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Many speakers assist the work of the Institute with lectures, seminars and debates. This page provides an invaluable and ever-expanding list of speakers with their brief bio details and links to their talks in the Multimedia section.

Note that bio details are correct with reference to the time at which the talk was given, but no attempt is made to keep bio details up-dated.

Roger Abbott

Revd Dr Roger Abbott

Biography

Roger is research associate in natural disasters, currently working on the religious and cultural impacts of natural disasters upon

Roger is research associate in natural disasters, currently working on the religious and cultural impacts of natural disasters upon Christian communities, with special reference to vulnerability and resilience in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. He has also commenced a longitudinal study in the Philippines following the response to and recovery from typhoon Yolanda. He holds a PhD in the practical theology of disaster response in the UK, which he gained from the University of Wales, Trinity and St David, following over thirty years in church pastoral ministry. He runs a consultancy in pastoral care of trauma, and he teaches University of Chester validated MA and DMin modules in the pastoral response to trauma at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology, Bridgend. He is a member of the British and Irish Association of Practical Theology

Publications:
"Sit On Our Hands, or Stand On Our Feet?"
Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2013.

“Trauma, Compassion, and Community: Reconciling Opposites in the Interests of Post-traumatic Growth.” Practical Theology. 5.1 (2012): 31-46. doi: 10.1558/prth.v5i1.31

Abbott, Roger and Robert (Bob) White: “Haiti – An Unnatural Disaster: Ethics in Brief."
The Kirby Laing Institute For Christian Ethics. Volume 18 Number 3 (Spring 2013).

Multimedia resources

Are Natural Disasters Natural? Ethical, theological and pastoral issues   MP3  
Edward Adams

Dr Edward Adams

Biography

Dr Edward Adams is Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Kings College London, with a particular interest in the New

Dr Edward Adams is Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Kings College London, with a particular interest in the New Testament’s use of cosmological language. He is author of The Stars Will Fall from Heaven: ‘Cosmic Catastrophe’ in the New Testament and its World (T & T Clark, 2007). Other recent publications include ‘Retrieving the Earth from the Conflagration: 2 Peter 3:5-3 and the Environment’ in Ecological Hermeneutics: Biblical, Historical and Theological Perspectives, Horrell et al (eds), (T & T Clark, 2010); ‘The Cosmology of Hebrews’ in The Epistle to the Hebrews and Christian Theology, Bauckham et al (eds), (Eerdmans, 2009).

Andre Aleman

Prof. Andre Aleman

Biography

André Aleman (PhD) is Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry at the University Medical Center Groningen (Department of Neuroscience) and the University

André Aleman (PhD) is Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry at the University Medical Center Groningen (Department of Neuroscience) and the University of Groningen (Department of Psychology), the Netherlands.
He received his masters degree in Psychology (Neuropsychology and Psychophysiology) at Utrecht University in 1997, where he also obtained his PhD (cum laude), in 2001. His current research interests concern the neural underpinnings of cognitive and affective dysfunctions in psychosis and depression, in addition to changes in cognitive brain function during aging. In 2006 he received a European Young Investigator (EURYI) Award (1.2 M euro) from the European Science Foundation. In 2011 and 2012 he received large grants from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research and the European Research Council.


André is a member of the Young Academy of the K.N.A.W. (Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences) and member of the Netherlands Health Council (Gezondheidsraad). He serves as an Academic Editor for PLoS ONE. In total, he has authored more than 140 scientific papers in international journals, which have been cited over 5000 times. Together with Frank Larøi he wrote the book Hallucinations: the science of idiosyncratic perception (American Psychological Association, 2008). He also wrote two books for a general public, one on hallucinations and one on brain aging, the latter was recently published also in German and is being translated into English, French and Hungarian.

 

Multimedia resources

Hearing Voices, Brain and God    Video (download) 
Denis Alexander

Dr Denis Alexander

Biography

Denis Alexander is the Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science

Denis Alexander is the Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion,St Edmund's College, Cambridge, where he is a Fellow. Dr Alexander was previously Chairman of the Molecular Immunology Programme and Head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development at The Babraham Institute, Cambridge. Prior to that he was at the Imperial Cancer Research Laboratories in London (now Cancer Research UK), and spent 15 years developing university departments and laboratories overseas, latterly as Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Medical Faculty of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. There he helped to establish the National Unit of Human Genetics.

He was initially an Open Scholar at Oxford reading Biochemistry, before obtaining a PhD in Neurochemistry at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.

Dr Alexander writes, lectures and broadcasts widely in the field of science and religion. From 1992-2013 he was Editor of the journal Science & Christian Belief, and currently serves as a member of the executive committee of the International Society for Science and Religion. He gave the Gifford Lectures at St. Andrews University in 2012 and these are due to be published by CUP this month under the title 'Genes, Determinism and God'. 

Recent selected publications in science and religion

  • Alexander, D. R. (2001) 'Rebuilding the Matrix - Science and Faith in the 21st Century', Oxford: Lion Publishing, hb 512 pp. pb edn 2002. US hb edn 2003; French edn 2004; Turkish edn 2010; Chinese edn 2013.
  • Alexander, D.R. and White R.S. (2004) 'Beyond Belief - Science, Faith and Ethical Challenges' Oxford: Lion Publishing.
  • Alexander, D.R. (Ed + Chapter). (2005) 'Can We Know Anything? Science, Faith and Postmodernity', Leicester: Apollos.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2008) 'Science and religion – negotiating the 21st century rapids', in A. Bentley (ed) The Edge of Reason, London: Continuum.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2008, 2nd edn 2014) 'Creation or Evolution - Do We Have to Choose?', Oxford: Monarch.
  • Alexander, D.R.and Numbers, R.L. (eds) (2010) 'Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins' University of Chicago Press.
  • Alexander, D. R. (2011) 'The Language of Genetics – an Introduction'. Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press and London: Darton, Longman & Todd.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2012) 'A Critique of Intelligent Design' in Darwinism and Natural Theology: Evolving Perspectives (ed Andrew Robinson), Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Alexander D.R. (2012) 'Science and Religious Belief in the Modern World: Challenges and Opportunities' in Science and Religion: Christian and Muslim Perspectives (ed David Marshall), Georgetown University Press, pp 35-45.
  • Alexander D.R. (2012) ‘Creation and Evolution’ in  Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity (eds James Stump and Alan Padgett), pp 233-245.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2012) ‘The Spirit of God in Evolutionary History’ in The Spirit in Creation and New Creation [ed Michael Welker], Eerdmans, 2012. 
  • Alexander, D.R . (2012) ‘Creación o evolución:¿tenemos que elegir?’ in E. Chuvieco (ed) Ciencia y religión en el siglo XXI: recuperar el diálogo, FUNDACIÓN RAMÓN ARECES, S.A., Madrid, Spain, pp 215-238. 
  • Alexander, D.R. (2013) ‘L’age d’Adam: deux modeles pour le dialogue entre la Genese at la Science’, in Adam qui es-tu? (Lydia Jaeger, ed), Paris: Editions-Excelsis, pp. 111-128.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2013) ‘The Implications of Evolution for Religious Belief’ in K. Kampourakis (ed) Philosophical Issues in Public Education, Springer, pp 179-204.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2013) in Can Science Dispense With Religion? (ed. Mehdi Golshani), Amin Research and Cultural Center, Malaysia, pp. 21-39.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2014) ‘Order and emergence in biological evolution’, Faith & Thought, April, pp. 18-38.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2014) ‘The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion – the First Seven Years’, in The Science and Religion Dialogue [Michael Welker, ed], Peter Lang, pp73-86. 
  • Whiteway E. and Alexander, D.R. (2015) ‘Understanding the Causes of Same-Sex Attraction’, Science and Christian Belief, 27:17-40.  

Recent selected science publications

  • Ogilvy, S., Louis-Dit-Sully, C., Cassady, R.L., Alexander, D.R. and Holmes, N. (2003) J.Immunol. 171:1792-1800. 'Either of the CD45RB and CD45R0 isoforms are effective in restoring T cell, but not B cell, development and function in CD45-null mice'.
  • Turner S.D., Tooze R., Maclennan K, and Alexander D.R. (2003) Oncogene 22: 7750-61 'Vav-promoter regulated oncogenic fusion protein NPM-ALK in transgenic mice causes B-cell lymphomas with hyperactive Jun Kinase'.
  • Zhao, R., Yang, F.-T., and Alexander, D.R. (2004). Cancer Cell, 5: 37-49. 'An oncogenic tyrosine kinase inhibits DNA repair and DNA damage-induced Bcl-xL deamidation in T cell transformation'.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2004) Cell Cycle 3: 584-7 'Oncogenic tyrosine kinases, DNA repair and survival'.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2005) 'Biological validation of the CD45 tyrosine phosphatase as a pharmaceutical target” in L.A.Pinna and P.W.Cohen (eds) ‘Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology', Springer.
  • Turner, S.D. and Alexander, D.R. (2005) Leukaemia 7: 1128-1134. 'What have we learnt from mouse models of NPM-ALK induced lymphomagenesis?'
  • Elliott, J.I., Surprenant, A., Marelli-Berg, F.M., Cooper, J.C., Cassady-Cain, R.L., Wooding, C., Linton, K., Alexander, D.R. and Higgins, C.F. (2005). Nat. Cell. Biol. 7: 808-816. 'Membrane phosphatidylserine distribution as a non-apoptotic signaling mechanism in lymphocytes'.
  • Salmond, R.J., Huyer, G., Kotsoni, A., Clements, L. and Alexander, D.R. (2005) J. Immunol. 2005, 175: 6498-6508. 'The src Homology 2 Domain-Containing Tyrosine Phosphatase 2 Regulates Primary T-Dependent Immune Responses and Th Cell Differentiation'.
  • Turner S.D. and Alexander, D.R. (2006). Leukemia 20: 572-82. 'Fusion Tyrosine Kinase Mediated Signalling Pathways in the Transformation of Haematopoietic Cells'.
  • Zhao,, R., Oxley, D., Smith, T.S., Follows, G.A., Green, A.R. and Alexander, D.R. (2007) Plos Biology, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050001. 'DNA Damage-induced Bcl-xL Deamidation is Mediated by NHE-1 Antiport Regulated Intracellular pH'.
  • McNeill, L. Salmond, R.J. Cooper, J.C., Carret, C.K., Cassady-Cain, R.L., Roche-Molina, M., Tandon, P., Holmes, N. and Alexander, D.R. (2007) Immunity 27: 425-437. 'The differential regulation by CD45 of Lck kinase phosphorylation sites is critical for TCR signalling thresholds'.
  • Rider, D.A., Havenith, C.E.G., de Ridder, R., Schuurman, J., Favre, C., Cooper, J.C., Walker, S., Baadsgaard, O., Marschner, S., van de Winkel, J.G.J., Cambier, J., Parren, P.W.H.I. and Alexander, D.R. (2007) Cancer Res. 67: 9945-9953. 'A human CD4 monoclonal antibody for the treatment of T cell lymphoma combines inhibition of T cell signaling by a dual mechanism with potent Fc-dependent effector activity'.
  • Zhao, R., Follows, G.A., Beer, P.A., Scott, L.M., Huntly, B.J.P, Green, A.R. and Alexander, D.R. (2008). New England J. Medicine, 359: 2778-2789. 'Inhibition of the Bcl-xL deamidation pathway in myeloproliferative disorders'.

Multimedia resources

Genes, Determinism and God PDF MP3  
The Historical Background to the Science-Religion Debate   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Truth Telling in the Practice of Science   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Does Evolution have any Religious Significance?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Transcending Dawkins' God: Renewing the Interface between Science and Faith   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Is God a Virus?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
God and Biology Panel discussion.   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
God and Darwin   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Human Enhancement: How far should we go   MP3Video (download) 
Brain, Mind, Neurons and Free-Will - Panel Discussion chaired by   MP3  
Genetic and Cellular Complexity: A Critique of Intelligent Design   MP3  
Theological Issues arising from Evolution   MP3  
Creation or Evolution: Do we have to choose?   MP3  
Creation or Evolution: Do we have to choose?      
Evolution, Adam and Eve, The Fall and Suffering      
David Allard

Mr David Allard

Biography

Having graduated in 1992 in Astrophysics from the University of Leicester, Dave Allard is currently Head of Science at Rawlins

Having graduated in 1992 in Astrophysics from the University of Leicester, Dave Allard is currently Head of Science at Rawlins Community College in Quorn, Leicestershire. He has led a number of sessions on various aspects of Science and Religion in schools both to groups of teachers and to students. Dave was involved in the early pilot of Perspectives on Science, which has since been absorbed into the Extended Project, which he still delivers to post-16 students in after school sessions.

As well as the day job, Mr Allard is a team leader/moderator for the Extended Project and also delivers regular training around the country on the Level 3 Extended Project.

Multimedia resources

Perspectives on Science: History, philosophy and ethics of science in post-16 education   MP3Video (download) 
Ingrid Allen

Prof. Dame Ingrid Allen

Biography

Prof. Dame Ingrid Allen is Professor Emeritus of Neuropathology at Queen’s University, Belfast, and honorary consultant to the NHS Belfast

Prof. Dame Ingrid Allen is Professor Emeritus of Neuropathology at Queen’s University, Belfast, and honorary consultant to the NHS Belfast Trust. She works with the Molecular Virology Group at Queen's on Paramyxoviruses and also does research on Multiple Sclerosis. She has also been a Visiting Professor at University of Ulster. From 1997 to 2001 was the Director of Research and Development for Health and Personal Social Services Northern Ireland. She was also a previous member of the IRTU Board, Medical Research Council and HEFCE Joint Medical Advisory Committee.

She has served as the Chair of Medical Advisory Panel of the Parkinson’s Disease Society and is a member of the board of the Association of Medical Research Charities, London. She is also a member of the European Committee on MS Research of the MS Society. She was the first head of the Regional Neuropathology Service for Northern Ireland.

Professor Allen is an elder in McCracken Memorial Presbyterian Church and converner of the Outreach Committee there. She is a member of Christians in Science, the Society of Ordained Scientists and the Thomas Merton Society.

Multimedia resources

The Neuroscience Correlates of Religious Faith and Practice PDF    
Robert Asher

Dr Robert Asher

Biography

Robert J. Asher is a paleontologist specializing in mammals. Raised in western New York State, he is a former Curator

Robert J. Asher is a paleontologist specializing in mammals. Raised in western New York State, he is a former Curator of Mammals at the Berlin Natural History Museum and Frick Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History. Currently, he is the Curator of Vertebrates in the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge. Over the past two decades, his research in paleobiology has taken him to Argentina, Britain, Canada, Kenya, Madagascar, Mongolia, South Africa, Spain, the United States and Venezuela. His regularly publishes scientific articles in leading journals including PNAS, Science and Nature.

Dr. Asher is currently studying mammalian paleobiology, in particular the evolution and development of endemic African and South American mammals, and how extinct vertebrates fit alongside living ones on the Tree of Life.

Dr. Asher has recently become interested in the intersection of science and religion, and in 2012 published Evolution and Belief: Confessions of a Religious Paleontologist (Cambridge University Press). He has an ongoing blog on the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-j-asher) and has on occasion published reviews and essays on the subject in other venues such as The Times, Theology, and The Montreal Review.

Recent publications in science

  • Hautier L, Stansfield FJ, Allen WR, Asher RJ. 2012. Skeletal development in the African elephant and ossification timing in placental mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279(1736):2188-2195.
  • Ciancio MR, Castro MC, Galliari FC, Carlini AA, Asher RJ. 2012. Evolutionary Implications of Dental Eruption in Dasypus (Xenarthra). Journal of Mammalian Evolution 19:1-8.
  • Hautier LJ, Weisbecker V, Goswami A, Knight F, Kardjilov N, Asher RJ. 2011. Skeletal ossification and sequence heterochrony in xenarthran evolution. Evolution & Development 13(5):460–476.
  • Asher RJ, Lin KH, Kardjilov N, Hautier LJ. 2011. Variability and constraint in the mammalian vertebral column. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 24(5): 1080-1090.
  • Hautier LJ, Weisbecker V, Sánchez-Villagra MR, Goswami A, Asher RJ. 2010. Skeletal development in sloths and the evolution of mammalian vertebral patterning. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107(44):18903-18908.
  • Asher RJ, Helgen KM. 2010. Nomenclature and placental mammal phylogeny. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10:102.
  • Asher RJ, Maree S, Bronner G, Bennett NC, Bloomer P, Czechowski P, Meyer M, Hofreiter M. 2010. A phylogenetic estimate for golden moles (Mammalia, Afrotheria, Chrysochloridae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 10:69.
  • Asher RJ, Avery DM. 2010. New golden moles (Afrotheria, Chrysochloridae) from the Pliocene of South Africa. Paleontologica Electronica 13(1):3A.
  • Asher RJ, Bennett N, Lehmann T. 2009. The new framework for understanding placental mammal evolution. Bioessays 31(8): 853-864.
  • Benton MJ, Donoghue PCJ, Asher RJ. 2009. Calibrating and constraining molecular clocks. pp. 35-86 in Hedges SB and Kumar S. (Eds.) The Timetree of Life. Oxford University Press.

Recent publications in science and religion

Multimedia resources

Constructing Evolutionary History from Genetics and Palaeontology   MP3  

Dr Duncan Astle

Biography

Dr Astle a Programme Leader-Track scientist at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. He runs an intramurally

Dr Astle a Programme Leader-Track scientist at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. He runs an intramurally funded MRC programme exploring the neural mechanisms of attention in typically and atypically developing children, and is a Research Associate at St. John’s College. He was previously the Fulford Junior Research Fellow (Somerville College, University of Oxford), then a British Academy Research Fellow and held a faculty post at Royal Holloway (University of London) before moving to Cambridge.

Multimedia resources

Faith and the developing brain      
Jamie Aten

Dr Jamie Aten

Biography

Jamie D. Aten (Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Indiana State University) is the Founder and Co-Director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute

Jamie D. Aten (Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Indiana State University) is the Founder and Co-Director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute and Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL). Previously he served as the Assistant Director of the Katrina Research Center and as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Aten first became involved in disaster work after moving to South Mississippi just six days before Hurricane Katrina struck. Within a few weeks he became active in studying the relationship between religious/spiritual responses and mental health after the storm. Since that time, through various roles and capacities, he have been active in responses to a number of other disasters, including: Hurricanes Rita and Gustav; H1N1 pandemic; 2010 Mississippi Delta and 2011 Alabama Tuscaloosa Tornadoes; Civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, South Sudan, and Liberia; Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in Mississippi; and Japan Tsunami and Earthquake, and New Zealand and Haiti Earthquakes. Dr. Aten's research interests include the psychology of religion/spirituality and disasters, disaster spiritual and emotional care, and faith-based relief and development. He has received over $2 million in external funding to study disasters, trauma, and faith issues around the globe. He is also the co-editor or author of 8 books (in print or press) and over 100 scholarly publications. His most recent books include Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for Trauma (APA Books) and Disaster Ministry Handbook (IVP). For his work he has been recognized with the American Psychological Association’s Division 36 (Society for Religion and Spirituality) Margaret Gorman Early Career Award and Mutual of America Merit Finalist Award.

Multimedia resources

The psychology of religion/spirituality and disasters      

Prof. Robin Attfield

Biography

Professor Robin Attfield is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University, who specialises in environmental philosophy and ethics. Recent

Professor Robin Attfield is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Cardiff University, who specialises in environmental philosophy and ethics. Recent books include Creation, Evolution and Meaning (2006), Environmental Ethics: an Overview for the Twenty-First Century (2003 and 2014) and The Ethics of the Global Environment (1999).

Gennaro Auletta

Prof. Gennaro Auletta

Biography

Prof. Gennaro Auletta is Aggregate Professor in the Gregorian University, Researcher in the Cassino University, and Scienti c Director of

Prof. Gennaro Auletta is Aggregate Professor in the Gregorian University, Researcher in the Cassino University, and Scienti c Director of the STOQ Project. He is also visiting professor in the University of Notre Dame, associate of the Faraday Institute of the Cambridge University, and member of the Linnean Society of London. After taking his degree in philosophy at La Sapienza University in Rome he took his Ph.D and his Postdoc in Philosophy at the same university. He is married to Mathilde Anquetil and has two children: Leo and Margot.

His philosophical interests are logic, philosophy of nature (with special connections with quantum mechanics and biology), philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. In science, his main interests are in quantum mechanics (quantum information, foundations, interpretation). For the last ten years his research interests have addressed issues in the treatment of information by biological systems (from bacteria to human brain), in cognitive neurosciences.

Recent Selected Scientific Publications

  • Auletta, Gennaro (2000), Foundations and Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: In the Light of a Critical-Historical Analysis of the Problems and of a Synthesis of the Results, Singapore, World Scientific.
  • Auletta, Gennaro (2000), An Outline of an Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics, in Garola, C. and Rossi, A. (Eds.), The Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. Historical Analysis and Open Questions, Singapore, World Scienti c: 31-49.
  • Auletta, Gennaro (2002), Is Representation Characterized by Intrinsicity and Causality?, Intellectica 35: 83-113.
  • Auletta, Gennaro (2003), Some Lessons of Quantum Mechanics for Cognitive Science, Intellectica 36-37: 293-317.
  • Auletta, Gennaro (2003), Language, Sign, and Representation: An Answer to Stewart, Laurent, Reboul, and Palma, Intellectica 36-37: 401-417 (the whole debate pp. 381-417).
  • Auletta, Gennaro (2005), Quantum Information and Inferential Reasoning, Foundations of Physics 35:155-69.
  • Auletta, Gennaro (2005), Quantum Information as a General Paradigm, Foundations of Physics 35:787-815.
  • Auletta, Gennaro (2006), The Ontology Suggested by Quantum Mechanics, in Valore, Paolo (Ed.), Topics on General and Formal Ontology, Monza, Polimetrica International Scienti c Publisher: 161-79.
  • Auletta, Gennaro (2007), Information, Semiotics, and Symbolic Systems, Semiotica 166: 359-76.
  • Auletta, G., Ellis, G., and Jaeger, L. (2008), Top-Down Causation by Information Control: From a Philosophical Problem to a Scienti c Research Program, Journal of the Royal Society: Interface 5:1159-72.
  • Auletta, G., Fortunato, M., and Parisi, G. (2009), Quantum Mechanics: A Modern Perspective, Cambridge, University Press.
  • Auletta, G. (2010), A Paradigm Shift in Biology?, Information 1:28-59
  • Auletta, G. and Torcal, L. (2011), From Wave-Particle to Features-Event Complementarity, International Journal of Modern Physics.

Selected Science-Religion Publications

  • Auletta, Gennaro (Ed.) (2006), The Controversial Relations Between Science and Philosophy: A Critical Assessment, Vatican City, Libreria Editrice Vaticana.
  • Auletta, Gennaro (2007), Science, Philosophy, and Religion Today: Some Reflections, Theology and Science 5 (2007): 267-87.
  • Auletta, Gennaro (Ed.) (2008), The Controversial Relations Between Science and Philosophy: New Opportunities for a Fruitful Dialogue, Vatican City, Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

For a full list of publications, see www.gennaroauletta.net

Multimedia resources

Information, Biological Complexity and Emergence   MP3Video (download) 
Emmanuela Bakola

Dr Emmanuela Bakola

Biography

Dr Emmanuela Bakola is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at King’s College London, through which she is pursuing

Dr Emmanuela Bakola is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at King’s College London, through which she is pursuing a research project entitled ‘Aeschylean Tragedy and Early Environmental Discourse’. Her forthcoming works include 'Interiority, the 'deep earth' and the spatial symbolism of Darius' apparition in the Persians of Aechylus' (CCJ 2014) and 'Textile symbolism and the ‘wealth of the earth’: creation, production and destruction in the tapestry scene of Aeschylus’ Oresteia', in Spinning the Fates, Oxford 2015. 

A previous major research project, funded by the British Academy, led to the book Cratinus and the Art of Comedy (Oxford 2010) and the volume Greek Comedy and the Discourse of Genres (Cambridge 2013).

Ruth Bancewicz

Dr Ruth Bancewicz

Biography

Ruth is a Senior Research Associate at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, working on the positive interaction between

Ruth is a Senior Research Associate at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, working on the positive interaction between science and faith. After studying Genetics at Aberdeen University, she completed a PhD at Edinburgh University, based at the MRC Human Genetics Unit. During this time she also worked at the Edinburgh Science Festival, developing and delivering hands-on science activities. She spent two years as a part-time postdoctoral researcher at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, Edinburgh University, while also working as the Development Officer for Christians in Science - a post she held for three years, before moving full-time to the Faraday Institute to develop the Test of FAITH resources, the first of which were launched in 2009. Ruth is a trustee of Christians in Science.

