservation consultant living in the UK. His research focuses on the application of ecological principles to the conservation and management of marine ecosystems, especially coral reefs. This includes fish habitat utilization, the effects of fishing on commercial fish species, cleaning symbiosis, design and monitoring of marine protected areas, and biodiversity studies. Additionally, he is exploring the interaction between marine conservation and theology as well as the impact of Christians in the fields of biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation.

Recent publications and presentations in the field of science and faith include:

  • Sluka,R.D., Kaonga, M., Weatherley, J., Anand,V., Bosu, D., Jackson, C. 2011. Christians, biodiversity conservation, and poverty alleviation: a potential synergy? Biodiversity 12(2):108-115. DOI: 10.1080/14888386.2011.599780.
  • Robert D. Sluka. Christians: opponents or partners in conserving marine biodiversity? World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, September 26-30, 2011 Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • Robert D Sluka and David S. Price. Biodiversity Conservation: A growing priority in Christian cultural landscapes. Biodiversity conservation beyond protected areas, September 21-22, 2011 Biodiversity Institute, University of Oxford, UK .
  • David S Price and Robert D Sluka. Cross-cultural Christian Workers in Ecological Restoration and Conservation? The Society for Ecological Restoration International (SER) World Conference on Ecological Restoration, August 21-25, 2011 Merida, Mexico.
  • Robert D. Sluka. Hope for the Ocean: Christian theological ethics and marine conservation biology. Society for the Study of Christian Ethics annual conference, September 3-5, 2010 Cambridge, UK.
  • Robert D. Sluka. A Christian perspective on marine conservation biology. International Institute for Christian Studies Annual conference, July 15-17, 2010 Kansas City, USA .
  • Robert D. Sluka. Marine Conservation Science: an opportunity for blessing. Point Loma Nazarene University, March 1, 2010 San Diego, USA.
  • Robert D. Sluka. hristians: moving from scapegoats to marine conservationists. International Marine Conservation Congress, May 20-24, 2009 Washington DC, USA.
  • Sluka, R.D. and P. Simonin. 2014. Marine Capture Fisheries – A call to action in response to limits, unintended consequences, and ethics. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 66:203-212.
  • Sluka, R. D. 2012. Hope for the Ocean: Marine Biodiversity, Poverty Alleviation and Blessing the Nations. Grove Books Limited, Cambridge. 28pp.

 Selected publications

  • Sluka, R.D., and M.W. Miller. 2001. Herbivorous fish assemblages and herbivory pressure in Laamu Atoll, Republic of Maldives. Coral Reefs 20:255-262.
  • Sluka, R.D., M. Chiappone, and K. M. Sullivan Sealey. 2001. Influence of habitat on grouper abundance in the Florida Keys, U.S.A. Journal of Fish Biology 58:682-700.
  • Sluka, R.D. and S. Lazarus. 2010. Grouper (Pisces: Serranidae) relative abundance and diversity on the west coast of India. Marine Biodiversity Records, 3 : e71 Cambridge University Press doi:10.1017/S1755267210000606.
  • Sluka, Robert. 2010. Chapter 15 Marine Species. Pages 53-71 In: Lester, A and Hodgetts, S Eds. Gower Wildlife Recording Weekend: A preliminary survey of St. Madoc’s Christian Youth Camp. A Rocha UK, Southall, United Kingdom.
  • Sindorf, V, B. Cowburn and R.D. Sluka. 2015. Rocky intertidal fish assemblage in the Watamu Marine National Park, Western Indian Ocean. Environmental Biology of Fishes 98: 1777-1785. DOI 10.1007/s10641-015-0397-1
  • Gordon, T.A.C., Cowburn, B, and R.D. Sluka. 2015. Defended territories of an aggressive damselfish contain lower juvenile coral density than adjacent non-defended areas on Kenyan lagoon patch reefs. Coral Reefs 34:13-16. DOI 10.1007/s00338-014-1229-z
  • Cowburn, B., R. Sluka, J. Smith, and M.O.S. Mohamed. 2013. Tourism, Reef Condition and Visitor Satisfaction in Watamu Marine National Park, Kenya. Western Indian Ocean Journal of Marine Science 12: 57-70.
  • Sluka, R.D. 2013. Coastal marine fish biodiversity along the west coast of India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 5: 3574–3579. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o3187.11 