Ruth's Blog: www.scienceandbelief.org

Test of FAITH: www.testoffaith.com

Recent Publications in Science and Religion

Science Publications

Multimedia resources

Science and worship      
Michael Banner

Revd Dr Michael Banner

Biography

The Revd Dr Michael Banner is Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge. From 2004-2006 he was Director of the UK Economic

The Revd Dr Michael Banner is Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge. From 2004-2006 he was Director of the UK Economic and Social Research Council's Genomics Research Forum and Professor of Public Policy and Ethics in the Life Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. He is very well known in science and public policy arenas and has been Chairman of the Home Office Animal Procedures Committee since 1998.

Dr Banner read Philosophy and Theology at Balliol College, Oxford (MA 1985, DPhil 1986). Earlier appointmnets have included Bampton Research Fellow, St Peter's College, Oxford; Dean, Chaplain, Fellow and Director of Studies in Philosophy and Theology, Peterhouse, Cambridge; and FD Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology, King's College, London. He has been chairman of HM Government Committee of Enquiry on the Ethics of Emerging Technologies in Breeding Farm Animals and the CJD Incidents Panel, Department of Health. He has also been a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission and (still) the Human Tissue Authority.

Recent selected publications

  • The Justification of Science and The Rationality of Religious Belief (Oxford University Press, 1992)
  • The Practice of Abortion: A Critique (Darton, Longman and Todd, 1999)
  • Christian Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems (Cambridge University Press, 1999)
  • The Doctrine of God and Theological Ethics, ed. Michael Banner and Alan Torrance (Continuum, 2006)

Roger Barker

Dr Roger Barker

Biography

Dr Roger A. Barker is a University Reader in Clinical Neuroscience and Honorary Consultant in Neurology at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Dr Roger A. Barker is a University Reader in Clinical Neuroscience and Honorary Consultant in Neurology at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital. He trained at the University of Oxford and the University of London and has held his current position since 2000, having completed an Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist Fellowship just prior to this.

His main interests are in the neurodegenerative disorders of the nervous system in particular Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease. He combines basic research looking at cell therapies to treat these conditions with clinically based work on defining the natural history and heterogeneity of both Huntington’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. He is a member of Parkinson's Disease Research Advisory Panel, the Medical Research Council Stem cell Liaison Committee and is co-editor in chief of the journals ACNR and the Journal of Neurology.

Multimedia resources

Ethical and Theological Considerations in the use of Stem Cells in Brain Repair   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Justin Barrett

Prof Justin Barrett

Biography

Justin L. Barrett is Thrive Professor of Developmental Science and director of the Thrive Center for human development in Fuller

Justin L. Barrett is Thrive Professor of Developmental Science and director of the Thrive Center for human development in Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Psychology. An experimental psychologist (Ph.D., Cornell University), Barrett taught for five years in Oxford University’s School of Anthropology, and is best known for his research on religion.

While at Oxford Professor Barrett helped establish and became the Director of the Centre for Anthropology and Mind, and the Institute for Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology. Early in his academic career, Professor Barrett served as an assistant professor of psychology at Calvin College and was a research investigator and visiting professor at the Institute of Social Research and the Culture and Cognition Program at the University of Michigan.

Professor Barrett is regarded as one of the founders of the Cognitive Science of Religion field. He has authored more than 60 chapters and articles concerning cognitive, developmental, and evolutionary approaches to the study of religion. His interdisciplinary interests are evident in that he has scholarly journal publications in anthropology, philosophy, religious studies, psychology and even literary studies in interdisciplinary journals. His authored books are Why Would Anyone Believe in God? (2004), Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology: From Human Minds to Divine Minds (2011), and Born Believers: The Science of Childhood Religion (2012). He has also edited a four-volume collection Psychology of Religion (2010).

Multimedia resources

Born Believers: The Naturalness of Childhood Theism   MP3Video (download) 
The Evolution of Religious Brains   MP3Video (download) 
The Nature of Childhood Theism   MP3Video (download) 
Psychology and religious belief   MP3  
Are People Born to Believe?   MP3  
Are People Born to believe?      
Are people born to believe? (After dinner discussion) PDF    
John Barrow

Prof. John Barrow

Biography

John D. Barrow FRS is Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University and Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project, a

John D. Barrow FRS is Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University and Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project, a programme to improve the teaching, learning and appreciation of mathematics and it applications. He is also the current Gresham Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London. His research interests are in cosmology, gravitation physics and the interface between particle physics and astronomy.

He has received many awards, including the 2006 Templeton Prize, the Royal Society's 2008 Faraday Prize and the 2009 Kelvin Medal of the Institute of Physics. He has written more than 450 scientific papers, and 20 books, translated into 28 languages, together with many popular science articles. The most recent of these are Cosmic Imagery and 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know and the next title, The Book of Universes, will appear in early 2011. His play, Infinities, won the Italian Premi Ubu for best play in the Italian theatre in 2002, and the 2003 Italgas Prize.

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Lemaitre's Legacy   MP3  

Prof. David Bartholomew

Biography

David Bartholomew is Professor of Statistics (Emeritus) of the London School of Economics. He originally studied at University College

David Bartholomew is Professor of Statistics (Emeritus) of the London School of Economics. He originally studied at University College London, then worked as a scientist for the National Coal Board before becoming a lecturer in statistics at the University of Keele in 1957. He became a Senior Lecturer at Aberystwyth in 1960, then Professor of Statistics at the University of Kent in 1967. He moved to the London School of Economics in 1973. He was president of the Royal Statistical Society 1993 - 1995, and chairman of the Science and Religion Forum 1997 - 2000.

Multimedia resources

Victor Stenger's Scientific Critique of Christian Belief   MP3Video (download) 
Richard Bauckham

Prof. Richard Bauckham

Biography

Richard Bauckham, M.A., Ph.D., F.B.A., F.R.S.E., was until recently Professor of New Testament Studies and Bishop Wardlaw Professor in the

Richard Bauckham, M.A., Ph.D., F.B.A., F.R.S.E., was until recently Professor of New Testament Studies and Bishop Wardlaw Professor in the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He was born in London in 1946, and studied at the University of Cambridge, where he read history at Clare College (1966-72) and was a Fellow of St John's College (1972-75). He taught theology for one year at the University of Leeds, and for fifteen years at the University of Manchester (1977-1992), where he was Lecturer, then Reader in the History of Christian Thought, before moving to St Andrews in 1992. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He retired from his chair at St. Andrew's in 2007 order to concentrate on research and writing.

His current research interests include Jesus and the Gospels, New Testament Christology, and the relevance of the Bible to ecological issues. He gave the Sarum lectures for 2006, now published as 'The Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation'.

Recent publications

  • God Crucified: Monotheism and Christology in the New Testament (Eerdmans, 1998).
  • (with Trevor Hart) Hope against Hope: Christian Eschatology at the Turn of the Millennium (Darton, Longman & Todd, 1999).
  • James: Wisdom of James, Disciple of Jesus the Sage (Routledge,1999).
  • God and the Crisis of Freedom: Biblical and Contemporary Perspectives (Westminster/John Knox Press, US, 2002).
  • Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels (Eerdmans, 2002)
  • Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World (Paternoster, 2003).
  • Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony (Eerdmans, 2006).
  • The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple: Narrative, History, and Theology in the Gospel of John (Baker Academic, 2007).
  • Jesus and the God of Israel (2008).
  • The Bible and Ecology: Rediscovering the Community of Creation (Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd. 2010)

Multimedia resources

Jesus, God and Nature in the Gospels   MP3Video (download) 
Ecological Hope in Crisis?   MP3  
Richard Bell

Prof. Richard Bell

Biography

Professor Richard Bell has doctorates in theoretical Physics (University College London) and Theology (Tübingen) and has been teaching at the

Professor Richard Bell has doctorates in theoretical Physics (University College London) and Theology (Tübingen) and has been teaching at the University of Nottingham since 1990. The main focus of his research is the New Testament, especially the theology of Paul. He has written four books for the series ‘Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament’ (Mohr Siebeck): Provoked to Jealousy, 1994; No one seeks for God, 1998; The Irrevocable Call of God, 2005; Deliver us from Evil, 2007. Currently he is working on a ‘theology of mind’ where he brings his various interests (e.g. New Testament, Quantum Theory, myth) and is writing a book on the theology of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal.  

Multimedia resources

Mind and Matter: The World as 'Representation' in Quantum Theory   MP3Video (download) 
R.J. Berry

Prof. R.J. Berry

Biography

R.J. (Sam) Berry is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College, London. He is a former President of the Linnean

R.J. (Sam) Berry is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College, London. He is a former President of the Linnean Society, the British Ecological Society, the European Ecological Federation, the Mammal Society, and Christians in Science. Prof. Berry was also a member of the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (1990-1996) and of the Natural Environment Research Council (1981-1987), and was previously Editor of the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (1978-1990), a member of the General Synod of the Church of England(1970-1990) and a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion. Prof. Berry received the UK Templeton Award in 1996 for "Long and distinguished advocacy of the Christian faith among scientists" and received the Marsh Award for Ecology in 2001.

Recent Publications in Science and Religion

  • Divine action: expected and unexpected. Zygon, 37: 717-27, 2002.
  • God’s Book of Works. The Nature and Theology of Nature. London: T&T Clark,2003
  • God & Darwin: the two books of nature. The Linnean, 20: 8-14, 2004.
  • Did Homo sapiens become Homo divinus? In Listening to Creation Groaning: 172-86. Vischer, L. (ed). Geneva: John Knox Center, Publication no.16, 2004
  • Environmental Stewardship: Critical Perspectives – Past and Present. London: T&T Clark, 2006.

Recent Scientific Publications

  • Orkney Nature. London: Poyser, 2000.
  • A historical perspective on phenotype. In Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, volume 4: 537-47. Levin, S.A. (ed). San Diego: Academic Press, 2001.
  • Environmental decision making in a technological age: prudence, wisdom and justice. Ethics in Science and Politics: 30-36, 2002.
  • Island differentiation muddied by island biogeographers. Environmental Archaeology, 9: 117-121, 2004.
  • The house mouse: a model and motor for evolutionary understanding. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 84: 335-47, 2005 (with Scriven, P.N.)

Multimedia resources

Evolution and Theology: Are They Connected?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
God - Incompetent, Impotent, Interfering or What?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Berry Billingsley

Dr Berry Billingsley

Biography

Dr Billingsley is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Education, University of Reading where she lectures in Science Education. She

Dr Billingsley is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Education, University of Reading where she lectures in Science Education. She is also the principal investigator for the LASAR (Learning about Science and Religion Project). The LASAR Project is a collaborative project for the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion involving researchers from the University of Reading’s Institute of Education (Dr Berry Billingsley, Helen Newdick) and the University of Cambridge's Faculty of Education (Dr Keith S Taber). Our Associate researcher is Fran Riga. The project consists of a research project looking at pupils' and teachers' thinking about science and religion in secondary schools and also a project to develop online resources for schools. The project is funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Details about recent findings can be found at www.lasarproject.com.

Dr Billingsley's longstanding interest in the teaching and learning of science and religion was first consolidated through her PhD research looking at Australian undergraduates' approaches to the apparent contradictions between science and religion.  As an Oxford University Physics graduate, Dr Billingsley's career began with the BBC where she produced and presented television and radio programmes including BBC World Service's 'Science in Action', BBC TV's 'Tomorrow’s World' and BBC Education's 'Search out Science'.  She then travelled to Melbourne, Australia, to become a senior project manager with the Department of Education. In this role she produced television and online resources including the ATOM award winning website, goamazing.com, to support science teaching in schools.

John Bimson

Dr John Bimson

Biography

    Dr John Bimson is Tutor in Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol.   John studied at Sheffield University where he did

 

 

Dr John Bimson is Tutor in Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol.

 

John studied at Sheffield University where he did his degree and postgraduate research at the Department of Biblical Studies in the 1970s. His doctoral research was on the historicity and setting of the Exodus and Conquest. He spent two years at Tyndale House in Cambridge doing research on the patriarchal narratives. He joined the faculty at Trinity in 1981.

 

His special interests include the historical and archaeological background to the Old Testament as a tool for understanding it, and he has taken part in excavations in Israel. He is also interested in environmental issues and in developing a biblical perspective on creation care. In recent years he has become a regular speaker on such topics. Read his short note on Job 38-39 on the Operation Noah website: http://www.operationnoah.org/notes-on-job.

 

He is committed to demonstrating the continuing importance and relevance of the Old Testament.


He is married to Maya and they have two sons. His hobbies include birdwatching, writing and walking

 

Publications (selected)

 

‘Reconsidering a Cosmic Fall', Science and Christian Belief 18/1, 2006, 63-81.
(When) Did it Happen? New Contexts for Old Testament History
(Cambridge: Grove, 2003).  See box below.
'Joseph: an Egyptian vizier?', 'The Israelite Exodus; myth or reality?', and 'Who was 'King Shishak of Egypt'?', in B. Manley (ed), The Seventy Great Mysteries of Ancient Egypt (London: Thames & Hudson, 2003).  See box below.
'Who is "this" in "Who is this" (Job 38.2)? A Response to Karl G. Wilcox', Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 87, 2000, 125-128.
'Iron Age Palestine: The Need for Chronological Revision', Journal of the Ancient Chronology Forum, 8, 1999, 57-65.

'Bringing the Past to Life', 'Nomadic Life' and 'Settled Life', in D.Alexander and P. Alexander (eds), The Lion Handbook to the Bible, 3rd edn. (Oxford: Lion, 1999).
Introduction to A. Edersheim, The Temple: Its Ministry and Services as they were at the Time of Jesus Christ, illustrated edition (Aylesbury: Angus Hudson, 1997), 7-21.

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Bible Places (Consulting Editor and Contributor) (Leicester: IVP, 1995).

'I-II Kings', in D. A. Carson, R. T. France, J. A. Motyer and G. J. Wenham (eds), New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition (Leicester: IVP, 1994), 334-387.

'Shishak and Shoshenq: a case of mistaken identity?', Journal of the Ancient Chronology Forum, 6, 1992, 19-32.
'Merenptah's Israel and Recent Theories of Israelite Origins', Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 49, 1991, 3-29.

'The Philistines: their origins and chronology reassessed', Journal of the Ancient Chronology Forum, 4, 1990, 58-76.

Travel Diary of the Holy Land (Tring: Lion, 1989).

'The Origins of Israel in Canaan: an examination of recent theories', Themelios, vol. 15, no. 1, 1989, 4-15.

The World of the Old Testament (London: Scripture Union, 1988).

'Exodus and Conquest - Myth or Reality? Can Archaeology Provide the Answer?', Journal of the Ancient Chronology Forum 2, 1988, 27-40.

'Redating the Exodus' (with D. Livingston), Biblical Archaeology Review, vol. XIII, no. 5, 1987, 40-53, 66-68.

New Bible Atlas (contributing editor with J. P. Kane) (Leicester: IVP, 1985).
Redating the Exodus and Conquest (Sheffield: JSOT, 1978; 2nd edition Sheffield: Almond Press, 1981).

'Archaeological data and the dating of the patriarchs', in A. R. Millard and D. J. Wiseman (eds), Essays on the Patriarchal Narratives (Leicester: IVP, 1980), 59-92.

Multimedia resources

Interpreting the Creation Narratives in Genesis 1-3   MP3  
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).

Jan Boersema

Prof. Jan Boersema

Biography

Prof. Jan J. Boersema (1947) received his academic training as a biologist, majoring ethology, at the University of Groningen and

Prof. Jan J. Boersema (1947) received his academic training as a biologist, majoring ethology, at the University of Groningen and lectured on biology and environmental sciences at the same University. He graduated in theology with a thesis titled: The Torah and the Stoics on Mankind and Nature (English edition published with Brill, Leiden, 2001). In 1994 he became Reader in Environmental Science and Philosophy at Leiden University and at the same time Secretary General of the Council for the Environment at the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment. At this ministry he became a cofounder and member of Forum a think-tank operating from 1999 - 2002. In 2002 he was appointed as special professor, and in 2005 as full professor, at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where he is based in two institutes: Blaise Pascal Institute (Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Science, Society and Religion) and IVM (Institute for Environmental Studies) His inaugural lecture entitled Hoe Groen is het Goede Leven (How Green is the Good Life) in which he developed a new theory on the ecological history of Easter Island was held in October 2002. His current research is focused on the relation between sustainability, nature, culture, worldviews and religion, with the working title “How Green is Progress? His publications cover a wide range of subjects in the environmental field. In 2003 he became Editor in Chief of Environmental Sciences.

In 2009 - 2010 he was a visiting fellow at St Edmund's College.  During that time he was interviewed by Radio Cambridgeshire - his interview is available here.

Recent Publications

  • Jan J. Boersema (2001) The Torah and the Stoics on Humankind and Nature. A Contribution to the Debate on Sustainability and Quality. E.J. Brill, Leiden
  • J.J. Boersema (2002) Why is Francis of Assisi the patron saint of ecologists? Science & Christian Belief, 14/1, 51-78
  • Hoogland, C. T., de Boer, J., & Boersema, J. J. (2004). Meat's animal origin; reminding consumers and bridging the value - behaviour gap. In: J. De Tavernier & S. Aerts (Eds.), Science, ethics & society. 5th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics (pp. 279-282). Leuven, Be: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centre for Agricultural Bio- and Environmental Ethics.
  • Jan Boersema, Andrew Blowers & Adrian Martin (2007) Biofuels and perverse subsidies: fuelling the wrong solutions? Environmental Sciences 4 (4): 195-198.
  • Andrew Blowers, Jan Boersema & Adrian Martin (2008) Why environmental policy needs a local perspective. Environmental Sciences 5 (3): 145-151
  • Jan J. Boersema (2008) How Green is Progress? The Need for Science and Religion in Sustaining Biodiversity. Chapter 10 in: W.B. Drees, H. Meisinger and T.A. Smedes(eds.) Creation’s Diversity: Voices from Theology and Science. T&T Clark, Edinburgh, 133-155.
  • Jan Boersema, Andrew Blowers & Adrian Martin (2008) The Religion-Environment Connection Environmental Sciences 5 (4): 217-221.
  • Jan J. Boersema & Lucas Reijnders (Eds.) (2009) Principles of Environmental Sciences. Springer, Dordrecht/Boston MA. (ISBN 978-1-4020-9157-5).

Multimedia resources

Sustainable Development - Is Religion Relevant?   MP3Video (download) 
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  
John Bosco Lourdusamy

Dr John Bosco Lourdusamy

Biography

John Bosco Lourdusamy is currently a member of faculty of the Department of Humanities and Social Science, Indian Institute of

John Bosco Lourdusamy is currently a member of faculty of the Department of Humanities and Social Science, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India. Dr.Lourdusamy had obtained his doctorate from the University of Oxford for his thesis on “Science and National Consciousness: A Study of the Response to Modern Science in Colonial Bengal, 1870-1930”.

While at Oxford, Lourdusamy had also been a Queen Elizabeth Visiting Scholar to the Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Dr.Lourdusamy has authored three books : Science and National Consciousness in Bengal, 1870-1930, (2004) and Religion and Modern Science in Colonial Bengal, 1870-1940, (2007) and Gandhian Knowledge Economy (2010).

His currents areas of interest and research fall broadly under the rubric of Science, Technology and Society. He has particular interest in the area of ICT and Development.

Multimedia resources

Science and Religion in Colonial India - A Historical Perspective   MP3Video (download) 

Dr Elizabeth Boyle

Biography

Elizabeth Boyle is a Research Fellow at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, and from October 2012 she will be visiting the

Elizabeth Boyle is a Research Fellow at St Edmund's College, Cambridge, and from October 2012 she will be visiting the Department of Early and Medieval Irish, University College Cork, as a Marie Curie Fellow in the Historical Humanities. She previously held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in the University of Cambridge. Her teaching and research centre on the history of Britain and Ireland: she is currently working on various aspects of medieval Irish intellectual culture, particularly philosophical, theological and eschatological texts. She has published in numerous journals, including Anglo-Saxon England, Medium AEvum and Journal of Medieval Latin, and has a monograph in preparation, entitled The Body and the Blood: Eucharistic Doctrine in Medieval Ireland, to be published by the Society for the Study of Medieval Languages and Literature (Oxford).

Multimedia resources

Intersections between Religion and Science in Early Medieval Ireland   MP3  
Andrew Briggs

Prof. Andrew Briggs

Biography

Andrew Briggs studied for a degree in Physics at Oxford, followed by a PhD at Cambridge in the 1970s. He

Andrew Briggs studied for a degree in Physics at Oxford, followed by a PhD at Cambridge in the 1970s. He then did a degree in Theology and went back to Oxford where he is now Professor of Nanomaterials and Director of the Quantum Information Processing Interdisciplinary Research Centre.

Multimedia resources

Nanotechnology - Grey goo or Great God?HTMLPDFPowerpointMP3  
Nanotechnology - Grey goo or Great God? DiscussionHTMLPDF MP3  
And Information Has Become Physical   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
The Penultimate Curiosity   MP3  
John Hedley Brooke

Prof. John Hedley Brooke

Biography

John Hedley Brooke held the Andreas Idreos Professorship of Science and Religion

John Hedley Brooke held the Andreas Idreos Professorship of Science and Religion and Directorship of the Ian Ramsey Centre at the University of Oxford from 1999 to 2006. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

A former Editor of the British Journal for the History of Science, he has been President of the British Society for the History of Science and of the Historical Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1995, jointly with Professor Geoffrey Cantor, he gave the Gifford Lectures at the University of Glasgow.

He served as Director of the European Science Foundation’s Network on ‘Science and Human Values’ and was a founder member of the Oxford Centre for the Science of the Mind (2005-2007). He is currently President of the UK Forum for Science and Religion and is a former President, and Honorary Fellow, of the International Society for Science and Religion. After retiring in 2007 he became an emeritus fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford and a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Durham. He is currently Visiting Professor in the School of Philosophy, Religious Studies and the History of Science, University of Leeds.

Selected Publications in Science and Religion

  • Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 1991), (Winner of the Watson Davis Prize of the History of Science Society and recently republished by CUP in its Canto Classics series, 2014)
  • Thinking About Matter: Studies in the History of Chemical Philosophy (Ashgate, 1995)
  • Reconstructing Nature: the Engagement of Science and Religion (T & T Clark, 1998; Oxford University Press, 2000) with Geoffrey Cantor.
  • Science in Theistic Contexts: Cognitive Dimensions (Published as Osiris vol.16 by University of Chicago Press, 2001) Co-edited with Margaret Osler and Jitse Van der Meer.
  • Heterodoxy in Early Modern Science and Religion, co-edited with Ian Maclean (Oxford University Press, 2005)
  • Religious Values and the Rise of Science in Europe, co-edited with Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu (IRCICA Istanbul, 2005)
  • Science and Religion around the World, co-edited with Ronald L. Numbers (Oxford University Press 2011)

 

Multimedia resources

Darwinism and Religion: A Revisionist View of the Wilberforce-Huxley Debate.HTML     
Darwinism and Religion: A Revisionist View of the Wilberforce-Huxley Debate - DiscussionHTML     
Historical Interactions Between Science and Religion - Part 1   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Historical Interactions Between Science and Religion - Part 2   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Should the word 'Nature' be eliminated? A Historical Survey   MP3Video (download) 
The Reception of Darwinism   MP3Video (download) 
Science vs Religion? The Origins of the Conflict Thesis   MP3  
The Historical Roots of Modern Science   MP3  
Historical Perspectives in Science and Religion      
Michael Brooks

Mr Michael Brooks

Biography

Michael Brooks is a journalist and author. He holds a PhD in Quantum Physics and is a consultant at New

Michael Brooks is a journalist and author. He holds a PhD in Quantum Physics and is a consultant at New Scientist, a weekly magazine with over three quarters of a million readers worldwide. He is currently co-writing a major TV series for Discovery Channel that will explore the known universe through the eyes and imagination of Professor Stephen Hawking.

Until August 2006, Brooks was a senior features editor at New Scientist, co-ordinating, writing or editing many of the magazine’s major feature projects. His writing has also appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the Observer, and the Times Higher Educational Supplement.

Michael Brooks author of the novel, Entanglement, a thriller about quantum physics, published by Random House Australia in 2007. He is also the author of 13 Things That Don't Make Sense', published by Profile Books in the UK and Doubleday Books in the US and Canada in 2008.

He co-scripted and appeared in a 2003 Channel 4/TLC documentary on time travel (“The World’s First Time Machine”), has been a speaker and debate chair at the Brighton Science Festival, and has lectured at Cambridge University on issues of science, religion and journalism.

Science and Religion Publications:

Brooks, M, (2006) 'In place of God: Can secular science ever oust religious belief-and should it even try?', New Scientist, 20 Nov 2006.

Multimedia resources

Science and Religion in Science Journalism   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Warren Brown

Prof. Warren Brown

Biography

Warren Brown is Professor of Psychology at the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he is Director

Warren Brown is Professor of Psychology at the Graduate School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he is Director of the Lee Travis Research Institute. He is also a member of the UCLA Brain Research Institute. Prof. Brown received his doctorate in Experimental Physiological Psychology from the University of Southern California (1971). Prior to Fuller, he spent eleven years as a research scientist at the UCLA Brain Research Institute. He writes and lectures extensively, has edited 2 multi-author books and published a number of papers on the relationship between neuroscience and religion.

Prof. Brown is actively involved in experimental neuropsychological research related to functions of the corpus callosum of the brain and its relationship to higher cognitive processes in humans. In particular, he has been studying callosal agenesis and its implications. He has also written and lectured widely on the implications of neuroscience for a Christian view of human nature. He has been particularly interested in resolving the theological issues created if one abandons body-soul dualism.

Recent Publications in Science and Religion

  • Brown, W.S. (+ 2 chapters), Murphy, N. and Malony, H.N., Eds. (1998) Whatever Happened of the Soul? Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature, Fortress Press, 1998.
  • Brown, W.S. (1999) ‘A Neurocognitive Perspective on Free Will’, Bulletin of the Center for Theology and Natural Science, 19.1, 22-29.
  • Brown, W.S. and Jeeves, M.S. (1999) ‘Portraits of human nature: Reconciling neuroscience and Christian anthropology’, Science and Christian Belief, 11, 139-150.
  • Brown, W.S., ed. (+ chapter), Understanding Wisdom: Sources, Science, and Society, Templeton Press (2000).
  • Brown, W.S. (2002) ‘Nonreductive physicalism and soul: Finding resonance between theology and neuroscience’, American Behavioral Scientist 45: 1812-1821.
  • Brown, W.S. (2003) ‘Evolution, Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Soul’, in Keith B. Miller, ed., Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans), pp. 502-523.
  • Brown, W.S. (2004) ‘Neurobiological embodiment of spirituality and soul’, in Malcolm A. Jeeves, ed., From Cells to Souls:Changing Portraits of Human Nature, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 58-76.
  • Brown, W.S. (2005) ‘Seven Pillars of the House of Wisdom’, in R. Sternberg and J. Jordan. A Handbook of Wisdom: Psychological Perspectives, New York: Cambridge University Press, 353-368.
  • Brown, W.S. (2007) ‘The Emergence of Efficacious Mental Function’, in Nancey Murphy and William Stoeger, Reductionism and Emergence: Implications for the Science/Theology Dialogue.
  • Murphy, N. and Brown, W.S. (2007) Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? :Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will, Oxford, U.K., Oxford University Press.

Recent scientific publications

  • Brown, WS, Jeeves, MA, Dietrich, R., and Burnison, DS. (1999) ‘Bilateral field advantage and evoked potential interhemispheric transmission in commissurotomy and callosal agenesis’, Neuropsychologia, 37, 1154-1180.
  • Brown W.S. and Paul L.K., (2000) ‘Psychosocial deficits in agenesis of the corpus callosum with normal intelligence’, Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. 5, 135-157.
  • Brown, W.S. and Banich, M.T. [Special Issue Guest Editors] (2000) ‘Development of the Corpus Callosum and Interhemispheric Interactions’, Developmental Neuropsychology, 18.
  • Brown, W.S., Thrasher, E.D., and Paul, L.K. (2001) ‘Interhemispheric Stroop effect in partial and complete agenesis of the corpus callosum’, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. 7, 302-311.
  • Brown, W.S. (2003) ‘Clinical neuropsychological assessment of callosal dysfunction: Multiple sclerosis and dyslexia’, in E. Zaidel, and M. Iacoboni (Eds.). The Parallel Brain: The Cognitive Neuroscience of the Corpus Callosum, Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Paul, L.K., Van Lancker, D., Schieffer, B. and Brown, W.S. (2003) ‘Communicative deficits in individuals with agenesis of the corpus callosum: Nonliteral language and affective prosody’, Brain and Language 85, 313-324.
  • Marion, S.D., Killian, S.C., Naramor, T., and Brown, W.S. (2003) ‘Normal Development of Bimanual Coordination: Visuomotor and Interhemispheric Aspects’, Developmental Neuropsychology 23, 399-421.
  • Paul, L.K., Schieffer, B., and Brown, W.S. (2004) ‘Social Processing Deficits in Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum: Narratives from the Thematic Apperception Test’, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 19, 215-225.
  • Brown, W.S., Paul, L.K., Symington, M., and Dietrich, R. (2005) ‘Comprehension of Humor in Primary Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum’, Neuropsychologia 43:906-916.
  • Brown, W.S., Symington, M., VanLancker, D., Dietrich, R. and Paul, L.K. (2005) ‘Paralinguistic processing in children with Callosal Agenesis: Emergence of neurolinguistic deficits’, Brain and Language, 93, 135-139.

Multimedia resources

Reconciling Neuropsychology and Theology   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? The Brain, Mind and Non-reductive Physicalism   MP3Video (download) 
The Neuroscience of Virtue   MP3Video (download) 
Adrian Brown

Adrian Brown

Biography

Adrian Brown is currently Assistant Head of Sixth Form at the Ecclesbourne School, Derbyshire, where he teaches mainly Religious Studies.  His

Adrian Brown is currently Assistant Head of Sixth Form at the Ecclesbourne School, Derbyshire, where he teaches mainly Religious Studies.  His school won the Farmington Award for Religious Studies in 1997 and the first Templeton Award for Science and Religion in schools in 2001.  He previously taught as a science teacher in Reading.

His publications include jointly authored books, Skills Challenge 1992, Skills Challenge II 1995, God Talk, Science Talk 1997, articles in many educational anthologies, numerous book reviews and articles in journals ranging such as the Journal of Education and Christian Belief, RE Today, to Science and Christian Belief and The Swedish Journal of Religion.  He was a major contributor to Test of Faith: Science and Religion Meet: Resources for Schools 2010. Most recently Grove Books published his Reassessing the Culture of Assessment: Weighing Pigs Does Not Make Them Heavier 2011.

Adrian has been a member of the National Executives of the Professional Council for RE and a founder committee member of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion.  He was a consultant to the QCA and the Stapleford House Project and has been a Trustee of the latter since 2010.

He regularly speaks at national and international conferences. These have included those run by PCfRE, EFTRE in Edinburgh and Copenhagen, and ESSSAT in Barcelona and Iasi.  He has conducted INSET for PGCE students and Dip RE students at Nottingham University.   Adrian was a Farmington Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford in the Summer Term 1996 researching the tension between postmodernism and scientism.

Over the years 2002 to 2006 he has worked on the Science and Religion in Schools Project as part of the Advisory Group, Editor and author of some of the original materials including work on Miracles and Worldviews. In 2009 he wrote the additional online resources on Intelligent Design and on Boethius.

John Bryant

Prof. John Bryant

Biography

John Bryant obtained a first-class degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Plant Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge.

John Bryant obtained a first-class degree in Natural Sciences and a PhD in Plant Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. After a doing post-doctoral research at the University of East Anglia, he held academic positions at Nottingham and Cardiff before being appointed as Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology and Head of Biosciences at the University of Exeter. John is a Past-President of the Society for Experimental Biology, a former Chair of Christians in Science and is currently Professor Emeritus of Biosciences at Exeter. He was a Visiting Research Associate at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA from 1992-1997 and Visiting Professor of Molecular Biology at West Virginia State University, USA from 1999-2007. He is an elected member of the International Society for Science and Religion. In his research he has focussed on DNA, genes and gene expression and especially on the control of DNA replication. Since 1995 he has also worked on the development of teaching Bioethics to Bioscience students, initially at Exeter but since 2002 also across the UK (as an adviser to the Higher Education Academy) and overseas (Ireland, Belgium and the USA). His recent books include Bioethics for Scientists and Introduction to Bioethics (both with Linda la Velle and John Searle), Life in Our Hands (with John Searle), The Eukaryotic Cell Cycle (with Dennis Francis), Functional Biology of Plants (with Martin Hodson; this was selected in the USA as Outstanding Academic Title, 2012), Plant Nuclear Structure (with David Evans and Katja Graumann) and Beyond Human?. He is well-known as a speaker, writer and broadcaster on science, bioethics and science & religion; he has twice been short-listed for a national award in science communication. He has recently been honoured by the Society for Experimental Biology for his work on plant DNA replication and cell division.

Outside of work, John loves sport. He is a cross-country and road runner (formerly at county level) and played evening league cricket for many seasons. He is a devoted fan of Crystal Palace FC. John is also a keen birdwatcher and loves wild places – mountains, moors, marshes, deserts. He is an active member of Exeter Network Church.

Recent selected publications on science and religion

  • J.A. Bryant and P. Turnpenny, Genetics and genetic modification of humans: principles, practice and possibilities. In Brave New World, ed C. Deane-Drummond, T & T Clark, Edinburgh (2003), pp 5-26.
  • J.A. Bryant and J.F. Searle Life in Our Hands, Inter-Varsity Press, Leicester, (2004).
  • Bryant, J.A. and Gudgin. M.G. (2006). Attitudes to stem-cell research amongst conservative evangelical Christian students and students of no religious faith. In preparation.

Selected recent science publications

  • J.A. Bryant, L.M. Baggott la Velle and J.F. Searle,(2002) eds Bioethics for Scientists, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester.
  • D.C. Brice, J.A. Bryant, G. Dambrauskas, S.C. Drury and J.A. Littlechild (2004) ‘Cloning and expression of cytosolic phospho-glycerate kinase from pea (Pisum sativum L). Journal of Experimental Botany, 55, 955-956.
  • Anderson L.E., Bryant J.A., Carol A.A. (2004) Both chloroplastic and cytosolic phosphoglycerate kinase isozymes are present in the pea leaf nucleus. Protoplasma 223, 103-110.
  • Evans, D.E., Hutchison, C.J. and Bryant, J.A. (2004) (eds) The Nuclear Envelope, Bios, Oxford.
  • Evans, D.E., Bryant, J.A and Hutchison, C.J. (2004) The nuclear envelope: a comparative overview. In the Nuclear Envelope, Evans, D.E., Hutchison, C.J. and Bryant, J.A. (eds), Bios, Oxford, pp1-8.
  • Christopher J R Willmott, Andrew N Bond, John A Bryant, Stephen J Maw,Heather J Sears; Jackie M Wilson (2004) Teaching Ethics to Bioscience Students - a Survey of Undergraduate Provision BEE-j Volume 3: May 2004 http://bio.ltsn.ac.uk/journal/vol3/beej-3-9.htm.
  • J. Bryant (2004) Birds, Bees and Superweeds. Biological Sciences Review 17, 24-27.
  • John Bryant Crop plant genetic modification. Bioethics Briefings No 2. Centre for Bioscience, Higher Education Academy (2004).
  • Chris Willmott and John Bryant Engaging with the ethical implications of science. Proceedings of the Science Learning and Teaching Conference, 85-89 (2005).
  • John Bryant, Linda Baggott la Velle and John Searle Introduction to Bioethics, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, (2005).
  • Bryant, J.A. and Morgan, C.L. (2007) Attitudes to Teaching Ethics to Bioscience Students: an Interview-based Study Comparing British and American University Teachers. Bioscience Education EJournal.

Multimedia resources

Science and Religion: An Overview   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Creationism and Intelligent Design   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Genes - Makeup, Manipulation and Movement   MP3Video (download) 
The Ethics of Stem Cell Research and Cloning   MP3Video (download) 
Genetic Engineering in Health and Disease   MP3Video (download) 
Stem Cells in Research and in the Clinic   MP3Video (download) 
Science and Religion - An Overview   MP3Video (download) 
Current Ethical Challenges in the Biosciences   MP3Video (download) 
Genes and Embryos   MP3Video (download) 
The Science-Religion Dialogue in the 21st Century - a Biologist's Perspective   MP3Video (download) 
Genetic Engineering: How far should we go?   MP3Video (download) 
Creation or Evolution?   MP3  
Genetic Engineering: How far should we go? (updated)   MP3  
Darwin: Evolution, Genes and God   MP3  
Michael Burdett

Dr Michael Burdett

Biography

Michael Burdett is Research Fellow in Religion, Science and Technology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, is a Member of the Faculty

Michael Burdett is Research Fellow in Religion, Science and Technology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, is a Member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of St Andrews. Before becoming an academic, Michael worked in the aerospace and robotics industries for several years working with a firm that had contracts with NASA and JPL. He holds degrees in engineering, physics, and theology and has been given academic and professional awards in each field. His academic interests lie at the intersection of science and technology, theology and philosophy. He has published and presented internationally on continental philosophy, transhumanism, the technological society and Christian theology. He is a Commissioning and Review Editor for The Marginalia Review in the area of Science, Technology, and Religion and is author of the books Technology and the Rise of Transhumanism: Beyond Genetic Engineering (Grove Books, 2014) and Eschatology and the Technological Future (Routledge, 2015) which was awarded “must read book” by the ISSR in 2015. He recently secured a major grant by The John Templeton Foundation entitled “Co-creating Ourselves?: Deification and Creaturehood in an Age of Biotechnological Enhancement” that will fund a closed symposium in summer 2017, a research monograph, and a special issue of a theological journal.

Multimedia resources

Human Enhancement: ethical and theological issues      
Human Enhancement: Ethical and Theological Issues      
Can we say 'you' to artifacts: personhood and creation in a technological world      
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 Bussey

Dr Peter Bussey

Biography

Dr Peter Bussey has recently retired as Reader in Physics at the University of Glasgow. He was educated at Cambridge

Dr Peter Bussey has recently retired as Reader in Physics at the University of Glasgow. He was educated at Cambridge University (MA, PhD, ScD) and held a post at Sheffield University before moving to Glasgow in 1971.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Dr Bussey is working with the following international particle physics collaborations:

• ZEUS Experiment at DESY, Hamburg where he leads the Glasgow group, in collaboration with UK groups from Bristol, Oxford, and University College, London.

• CDF Experiment at Fermilab, Chicago, USA in collaboration with UK groups from Liverpool, Oxford and University College, London.

• ATLAS Experiment at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, with thirteen other UK groups in a collaboration that includes the Universities of Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.

In all three cases the collaborations include many other institutions worldwide.

The Glasgow group in ZEUS has concentrated on studies of hard scattering processes, high energy photoproduction, and properties of final states in Deep Inelastic Scattering Processes. Since 1995, Dr Bussey has led a programme of study into 'prompt' photons in photoproduction, in which a photon emerges at high energy, radiated off a quark which takes part in the basic scattering process.

The Glasgow group in CDF took part in a programme of research into mesons containing the b quark, produced in high energy proton-antiproton collisions. The group also took part in a search for the Higgs boson.

Dr Bussey has been working with an ATLAS team with the aim of introducing new detector systems to measure the protons after their collisions.

Recent selected publications in science and religion

• `God as First Cause – a Review of the Kalam Argument', Science and Christian Belief 25 (2013) 17-35.
• `Mystery and Ignorance', Science and Christian Belief 23 (2011) 3-21.
• `The Myth of Physicalism', Guest Editorial, Science and Christian Belief 21 (2009) 98-100.
• `Explanations in Science and Beyond', Science and Christian Belief  20 (2008) 175-194, 201-204.
• ‘Physical Infinities: A Substitute for God’, Science and Christian Belief 18 (2006) 133-150.
• ‘Beyond Materialism: from the Medieval Scholars to Quantum Physics’, Science and Christian Belief 16 (2004) 157-178.
• ‘Modern Astronomy and our Perception of the Universe’, Science and Christian Belief 12 (2000)  3-15.
• ‘Eastern Religions and Modern Physics – A Further Examination’, Science and Christian Belief 11 (1999) 113-127.
• ‘Indeterminacy, Time and the Future’, Science and Christian Belief 9 (1997)  79-84.
 

Multimedia resources

Physical Infinities - A Substitute for God   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Does quantum mechanics have any relevance for religious belief?   MP3Video (download) 
God and Astrophysics   MP3  

Dr Jeremy Butterfield

Biography

Dr Jeremy Butterfield FBA is a Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy of Physics at Trinity College, Cambridge whise research focuses on

Dr Jeremy Butterfield FBA is a Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy of Physics at Trinity College, Cambridge whise research focuses on the philosophical aspects of quantum and classical mechanics and of relativity theory.

Multimedia resources

Physics and Philosophy   MP3  

Prof. Nigel Cameron

Biography

Nigel Cameron, President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET), an independent think tank in Washington, DC, is

Nigel Cameron, President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET), an independent think tank in Washington, DC, is also Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society at the University of Ottawa. He was previously a Research Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), and Director of the IIT Center on Nanotechnology and Society.
 
Professor Cameron has written extensively on the impacts of technology on ethics and policy, in both religious and secular contexts, including the essay on Christianity in Bioethics for the 5-volume Encyclopedia of Bioethics, The New Medicine, and Nanoscale. His next book addresses the impact of robotics on the future of employment.

Multimedia resources

Social Implications and the Future of Work      
Geoffrey Cantor

Prof. Geoffrey Cantor

Biography

Geoffrey Cantor is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Leeds. With a background in physics he

Geoffrey Cantor is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Leeds. With a background in physics he moved first into the history of physics, with a focus on optics. His interest in the issues of science and religion first gelled in his research on Michael Faraday and Faraday's involvement with the Sandemanian church. His research in this area has subsequently developed in several directions including the 1995-96 Gifford Lectures at Glasgow (with John Brooke) which explored the uses of history in our understanding science-religion interrelations. He has also researched the attitudes towards science of small religious communities - specifically the Quakers and Anglo-Jewish communities - in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain. His other main research focus is the SciPer project, which examines the role of science in the general periodical press of the nineteenth century.

Main publications in the area of Science and Religion are:

  • Optics after Newton. Theories of Light in Britain and Ireland, 1704-1840 (1983).
  • Michael Faraday: Scientist and Sandemanian. A Study of Science and Religion in the Nineteenth Century (1991).
  • Co-authored with John Hedley Brooke: Reconstructing Nature: The Engagement of Science and Religion. The 1995-6 Gifford Lectures at Glasgow (1998).
  • Quakers, Jews, and Science: Religious Responses to Modernity and the Sciences in Britain, 1650-1900 (2005).

Multimedia resources

The Bible, the Creation and the Inner Light: Tensions within Quaker Science   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Bernard Carr

Prof. Bernard Carr

Biography

Bernard Carr read mathematics as an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge. For his PhD he studied the first second of

Bernard Carr read mathematics as an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge. For his PhD he studied the first second of the Universe, working under Stephen Hawking. He was elected to a Fellowship at Trinity in 1975 and in 1980 became a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge. In 1985 he moved to Queen Mary College, University of London, where he is now Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy. He has also held Visiting Professorships at various institutes in America, Canada and Japan. His professional area of research is cosmology and relativity - with particular interest in such topics as the early universe, black holes, dark matter and the anthropic principle. He has recently edited a book entitled Universe or Multiverse?, based on articles presented at three conferences sponsored by the Templeton Foundation. He also has a long-standing interest in the interface between science and religion, having recemtly contributed an article on cosmology and religion in "The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science".

Selected publications

  • Carr, B.J. & Rees, M.J. (1979) “The Anthropic Principle and the Structure of the Physical World”, Nature 278, 605-612.
  • Carr, B.J. (1982) "On the Origin, Evolution and Purpose of the Physical Universe",1982, Irish Astron. J.,15, 237-252.
  • Carr, B.J. (1991) "Anthropic Principles as Constraints on Cosmological Models", J. Brit. Interplan. Soc., 44, 63-70.
  • Carr, B.J. (2000) “The Anthropic Principle”, in Encyclopaedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics, P. Murdin et al., IOP Publishing & Macmillan.
  • Carr, B.J. (2004) “Mind and the Cosmos”, in Science, Consciousness and Ultimate Reality, ed. D.Lorimer, p 33-64, Imprint Academic Press.
  • Carr, B.J. (2007) "Universe or Multiverse?", Cambridge University Press.
  • Carr, B.J. (2008) “Cosmology and Religion”, in Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science, ed. P. Clayton and Z. Simpson, pp 139-155, Oxford University Press.
  • Carr, B.J. and Ellis, G.F.R. (2008) "Universe or Multiverse?", Astron. Geophys. 49, 29-33.

Multimedia resources

Lemaitre's Prescience: The beginning and end of the cosmos   MP3Video (download) 
William Carroll

Dr William Carroll

Biography

Dr William E Carroll is the Thomas Aquinas Fellow in Theology and Science at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, and a member

Dr William E Carroll is the Thomas Aquinas Fellow in Theology and Science at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, and a member of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Oxford.  He is a European intellectual historian and historian of science whose research and teaching concern: 1) the reception of Aristotelian science in mediaeval Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, and the development of the doctrine of creation, and 2) the encounter between Galileo and the Inquisition.  He has also written extensively on the ways in which mediaeval discussions of the relationship among the natural sciences, philosophy, and theology can be useful in contemporary questions arising from developments in biology and cosmology.

He has given plenary lectures at the Jubilee Session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (2000) and at the Vatican Observatory's Institute on Astrophysics (2002).  In May 2007 he spoke at a symposium on the philosophy of cosmology held at the Royal Society in London.  During the commemorations of the Darwin Year (2010), he was a plenary speaker at conferences in Rome and at the University of Notre Dame.  In October 2010 he spoke at a conference on creation jointly organized in Moscow by the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church.

Recent selected publications

  • Creation and Science (London, 2011).
  • Galileo: Science and Faith (London, 2009).
  • La Creación y las Ciencias Naturales: Actualidad de Santo Tomás de Aquino (Santiago, 2003).
  • Aquinas on Creation, co-author with Steven E, Baldner  (Toronto, 1997). 
  • "Stephen Hawking's Creation Confusion," Public Discourse  (8 September 2010): http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2010/09/1571
  • "Creation and the Foundations of Evolution," Angelicum 87 (2010), 45-60.
  • "Thomas Aquinas on Science, Sacra Doctrina, and Creation," in Nature and Scripture in the Abrahamic Religions: Up  to 1700, vol. 1 (of 2), edited by Jitse M van der Meer and Scott Mandelbrote (Leiden: Brill, 2008), 219-248.
  • "Divine Agency, Contemporary Physics, and the Autonomy of Nature," The Heythrop Journal 49:4 (July 2008), 582-602.
  • "Creation and Science in the Middle Ages," New Blackfriars 88 (November, 2007), 678-689.
  • "At the Mercy of Chance?  Evolution and the Catholic Tradition," Revue des Questions Scientifiques 177:2 (2006), 179-204.
  • "Galileo and Biblical Exegesis," in Largo campo di filosofare: Eurosymposium Galileo 2001, edited by José Montesinos and Carlos Solís (Orotava, España: Fundación Canaria Orotava de Historia de la Ciencia, 2001), 677-691.
  • "Creation, Evolution, and Thomas Aquinas," Revue des Questions Scientifiques 171 (4), 2000, 319-347.
  • "Big Bang Cosmology, Quantum Tunneling from Nothing, and Creation,"  Laval théologique et philosophique, 44, 1 (1988) 59-75.

Multimedia resources

Aquinas and Contemporary Cosmology: Creation and Beginnings   MP3Video (download) 
Creation and Contemporary Science: The Legacy of Thomas Aquinas   MP3  

Dr Paul Chambers

Biography

Dr Chambers graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences, followed by a doctorate in ecology from Oxford

Dr Chambers graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Natural Sciences, followed by a doctorate in ecology from Oxford University. After a period of post-doctoral research and teaching, he joined the UK Government's environment department in 1997. He has worked on a number of energy and environmental policies including transboundary air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions trading and most recently, energy efficiency.

Multimedia resources

Governing for Sustainability   MP3Video (download) 
Hasok Chang

Prof. Hasok Chang

Biography

Hasok Chang is Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Previously he taught

Hasok Chang is Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Previously he taught for 15 years at University College London, after receiving his PhD in Philosophy at Stanford University following an undergraduate degree at the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of Is Water H2O? Evidence, Realism and Pluralism (Springer, 2012), winner of the 2013 Fernando Gil International Prize, and Inventing Temperature: Measurement and Scientific Progress (Oxford University Press, 2004), joint winner of the 2006 Lakatos Award. He is also co-editor (with Catherine Jackson) of An Element of Controversy: The Life of Chlorine in Science, Medicine, Technology and War (British Society for the History of Science, 2007), a collection of original work by undergraduate students at University College London. He is a co-founder of the Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP), and the International Committee for Integrated History and Philosophy of Science. He has recently been the President of the British Society for this History of Science.