Meric Srokosz

Prof Meric Srokosz

Biography

Meric Srokosz is professor of physical oceanography at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton (www.noc.ac.uk) and a former Associate Director

Meric Srokosz is professor of physical oceanography at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton (www.noc.ac.uk) and a former Associate Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion (2012-2015). He obtained a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Bristol University in 1980 on theoretical modelling of wave power devices. He subsequently worked at the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, studying breaking waves. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he spent some time with the British National Space Centre, working on remote sensing of the oceans. Since 1997 he has been based at NOC in Southampton and works on biological-physical interactions in the upper ocean (observations and modelling), remote sensing of the oceans, and waves. He has a particular interest in the Agulhas and Madagascar current system. In 2001 he became the Science Coordinator for the NERC Rapid Climate Change programme (www.rapid.ac.uk), which focuses on studying the role of the North Atlantic in possible future rapid changes in the climate. In 2005 he gained a B.A. in theology.

Meric Srokosz is a member and trustee of Christians in Science (CiS), and a member of the committee of the local CiS group based in Southampton.

Recent selected science publications

  • Guirey E., Bees M., Martin A.P. and Srokosz M.A. 2010 Persistence of cluster synchronisation under the influence of advection, Phys. Rev. E., 81, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.81.051902.
  • Pidcock R., Srokosz M., Allen J., Hartman M., Painter S., Mowlem M., Hydes D. and Martin A. 2010 A Novel Integration of an Ultra-Violet Nitrate Sensor On-Board A Towed Vehicle for Mapping Open Ocean Submesoscale Nitrate Variability, J. Atmos. Oceanic. Tech., 27, 1410-1416.
  • Pascal R.W., Yelland M.J., Srokosz M.A., Moat B.I., Waugh E.M., Comben D.H., Cansdale A.G., Hartman M.C., Coles D.G.H., Huseh P.C. and Leighton T.G. 2011 A spar buoy for high frequency measurements and detection of wave breaking in the open ocean, J. Atmos. Oceanic Tech., 28, 590-605.
  • Good P., Caesar J., Bernie D., Lowe J.A., van der Linden P., Gosling S.N., Warren R., Arnell N.W., Smith S., Bamber J., Payne T., Laxon S., Srokosz M., Sitch S., Gedney N., Harris G., Hewitt H., Jackson L., Jones C.D., O’Connor F., Ridley J., Vellinga M., Halloran P., McNeall D. 2011 A review of recent developments in climate change science. Part I: understanding of future change in the large-scale climate system, Prog. Physical Geog., 35, 281-296.
  • Harmon N., Henstock T., Srokosz M., Tilmann F., Rietbrock A. and Barton P. 2012 Infragravity wave source regions determined from ambient noise correlations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L04604, doi:10.1029/2011GL050414.
  • Srokosz M., Barringer M., Bryden H., Cunningham S., Delworth T., Lozier S., Marotzke J. & Sutton R. 2012 Past, present and future change in the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., 93, 1663-1676.
  • Srokosz M. & Quartly G. 2013 The Madagascar Bloom: a serendipitous study, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 14-25.
  • Tzortzi E., Josey S.A., Srokosz M. & Gommenginger C. 2013 Tropical Atlantic salinity variability: new insights from SMOS, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 2143-2147.
  • Robinson J., Popova E.E., Yool A., Srokosz M., Lampitt R.S. & Blundell J.R. 2014 How deep is deep enough? Ocean iron fertilisation and carbon sequestration in the Southern Ocean, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 2489-2495, doi: 0.1002/2013GL058799 .
  • Hill J., Popova E.E., Ham D.A., Piggott M.D. & Srokosz M.A. 2014 Adapting to life: ocean biogeochemical modelling and adaptive remeshing, Ocean Sci., 10, 323-343.

Science and religion publications

  • Srokosz M.A. 2008 'God's story and the Earth's story: grounding our concern for the environment in the biblical metanarrative' Science and Christian Belief, 20, 163-174.
  • Srokosz M.A. 2013 'Humility: a neglected scientific virtue?' Science and Christian Belief, 25, 101-112.
  • Srokosz M. 2014 Geo-engineering or planet hacking? Perspec. Sci. Christian Faith, 66, 213-220.

Multimedia resources

Oceans, Climate Change and Christianity: The Earth's Story and God's Story   MP3  
David Vosburg

Dr David Vosburg

Biography

Dr David Vosburg is Associate Professor of Chemistry at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California and a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar.