Multimedia resources

How Science Learns about Unobservable Entities      
Allan Chapman

Dr Allan Chapman

Biography

Allan Chapman was born in 1946 in Manchester and has always maintained close connections with the North West. He graduated

Allan Chapman was born in 1946 in Manchester and has always maintained close connections with the North West. He graduated from the University of Lancaster, and then did postgraduate work at Wadham College, Oxford. He is an historian by training, and his particular research interests are in scientific biography and astronomy. He teaches the history of science in the Faculty of Modern History, Oxford. In addition to published research, he lectures extensively in the history of science in England and abroad, and in January 1994 he gave the Royal Society's triennial Wilkins Lecture in the History of Science, on Edmond Halley. During 2003-2004 he was Visiting Professor in the History of Science at Gresham College, London.

 

Recent Selected Publications

  • Chapman, Allan, and Kent, Paul (eds) Robert Hooke and the English Renaissance (Gracewing, 2005)
  • Chapman, Allan, England's Leonardo: Robert Hooke and the Seventeenth-century Scientific Revolution Institute of Physics Publishing, 2004)
  • Chapman, Allan, Great Scientists(DVD, WagTV, 2004)
  • Chapman, Allan, Mary Somerville: And the World of Science (Canopus Publishing Limited, 2004)
  • Moore, Sir Patrick, and Chapman, Allan, Patrick Moore's Millennium Yearbook: The View from AD 1001 (Springer Verlag, 2000)
  • Chapman, Allan, Dividing the Circle: Development of Critical Angular Measurement in Astronomy, 1500-1850 (Wiley-Praxis Series in Astronomy & Astrophysics, 1995)

Multimedia resources

Why do scientific writers sometimes react irrationally when faced with religion? An historical survey from the Reformation to Reductionism   MP3Video (download) 
Historical Perspectives on Christianity and Mental Illness   MP3Video (download) 
Mediaeval Cosmology and the Church   MP3Video (download) 
Science, Secularism and Enlightenment: The historical origins of a modern mythology   MP3Video (download) 
The Historical Roots of Scientific Reductionism   MP3  
Does the History of Science and Religion change depending on the Narrator? A Theist's View   MP3  

Dr Subrata Chattopadhyay

Multimedia resources

An Eastern Perspective on Science, Religion and Evil   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
David Chester

Dr David Chester

Biography

David Chester, Reader in Geography in the University of Liverpool, is a graduate of Durham and Aberdeen Universities, a Chartered

David Chester, Reader in Geography in the University of Liverpool, is a graduate of Durham and Aberdeen Universities, a Chartered Geologist and a non-stipendiary priest in the Church of England. For more than three decades he has been engaged in research on various aspects of geophysical hazards, and recently has focused his research on strategies of hazard reduction and human responses to catastrophes. 

Multimedia resources

Natural Disasters and Christian Theology PDF MP3Video (download) 
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) 
Philip Clayton

Prof. Philip Clayton

Biography

Prof. Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor, Claremont School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Claremont Graduate University. He

Prof. Philip Clayton is Ingraham Professor, Claremont School of Theology and Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Claremont Graduate University. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the University of Cambridge. Prof. Clayton publishes and lectures extensively in the field of science and religion, and a selection of his recent publications are given below. Prof. Clayton gave the annual Boyle Lecture at St. Mary-le-Bow Church in London on 22 Feb. 2006.

Books

  • The New Romanticism: How Science, Spirituality and Metaphysics Avoided a Fight to the Death, work in progress.
  • The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2006.
  • Practicing Science, Living Faith: Twelve Scientists in the Quest for Reconciliation (co-edited with Jim Schaal). New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2005.
  • The Re-emergence of Emergence (co-edited with Paul Davies). Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2005.
  • Das Gottesproblem, vol. 2: Moderne Lösungsversuche, under contract with Ferdinand Schöningh Verlag. (English title: From Hegel to Whitehead: Systematic Responses to the Modern Problem of God).
  • Mind and Emergence: From Quantum to Consciousness. Oxford: Oxford University Press, November 2004.
  • Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective (co-edited with Jeffrey Schloss). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.
  • Science and Beyond: Cosmology, Consciousness and Technology in the Indic Traditions (co-edited with Roddam Narasimha, B. V. Sreekantan, and Sangeetha Menon). Bangalore, India: NIAS Publications, 2004.
  • In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being: Panentheistic Reflections on God’s Presence in a Scientific World (co-edited with Arthur Peacocke ). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.
  • Quantum Mechanics, vol. 5 of Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action (coedited with Robert J. Russell John Polkinghorne et al.). Vatican City: Vatican Observatory, and Berkeley: Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, 2002.
  • Science and the Spiritual Quest: New Essays by Leading Scientists (co-edited with Mark Richardson et al.). London and New York: Routledge, 2002.
  • The Problem of God in Modern Thought. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.
  • God and Contemporary Science. Edinburgh University Press and Eerdmans, 1997.

Papers

  • “Transcending Boundaries: Natural Science, Social Science, and Theology,” in Kevin Vanhoozer and Martin Warner, eds., Transcending Boundaries in Philosophy and Theology: Reason, Meaning and Experience (Ashgate, 2006).
  • “The State of the International Religion-Science Discussion Today,” in Fraser Watts, ed., The Dialogue Between Science and Religion: An International Approach (Philadelphia: Templeton Press, 2006).
  • “Explanation in Science and Religion,” in Melville Y. Stewart and Xiang Taotao, eds., Philosophy of Religion, English and Chinese editions (Beijing: Peking Univ. Press, forthcoming 2006).
  • “Conceptual Foundations of Emergence Theory” and “Emergence from Quantum Physics to Religion: A Critical Appraisal,” both in Philip Clayton and Paul Davies, eds., The Re-emergence of Emergence (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005).
  • “The Religion-Science Discussion at Forty Years: ‘Reports of My Death Are Premature’,” Zygon 40/1 (March 2005): 23-32.
  • “Systematizing Agency: Toward a Panentheistic-Participatory Theory of Agency,” in Christine Helmer, ed., Schleiermacher and Whitehead: Open Systems in Dialogue (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2004).
  • “Biology and Purpose: Altruism, Morality and Human Nature in Evolutionary Perspective,” in Philip Clayton and Jeffrey Schloss, eds., Evolutionary Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.)
  • “Wildman’s Kantian Skepticism: A Rubicon for Divine Action,” Theology and Science 2 (October, 2004).
  • “Natural Law and Divine Action: The Search for an Expanded Theory of Causation,” Zygon 39/3 (September 2004): 613-34.
  • “Perceiving God in the Lawfulness of Nature: Scientific and Religious Reflections,” in Zainal Abindin, ed., Science and Religion in a Post-Colonial Age (Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2004).
  • “Transforming ‘the Beyond’ from Enemy to Ally: Methodological Suggestions for the Dialogue between Science and the Spiritual Quest,” and “Concluding Comments” in Roddam Narasimha et al., Science and Beyond: Cosmology, Consciousness and Technology in the Indic Traditions (Bangalore, India: NIAS Publications, 2004).
  • “Introduction to Whitehead,” in Timothy Eastman and Hank Keeton, eds., Physics and Whitehead (Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2004).
  • “Emerging God: Theology for a Complex Universe,” The Christian Century 121/1 (January 13, 2004): 26-30.
  • “Theology and the Physical Sciences,” in David Ford, ed., The Modern Theologians, 3rd ed. (London: Blackwell, 2004).
  • “Barbour’s Panentheistic Metaphysic,” in Robert J. Russell, ed., Fifty Years in Science and Religion: Ian G. Barbour and His Legacy (Ashgate, 2005).
  • “The State of the International Religion-Science Discussion Today,” Islam and Science (2004).
  • “On Science and Religion,” in Medhi Golshani, ed., Can Science Dispense with Religion? 3rd ed. (Tehran, Iran: Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies, 2004), pp. 79-85.
  • “Panentheism in Metaphysical and Scientific Perspective” and “Panentheism Today: A Constructive Systematic Evaluation,” in Clayton and Peacocke, eds., In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being: Panentheistic Reflections on God’s Presence in a Scientific World (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004).
  • “Emergence: Us from It,” in Science and Ultimate Reality: Quantum Theory, Cosmology and Complexity, edited by John Barrow, Paul Davies, and Charles Harper, Jr. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), pp. 577-606.
  • “Science, Meaning, and Metaphysics: A Tribute to Wolfhart Pannenberg,” Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 28 (December 2003): 237-40.
  • “Emergence, Supervenience, and Personal Knowledge” and “Response to My Critics,” feature article in Tradition and Discovery (2003).
  • “Postmodernism and the God-World Relation,” in Kevin Vanhoozer, ed., Theology and Postmodernism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003).
  • “Neuroscience, the Human Person and God: An Emergentist Account,” in Ted Peters and Gaymon Bennett, eds., Bridging Science and Religion (London: SCM-Canterbury Press, 2003).
  • “Theism,” “Deism,” “Monotheism,”and “Emergence,” Encyclopedia of Science and Religion (New York: Macmillan, 2003).
  • “Can Liberals Still Believe that God (Literally) Does Anything?” CTNS Bulletin (2003).
  • “The Impossible Possibility: Divine Causes in the World of Nature,” in Ted Peters, Muzaffar Iqbal, and Syed Nomanul Haq, eds., God, Life, and the Cosmos: Christian and Islamic Perspectives (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002).
  • “On God and Physics: The Contemporary Dialogue Between Religion and Science in the West,” in Zhou Jianzhang, Kelly James Clark, and Melville Stewart, eds. A Dialogue Between Science and Religion (Xiamen, China: Xiamen University Press, 2002).

Multimedia resources

Concepts of Emergence in Science and Religion   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Explanation in Science and Religion   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Emergence   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Paula Clifford

Dr Paula Clifford

Biography

Dr Paula Clifford currently leads Christian Aid's strategy on climate change and is head of Church Communications for the organisation.

Dr Paula Clifford currently leads Christian Aid's strategy on climate change and is head of Church Communications for the organisation. She previously taught medieval French and modern linguistics, first at the University of Reading, and subsequently at Magdalen and Somerville Colleges, Oxford.

Her work with Christian Aid has involved extensive travel in the developing world, particularly in Africa, but also in Asia, the Caribbean and South America, focussing on care for those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and strategies for preventing the disease’s further spread.

Her particular interests within the climate change strategy are concerned with how climate change affects people in the developing world, and the theological justification for Christian involvement. She was a keynote speaker at the Oxford Operation Noah conference on climate change in February 2006.

Selected Publications

  • CLIFFORD, P. (2001) Women Doing Excellently. Canterbury Press.
  • CLIFFORD, P. (1997) A Brief History of End-Time. Lion.

Recent science-religion publications

  • CLIFFORD, P. (2004) Theology and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Christian Aid.

Multimedia resources

The Environment and Poverty   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Sarah Coakley

Prof. Sarah Coakley

Biography

Prof. Sarah Coakley is the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, and a Fellow of Murray-Edwards College, at the University of Cambridge.

Prof. Sarah Coakley is the Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, and a Fellow of Murray-Edwards College, at the University of Cambridge. She originally studied at Cambridge and Harvard, before taking a lectureship in Religious Studies at the University of Lancaster (1976-1991). She later became a university lecturer in Theology at Oxford, as well as a Tutorial Fellow of Oriel College (1991 - 1993). In 1993 she was made a tenured Professor of Christian Theology at Harvard Divinity School, and was promoted in 1995 to the Mallinckrodt Professorship (also at Harvard). She was appointed to her current chair at Cambridge  in 2007.

A philosophical and systematic theologian, Sarah Coakley became increasingly involved in interdisciplinary work whist at Harvard, and conducted collaborative research projects in medicine and religion (with Prof Arthur Kleinman), and in theology and evolutionary theory (with Prof Martin A. Nowak).  The work with Nowak garnered a $2 million 3-year research grant from the Templeton Foundation, and will issue you in a jointly edited book:  Evolution, Games and God:  The Principle of Cooperation (Harvard UP, forthcoming, 2009).

Sarah Coakley’s other publications include:  Christ Without Absolutes:  A Study of the Christology of Ernst Troeltsch (OUP, 1988); (ed.) Religion and the Body (CUP, 1997); Powers and Submissions (Blackwell, 2001); (co-ed), Pain and Its Transformations :  The Interface of Biology and Culture (2007), and (eds.) Re-Thinking Gregory of Nyssa and Re-Thinking Dionysius the Areopagite (both Blackwell, 2001 and 2009).  She is at work on a 4-volumed systematic theology, the first volume of which was published in 2010 as God, Sexuality and the Self:  An Essay ‘On the Trinity’ (CUP).

Multimedia resources

God, Providence, and the Evolutionary Phenomenon of Cooperation PDF MP3Video (download) 
God, Providence and the Evolutionary Phenomenon of Cooperation - Discussion PDF    
Evolution, Cooperation and God   MP3  
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?      
Joanna Collicutt

Revd Dr Joanna Collicutt

Biography

Revd Dr Joanna Collicutt McGrath is an Anglican priest who is Karl Jaspers Lecturer in psychology and spirituality at Ripon

Revd Dr Joanna Collicutt McGrath is an Anglican priest who is Karl Jaspers Lecturer in psychology and spirituality at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Fellow in Psychology of Religion at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, and Oxford Diocesan Advisor for the Spiritual Care of Older People.

She is a chartered psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council. For many years she worked as a consultant clinical neuropsychologist, specialising in the rehabilitation and care of people with memory problems due to brain disorders and from  1998 – 2003 was responsible for psychology services to all adults with complex disability across Oxfordshire. Following that she was for five years senior lecturer and course director for a masters programme in psychology of religion at Heythrop College, University of London.

Her interests are wide ranging, reflected in publications on cognitive behaviour therapy, brain and behaviour, psychological approaches to biblical exegesis, natural theology, psychological responses to trauma, the spirituality of children and those with special needs, and medical ethics. She ministers in a west Oxfordshire parish.
 

Multimedia resources

Damaged Brain, Wounded Soul?      
Francis Collins

Dr Francis Collins

Biography

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is the Author of 'The Language of God' and director of the National Human Genome

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is the Author of 'The Language of God' and director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He led the successful effort to complete Human Genome Project (HGP), a complex multidisciplinary scientific enterprise directed at mapping and sequencing all of the human DNA, and determining aspects of its function. A working draft of the human genome sequence was announced in June of 2000, an initial analysis was published in February of 2001, and a high-quality, reference sequence was completed in April 2003. From the outset, the project ran ahead of schedule and under budget, and all the data is now available to the scientific community without restrictions on access or use.

Dr Collins received a B.S. from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Yale University, and an M.D. from the University of North Carolina. Following a fellowship in Human Genetics at Yale, he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan, where he remained until moving to NIH in 1993. His research has led to the identification of genes responsible for cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, Huntington's disease and Hutchison-Gilford progeria syndrome. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences.

Recent Selected Publications in Science and Religion

  • Collins, FS, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, Simon & Shuster Ltd, 2006.
  • Collins FS. The Human Genome Project: tool of atheistic reductionism or embodiment of the Christian mandate to heal? Science & Christian Belief, 1999;11:99-111.
  • Collins, FS. Faith and the human genome. 2002 ASA Annual meeting plenary address. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 2003; 55:142-153.

Recent Selected Science Publications

  • Rothenberg, K, Fuller B, Rothstein M, Duster T, Kahn MJE, Cunningham R, Fine B, Hudson K, King MC, Murphy P, Swergold G, Collins FS. Genetic information and the workplace: legislative approaches and policy challenges. Science, 1997; 275:1755-1757.
  • Collins FS, Guyer MS, Chakravarti A. Variations on a theme: cataloging human DNA sequence variation. Science, 1997; 278:1580-1581.
  • Collins FS, Patrinos A, Jordan E, Chakravarti A, Gesteland R, Walters LR. New goals for the U.S. Human Genome Project: 1998-2003. Science, 1998; 282:682-689.
  • Fuller BP, Ellis Kahn MJ, Barr PA, Biesecker L, Crowley E, Garber J, Mansoura MK, Murphy P, Murray J, Phillips J, Rothenberg K, Rothstein M, Stopfer J, Swergold G, Weber B, Collins FS, Hudson KL. Privacy in genetics research. Science, 1999; 285:1359-1361.
  • Mouse Genome Sequencing Consortium. Initial sequencing and comparative analysis of the mouse genome. Nature, 2002; 420:520-562.
  • Collins FS. Shattuck Lecture - Medical and societal consequences of the Human Genome Project. New England Journal of Medicine, 1999; 341:28-37.
  • Collins FS, McKusick VA. Implications of the human genome project for medical science. JAMA, 2001; 285:540-544.
  • Collins FS, Weiss L, Hudson K. Heredity and humanity: Have no fear. Genes aren't everything. New Republic, 2001; June 25:27-29.
  • Collins FS. Foreword. Pharmacogenomics: social, ethical and clinical dimensions. Edited by Mark A. Rothstein. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 2003; ix-x.
  • Collins FS. Genomics: the coming revolution in medicine. Global Agenda, Magazine of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2003; 152-154.
  • Insel TR, Collins FS. Commemorations: Psychiatry in the Genomics Era. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2003; 160/4:616-620.
  • Collins FS, Morgan M, Patrinos A. Viewpoint: The Human Genome Project: Lessons from Large-Scale Biology. Science, 2003; 300:286-290.
  • Collins FS, Green ES, Guttmacher AE, Guyer MS. A vision for the future of genomics research. Nature, 2003; 422:835-847.
  • Guttmacher, AE, Collins FS. Welcome to the genomic era. Editorial: New England Journal of Medicine, 2003; 349:996-998.

Multimedia resources

The Language of God: A Believer looks at the Human Genome   MP3Video (download) 
Bioethical Challenges in the Genome Era   MP3Video (download) 

Prof. Robin Collins

Biography

Robin Collins is Professor of Philosophy at Messiah College, Grantham, PA.  He has written widely on cosmic fine-tuning and is

Robin Collins is Professor of Philosophy at Messiah College, Grantham, PA.  He has written widely on cosmic fine-tuning and is currently working on a new book provisionally entitled The Well-Tempered Universe: God, the Fine-tuning, and the Laws of Nature.

Multimedia resources

Cosmology and Fine Tuning: Three Approaches   MP3Video (download) 

Prof. Simon Conway Morris FRS

Biography

Simon Conway Morris has held an ad hominem Chair (in Evolutionary Palaeobiology)

Simon Conway Morris has held an ad hominem Chair (in Evolutionary Palaeobiology) in the Earth Sciences Department in Cambridge University since 1995, with a particular research interest in the early evolution of the metazoans. He was originally elected a fellow at St John's College Cambridge in 1975 (re-elected in 1987), during the latter stages of his PhD and having taken a first class honours degree in Geology from Bristol University. After a stint in the Open University, his initial appointment to the Earth Sciences department was as a lecturer in 1983. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1990. In 1992, Simon Conway Morris was the Selby Visiting Fellow at the Australian Academy of Sciences. In 2000 he gave both the Tarner Lectures for Trinity College and was the Marker Lecturer at Penn State University. He has received numerous awards and medals including, in 1998, the Lyell Medal of the Geological Society of London. He has also appeared on TV and Radio, including the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for the BBC in 1996.

Prof. Conway Morris' publications include:

  • Numerous articles in journals, including  Nature and Science .
  • The Crucible of Creation first published in 1997 by Kodansha in Japan, and by Oxford University Press in 1998.
  • Life's Solution: Inevitable humans in a Lonely Universe, 2003; Cambridge University Press.
  • The Runes of Evolution: How the Universe became self-aware, 2015; Templeton Press.

 

Multimedia resources

If the evolution of intelligence is inevitable, what are the theological implications?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Evolution and Fine-Tuning in Biology - Part 1   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Evolution and Fine-Tuning in Biology - Part 2   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Is Biological Evolution Inevitable?   MP3Video (download) 
The Cambrian Explosion   MP3Video (download) 
Evolution and Fine-Tuning in Biology   MP3Video (download) 
Does the evolutionary narrative tend to support theism?   MP3  
David Cook

Prof. David Cook

Biography

David Cook is Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning, Wheaton College; Fellow, Green College, Oxford; and Professor of Christian Ethics,

David Cook is Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning, Wheaton College; Fellow, Green College, Oxford; and Professor of Christian Ethics, Southern Seminary, Louisville.

Professor Cook was educated at Edinburgh and Arizona State Universities in philosophy and taught in Nottingham at St. John’s Theological College and the University, then in 1979 moved to Oxford to Westminster and Regent’s Park Colleges. He was elected to a fellowship at Green College where he served as Chaplain and was the founding Director of the Whitefield Institute. His teaching ranged from Medical Ethics to Philosophy of Religion and Christian Ethics. His writing includes ‘The Moral Maze’, ‘Question Time’, ‘Blind Alley Beliefs’ and ‘Not Just Science’. He was a member of the Radio Four Moral Maze team and a regular on Thought for the Day, Pause for Thought and the Daily Service. He had his own radio and television series, advised on a BBCI TV drama series and was regularly interviewed on medical and ethical issues. A former member of the BMA Medical Ethics Committee and the Archbishops’ Medical Ethics Advisory Committee, he remains a member of the United Kingdom Xenotransplantation Interim Regulatory Authority and has given advice to Select Committees of the Commons and Lords. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Gordon College, Mass.

Currently David has completed a book on Contraception and is working on ‘Through the Moral Maze’, a new book looking at looking at fertility, genetics, sexuality, environment and war and peace. He is also working on books on the ethics of Palliative Care and one on the Beginning of Life.

With Dot Chappell he edited and contributed to ‘Not Just Science’ which draws from a wide range of the sciences and examines how Christianity influences and affects scientific work. He is interested in neuroethics, genetic engineering, xenotransplantation and robotics as well as medical ethical issues.

Publications

  • ‘Not Just Science’, ed D.F.Chappell and E.D.Cook, Zondervan, 2005.
  • ‘What are the Philosophical Implications of Christianity for the Natural Sciences?’, with R.O'Connor, in 'Not Just Science' Zondervan, 2005
  • ‘How Does Society Interact with Science?’, with D.F.Chappell, in 'Not Just Science' Zondervan, 2005
  • ‘What are the Limits in Bioengineering?’, in 'Not Just Science' Zondervan, 2005
  • ‘How Should the Christian’s Foundational Beliefs Shape the Work of Scientists?’, in 'Not Just Science' Zondervan, 2005
  • ‘Neuroethics in Perspective?’, Whitefield Briefings, 2005
  • ‘The Individual versus the Common Good’, Transplants, ed. P Morris, Council of Europe, 2003
  • ‘The Relationship of Ethics to Livestock and Quality of Life’, Livestock, Ethics and Quality of Life, ed J.Hodges and K Han, CABI publishing, 2000
  • ‘The Moral Maze, SPCK, reprinted 1994|

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Bioethics in the Media and Public Policy   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Science, Faith and the Moral Maze   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
What are the ethical implications implied by the Imago Dei doctrine?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Does Religion Block Scientific Advance?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)

Prof Chris Cook

Biography

Durham University

Durham University

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The significance of hearing voices      
Paul Copan

Prof. Paul Copan

Biography

Paul Copan is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach, Florida). 

Paul Copan is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach, Florida).  He earned a doctorate in philosophy at Marquette University. The author or editor of thirty books, including Creation out of Nothing: A Biblical, Philosophical, and Scientific Exploration (Baker Academic/Apollos); The Kalām Cosmological Argument: Criticisms and Defenses (Bloomsbury, forthcoming); The Rationality of Theism (Routledge); The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion (Routledge); Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues (Blackwell); and The Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan, forthcoming).  He has contributed chapters to numerous books and has written many articles for peer-reviewed journals. He and his wife Jacqueline have six children and live in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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The scientific naturalists are declaring the glory of God: Theistic support from unlikely places.      
Marc Cortez

Dr Marc Cortez

Biography

Dr Marc Cortez is Academic Dean and Assistant Professor of Theology and Church History at Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon, where he

Dr Marc Cortez is Academic Dean and Assistant Professor of Theology and Church History at Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon, where he teaches systematic theology, historical theology, philosophy, and biblical Greek. His research interests revolve largely around the interplay between Christology and anthropology in Christian theology, particularly with reference to human ontology and ethics. He is also interested in a variety of theological figures including Karl Barth, Augustine, and Jonathan Edwards.

Recent Publications

  • Marc Cortez (2009), Theological Anthropology: A Guide for the Perplexed, Edinburgh: T & T Clark.
  • Marc Cortez (2008), Embodied Souls, Besouled Bodies: An Exercise in Theological Anthropology and its Significance for the Mind/Body Debate, Edinburgh: T & T Clark.
  • Marc Cortez (2008), "Body, Soul, and (Holy) Spirit: Karl Barth's Theological Framework for Understanding Human Ontology." International Journal of Systematic Theology 10.3: 328-345.
  • Marc Cortez (2007), "What Does It Mean to Call Karl Barth a Christocentric Theologian?" Scottish Journal of Theology 60.1: 127-143.

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Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies   MP3Video (download) 
John Cottingham

Prof. John Cottingham

Biography

John Cottingham is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Reading University, Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College London, Honorary Fellow of

John Cottingham is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Reading University, Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College London, Honorary Fellow of St John’s College Oxford, and  Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Kings College London. His publications in the history of philosophy include Descartes (1986), The Rationalists (1988), and Cartesian Reflections (2008), and he is co-editor and translator of the three-volume Cambridge edition of The Philosophical Writings of Descartes. His books on moral philosophy and philosophy of religion include Philosophy and the Good Life (1998), On the Meaning of Life (2003), The Spiritual Dimension (2005), Why Believe? (2009), Philosophy of Religion: Towards a More Humane Approach (2014), and How To Believe (2015). From 1993-2012 he was editor of the journal Ratio.  The Moral Life, a Festschrift honouring his work in moral psychology, ethics and religion, appeared in 2008.

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Descartes, God and the Mechanistic Universe      
Russell Cowburn FRS

Prof. Russell Cowburn FRS

Biography

Russell Cowburn has research interests in nanotechnology and

Russell Cowburn has research interests in nanotechnology and its application to magnetism, electronics and optics.  Before returning to Cambridge in 2010 he held positions at the CNRS Paris, University of Durham and Imperial College London.  He is now the Director of Research for the Department of Physics, the founder of two start-up companies and the inventor of the anti-counterfeiting technology ‘Laser Surface Authentication’.  He has had over 60 patents granted and is a frequent invited speaker at international conferences.  He is the winner of the GSK Westminster Medal and Prize, the Degussa Science to Business Award, the Hermes International Technology Award and the Institute of Physics Paterson Medal and Prize.  In 2009 his research was recognised by the European Union by the award of a 2.8 million Euros ERC Advanced Investigator Grant, given only to the highest level of international research.  Professor Cowburn was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2010.

Research Interests

His research group is currently involved in a number of research projects in the areas of nanoscale magnetism and spintronics. Applications of these basic research projects include low energy computer chips, ultrahigh density 3-dimensional data storage and healthcare devices. His philosophy of research is to span a spectrum from applied physics through technology to commercialisation.

 

 

Key Publications

“Three dimensional magnetic nanowires grown by focused electron-beam induced deposition”, Scientific Reports 3, 1492 (2013)

“Magnetic ratchet for three-dimensional spintronic memory and logic”, Nature 493, 697 (2013)

"Near-field interaction between domain walls in adjacent permalloy nanowires", Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 077206 (2009)

"Measuring domain wall fidelity lengths using a chirality filter", Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 057209 (2009)

"High efficiency domain wall gate in ferromagnetic nanowires", Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 163108 (2008)

"Fingerprinting' documents and packaging", Nature 436, 475 (2005)

"Magnetic domain wall logic", Science 309, 1688-1692 (2005)

"Domain wall propagation in magnetic nanowires by spin polarized current injection", Europhysics Letters 65, 526 (2004)

"Magnetic domain wall dynamics in a submicrometre ferromagnetic structure", Nature Materials 2, 85-87 (2003)

"Submicrometer ferromagnetic NOT gate and shift register", Science 296, 2003-2006 (2002)

"Room temperature magnetic quantum cellular automata", Science 287, 1466-1468 (2000)

"Single domain circular nanomagnets", Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 1042-1045 (1999)

 

 

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The God of Small Things: Nanotechnology, Creation and God   MP3  
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Why does matter matter to God?      
George Coyne

Dr George Coyne

Biography

Dr George Coyne was born on January 19, 1933, in Baltimore, Maryland, and completed his bachelor's degree in mathematics and his

Dr George Coyne was born on January 19, 1933, in Baltimore, Maryland, and completed his bachelor's degree in mathematics and his licentiate in philosophy at Fordham University, New York City, in 1958. He obtained his doctorate in astronomy from Georgetown University in 1962.  In 1976 he became a senior research fellow at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) of the University of Arizona (UA) and a lecturer in the UA Department of Astronomy. The following year he served as Director of the UA's Catalina Observatory and as Associate Director of the LPL. Dr Coyne became Director of the Vatican Observatory (VO) in 1978, and also Associate Director of the UA Steward Observatory. During 1979-80 he served as Acting Director and Head of the UA Steward Observatory and the Astronomy Department, and thereafter he continued as an adjunct professor in the UA Astronomy Department. He retired as Director of the VO in August 2006. He remains on the staff of the VO as Director Emeritus and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. A member of the Society of Jesus since the age of 18, he completed the licentiate in sacred theology at Woodstock College, Woodstock, Maryland, and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1965.

Dr Coyne's research interests have been in polarimetric studies of various subjects including the interstellar medium, stars with extended atmospheres and Seyfert galaxies, which are a group of spiral galaxies with very small and unusually bright star like centers. (Polarimetry is the technique of measuring or analyzing the polarization of light. When light rays exhibit different properties in different directions, the light is said to be polarized.) Most recently he has been studying the polarization produced in cataclysmic variables, or interacting binary star systems that give off sudden bursts of intense energy, and dust about young stars.

He is a member of the International Astronomical Union, the American Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America. He has been awarded the following Ph.D. degrees honoris causa: 1980, St. Peter's University, Jersey City, New Jersey, USA; 1994, Loyola University, Chicago, USA; 1995, University of Padua, Padua, Italy; 1997, Pontifical Theological Academy, Jagellonian University, Cracow; 2005 Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; 2007 Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; 2009, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York, USA and the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA; 2010 Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California. He was awarded the Mendel Medal by Villanova University in September 2008.

Parallel to his scientific research Coyne has developed an interest in the history and philosophy of science and in the relationship between science and religion. Thus he founded the series of studies concerning controversies about Galileo, entitled: STUDI GALILEIANI, and he is one of the principal organizers of a series of conferences on the theme of SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVES ON DIVINE ACTION. He served as the head of the section on epistemology and science of the Galileo Commission, constituted by John Paul II in 1981. He has lectured widely on the results of that Commission.

Recent selected publications in science and religion

  • Wayfarers in the Cosmos: The Human Quest for Meaning, 2002, G.V. Coyne and A. Omizzolo (New York: Crossroad Publishing) 184 pp.
  • Seeking the Future: A Theological Perspective, 2002, in The Far Future Universe: Eschatology from a Cosmic Perspective, ed. G.F.R. Ellis (Philadelphia & London: Templeton Foundation Press) pp. 12-19.
  • Religion and Science: Roman Catholic Issues, in Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, ed. J. Wentzel Vrede van Huyssteen, (New York: Macmillan Reference USA), in press
  • The Church’s Most Recent Attempt to Dispel the Galileo Myth, 2005, in The Church and Galileo, ed. E. McMullin (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press)  pp. 340-359.
  • Destiny of Life and Religious Attitudes, G.V. Coyne, in Life as We Know It, ed. J. Seckbach (Dordrecht: Springer Science 2005).
  • God’s Chance Creation, G.V. Coyne, The Tablet, 8 August 2005, pp. 6-7.
  • Infinite Wonder of the Divine, G.V. Coyne, The Tablet, 3 December 2005.
  • A Comprehensible Universe. The Interplay of Science and Theology, G.V. Coyne and M. Heller (New York: Springer 2008)160 pages.
  • Galileo Judged: Urban VIII to John Paul II, G.V. Coyne, Galilaeana, 2009, in press.
  • Galileo’s Telescopic Observations: The Marvel and Meaning of Discovery, G.V. Coyne, Galileo’s Medicean Moons, Proceedings of IAU Symposium 269, eds. C. Barbieri et al. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2010).

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Lemaitre: Science and Religion   MP3Video (download) 

Dr William Crawley

Biography

William Crawley is a journalist and broadcaster with the BBC who presents programmes on radio and television on everything from

William Crawley is a journalist and broadcaster with the BBC who presents programmes on radio and television on everything from news and current affairs and hard-hitting political and ethical debate to entertainment, arts and culture. Among the programmes with a religious angle he has presented is Radio Ulster's award winning religious and ethical Sunday Sequence programme.

He was an undergraduate at Queen's University, Belfast, where he studied philosophy, followed by a master's degree at Princeton Theological Seminary.  He returned to Queen's to study for his PhD.  Before his career in broadcasting, he was a university lecturer in philosophy and theology as well as a minister in the Presbyterian Church.

Juliet Davenport

Juliet Davenport

Biography

Juliet Davenport is founder and Chief Executive of Good Energy, the UK’s leading renewable electricity supplier. Since Good Energy was founded

Juliet Davenport is founder and Chief Executive of Good Energy, the UK’s leading renewable electricity supplier.

Since Good Energy was founded 10 years ago it has effected real change in the energy market. It now has 26,000 customers and supports over 1,500 independent green generators. Its goal is to help the UK to a 100% renewable future.

Juliet has won several accolades for her work, including PLUS Markets CEO of the year 2009 and 2010. Good Energy has won a Sunday Times Best Green Company Award twice, an Observer Ethical Award and was named West of England Business of the Year 2009.

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Sustainable Production   MP3Video (download) 
Edward B. (

Prof. Edward B. ("Ted") Davis

Biography

Ted Davis (http://home.messiah.edu/~tdavis/) is Professor of the History of Science at Messiah College (http://www.messiah.edu/).  Best known for studies of Robert

Ted Davis (http://home.messiah.edu/~tdavis/) is Professor of the History of Science at Messiah College (http://www.messiah.edu/).  Best known for studies of Robert Boyle, Dr. Davis edited (with Michael Hunter) The Works of Robert Boyle, 14 vols. (Pickering & Chatto, 1999-2000), and a separate edition of Boyle’s treatise on God and the mechanical philosophy, A Free Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 1996).  A former president of the American Scientific Affiliation (http://network.asa3.org/), he has published dozens of articles about religion and science in the Scientific Revolution and modern America, including a study of modern Jonah stories (http://www.asa3.org/ASA/PSCF/1991/PSCF12-91Davis.html) that was featured on two BBC radio programs.  His current project, supported by the National Science Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation, examines the religious activities and beliefs of prominent American scientists from the period between the two world wars; preliminary findings were published in American Scientist (http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/page2/science-and-religious-fundamentalism-in-the-1920s) in 2005.

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Why History Matters: Debunking the 'Warfare' View of Science and Religion   MP3  
Science and Religion in the Life of Robert Boyle   MP3Video (download) 
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)

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Science and religion: what are the issues?      

Dr Daniel De Haan

Biography

Dr. Daniel De Haan works on the philosophy of cognitive neuroscience, philosophical and theological anthropology, and medieval philosophy. His Ph.D.

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Dr. Daniel De Haan works on the philosophy of cognitive neuroscience, philosophical and theological anthropology, and medieval philosophy. His Ph.D. on the metaphysics of the medieval Muslim philosopher Avicenna, was awarded in 2014 by the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In January 2015 he joined the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University as a postdoctoral fellow working on the neuroscience strand of the Templeton World Charity Foundation Fellowships in Theology, Philosophy of Religion, and the Sciences Project, directed by Sarah Coakley. He is conducting research on the intersections of theology, philosophy, and neuroscience in Lisa Saksida's Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychology, Cambridge University. His current research focuses on the philosophical foundations of translational cognitive neuroscience, especially with respect to human and nonhuman animal studies on perception, memory, emotion, consciousness, free will, dementia and addiction.

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Neuroscience and Faith      
Ascribing beliefs to brains      
Celia Deane-Drummond

Prof. Celia Deane-Drummond

Biography

Professor Celia Deane-Drummond graduated with an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University prior to study for a doctorate in

Professor Celia Deane-Drummond graduated with an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University prior to study for a doctorate in Plant Physiology at Reading and Letcombe Research Station (Oxford University). She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Vancouver, Canada and the Biophysics group at Cambridge University, followed by a spell as a lecturer at Durham University. Her attention then moved to a study of theology, graduating with an honours degree in Theology accredited to CNAA followed by a PhD in Moltmann’s theology in the department of theological studies at Manchester University.

After working for a time at the International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture in Manchester, she obtained a PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University and began teaching at Chester College in 1994. Her scientific and theological experience have served her well in research activity, and she was awarded a Chair in Theology and the Biological Sciences in 2000.

While the focus of teaching is contemporary theology, Celia has also developed expertise in open learning while at Chester and was director of the MA in Adult education with theological reflection from 1994 to 2001. Her current teaching includes, for example, Introduction to Christian theology, Celtic Christianity, Reformation, Contemporary Theological Issues, New Frontiers in Biology and Theology, Research Methods.

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Beyond Separation or Sythesis: Christ and Evolution as Theodrama   MP3Video (download) 

Prof. Simon Dein

Biography

Professor  Simon Dein is a consultant psychiatrist in Essex UK specializing in rehabilitation and liaison psychiatry. He holds a PhD

Professor  Simon Dein is a consultant psychiatrist in Essex UK specializing in rehabilitation and liaison psychiatry. He holds a PhD in social anthropology from University College London where he currently teaches as a Senior Lecturer. He is an honorary clinical professor at Durham University where he runs an MSc in Spirituality, Theology and Health. He has written widely on religion and health among Hasidic Jews, Evangelical Christians and Sunni Muslims in the UK. He is founding editor of the journal Mental Health, Religion and Culture. He is Chair of the spirituality section of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry.
 

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Religion, spirituality and mental health: current controversies and future directions   MP3  
Cees Dekker

Prof Cees Dekker

Biography

Prof. dr. Cees Dekker (1959) Cees Dekker is Distinguished University Professor at Delft University of Technology, Director of the Kavli

Prof. dr. Cees Dekker (1959) Cees Dekker is Distinguished University Professor at Delft University of Technology, Director of the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft, and KNAW Royal Academy Professor. Trained as a solid-state physicist, he discovered many of the exciting electronic properties of carbon nanotubes in the 1990s. Since 2000 he moved to single-molecule biophysics and nanobiology, with research from DNA supercoiling studies of nucleosomes and DNA repair proteins to DNA translocation through nanopores. Recently his research has focused on studying cell division with bacteria on chip, while his ultimate interest is in the direction of realizing synthetic cells.

 

Dekker is Director of the prestigious Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft. He initiated an entirely new Department of Bionanoscience at Delft and leads the 51M€ NWO Zwaartekracht program NanoFront. Dekker is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and fellow to the APS and the IOP. He published over 260 papers, received an honorary doctorate, and a number of prizes, such as the 2001 Agilent Europhysics Prize, the 2003 Spinoza award, and the 2012 ISNSCE Nanoscience Prize. In 2006, Delft University appointed him as an Institute Professor. In 2015, Dekker received his second ERC Advanced Grant and the KNAW appointed him as a Royal Academy Professor.

 

 

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My meandering path within the lands of science and faith      
Calvin DeWitt

Prof. Calvin DeWitt

Biography

Calvin deWitt is Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Wisconsin Madison and President Emeritus of the Au Sable

Calvin deWitt is Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Wisconsin Madison and President Emeritus of the Au Sable Institute where he prepared hundreds of students for environmental careers, helping them to probe their environmental beliefs, and inspiring them to reach out to help people incorporate environmental integrity into their worldviews. His numerous books, papers and lectures have made him a pioneer in raising environmental concern in the USA.

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The Science and Ethics of Caring for the Environment   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Unsustainable Agriculture and Land Use   MP3Video (download) 
Sifting and Winnowing for the Truth: Climate Change in an Age of Deception   MP3Video (download) 
Biblical Teachings on Environmental Stewardship and Caring for Creation   MP3Video (download) 
Christine Done

Prof. Christine Done

Biography

Chris Done grew up wanting to be Spock from Star Trek, so doing a PhD in Astrophysics at Cambridge was

Chris Done grew up wanting to be Spock from Star Trek, so doing a PhD in Astrophysics at Cambridge was living the dream. She worked on theoretical models of the intense high energy X-ray radiation which can be produced when material falls towards a black hole, before it disappears forever below the event horizon. She then moved to the USA, to NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, and started to work more with observational data from these systems. An unexpected highlight was that she became part of the team doing real time control of an X-ray telescope in the payload bay of the Space Shuttle!

She returned to the UK, first to Leicester University and then to Durham, where she became one of the first women to be appointed as a Physics Professor. She now specialises in combining the best current theoretical models of what happens to material falling towards a black hole with the best observational data, working especially with the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) using their innovative X-ray satellites. So she gets paid to do rocket science, and think about black holes!

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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Complexity, emergence and God   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Complex Systems, Emergence and God   MP3  
The laws of physics and God's action      

Prof. Susan Eastman

Biography

Susan Eastman is associate research professor of New Testament. Eastman’s scholarly focus is on Paul’s letters in relationship to the

Susan Eastman is associate research professor of New Testament. Eastman’s scholarly focus is on Paul’s letters in relationship to the formation and transformation of Christian identity. Her first book explored Paul’s use of relational imagery to proclaim the gospel’s transforming and sustaining power in the life of Christian communities. Her current research investigates questions of participation, imitation, and identity formation through a close reading of key Pauline texts in their first century context, and in conversation with contemporary work in the fields of cognitive psychology and neuroscience

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Biblical and Scientific Anthropologies in Conversation      
Noah Efron

Dr Noah Efron

Biography

Noah Efron served for ten years as the Chairman of the Program in Science, Technology & Society at Bar-Ilan University.

Noah Efron served for ten years as the Chairman of the Program in Science, Technology & Society at Bar-Ilan University. And the President of the Israeli Society for History and Philosophy of Science.   He serves on the executive committee of the International Society for Science & Religion.  Efron has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Dibner Institute for History of Science and Technology at MIT and a Fellow at Harvard University.  He is the author, most recently, of Judaism & Science: A Historical Introduction.  He presently serves on the City Council of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, where he lives with his wife, daughter, son, bunny and dog.

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A Passion for the Universal: Science, Jews and Others   MP3Video (download) 
Paul Ekins

Prof. Paul Ekins

Biography

Paul Ekins has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Energy and Environment Policy

Paul Ekins has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Energy and Environment Policy at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London. He is also a Senior Consultant to Cambridge Econometrics; and a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, in charge of its Energy Systems and Modelling theme; and he leads University College's participation in the EPSRC SUPERGEN consortia on hydrogen and bioenergy. He is a member of Ofgem's high-level Environmental Advisory Group, and Chairman of the Government-funded National Industrial Symbiosis Programme (NISP), the UK's most successful programme to improve resource productivity. From 2002-2008 was a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. From 1997-2005 he was a specialist adviser to the Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons, from 2003-2007 was a Member of the Government's Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board, and in 2007 was a Specialist Adviser to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Climate Change Bill. He has also been a consultant to the Government's Sustainable Development Commission, and an adviser to the UK Government's Advisory Committee on Business and the Environment and Round Table on Sustainable Development, and has been a frequent contributor to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales' annual course for senior executives on business and the environment at the University of Cambridge. In 1994 Paul Ekins received a Global 500 Award 'for outstanding environmental achievement' from the United Nations Environment Programme.

Paul Ekins' academic work focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy, and he is an authority on a number of areas of energy-environment-economy interaction and environmental policy, including: sustainable development assessment methodologies; scenarios, modelling and forecasting; resource productivity; sustainable energy use; the adjustment of national accounts to take account of environmental impacts; environmental economic instruments and ecological tax reform; sustainable consumption; and environment and trade. He has extensive experience consulting for business, government and international organisations. This experience has included over 50 projects and consultancies over the last ten years, and many advisory positions. He is the author of numerous books, papers and articles on environmental taxation and other sustainable development issues, including Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability: the Prospects for Green Growth (Routledge, London, 2000). He is co-editor of the books Understanding the Costs of Environmental Regulation in Europe (Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2009), Trade, Globalization, and Sustainability Impact Assessment: A Critical Look at Methods and Outcomes (Earthscan, London, 2009), Carbon-Energy Taxation: Lessons from Europe (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009) and Hydrogen Energy: Economic and Social Challenges (Earthscan, London, 2010). Further edited books will appear in 2010: Environmental Tax Reform: Resolving the Conflict Between Economic Growth and the Environment, Oxford University Press, Oxford; Energy 2050: the Transition to a Secure, Low-Carbon Energy System for the UK, Earthscan, London, and Green Fiscal Reform for the UK: Tackling Climate Change, Creating Jobs, Earthscan, London.

Multimedia resources

Sustainable Growth?   MP3Video (download) 
George F. R. Ellis

Prof. George F. R. Ellis

Biography

Professor George F. R. Ellis is Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town, South Africa. His professional research

Professor George F. R. Ellis is Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town, South Africa. His professional research work has been in relativity theory and cosmology, complexity studies, and the brain. He has been a University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge, and Professor of Cosmic Physics at the International School of Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy, as well as holding many visiting Professorships at Universities worldwide. He is a Fellow and past Council member of the Royal Society of South Africa, a Fellow of the Third World Academy of Science, and Editor in Chief of the Journal of General Relativity and Gravitation. He has published over 300 scientific papers, mainly on relativity and cosmology.

Professor Ellis is interested in the science-religion field overall, and took part in the Vatican Observatory/CTNS series of workshops. His views are set out in his book with Nancey Murphy, On the Moral Nature of the Universe (see below). Professor Ellis has received many awards, including the Star of South Africa Medal awarded by President Mandela, the Gold Medal of the South African Academy of Science, and the Templeton Prize. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in May 2007.

Recent publications include

  • Flat and Curved Space-Times, with R M Williams (Oxford University Press, 1988; revised version, 2000).
  • The Renaissance of General Relativity and Cosmology, with A Lanza and J Miller (Cambridge University Press, 1993).
  • Science Research Policy in South Africa (Royal Society of South Africa, 1994).
  • The dynamical systems approach to cosmology, with J Wainwright (Cambridge University Press, 1996).
  • N Murphy and G F R Ellis: On the Moral Nature of the universe: Cosmology, Theology, and Ethics (Fortress Press, Minneapolis, 1996).
  • Is The Universe Open or Closed? The Density of Matter in the Universe, with P Coles (Cambridge University Press, 1997).
  • G F R Ellis (ed): The Far Future Universe, (Templeton Foundation Press, 2002)
  • The Universe Around Us: An Integrative View of Science and Cosmology, web notes at Mathematics Department, University of Cape Town.

Multimedia resources

Physics and the Real World   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
A Critique of Multiverses   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
The Multiverse, Ultimate Causation and God PDFPowerpointMP3Video (download) 
The Multiverse, Ultimate Causation and God - Discussion PDF    
A Critique of Multiverse Theories   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Emergence, Top Down Causation and Reductionism   MP3  

Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker

Biography

Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker academic background is in the history and philosophy of evolutionary theory. Her ongoing research interests focus on

Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker academic background is in the history and philosophy of evolutionary theory. Her ongoing research interests focus on the relationship between Science communication, community cohesion issues and concepts of identity, and the history and communication of evolutionary theory in relation to Darwinism and Neo-Darwinism from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. She previously worked as the head of the British Council's Darwin Now project and is currently the Programme Director for 'Belief in Dialogue' - the British Council's programme of activity aimed at developing understanding between different communities on issues of diversity and culture.

John Evans

Prof. John Evans

Biography

John H. Evans earned his BA from Macalester College and his PhD from Princeton. He has been a Post-doctoral

John H. Evans earned his BA from Macalester College and his PhD from Princeton. He has been a Post-doctoral Fellow at Yale, a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and has held a visiting professorial fellowships at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Muenster. He focuses on culture, politics, religion, and science with a particular interest in sociologically examining questions that have largely been addressed by humanities scholars.

He has published two books on the nature of the field now called bioethics: Playing God? Human Genetic Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate (2002, U of Chicago Press) and The History and Future of Bioethics: A Sociological View (2012, Oxford). He has also published a book titled Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate (2010, U of Chicago Press), which examines how ordinary religious people in the U.S. talk about reproductive genetic technologies.

Most recently he has published What is a Human? What the Answers Mean for Human Rights (2016, Oxford), which examines what the public thinks a human is, and how this impacts our views of how we are to treat each other. In addition to these books, Evans has written over 45 articles and book chapters on topics in culture, politics, religion, and science.

He is currently a Professor of Sociology at the University of California at San Diego.

Multimedia resources

Scientific and Religious Definitions of a Human: Their Impact on Human Rights      
Paul Ewart

Prof. Paul Ewart

Biography

Paul Ewart obtained a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from Queen’s University Belfast and then was an (SERC) Advanced Fellow

Paul Ewart obtained a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from Queen’s University Belfast and then was an (SERC) Advanced Fellow at the Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. In 1979 he moved to the Physics Department, Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford University and as a Tutor and Fellow of Worcester College. He has been a Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow, a Visiting Fellow at the Joint Institute of Laboratory Astrophysics and Visiting Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, USA, a CNRS visiting Fellow at the École Normale Supérieure, Paris and a William Evans Visiting Fellow at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His research work has centred on using lasers to study atomic and molecular physics, quantum optics and nonlinear spectroscopy. Current research includes interdisciplinary applications of laser spectroscopy to combustion and environmental physics. He is now Professor of Physics and Head of the department of Atomic and Laser Physics at Oxford University.