Dr David Vosburg is Associate Professor of Chemistry at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California and a Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar. He earned a BA in chemistry from Williams College and a PhD in organic chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute. Prior to Harvey Mudd he was a Jane Coffin Childs postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on synthetic organic chemistry, molecular self-assembly, green chemistry, chemistry education, and communicating the compatibility of science and Christianity.

David regularly partners with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the Faraday Institute, and the BioLogos Foundation. He is a member of the American Scientific Affiliation, Christians in Science, and the Emerging Scholars Network. He wrote a discussion guide for the science-faith film 'From the Dust: Conversations in Creation' (2012).

Richard Whaite

Mr Richard Whaite

Biography

Richard Patrick Whaite currently serves as Rector of the London Undergraduate Program of the University of Notre Dame. Prior to

Richard Patrick Whaite currently serves as Rector of the London Undergraduate Program of the University of Notre Dame. Prior to this he was tutor in theology at Trinity College, University of Oxford and a lecturer in the history of science and religion at University College London. After graduating in History and Philosophy of Science from UCL he moved to Oxford to study science and religion, and then to the University of Manchester to study theology and contemporary critical theory. The result was a project that examined concepts of incarnation in the history of Christian thought (Byzantine, Syriac and Latin) as they related to more recent trends in science studies and philosophy concerned with embodiment and materiality. Since then, via his institution associations, his research has comprised studies in the relationship of Christian non-conformity to science and scientific education in London between 1700 and 1850.

David Wilkinson

Revd Prof David Wilkinson

Biography

David Wilkinson is Principal of St John's College and part-time Lecturer in Theology and Science in the Department of Theology

David Wilkinson is Principal of St John's College and part-time Lecturer in Theology and Science in the Department of Theology at the University of Durham, England. His background is research in theoretical astrophysics, where he gained a PhD in the study of star formation, the chemical evolution of galaxies and terrestrial mass extinctions. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He also holds a PhD in Systematic Theology.

 

 

Recent science-religion publications:

Wilkinson, D. (2006) Cosmology in New Dictionary of Apologetics, ed. Campbell-Jack, C. and McGrath, G. IVP.

Wilkinson, D. (2006) Carl Sagan in New Dictionary of Apologetics, ed. Campbell-Jack, C. and McGrath, G. IVP.

Wilkinson, D. (2008)  Creation Accounts in the Old Testament:  The Gowland Lecture in Creation and the Abrahamic Faiths, ed. N. Spurway, Cambridge Scholar’s Press, Newcastle, pp. 1-12..

Wilkinson, D. (2008)  Natural theology in contemporary cosmology in The Edge of Reason?  Science and Religion in  Modern Society, ed. Alex Bentley, London, Continuum,  pp. 186-192

Barton, S. and Wilkinson, D. (eds.) (2009) Reading Genesis After Darwin, OUP.

Wilkinson, D. (2009)  Worshipping the Creator God:  The Christian Doctrine of Creation in Darwin, Creation and the Fall ed.  R.J. Berry and T.A. Noble, Leicester, IVP, p. 15-29.

Wilkinson, D. (2010) Christian Eschatology and the Physical Universe,  T&T Clark.

Wilkinson, D. (2013) Science, Religion and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life, OUP

Multimedia resources

Hawking, Dawkins and the MatrixHTML     
Hawking, Dawkins and the Matrix - DiscussionHTML     
The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Eschatology and the Future of the Universe   MP3Video (download) 
God and Cosmology   MP3  
Science, Religion and the Search for Extra-Terrestial Intelligence   MP3  
Science, Religion and the Search for Extra-Terrestial Intelligence   MP3  
Is the Universe Designed?      
Extra-terrestrial intelligence: scientific and theological issues      
Stephen Wren

Dr Stephen Wren

Biography

Dr Stephen Wren is an Associate Research Fellow in Chemistry at St Hilda's College, Oxford. He works at the Alzheimer's Research

Dr Stephen Wren is an Associate Research Fellow in Chemistry at St Hilda's College, Oxford.
He works at the Alzheimer's Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute and is a highly experienced in medicinal chemist. Stephen has worked on a diverse set of biological targets over many disease areas in several organisations and has an extensive track record in project and team management, intellectual property and drug discovery.
Stephen has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Cambridge (Corpus Christi College)