Details of research and scientific publications are available online.

Publications in Science and Religion

More articles can be found on the Christian Scholars Network

Multimedia resources

The Necessity of Chance: Randomness, Purpose and the Sovereignty of God   MP3Video (download) 
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.

Multimedia resources

Pluripotent Stem Cells: Medical Dream or Ethical Nightmare?   MP3  
Darrel Falk

Prof. Darrel Falk

Biography

Darrel Falk is Professor of Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, where he teaches genetics and a broad

Darrel Falk is Professor of Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, where he teaches genetics and a broad range of biological subjects, as well as history and philosophy of science. He obtained his PhD from the University of Alberta, and then did post-doctoral research at the University of British Columbia and the University of California at Irvine before taking up a faculty position at Syracuse University, New York. Desiring to focus on teaching undergraduates, especially in a Christian setting, he then accepted his present post.

Prof. Falk is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Scientific Affiliation. He is the author of Coming to Peace with Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology (InterVarsity Press, Downer's Grove, Illinois, 2004).

Multimedia resources

Human Evolution   MP3Video (download) 
Creationism and Intelligent Design   MP3Video (download) 
Human Evolution (for Church Leaders)   MP3Video (download) 
Graeme Finlay

Dr Graeme Finlay

Biography

Dr Graeme Finlay studied for a PhD in cellular immunology, and then joined the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, New

Dr Graeme Finlay studied for a PhD in cellular immunology, and then joined the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, New Zealand, where he has been working for the past 20 years. This laboratory is involved in the development of novel anti-cancer agents, and is the largest group of this nature in the southern hemisphere. Research focus has centred on DNA-binding agents that poison the DNA-organising enzyme topoisomerase II. Areas investigated have included effects on the cell division cycle, mechanisms of cell death and the activity of the tumour suppressor gene encoding p53 in cell death pathways. Since 2000 Dr Finlay has also been Senior Lecturer in General Pathology in the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, University of Auckland.

Two very different currents of thought directed him into the study of comparative evolutionary genetics. The first was the explosive growth in the understanding in cancer genetics that occurred since the early 1980s. The second was the wholesale importation of American creationist ideas into New Zealand. These developments intersected in fascinating ways. They generated a writing programme designed to identify some of the extraordinary developments in genetics described in the scientific literature, and present them in terms accessible to non-biologists. The resulting booklets were all published in 2004 by Telos Books (Auckland) with the titles:

  • 'Evolving Creation' 46pp. ISBN 0-476-00650-3
  • 'God's Books: Genetics and Genesis' 75pp. ISBN 0-476-00651-1
  • 'A Seamless Web: Science and Faith'. 59pp. ISBN 0-476-00816-6

Multimedia resources

Genesis and Phylogenesis   MP3  
Human Genetics and the Image of GodHTMLPDF MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Human Genetics and the Image of God - DiscussionHTMLPDF    
The Story in our Genes   MP3Video (download) 
Human Genetics and the Image of God      

Dr Helen Firth

Biography

Helen Firth is a Consultant Clinical Geneticist at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust. Helen graduated from Oxford University in 1981,

Helen Firth is a Consultant Clinical Geneticist at Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust. Helen graduated from Oxford University in 1981, with a degree in Medicine and went on to specialise in paediatrics and genetics.
In 1999, Helen completed her DM and, in the same year, went on to become a consultant in Clinical Genetics at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge. Since 2006, Helen has been an Honorary Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the University of Cambridge's School of Clinical Medicine.

 

Prof Paul Fletcher

Biography

Cambridge University

Cambridge University

Multimedia resources

Disbelief, delusions and hallucinations      

Prof. Frances Flinter

Biography

Professor Frances Flinter is a consultant Clinical Geneticist and Caldicott Guardian at Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust and

Professor Frances Flinter is a consultant Clinical Geneticist and Caldicott Guardian at Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust and she has a personal chair in Clinical Genetics at King’s College, London. She trained at Guy’s Hospital Medical School and worked in paediatrics before a 3 year doctoral research post in the Paediatric Research Unit at Guy’s mapping the gene for Alport’s syndrome (hereditary nephritis with deafness) led to specialisation in clinical genetics. Her particular interests include the genetics of inherited renal disease and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Frances is the consultant geneticist on the Guy’s PGD team, which is the largest and most successful in the UK; more than 350 healthy babies have now been born as a result of this programme. From 2000 – 2007 Prof. Flinter was also the clinical director of the Evelina Children’s Hospital.

Prof. Flinter has been a member of the Human Genetics Commission since 2005 and chaired two working parties on the regulation of Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) genetic testing and preconception genetic screening. She was also a member of the working group that produced a report on reproductive decisions and genetic technologies called ‘Making Babies’.

Prof. Flinter is a member of the Commissioning Advisory Group of the UK Genetic Testing Network and of the Human Genome Strategy Group, past President of the Clinical Genetics Society and a former member of the antenatal subgroup of National Screening Committee. She is also currently a member of a Nuffield Council on Bioethics working party on the use of PGD to exclude mitochondrial disorders.

Prof. Flinter has provided advice on genetic services in Qatar and Hong Kong and given invited presentations on genetic tests in the European parliament and the Czech parliament.

Relevant publications on PGD 

  • Braude P and Flinter FA (2007) Use and misuse of preimplantation genetic diagnosis BMJ 335: 752-754
  • Braude P, Pickering S, Flinter F, Ogilvie CM. (2002) Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. Nature Reviews: Genetics 3, 941-953
  • Flinter FA. Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. (2001) BMJ, 322, 1008 – 9

Human Genetics Commission Reports

http://www.hgc.gov.uk/Client/document.asp?DocId=280&CAtegoryId=10

Keith Fox

Prof. Keith Fox

Biography

Keith Fox is Associate Director of The Faraday Institute and Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Southampton where he has previously been Head of the Centre for Biological Sciences. He is a trustee (and former chairman) of Christians in Science. He studied Natural Sciences in Cambridge (taking Biochemistry in the final year) and completed a PhD in the Department of Pharmacology in 1980. He was a Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, before moving to Southampton as a lecturer in 1987. He is the Senior Executive Editor of Nucleic Acids Research. R32;R32;His research interests concern DNA structure and its recognition by small molecules, oligonucleotides and proteins. As well as the familiar double helix, DNA can adopt three or four stranded structures which may have important roles in regulating gene expression. These can also be used for constructing DNA nanostructures. Compounds that bind to DNA in a sequence specific fashion have potential for artificially controlling gene expression and may be used as anticancer or antiviral agents. Several DNA binding compounds are currently used in cancer chemotherapy, and we are seeking to understand the molecular mechanisms by which they bind to DNA with a view to designing new agents with improved selectivity. R32;R32;His scientific work has been published in over 200 papers and articles.

Multimedia resources

Current Ethical Challenges in Modern Biology   MP3Video (download) 
Genetic Engineering: How Far Should We Go?   MP3  
Creation and Evolution   MP3Video (download) 
Genetics and Human Identity   MP3  
Randomness and God in the Biochemical Context      
Genetics and Bioethics      
God, DNA and Genetics      
Creation and Evolution - how do they relate?      
Stephen Freeland

Prof. Stephen Freeland

Biography

Stephen Freeland is an evolutionary biologist who studies how and why life on our planet evolved a system of genetic

Stephen Freeland is an evolutionary biologist who studies how and why life on our planet evolved a system of genetic encoding.

He received Bachelor's degree in zoology from Oxford University, a Master's degree in Computing and Mathematics from the University of York, UK, and a Ph.D from Cambridge University's Department of Genetics before crossing the Atlantic to pursue a scientific career in the USA.

A Human Frontiers Science Program post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University led to a faculty position in biology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (“UMBC”) where Stephen was tenured in 2007. His subsequent marriage to a member of the US Navy led him to relocate to Hawaii in 2009 where he worked as the project manager for the University of Hawaii node of the NASA Astrobiology Institute – the UHNAI - supervising a highly interdisciplinary team of scientists who seek to understand how habitable environments are formed within the cosmos.


Stephen has since returned to UMBC as director of Interdisciplinary Studies. He has particular interests in the interface of science and religion and in using the full spectrum of creative arts to visualize and communicate social science, natural science and engineering.


Stephen’s personal research uses theory to explore how and why genetic coding came into existence with the particular features we see today. His emphasis is to use computer analyses (“bioinformatics” and “chemoinformatics”) to test ideas that extend beyond biology as we know it. In recent years, much of this research has focused upon the library of 20 amino acids with which organisms build their genetically encoded proteins. These molecules form a clear link between biology and the non-living cosmos in that far more than 20 amino acids have been detected within meteorites and simulations of the pre-biological Earth. This raises important questions about how and why life on our planet evolved as it did – and what, if anything, we might expect from an independent origin of life elsewhere.

 

Selected Science Publications:

  • 2010      “Did evolution select a non-random “alphabet” of amino acids?" FREELAND S. and Philip G.K., Astrobiology; 11: 235–240;
  • 2009      “Terrestrial Amino Acids and their evolution.” S.J. FREELAND in Amino Acids, Peptides & Proteins within Organic Chemistry, Vol. 1 (ed. A. B. Hughes), Wiley VCH.
  • 2006      “On the evolution of the standard amino-acid alphabet.” Y. Lu and S.J. FREELAND. Genome Biology; 7:102
  • 2004      “Evolution Encoded.” S.J. FREELAND and L. Hurst, Scientific American, 290:84-91.
  • 2001      “Rewiring the keyboard: evolvability of the genetic code.” R.D. Knight, S. J. FREELAND and L. F. Landweber, Nature Reviews Genetics; 2(1):49-58.
  • 1999      “The 3 Faces of the Genetic Code. R.D. Knight, S. J. FREELAND and L. F. Landweber, Trends in the Biochemical Sciences.” 282: 241-247
  • 1999      “Do Proteins Predate DNA?” S.J. FREELAND, R.D. Knight, L.F. Landweber, Science; 286: 690-2
  • 1998      “The genetic code is one in a million”. S.J. FREELAND and L.D. Hurst, Journal of Molecular Evolution, 47(3); pp. 238-248.

 

Selected Publications on Science and Religion

  • 2007      “Could an intelligent alien predict earth’s biochemistry?” S.J. FREELAND in Fitness of the Cosmos for Life (eds. J. Barrow, S. Conway-Morris and S.J. FREELAND), Cambridge University Press.
  • 2011      “The Origins of Genetic Information" Freeland S., Perspectives in Science and Christian Faith; 63: 171-182

Multimedia resources

Will life on other planets share our genetic code?   MP3  
A Contemporary View of Evolution   MP3  
Do We Belong in this Universe?   MP3  
The Genetic Code      
Nicholas Gibson

Dr Nicholas Gibson

Biography

Dr Nicholas Gibson is Assistant Director of the Psychology and Religion Research Group, Divinity Faculty, Cambridge University. His Ph.D. research,

Dr Nicholas Gibson is Assistant Director of the Psychology and Religion Research Group, Divinity Faculty, Cambridge University. His Ph.D. research, supervised by Fraser Watts, involved the development of new experimental paradigms for the investigation of religious cognition. Since October 2007 he has also held the Templeton Research Fellowship in Science and Religion at Queens' College, Cambridge. Dr Gibson has been involved in a variety of teaching of experimental psychology and practical theology for colleges within the University and the Cambridge Theological Federation. He has held several roles on the Steering Group of the British Association of Christians in Psychology (BACIP), including Conference Chair and Development Officer.

His research interests mainly focus on how religious believers and non-believers represent God in mind. He works broadly within an information-processing framework and draw on both the social cognition and cognition and emotion literatures as they can be applied within the psychology of religion. So far he's been looking at memory and reaction time biases associated with processing God-referent information in atheists and Christians of various flavours. Experimental paradigms involving these biases seem to provide a good alternative to the pencil-and-paper surveys so beloved of most psychologists of religion. My ongoing work, supported by Claire White, seeks to better understand how and when people use representations of God's supernatural powers and human-like characteristics.

Multimedia resources

Psychological Science and the Knowledge of God   MP3Video (download) 
Robin Gill

Prof. Robin Gill

Biography

Robin Gill is Michael Ramsey Professor of Modern Theology, University of Kent at Canterbury. This unique chair was established in

Robin Gill is Michael Ramsey Professor of Modern Theology, University of Kent at Canterbury. This unique chair was established in honour of a former Archbishop of Canterbury and Robin is the first holder. Previously he was also the first holder of the William Leech Professorial Fellow in Applied Theology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has particular research interests in health care and Christian ethics and in the sociological study of churches. He is Director of the MA in Applied Theology and teaches Sociology of Religion and Modern Theology at undergraduate level.

Robin Gill was appointed honorary canon of Canterbury Cathedral in 1992. He was theological consultant to the 1998 Lambeth Conference and has been a member of advisory groups on both Theology and Medical Ethics for the Archbishop of Canterbury.

He is a member of the BMA Medical Ethics Committee and has been a member of the Medical Research Council’s Stem Cell Steering Committee, President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics and Chair of British Sociological Association’s Study Group of Religion.

Publications

Books

  • The Social Context of Theology (Mowbray, Oxford, 1975, pp.150, ISBN 0-264-66290-3)
  • Theology and Social Structure (Mowbray, Oxford, 1977, pp.153, ISBN 0-264-66463-9)
  • A Textbook of Christian Ethics (T & T Clark, Edinburgh, 1985 and revised 1995, pp.600, ISBN 0-567-29280-0),
  • The Myth of the Empty Church (SPCK, London, 1993, pp.335, ISBN 0-281-04643-3)
  • Churchgoing and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York, 1999, pp.277, ISBN 0-521-57828-0)
  • The ‘Empty’ Church Revisited [revised and updated version of The Myth of the Empty Church] (Ashgate, Aldershot, Hants, 2003, pp.256, ISBN 0-7546-3463-9)
  • Health Care and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2006, pp.229, ISBN 0-521-85723-6)

Shorter Books and Essay Collections

  • Prophecy and Praxis (Marshall, Morgan and Scott, London, 1981, pp.143, ISBN 0-551-00918-7)
  • The Cross Against the Bomb (Epworth, London, pp.94, ISBN 0-7162-0403-7)
  • Beyond Decline (SCM Press, London, 1988, pp.146, ISBN 0-334-00097-1)
  • Competing Convictions (SCM Press, London, 1989, pp.180, ISBN 0-334-01908-7)
  • Christian Ethics in Secular Worlds (T & T Clark, Edinburgh, 1991, pp.159, ISBN 0-567-29198-7)
  • Moral Communities (Exeter University Press, 1992, pp.87, ISBN 0-85989-391-X)
  • Strategic Church Leadership with Derek Burke (SPCK, London, 1996, pp.96, ISBN 0-281-04901-7)
  • Moral Leadership in a Postmodern Age (T & T Clark, Edinburgh, 1997, pp.174, ISBN 0-567-08550-3)
  • Changing Worlds (T & T Clark, Edinburgh, 2002, pp.174, ISBN 0-567-08875-8)

Edited Books

  • Theology and Sociology: A Reader (Chapman/Cassell, London, 1987 and revised 1996, pp.516, ISBN 0-304-33839-7)
  • Readings in Modern Theology (SPCK, London, and Abingdon, USA, 1995, pp.399, ISBN 0-281-04819-3)
  • Michael Ramsey as Theologian with Lorna Kendall (Darton, Longman and Todd, London and Cowley, Boston, 1995, pp.199, ISBN 0-232-52081-X)
  • Euthanasia and the Churches (Cassell, London, 1998, pp.136, ISBN 0-304-70352-4)
  • New Studies in Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York, twenty-three monographs since 1992)
  • The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2001, pp.290, ISBN 0-521-77918-9)
  • Reflecting Theologically on AIDS (Continuum, London and UNAID, Geneva, 2007, pp.208, ISBN 978-0-334-04002-6)

Multimedia resources

The Ethics of Human Enhancement   MP3Video (download) 
Owen Gingerich

Prof Owen Gingerich

Biography

Owen Gingerich is a Senior Astronomer Emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Research Professor of Astronomy and of the

Owen Gingerich is a Senior Astronomer Emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Research Professor of Astronomy and of the History of Science at Harvard University. 1992-93 he chaired Harvard's History of Science Department. Professor Gingerich's research interests have ranged from the recomputation of an ancient Babylonian mathematical table to the interpretation of stellar spectra.

In the past three decades Professor Gingerich has become a leading authority on Johannes Keplar and on Nicholas Copernicus. His annotated census of 16th century copies of De revolutionibus by Copernicus has now been published as a monograph. Besides over 500 technical or educational articles and reviews, Professor Gingerich has written more popularly on astronomy and two anthologies of his essays have appeared. Professor Gingerich has been Vice President of the American Philosophical Society, he has served as chairman of the US National Committee of the International Astronomical Union and he has been a councillor of the American Astronomical Society. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the AAS Doggett prize for his contributions to the history of astronomy, the Polish Order of Merit and an asteroid has been named in his honour.

Multimedia resources

Truth in Science: Proof, Persuasion and the Galileo AffairHTML     
Truth in Science: Proof, Persuasion and the Galileo Affair - DiscussionHTML     
Truth in Science: Proof and Persuasion from Copernicus to the Galileo Affair   MP3  
David Glass

Dr David Glass

Biography

David Glass is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Mathematics at Ulster University. He has

David Glass is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing and Mathematics at Ulster University. He has a BSc in mathematics, MA in philosophy and PhD in theoretical physics from Queen's University Belfast where he also worked as a post-doctoral research associate before joining Ulster University in 2000. His current research is in the areas of Bayesian and explanatory reasoning, knowledge discovery, and the mathematical and computational modelling of complex systems. This work is multidisciplinary in nature, involving research in artificial intelligence, mathematics and philosophy of science, and finding application in a range of areas. 
 

David also has an interest in the relationship between science and religious belief and has undertaken research in this area by applying his work on Bayesian and explanatory reasoning to topics such as ‘explaining away’ and design arguments. He has published a number of articles in this field and is also the author of Atheism’s New Clothes (IVP/Apollos, 2012).

Multimedia resources

Science, God and Ockham's Razor: Can Science Explain God Away?      
Religious Faith in an Age of Intelligent Machines      
Mehdi Golshani

Prof. Mehdi Golshani

Biography

Mehdi Golshani is Professor of Physics at the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran. Dr Golshani studied for his doctorate at

Mehdi Golshani is Professor of Physics at the Sharif University of Technology, Tehran. Dr Golshani studied for his doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley before returning to Tehran to pursue his academic career. His research interests include Particle Physics, Foundational and Philosophical Aspects of Physics, Philosophy of Science, and Theology.

Prof. Golshani is currently the Director of the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies and Chairman of the Faculty of the Philosophy of Science, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran. Previously he was Chairman of the Dept. of Basic Sciences, Academy of Science, Islamic Republic of Iran (1990-2000).

He is a member of a several scientific bodies, including the Academy of Sciences, Islamic Republic of Iran, the American Association of Physics Teachers and the International Society for Science & Religion

He has received a John Templeton Award for a Science-Religion Course Program and is a former Judge for the John Templeton Award for Progress in Religion.

Publications in English

  • The Holy Qur’an and the Sciences of Nature (1999)
  • From Physics to Metaphysics (1997)
  • Can Science Dispense with Religion? (third edition , 2004)
  • Issues in Science and Religion (2004).

Multimedia resources

Current Issues in the Science-Religion Debate in the Islamic World   MP3Video (download) 

Prof. Judith Goodship

Biography

Professor of medical genetics, University of Newcastle.

Professor of medical genetics, University of Newcastle.

Dr David Gosling

Biography

Dr David Gosling trained as a physicist and lectured in that subject for seven years at St Stephen’s College, Delhi.

Dr David Gosling trained as a physicist and lectured in that subject for seven years at St Stephen’s College, Delhi. He was ordained in the Church of England and at one time was the Director of Church and Society of the World Council of Churches. For several years he was principal of Edwardes college in the University of Peshawar but has recently returned to Cambridge University where he teaches ecology. He was Spalding Fellow at Clare Hall.

He has written two books, Religion and Ecology in India and Southeast Asia (2001) and Science and the Indian Tradition: When Einstein met Tagore (2007)

Multimedia resources

Science and the Indian Tradition: When Einstein met Tagore   MP3  

Prof Monica Grady

Biography

Monica Grady is Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences at the Open University, where she studies comets and asteroids, in

Monica Grady is Professor of Planetary and Space 
Sciences at the Open University, where she studies comets and asteroids, 
in order to understand the origin and evolution of the Sun and planets. 
Monica is also a practising Catholic. In her lecture, she will talk 
about her work, and how she balances her beliefs with her research. She 
will also discuss potential moral and ethical issues that might arise if 
(when?) we discover life beyond the Earth.

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Joel Green

Dr Joel Green

Biography

Joel B. Green is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary , Wilmore, Kentucky. In addition to earning

Joel B. Green is Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary , Wilmore, Kentucky. In addition to earning the PhD in New Testament studies from the University of Aberdeen, Professor Green has done graduate work in neuroscience at the University of Kentucky. A member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, he has published 25 books and scores of essays in scholarly journals, academic symposia, and for the general church. Two of Dr. Green’s books have been included in Christianity Today’s “Top 25” Book Awards, and a third was chosen as “Book of the Year” by the Academy of Parish Clergy in 2001. He is editor of Journal of Theological Interpretation, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including New Testament Studies, Theology and Science, and Science & Christian Belief. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Dr. Green has pastored churches in Texas, Scotland, and Northern California.

In keeping with his interdisciplinary interests, Professor Green is currently working on projects related to the interface of biblical anthropology and the natural sciences and to theological interpretation of Scripture. He has longer term interests in the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles, the significance of the death of Jesus, and the Catholic Letters of the New Testament.

Professor Green began his formal involvement in the science-religion field through his participation in two interdisciplinary projects — “Portraits of Human Nature” and “Mind, Brain, and Personhood: An Inquiry from Scientific and Theological Perspectives” — both funded by The Templeton Foundation. This led to further graduate work in neuroscience at the University of Kentucky, to a new course at Asbury Theological Seminary on “The Human Person: Interdisciplinary Perspectives,” to his organizing a symposium on “Minds, Souls, Persons,” and to his lecturing on related topics in the United States and New Zealand. He has edited What about the Soul? Neuroscience and Christian Anthropology (Abingdon) and coedited In Search of the Soul: Four Views of the Mind-Body Problem (InterVarsity).

 

Recent Selected Publications in Science and Religion

  • Brown, Warren S., Nancey Murphy, and H. Newton Maloney, eds. Whatever Happened to the Soul? Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1998.
  • Green, Joel B., ed. What About the Soul? Neuroscience and Christian Anthropology. Nashville: Abingdon, 2004.
  • Green, Joel B., and Stuart L. Palmer, eds. In Search of the Soul: Four Views of the Mind-Body Problem. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2005.
  • Gregersen, Niels Henrik, Willem B. Drees, and Ulf Görman, eds. The Human Person in Science and Theology . Issues in Science and Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000.
  • Jeeves, Malcolm, ed. Human Nature. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2006.
  • Jeeves, Malcolm A., ed. From Cells to Souls: Changing Portraits of Human Nature. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004.
  • Russell, Robert John, Nancey Murphy, Theo C. Meyering, and Michael A. Arbib, eds. Neuroscience and the Person. Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action, 4. Vatican City State: Vatican Observatory, 1999.
  • Wright, John P., and Paul Potter, eds. Psyche and Soma: Physicians and Metaphysicians on the Mind-Body Problem From Antiquity to Enlightenment. Oxford: Clarendon, 2000.

Prof. Niels Gregersen

Biography

Gregersen (b. 1956) received his pd.d. in theology from the University of Copenhagen (1987) and held between 1986 and 2004

Gregersen (b. 1956) received his pd.d. in theology from the University of Copenhagen (1987) and held between 1986 and 2004 various faculty positions at Aarhus University. Since 2004 he is full  Professor of Systematic Theology, Copenhagen University, and since 2008 co-Director of The Center for Naturalism & Christian Semantics", Copenhagen University.

From 1992 to 2003, he was a leader of the Danish Science-Theology Forum. From 1998 to 2002 Vice-President of The European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT) and responsible for its publication program. In 2002-3 he was elected President of The Learned Society, Denmark. He is a founding member and Executive Committee member of

International Society for Science and Religion

(ISSR) 2002-2007

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Dave Gregory

Revd Dr Dave Gregory

Biography

David arrived in Croxley Green in the summer of 2010, moving from Milton Keynes where he worked with

David arrived in Croxley Green in the summer of 2010, moving from Milton Keynes where he worked with two churches since 2001. Before training as a Baptist Minister, with his wife Carolyn and their two children he lived in Bracknell where he was part of the leadership team of Easthampstead Baptist Church. 

Dave has a background in physics and astronomy and in Bracknell worked in research at the Met Office and European Weather Centre for 15 years, specialising in how clouds affect weather forecasting and climate prediction. He continues to take an interest in science, offering talks on connections between science and faith, as well as weather and climate change to schools, churches and community groups. In his spare time, Dave takes an interest in history and different cultures, watching films and science fiction and reading an increasing diverse range of books from science fiction to ancient Roman detective stories.

He cooks a lot – particularly Italian food – and enjoys sharing meals. He enjoys travelling and hill walking especially in The Peak District. He dislikes gardening and has given up trying to learn to play the guitar, but enjoys singing!

Nidhal Guessoum

Prof. Nidhal Guessoum

Biography

Prof. Nidhal Guessoum is an Algerian astrophysicist who received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at

Prof. Nidhal Guessoum is an Algerian astrophysicist who received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego and spent two years as a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. His research focuses on gamma radiation, mainly from the Milky Way Galaxy, but lately from other sources in the Universe as well; he has had an ongoing collaboration with colleagues at the Centre d’Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements in Toulouse, France. For the past decade or so, he has been at the American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), where he chaired the Physics Department for a few years and presided over the Faculty Senate.

In addition to his technical papers, he has published dozens of articles on general science issues, edited a conference proceedings volume, and co-authored two general public books, The Determination of Lunar Crescent Months and the Islamic Calendar (two editions) and The Story of the Universe (three editions), both in Arabic. Lately, Prof. Guessoum has been active in the area of the Islam-Science interface. He has recently finished a book on Islam, modern science, and Western thought.

Professor Guessoum has been at the forefront of astrophysical research on the electron-positron annihilation process in the Galaxy, the emission coming mainly from the central regions. With the data from the INTEGRAL gamma-ray satellite, he and co-workers have helped improve our understanding of what has been a longstanding puzzle, namely the origin of the 10^43 positrons produced and annihilated each second. In parallel to this, Guessoum has pioneered the study of nuclear gamma-ray lines produced outside of the solar system, an emission which is undetectable at our present technological capacity but which could be within grasp of the next generation of instruments. Finally, he has lately ventured in the gamma-ray burst domain, which in the past decade or more has become one of the most stunning phenomena of the cosmos and has yet to be explained in a satisfactory manner.

Professor Guessoum has long had an interest in the questions at the interface between science and religion in general, and science and Islam in particular. His co-authored book on the “Story of the Universe” featured chapters on humanity’s old historical, cultural, and religious views of the cosmos, and he has often lectured on the historical and philosophical nature of the relation between science (in its ancient and modern versions) and Islam. In recent years, that interest has been molded into a serious endeavour; Guessoum was a member of Paris-based “Science and Religion in Islam” project; he took an active part in the 2008 conference on “Science, Cultures and the Future of Humanity”, which was held in Doha, Qatar; he has also published a number of articles and book reviews in the field.  His most recent book is Islam's Quantum Question:Reconciling Muslim Tradition and Modern Science (I.B.Tauris 2010).

Recent Science Publications

  • “Positron Annihilation on PAHs in the ISM”, N. Guessoum, W. Gillard, and P. Jean, recently submitted.
  • “Copernicus and Ibn al-Shatir: Does the Copernican Revolution Have Islamic Roots?”, N. Guessoum, The Observatory, 2008.
  • “Microquasars as Sources of Positron Annihilation Radiation”, N. Guessoum, P. Jean, and N. Prantzos, Astronomy & Astrophysics, A&A, 457, 753 (2006).
  • “First View of the All-Sky Distribution of Positronium Annihilation Continuum Emission with SPI/INTEGRAL”, G. Weidenspointner et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 450, 1013 (2006).
  • “Ion acceleration and positron production and annihilation in solar flares”, N. Guessoum, Proc. of IAU Symposium 233, vol. 2, eds. V. Bothmer & A. A. Hady, pp. 377-380, 2006.
  • “Relevance of slow positron beam research to astrophysical studies of positron interactions and annihilation in the interstellar medium”, N. Guessoum, P. Jean, W. Gillard, ApSS, 252, 3352 (2006).
  • “Spectral Analysis of the Galactic e+e- Annihilation Emission”, P. Jean, et al., Astronomy & Astrophysics, 445, 579 (2005).
  • “The Lives and Deaths of Positrons in the Interstellar Medium”, N. Guessoum, P. Jean, W. Gillard, Astronomy & Astrophysics, 436, 171 (2005).
  • “Detecting 2.223 MeV Line Emission from X-Ray Novae with INTEGRAL”, N. Guessoum & P. Jean, Nuclear Physics B (Proceedings Supplements), 132C, 396-399 (2004).

Recent Science and Religion Publications

  • “The Qur’an, Science, and the (related) Contemporary Muslim Discourse”, Zygon, 2008.
  • “Progress in Solving the Problem of the Crescent-based Islamic Calendar”, Proc. of 1st Emirates (International) Astronomical Conference, eds. N. Guessoum & M. Odeh, pp. 77-86, 2007.
  • “Émergence : Le nouveau paradigme est-il doté d’une connotation philosophique ? Un commentaire du livre ‘A Different Universe’ de Robert B. Laughlin”, PhiloScience, 2007.
  • “L’Univers a-t-il été créé pour l’homme ? Les réponses de la science moderne et de l’Islam”, http://www.oumma.com/spip.php?article2146 , September 2006.
  • “Science and Religion in Dan Brown’s ‘Angels and Demons’,” http://www.science-islam.net/ article.php3?id_article=632&lang=en.
  • “A Century of Religion-Science-Philosophy Debates”, Review of Larry Witham’s ‘The Measure of God’, 2005, http://www.science-islam.net/article.php3?id_article=583&lang=en .
  • “La cosmologie islamique peut-elle être moderne?” (with K. Meziane), Etudes Orientales, vol. 23/24, 2005, p. 145.
  • “Fine-Tuning, Principe Anthropique et Multivers: Perspectives Islamiques sur une Question Controversée”, Etudes Orientales, vol. 23/24, 2005, p. 126.

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Islam and Modern Science: conflict or harmony?   MP3  
John Gummer

Rt Hon John Gummer

Biography

John Gummer began his schooling at Holy Trinity C of E Primary School in Brompton from where he went to

John Gummer began his schooling at Holy Trinity C of E Primary School in Brompton from where he went to the King's School in Rochester. He was an Exhibitioner at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he read History, was President of the Cambridge Union and Chairman of the Conservative Association.

When elected to serve as a Member of Parliament his ministerial career began with his appointment as a Conservative Whip and then as an Employment Minister. He served as Minister for Health and Safety and Minister for Local Government.

John became a Cabinet Minister, under both Margaret Thatcher and John Major, serving as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food and then as Secretary of State for the Environment. He has had sixteen years of ministerial experience - one of only five people in the last 200 years who have held so long a tenure.

He played a vital part in the negotiations for the Uruguay whilst chairing the Council of Agriculture Ministers. He was instrumental in bringing environmental considerations to the heart of British Agricultural policy and then to the wider European CAP.

John was the UK Environmental Secretary from 1993-1997 where he played a key role in the "Convention on Climate Change" meetings held in Berlin and Geneva. The Secretary-General of the United Nations named him as one of a small Committee of Distinguished Persons advising on Habitat II (UN Conference on Human Settlements). In 1996, He was also elected Chairman of the Environmental Committee of the OECD by his fellow ministers. Friends of the Earth called him the best Environment Secretary they had ever had. After his term as Secretary of State, John was awarded the Medal of Honour by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds - the UK's largest environmental organisation. He is the only Government Minister to have ever received this award.

John Gummer is first and foremost a constituency MP and much enjoys that part of Parliamentary life. In that role he is campaigning against plans to reduce the level of coastal protection along our 74 miles of coast. At the centre of his concern at the moment is the improvement of NHS services in Suffolk. He is also lobbying for an A12 bypass for the villages of Farnham and Stratford St Andrew.

John writes regularly for the Catholic Herald, Country Life , Estates Gazette and other magazines with a pronounced emphasis on environmental issues. He has written pieces on social issues, politics and religion. He and his wife, Penelope, and four children: Benedict, Felix, Leonora, and Cordelia, live near Debenham.

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How Does Parliament Handle the Ethical Issues Raised by Scientific Advances?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Richard Hain

Dr Richard Hain

Biography

Richard D. W. Hain MBBS, MSc, MSt, MD, FRCP(Edin), FRCPCH, Dip Pal Med, PGCertEd (Prof Clin),  FHEA Consultant and Lead Clinician in

Richard D. W. Hain
MBBS, MSc, MSt, MD, FRCP(Edin), FRCPCH, Dip Pal Med, PGCertEd (Prof Clin),  FHEA

Consultant and Lead Clinician in Paediatric Palliative Medicine
Visiting Professor, University of South Wales
Honorary Senior Lecturer, Bangor University
Wales, United Kingdom

Background
1984: Project on paediatric palliative care as 4th year medical student (Guy’s Hospital, London).  Decided to make this my specialty.
1993: Master’s (Pharmacology), University of Toronto, Canada
1996: Doctorate (opioid pharmacology in children), Institute Cancer Research, UK
1998:  Diploma in Palliative Medicine, Cardiff University, Wales
1999: Specialist registration in adult palliative medicine, general paediatrics and paediatric oncology
2000: Senior lecturer/Honorary Consultant, University of Wales Department of Child Health. Developed undergraduate curriculum in Professionalism and Ethics, Cardiff University Medical School
2010:  Honorary Senior Lecturer, Bangor University, Wales.
2010: Director, Medical Mediation Foundation
2011:  PGCE in Professional and Clinical Education, Bangor University
2011:  Visiting Professor, University of South Wales
2012:  Consultant/Lead Clinician, Cardiff and Vale UHB
2012:  Master’s (Ethics and Theology), Oxford University
2013: Trustee, Together for Short Lives

Current work
Richard is based in the Department of Child Health and sees patients at home, on the ward, in outpatients, at school and at Ty Hafan children’s hospice.  As a tertiary specialist, he leads a Wales-wide network comprising a wide range of professionals caring for children with malignant and non-malignant life limiting conditions. 

Academically he has written and/or edited several book chapters and textbooks including two editions of the Oxford Textbook and the Oxford Handbook of PPM.  He has published a number of research and review articles on ethics, pharmacology and other aspects of palliative care and symptom control in children. Richard is Chair of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Ethics Committee and has written and researched in end of life ethics in children. 

In 2012 he was honoured to receive the Vittorio Ventafridda award in Palliative Medicine.


 

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Infanticide on demand: why should the baby live? Medical ethics for children   MP3  

Harfiyah Haleem

Biography

Harfiyah Haleem has been a trustee of IFEES (the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences) since 2003.  Editor of 'Islam

Harfiyah Haleem has been a trustee of IFEES (the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences) since 2003.  Editor of 'Islam and the Environment' (an anthology of essays by Muslim scholars), she has also helped to edit 'The Muslim Green Guide...', and has contributed a Muslim viewpoint for a forthcoming interfaith book 'Whose Light is it Anyway?' as well as book reviews for IFEES' EcoIslam magazine, the Muslim World Book Review and others. She gives talks and presentations about various aspects of Islam and the environment and contributes a sustainability dimension to the Living Islam summer event, including eco-workshops for up to 1000 Muslim scouts.

Since 2005 she has been helping to run various environmental awareness and recycling projects amongst the Muslim communities in Tower Hamlets and other London boroughs.  She is a contributor to two seminars at Lambeth Palace: Climate Change 2009 and Sustainability 2011. She is also a director of the Muslim Women's Collective CIC in Tower Hamlets, for whom she has run an eco-champions / recycling awareness-raising project and part of a waste inspection project.

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Science, the Environment and the Qur'an      
Hans Halvorson

Hans Halvorson

Biography

Professor of philosophy at Princeton University. He has written extensively on the foundations of quantum physics, philosophy of science, and

Professor of philosophy at Princeton University. He has written extensively on the foundations of quantum physics, philosophy of science, and the relationship between science and theology, with articles appearing in the Journal of Mathematical Physics, Physical Review, The British Journal for Philosophy of Science, and The European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, among others.  In 2008 he won a Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship, to pursue research in category theory and especially topos theory.  Halvorson has received the Cushing Memorial Prize in the History and Philosophy of Physics (2004), Best Article of the Year by a Recent Ph.D. (Philosophy of Science Association, 2001), and Ten Best Philosophy Articles of the Year (The Philosopher's Annual, both 2001 and 2002).

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Does the Universe need God?   MP3  
Pam Hanley

Pam Hanley

Biography

Pam Hanley is currently undertaking a part-time PhD which looks at the inter-relationship of science and religion in school, focusing

Pam Hanley is currently undertaking a part-time PhD which looks at the inter-relationship of science and religion in school, focusing on the teaching of the origin of life. Her ‘day job’ is research fellow at the Institute for Effective Education, University of York, where she works mainly on the development and evaluation of literacy and numeracy programmes for primary schools. She is also involved in a systematic review of research into effective science programmes. Previously, she worked on an evaluation of 21st Century Science at the University of Southampton, and also conducted assessments of teacher professional development for the Science Learning Centre South East. Before that she worked in a variety of jobs, including as a researcher for the Co-op and the television regulator, and as a journalist on Which? Magazine.

James Hannam

Dr James Hannam

Biography

James Hannam has a physics degree from the University of Oxford and a PhD in the History and Philosophy of

James Hannam has a physics degree from the University of Oxford and a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge.  He writes on the pre-modern and early modern history of science and religion.  His first book God’s Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science was published by Icon in 2009 and his articles have appeared in several publications including the Spectator, the Mail on Sunday and History Today.  He has also contributed to various academic journals.

He is currently working on a book on the destruction of England’s medieval heritage during the period of the Reformation.

Dr Hannam is a member of the Science and Religion Forum and the British Society for the History of Science.

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God's Philosophers: How the Mediaeval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science   MP3Video (download) 
Science and Christianity: An historical sketch   MP3Video (download) 
Can science and religion get on? Some lessons from history   MP3  
The mythical conflict: Have science and religion got on better than people think?      

Prof. Jeff Hardin

Biography

Jeff Hardin is Professor and Chair of the Department of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hardin holds an M.Div.

Jeff Hardin is Professor and Chair of the Department of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hardin holds an M.Div. from the International School of Theology and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. His numerous research articles focus on the genetic regulation of cell movement and cell adhesion during embryonic development, which has broad implications for understanding human birth defects and cancer. He is also a nationally and internationally recognized biology educator, and the senior author of a widely used cell biology textbook, The World of the Cell (Pearson). Hardin is the only scientist in the Religious Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madision, where he is the director of the Isthmus Society, which is committed to promoting dialogue between science and religion. He is on the national advisory board for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship’s Faculty Ministry and serves as faculty advisor for the Navigators and InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship on the UW-Madison campus.

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How we are made: Embryos, Biology and Belief      
Richard Harper

Prof. Richard Harper

Biography

Originally trained as a sociologist, I am a scientist, academic and public engagement researcher who studies how new

Originally trained as a sociologist, I am a scientist, academic and public engagement researcher who studies how new technologies shape us and how we in turn shape our technologies - in the space that is often known as Human Computer Interaction or HCI.  I have written 13 books (some award-winning), and published over 160 scientific articles on topics covering a wide range of technology, from mobile phones, to search engines, to artificial intelligence and the Cloud. I have led research groups at Xerox and Microsoft, and was the director and founder of The Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey. I have founded and jointly led start-up companies with clients as diverse as Vodafone, Hewlett Packard and StoraEnso. 

I invent as well as do research, and have filed 26 patents on a variety of new concepts including, for example, mobile communication apps, wearable security systems and family life appliances. I regularly speak to the public, and to the research and business communities on all aspects of the Digital Society. I am a Fellow of the IET and of the Royal Society of Arts. In 2014, the ACM elected me a Fellow of its Academy in honour of leadership in the field of Human-Computer Interaction. I am currently a visiting Professor at the University of Swansea. http://www.rhrharper.com/

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Communication, God and Machines      
Mark Harris

Dr Mark Harris

Biography

Mark Harris is Lecturer in Science and Religion at the University of Edinburgh. His first degree and PhD at

Mark Harris is Lecturer in Science and Religion at the University of Edinburgh. His first degree and PhD at Cambridge were in earth sciences (specifically mineral physics), but he soon moved into condensed matter physics, working at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford from 1994 to 2004. Exploring a call to ordained ministry, he studied theology at Oxford, and was then Chaplain at Oriel College, Oxford from 2004 to 2010, where he also taught New Testament studies. After moving to Edinburgh to become the Vice-Provost of St Mary's Cathedral, in 2012 took up the brand new post of Lecturer in Science and Religion at the University of Edinburgh. Here, he manages Edinburgh's MSc programme in Science and Religion, one of the world's few advanced programmes in the subject.

Mark's current research interests explore the interface between science and biblical interpretation. He is the author of The Nature of Creation (2013, Acumen Press), a theological investigation of the creation texts of the Bible in the light of modern science and critical biblical scholarship. He is also interested in the interpretation of miracles, especially in the idea of resurrection in Christianity, and in the way that scientific catastrophism has become an important driving force in popular interpretations of the Bible.

At the same time, as a physicist, Mark is interested in the ambiguous relationship between physics and religious belief, and he is working on a long-standing project on the question of scientific and theological views of ultimate reality and the laws of nature.

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Science and Religion: Clash of Worldviews?      
The Bible and Human Origins      
Peter Harrison

Prof. Peter Harrison

Biography

Peter Harrison is Director of the Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland.  Before taking

Peter Harrison is Director of the Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland.  Before taking up the Directorship in 2012 he was the Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, where he was a member of the Faculties of Theology and History, a Fellow of Harris Manchester College, and Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre. He has published extensively in the area of cultural and intellectual history with a focus on the philosophical, scientific and religious thought of the early modern period. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Oxford, Yale, and Princeton, is a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2011 he delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh.

His five books include:

  •  The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion(Cambridge, 2010)
  • The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science (Cambridge, 2007)
  • The Bible, Protestantism and the Rise of Natural Science (Cambridge, 1998).

He has published over 60 articles or book chapters. His Gifford Lectures, Science, Religion and Modernity, will appear  in 2014 with the University of Chicago Press.
 

 

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The religious origins of modern science      
Glynn Harrison

Prof. Glynn Harrison

Biography

Glynn Harrison is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Bristol where he was also a practicing consultant psychiatrist and Chair

Glynn Harrison is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Bristol where he was also a practicing consultant psychiatrist and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.Professionally, his main areas of academic research were in schizophrenia and associated psychotic illness, health service evaluation and epidemiology. He is recent past President of the International Federation of Psychiatric Epidemiology, a past advisor to WHO and he has served on the Chief Medical Officers 'Health of the Nation' Working group. His clinical passion was for early intervention and prevention of psychotic disorder. Left untreated, these can be among the most devastating and potentially long term disorders in the field of psychiatry.
 

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Identity, Self-Esteem and the Image of God   MP3  
Identity, Self Esteem and the Image of God PDF    

Dr Usama Hasan

Biography

Usama Hasan is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at Middlesex University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society,

Usama Hasan is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at Middlesex University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and also Imam at Tawhid Mosque, London. He has a PhD from Imperial College London, and an MA from the University of Cambridge. He has previously been a Planetarium Lecturer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich and a Director of The City Circle. He is a certified transmitter of the Qur'an and Hadith, and has made numerous international media appearances.

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Islam and Evolution      

Laura Hassan

Biography

Laura Hassan is based in the Department of Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East at SOAS, University

Laura Hassan is based in the Department of Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East at SOAS, University of London. Her doctoral project explores the work of a 13th century Ash'ari theologian, Sayf al-Din al-Amidi (d.1233), and its relationship to both Avicennan philosophy and classical Ash'ari theology. Laura has further research interests in the field of Qur'anic Studies, and is active at SOAS in inter-faith dialogue. She studied Arabic and Islamic Studies with Syriac at the University of Oxford, and has also studied Arabic in Alexandria and Fez.

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God's Two Books in Islam and Christianity      
Rhoda Hawkins

Dr Rhoda Hawkins

Biography

Dr Rhoda Hawkins is a lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield, and a

Dr Rhoda Hawkins is a lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield, and a visiting lecturer at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Her research involves using theoretical physics approaches to shed light on problems in biology, including cell movement and polarisation, the cytoskeleton, and protein allostery. She completed a degree in physics at University of Oxford, and a PhD in the Polymers And Complex Fluids group at the University of Leeds. Her postdoctoral research was at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics, Amsterdam, the Curie Institute and University of Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, and the University of Bristol, and she has been a visiting researcher and lecturer at African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cape Town. Rhoda is a keen fell runner, on the Christians in Science committee and a member of St Timothy's church, Sheffield.

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Ordered Disorder in Biology      
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

     

     

     

     

     

 

Multimedia resources

Consumption and Well-Being: Christian Values and Sustainability   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
A Life in Science   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Being a Christian in Science   MP3Video (download) 
Food Security and Modern Genetics   MP3  
Can Genetics Feed Africa?   MP3  

Prof. Michal Heller

Biography

Prof. Michał Heller graduated from the Catholic University of Lublin, where he earned a master's degree in philosophy in 1965

Prof. Michał Heller graduated from the Catholic University of Lublin, where he earned a master's degree in philosophy in 1965 and a Ph.D. in cosmology in 1966.
After beginning his teaching career at Tarnów, he joined the faculty of the Pontifical Academy of Theology in 1972 and was appointed to a full professorship in 1985. The recipient of an honorary degree from the Technical University of Cracow, he has been a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and a visiting scientist at Belgium’s University of Liège, the University of Oxford, the University of Leicester, Ruhr University in Germany, The Catholic University of America, and the University of Arizona among others. Dr. Heller is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

His current research is concerned with the singularity problem in general relativity and the use of noncommutative geometry in seeking the unification of general relativity and quantum mechanics. He has published nearly 200 scientific papers not only in general relativity and relativistic cosmology, but also in philosophy and the history of science and science and theology and is the author of more than 20 books. In his volume, Is Physics an Art? (Biblos, 1998), he writes about mathematics as the language of science and also explores such humanistic issues as beauty as a criterion of truth, creativity, and transcendence.

In March 2008, Heller was awarded the $1.6 million USD (£1,000,000) Templeton Prize for his extensive philosophical and scientific probing of "big questions." His works have sought to reconcile the "known scientific world with the unknowable dimensions of God."

Multimedia resources

Lemaitre, the Big Bang and the Quantum Universe   MP3Video (download) 
Lizzie Henderson

Lizzie Henderson

Biography

Lizzie Henderson is the Youth and Schools Outreach Officer and Children's Media Project Coordinator for The Faraday Institute. She is

Lizzie Henderson is the Youth and Schools Outreach Officer and Children's Media Project Coordinator for The Faraday Institute. She is available to provide lessons, workshops and talks on the interactions of science and faith for children, young people and students in a variety of classroom, school society and other contexts. Lizzie also coordinates a project developing materials to communicate positive science-faith interactions to children aged 2-12. Lizzie's work with young people benefits directly from the diverse range of expert knowledge and novel research of The Faraday Institute staff and associates.

Lizzie holds a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge (2013), specialising in Evolutionary and Behavioural Biology, Geology and the History and Philosophy of Science. She has a strong interest in the communication and public understanding of the interactions of science and faith and regularly participates in formal and informal discussion of the science-faith dialogue. She has also worked with children and young people in a variety of contexts for many years. Following a short-term internship with Christians in Science, she came to work full-time for The Faraday Institute in October 2013.

For more information or to book a session please contact eec34@cam.ac.uk

Multimedia resources

Fossils, Evolution and the Bible      
Science and Religion with Children and Young People      
Shaun Henson

Revd. Dr Shaun Henson

Biography

Shaun Henson researches and teaches in Oxford University's Faculty of Theology and Religion. Church of England priest, he serves as

Shaun Henson researches and teaches in Oxford University's Faculty of Theology and Religion. Church of England priest, he serves as Chaplain to St Hugh's College, Oxford.  His academic interests are at the intersections of science, philosophy, and religion, teaching in areas like science and religion and Christian doctrine.  Henson has recently collaborated on a couple of international research projects, the first based at the London School of Economics investigating 'God's Order,  Man's Order, and the Order of Nature'.  Another has just concluded called ‘Abraham’s Dice’, exploring the interplay of concepts of chance and providence in the major monotheistic religious traditions.  Shaun’s recent publications include God and Natural Order: Physics, Philosophy, and Theology (New York and London: Routledge, 2014), Academic Vocation in the Church and Academy Today: And With All of Your Mind (New York and London: Routledge, 2016), and ‘Throwing Dice? Thoughts of God in a Quantum World’ in Karl Giberson, ed. Abraham's Dice: Chance and Providence in the Monotheistic Traditions (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Multimedia resources

God and the Order of Nature: Unity and Plurality      
Noreen Herzfeld

Prof. Noreen Herzfeld

Biography

Noreen Herzfeld is the Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professor of Science and Religion at St. John’s University and the College

Noreen Herzfeld is the Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professor of Science and Religion at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota.  She holds degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Theology from The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

 
Herzfeld teaches courses in both the department of computer science and the department of theology at St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, reflecting her two primary research interests—the intersection of religion and technology, and religion and conflict.  Various topics include computer theory, computer ethics, religion and science in dialog, the spirituality and politics of Islam, and religion and conflict. 
 

Herzfeld is the author of In Our Image:  Artificial Intelligence and the Human Spirit (Fortress, 2002), Technology and Religion:  Remaining Human in a Co-Created World (Templeton, 2009), and The Limits of Perfection in Technology, Religion, and Science (Pandora, 2010).   She has also published numerous articles on such diverse topics as cyberspace as a venue for spiritual experience, embodiment as a sine qua non for personhood, the religious implications of computer games, and the prospects for reconciliation among Christians and Muslims in Bosnia.

Recent publications

  • Outsourced Memory:  Computers and Conversation, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, Vol. 65, No. 3 (September, 2013).

  • “Living in Cyberspace:  Video Games, Facebook, and the Image of God”  Journal of Dharma,  vol. 36, No. 2 (June 2011).

  • “Human and Artificial Intelligence: a Theological Response”  Human Identity at the Intersection
      of Science, Technology andReligion.   Nancey Murphey, ed. New York:  Ashgate, 2010.
  • “Your Cell will teach you everything:  Old Wisdom, Modern Science, and the Art of Attention,” Journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies, 29 (2009).
  • “A New Member of the Family?: The Continuum of Being, Artificial Intelligence, and the Image of God,”  Theology and Science, 5:3 (November, 2007).
  • “The End of Faith?”  Science and Theology as Process,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology, 46: 3 (Fall 2007).
  • “The Danger of Religious Nationalism and Hope for Renewal:  Lessons from Srebrenica,” Journal of Religion and Society, Supplement Series 1, Religion and Violence, 2007.

Multimedia resources

Are humans computers?    Video (download) 
Memory and personhood   MP3  
Richard Hess

Prof. Richard Hess

Biography

Dr. Richard S. Hess is Earl S. Kalland Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Denver Seminary in Denver,

Dr. Richard S. Hess is Earl S. Kalland Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He is the editor of the Bulletin for Biblical Research and the Denver Journal: An Online Review of Current Biblical and Theological Studies. He edits the Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplement Series and co-edits the Septuagint Commentary Series. A Ph.D. graduate from Hebrew Union College, Dr. Hess has done postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago, the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, the University of Cambridge, Tyndale House, the University of Sheffield, the Australian Institute of Archaeology in Melbourne, and Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Dr. Hess has authored seven volumes, edited twelve books, contributed to five Bible translations, published more than one hundred research articles, and written several hundred book reviews and dictionary articles.

Having published studies on Genesis, Joshua, Song of Songs, and most recently Leviticus, Dr. Hess is writing commentaries on the biblical books of Genesis, Joshua, 1 and 2 Kings, and Job. He is also working on a graduate level Old Testament introduction and editing several studies on War in the Bible, Early Israel, and the history of Israel. In preparation for publication are also studies on Late Bronze Age ethnic geography of Canaan, literacy in ancient Israel, Luwian hieroglyphic texts, Amarna cuneiform texts, and the biblical accounts of Solomon's Temple.

Dr. Hess has evaluated research proposals and manuscripts for the Israel Science Foundation, the American Schools of Oriental Research, the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, and Science and Christian Belief, as well as numerous biblical studies journals and publishers. His work in science has focused on the archaeology of the ancient Near East with special attention to written artifacts such as the West Semitic archives of the Late Bronze Age, and on the relationship of these texts to the Bible (especially Genesis and early Israel).

Books authored

  • "Leviticus," in The Expositor's Bible Commentary Revised Editon 1: Genesis–Leviticus, T. Longman III and D. E. Garland eds., Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008, pp. 563-826.
  • Israelite Religions: An Archaeological and Biblical Survey, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007. 432 pages with 44 photos and maps.
  • Song of Songs, Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005. 285 pages.
  • Joshua. An Introduction and Commentary, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries; Leicester and Downers Grove: IVP, 1996. 320 pages with 9 maps. Translations have appeared in Chinese, French, Portugese, and Italian.
  • Studies in the Personal Names of Genesis 1-11, Alter Orient und Altes Testament Band 234, Kevelaer: Butzon & Bercker; Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener, 1993. xx + 200 pages.
  • Amarna Personal Names, American Schools of Oriental Research Dissertation Series 9; Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1993. xii + 292 pages.

Books co-authored

  • Names in the Study of Biblical History: David, YHWH Names, and the Role of Personal Names, co-authored with Francis I. Andersen; Buried History Monograph 2; Melbourne: Australian Institute of Archaeology, 2007.

Some recently edited volumes

  • Issues in Early Israelite Historiography, co-ed. with G. Klingbeil and P. Ray, Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplement 3, Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2008.
  • War in the Bible and Terrorism in the 21st Century, co-ed. with E. Martens, Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplement 2, Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2008.
  • Issues in Bible Translation, comprising The Bible Translator 56/3 (July 2005), co-ed. with P. Towner

(Other) Science and Religion Publications

  • "I Studied Inscriptions from before the Flood": Ancient Near Eastern, Linguistic and Literary Approaches to Genesis 1-11, co-editor with David Tsumura, Sources for Biblical and Theological Study 4; Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 1994. xvi + 480 pages.
  • "Genesis 1-2 and Recent Studies of Ancient Texts," Science and Christian Belief 7 (1995) 141-149.

Multimedia resources

God and Origins: Interpreting the Early Chapters of Genesis   MP3Video (download) 

Prof. Antony Hewish

Biography

Nobel Laureate - Radio Astronomy

Nobel Laureate - Radio Astronomy

Multimedia resources

My Life in Science and Religion - A Personal Story   MP3  

Dr Louise Hickman

Biography

Louise Hickman is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Ethics at Newman University. She studied at the Universities of Exeter

Louise Hickman is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Ethics at Newman University. She studied at the Universities of Exeter and Cambridge, where she completed her PhD at St. Edmund's College. Her main research interests are the history of the philosophy of religion, and science and religion. She has a recently published monograph, Eighteenth Century Dissent and Cambridge Platonism: Reconceiving the Philosophy of Religion (Routledge, 2017) and is the editor of Reviews in Science and Religion, the journal of the UK's Science and Religion Forum.

She has also edited two books for the Forum, Chance and Providence: Religious Perspectives on Divine Action and Forty Years of Science and Religion (co-edited with Neil Spurway). Further projects underway include a monograph on the history of the soul and a research project on natural theology and ecotheology.

Multimedia resources

Historical Perspectives on Natural Theology      
Margot Hodson

Revd Margot Hodson

Biography

Revd Margot R Hodson is Vicar of Haddenham, Cuddington, Kingsey and Aston Sandford in Buckinghamshire, and was previously Chaplain of

Revd Margot R Hodson is Vicar of Haddenham, Cuddington, Kingsey and Aston Sandford in Buckinghamshire, and was previously Chaplain of Jesus College, Oxford. She is a Director of the John Ray Initiative and their representative on the board of A Rocha UK. Margot teaches environmental ethics at Oxford Brookes University and is married to Dr Martin J Hodson.

Recent publications

  • Hodson, M.J. and Hodson M.R. (2013) ‘Climate change now: science, policy, theology and action’, in A. Kingston Smith, C. Kingston-Smith, J. Ingleby and M. Hoek ed.s Carnival Kingdom: biblical justice for global communities, Gloucester: Redcliffe College
  • Hodson, M. R. (2013), ‘Environment and the Bible’, in L.Cherrett ed. Guidelines, Bible study for today’s ministry and mission, Vol 29 part 1.
  • Hodson, M. R. (2011), ‘Uncovering Isaiah’s Environmental Ethics’.Grove Booklet, Ethics series, Cambridge: Grove Publications (in press).
  • Hodson, M. R. (2010), ‘Storm clouds and mission: creation care and environmental crisis’ in B. Woolnough, ed. Holistic Mission: good news for the poor and the oppressed?, Oxford: Regnum Books International
    Hodson, M.J. and Hodson M.R. (2010) ‘Climate Change, Faith and Rural Communities’ Faith and the Future of the Countryside, ACORA (paper accepted for ACORA conference).
  • Hodson, M. J. and Hodson, M. R. (2008), Cherishing the Earth, How to care for God’s Creation, Oxford: Monarch. (www.hodsons.org/cherishingtheearth/)
  • Weaver, J. and Hodson, M. R. eds. (2007), The Place of Environmental Theology: a guide for seminaries, colleges and universities, Oxford: Whitley Trust, & Prague: IBTS.
  • Hodson, M. R. (2007), “Creative harmony: Isaiah’s vision of a sustainable future”, in R. J. Berry, ed. When Enough is Enough, A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Leicester: IVP, p.169-177.
  • Hodson, M. R. (2004, Environmental Christianity: insights from our Jewish Heritage, JRI Briefing Papers, No. 13, Cheltenham: The John Ray Initiative.
  • Hodson, M. R. (2000), A Feast of Seasons, London: Monarch.
  • Hodson, M.R. (1998), 'Jerusalem’s Story', St Albans: Olive Press.

Multimedia resources

Human Responsibility for the Environment in a Fallen World   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Balancing Human and Environmental Concerns: A Contextual Theology for the Twenty First Century   MP3  
Cherishing the Earth: How to care for God's Creation   MP3  
The environment: what hope do we have for life on a fragile planet?    Video (download) 
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.

Photo: Nigel Bovey/The War Cry

Multimedia resources

The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Science and the Justification of Religious Belief PDF    
Lemaitre and Hoyle: Contrasting Characters in Science and Religion   MP3Video (download) 
God and the Multiverse   MP3  
Science and Religion: Friends or Foes?   MP3Video (download) 
Is the Universe Designed?   MP3  
Is the Universe Designed? - a Theist's View   MP3  
An Introduction to the Science and Religion Dialogue   MP3  
Science and Natural Theology      
Cosmology and Faith      
Is the Universe Designed?      
Cosmology and the Christian Doctrine of Creation      
Cosmology and the Anthropic Principle      
Paul Hopkins

Paul Hopkins

Biography

Paul Hopkins has been working and teaching in various places from primary to HE and in various subjects from physics

Paul Hopkins has been working and teaching in various places from primary to HE and in various subjects from physics to religion for the last 15 or so years. He believes we should be educating children into an open conversation with the universe in all its forms and asking why and how a lot more than what, who and when.

Michael Hoskin

Dr Michael Hoskin

Biography

Michael Hoskin started academic life in Classics, and switched to mathematics on entering London University. In 1952 he came to

Michael Hoskin started academic life in Classics, and switched to mathematics on entering London University. In 1952 he came to Peterhouse for a PhD in algebraic geometry, in which his two fellow-students have since become Sir Michael Atiyah, OM, FRS, and Sir Roger Penrose, OM, FRS. Disillusioned in consequence with mathematics despite being elected a Research Fellow of Jesus College in 1966, the following year he applied for a newly-established Lectureship in History of Science at Leicester, and was appointed despite knowing nothing about the subject.

Two years later he was appointed to the corresponding lectureship in Cambridge, and helped build up what is now the Department of History and Philosophy of Science. In 1965 he was invited to become a foundation Fellow of St Edmund's, and was for five minutes the only Fellow. He served as Vice-Master, Senior Tutor, and secretary of the Trustees.

In 1969 he was invited by Churchill College to build the proposed new Archives Centre. He returned to St Edmund's in 2002 on election as Emeritus Fellow. Michael Hoskin is primarily an historian of stellar astronomy with a particular interest in the Herschel family. In 1970 he founded the Journal for the History of Astronomy and has edited it ever since. He also works in astronomy in prehistory, and has personally measured the orientations of some two thousand European and African dolmens. The International Astronomical Union has designated asteroid 12223 as 12223 Minor Planet HOSKIN in his honour.

Multimedia resources

John Houghton

Prof. Sir John Houghton

Biography

Sir John Houghton is currently Honorary Scientist of the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research at the Meteorological Office;

Sir John Houghton is currently Honorary Scientist of the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research at the Meteorological Office; Honorary Scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory; a Trustee of the Shell Foundation; and Chairman of the John Ray Initiative. Previously Sir John was a Member of the UK Government Panel on Sustainable Development (1994-2000); Chairman, Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (1992-98); Chairman or Co-Chairman, Scientific Assessment Working Group, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (1988-2002); Director General (later Chief Executive), UK Meteorological Office (1983-91); Director Appleton, Science and Engineering Research Council (also Deputy Director, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory), (1979-83); and Professor of Atmospheric Physics, Oxford University (1976-83). During the 1970’s Sir John was also Principal Investigator for Space Experiments on NASA Spacecraft.

Sir John has received numerous honours and awards, most recently the prestigious Japan Prize (2006), and amongst others, the Glazebrook Medal (Institute of Physics, 1990); the Bakerian Prize Lecture of the Royal Society, 1991; the Climate Institute Annual Award (1992); the Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal (1995); and has received Honorary Doctorates of Science from the Universities of Wales (1991), Stirling (1992),East Anglia (1993), Leeds (1995), Heriot-Watt (1996), Greenwich (1997), Glamorgan (1998), Reading (1999), Birmingham (2000), Gloucestershire (2001) and Hull (2002).

Publications on science and religion

  • Does God Play Dice? 1988, Intervarsity Press
  • Global Warming, the Complete Briefing, 1994, Lion Publishing (2nd edition 1997, Cambridge University Press; 3rd edition 2004, Cambridge University Press
  • The search for God; can science help? 1995, Lion Publishing

Recent books/reports

  • Physics of Atmospheres, 1977. 2nd edition 1986, 3rd edition 2002, Cambridge University Press.
  • Climate Change, the IPCC Scientific Assessment, eds J.T. Houghton, G.J. Jenkins and J.J. Ephraums, 1990, Cambridge University Press
  • Climate Change 1992, the Supplementary Report to the IPCC Scientific Assessment, eds J.T. Houghton, B.A. Callander and S.K. Varney, 1992, Cambridge University Press
  • Climate Change 1994, Radiative Forcing of Climate Change and an Evaluaion of the IPCC IS92 Emission Scenarios, eds J.T.Houghton, L.G.Meira Filho, J.Bruce, Hoesung Lee, B.A.Callander, E.Haites, N.Harris and K.Maskell, 1994, Cambridge University Press
  • Climate Change 1995, the Science of Climate Change, eds J.T.Houghton, L.G.Meira Filho, B.A.Callander, N.Harris, A Kattenberg and K.Maskell, 1995, Cambridge University Press
  • Climate Change 2001, The Scientific Basis, eds J.T.Houghton, Y. Ding, D.J.Griggs, M.Noguer, P.J.van der Linden, X.Dai, K.Maskell, C.A.Johnson, 2001 Cambridge University Press

Multimedia resources

Global Warming: The Science, the Impacts & the politicsHTML     
Global Warming: The Science, the Impacts & the politics - DiscussionHTML     
Global Warming and Society's Response   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Big Science - Big God   MP3Video (download) 
A Sustainable Climate   MP3Video (download) 
Sustainable Climate and Energy Use   MP3Video (download) 
Damian Howard

Dr Damian Howard

Biography

Dr Damian Howard SJ is an English Jesuit priest. He has been a lecturer at Heythrop College since September 2010.

Dr Damian Howard SJ is an English Jesuit priest. He has been a lecturer at Heythrop College since September 2010. He studied theology at Trinity College, Cambridge, philosophy at the London School of Economics, and more theology at the Centre Sèvres in Paris. He went on to read Islamic studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, before gaining his doctorate in contemporary Islamic thought from the University of Birmingham. He has contributed to the work of the Holy See in Interreligious Dialogue and is a regular speaker and broadcaster. He writes for and is on the editorial committee of the British Jesuit on-line journal, Thinking Faith. He lives in Wapping in the East End of London, where he is superior of a Jesuit house of formation and a member of the Hurtado Jesuit Centre.

Multimedia resources

The Reception of Evolutionary Ideas in the Muslim World      
Elaine Howard Ecklund

Prof. Elaine Howard Ecklund

Biography

  Elaine Howard Ecklund is the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Rice University, as

 

Elaine Howard Ecklund is the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Rice University, as well as founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program. Her current research addresses how individuals use race, gender, and religious identities to bring changes to religious and scientific institutions. She is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, two books with Oxford University Press, a book with NYU Press, and a forthcoming book with Oxford University Press. Her 2010 book, Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think, was chosen by Times Higher Education as an international book of the week and named a book of the year on religion by The Huffington Post. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Her research has been cited over 1,200 times by local, national, and international media. In 2013, she received Rice University's Charles O. Duncan Award for Most Outstanding Academic Achievement and Teaching. Prof. Howard Ecklund received a PhD in 2004 from Cornell University, where she was the recipient of the Class of 2004 Graduate Student Baccalaureate Award for Academic Excellence and Community Service.


> Selected Science-Religion Publications
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I update my publications on this website every month.

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Julian Hughes

Prof. Julian Hughes

Biography

Julian C. Hughes is RICE Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Bristol University and Honorary Consultant at the Royal United

Julian C. Hughes is RICE Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at Bristol University and Honorary Consultant at the Royal United Hospitals in Bath, United Kingdom, based in the Research Institute for the Care of Older People (the RICE Centre). From 2004 until July of this year he worked in North Tyneside General Hospital and in Newcastle University. He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) as an undergraduate at Oxford and gained a PhD in Philosophy from Warwick. Having qualified in Medicine from Bristol, he originally trained in General Practice. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2011 and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2016. His writings and research focus mainly on philosophical and ethical issues raised in connection with ageing and dementia. His single author books are: Thinking Through Dementia (OUP, 2011), Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias (OUP, 2011) and How We Think About Dementia (Jessica Kingsley, 2014). He has been an adviser to National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines to do with dementia and with end-of-life; and he was appointed an Expert Adviser for NICE's Centre for Clinical Practice in 2016. In 2013, he was appointed a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics having served on its working party on dementia in 2009; and in 2015 he was appointed Deputy Chair of the Council.

 

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Faith in dementia: Authenticity and neuroscience      
Living Forever: A Worry for Religious Belief      
Mike Hulme

Prof. Mike Hulme

Biography

Mike Hulme is the Founding Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, UK, which is headquartered in the

Mike Hulme is the Founding Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, UK, which is headquartered in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA. He has worked at UEA since 1988, following a lectureship in geography at the University of Salford. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 30 book chapters on climate change topics, together with over 220 reports and popular articles. He has prepared climate scenarios and reports for the UK Government (including the UKCIP98 and UKCIP02 scenarios), the European Commission, UNEP, UNDP, WWF-International and the IPCC. Mike was co-ordinating Lead Author for the chapter on 'Climate scenario development' for the Third Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as well as a contributing author for several other chapters.

Mike is leading the EU Integrated Project ADAM (Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies) during the period 2006-2009, which comprises a 26-member European research consortium contributing research to the development of EU climate policy. He edits the journal Global Environmental Change with Neil Adger and Katrina Brown. He has advised numerous companies and non-governmental organisations about climate change and its implications. He was jointly awarded the Hugh Robert Mill Medal in 1995 by the Royal Meteorological Society for work on rainfall variability and I delivered the 2005 Queen's Lecture in Berlin. A frequent speaker about climate change at academic, professional and public events, and for the media (he wrote a monthly climate column for The Guardian newspaper for 12 years).

Significant Recent Publications

  • Dessai,S., Lu,X. and Hulme,M. (2005) Limited sensitivity analysis of regional climate change probabilities for the 21st century Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, D19108, journal doi:10.1029/2005JD005919.
  • Dessai,S. and Hulme,M. (2004) Does climate adaptation policy need probabilities? Climate Policy 4, 107-128.
  • Hulme,M. (2003) Abrupt climate change: can society cope? Phil. Trans. Royal Society London (A), 361, 2001-2021.
  • Osborn,T.J. and Hulme,M. (2002) Evidence for trends in heavy rainfall events over the UK Phil. Transactions of the Royal Society (A), 360, 1313-1325.
  • Hulme,M., Jenkins,G.J., Lu,X., Turnpenny,J.R., Mitchell,T.D., Jones,R.G., Lowe,J., Murphy,J.M., Hassell,D., Boorman,P., McDonald,R. and Hill,S. (2002) Climate change scenarios for the UK: the UKCIP02 scientific report Tyndall Centre, UEA, Norwich, UK, 112pp.
  • Mearns,L.O., Hulme,M., Carter,T.R., Lal,M., Leemans,R. and Whetton,P.H. (2001) Climate scenario development pp.739-768 in, Climate change 2001: the scientific basis (eds.) Houghton,J.T., Ding,Y., Griggs,D.J., Noguer,M., van der Linden,P.J., Dai,X., Maskell,K. and Johnson,C.A. (eds.) (2001) Contribution of WG1 to the IPCC Third Assessment, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 944pp.

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Three Meanings of Climate Change: presaging Apocalypse, constructing Babel, lamenting Eden   MP3Video (download) 
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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Science and the dating of the Easter week events   MP3  
Science and the Star of Bethlehem   MP3Video (download) 
Dating Biblical Events Using Science      
Cherryl Hunt

Dr Cherryl Hunt

Biography

Cherryl Hunt was a molecular biologist for some years before completing a masters in theology and then working on a

Cherryl Hunt was a molecular biologist for some years before completing a masters in theology and then working on a three year AHRC funded project concerning the uses of the Bible in environmental ethics (http://huss.exeter.ac.uk/theology/research/projects/uses/). The publications emerging from this project include a co-authored monograph (D.G. Horrell, C. Hunt & C. Southgate Greening Paul: Re-reading the Apostle in an Age of Ecological Crisis, Waco, TX: Baylor, 2010) and a co-edited collection of essays, (D.G. Horrell, C. Hunt, C. Southgate & F. Stavrakopoulou Ecological Hermeneutics: Biblical, Historical, and Theological Perspectives London/New York: T&T Clark, 2010). Cherryl is currently engaged in a research project funded by Bible Society, to evaluate the progress and outcomes of their Pathfinder programme, which is itself designed to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Bible, resulting in growth in faith and a new level of cultural engagement. She also has interests in other areas of Christian reflection on bioethics, including the status of the early human embryo, stem cell research and human enhancement.

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Ethical Challenges in Contemporary Biology   MP3Video (download) 
The Stem Cell Controversy   MP3Video (download) 
Ethical Challenges in Contemporary Science   MP3Video (download) 
Biblical Approaches to the Environment      

Prof. Ian Hutchinson

Biography

Ian H. Hutchinson (born 1951) is Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and former

Ian H. Hutchinson (born 1951) is Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and former Head of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Department. He holds an M.A. in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from the Australian National University. In addition to over 160 scientific journal articles, Dr. Hutchinson is widely known for his standard monograph: Principles of Plasma Diagnostics, whose second edition was published by Cambridge University Press in 2002. He has served on numerous national fusion review panels and editorial boards, and as editor in chief of the journal Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. He is a fellow of the Institute of Physics and the American Physical Society, and was the 2008 Chairman of the Division of Plasma Physics of the American Physical Society. He has been married to Fran for 35 years, has two adult children, and is an enthusiastic choral singer, squash player, and fly-fisherman.

His primary research interest is plasma physics, especially the magnetic confinement of plasmas (ionized gases): seeking to enable fusion reactions, the energy source of the stars, to be used for practical energy production. He and his MIT team designed, built and operate the Alcator C-Mod tokamak, an international experimental facility he directed for 15 years, whose magnetically confined plasmas, with temperatures reaching beyond 50 million degrees Celsius, are prototypical of a future fusion reactor. His personal scientific contributions span many areas of plasma physics, including pioneering experimental measurements of magnetohydrodynamic instabilities and radiation from energetic electrons, theoretical and computational investigations of plasma flow past embedded objects that establish how to measure plasma flow with probes, and observations of spontaneous toka- mak plasma rotation. He has also made major contributions to the development of plasma measurement and control techniques.

Throughout his professional science career, Dr. Hutchinson has been active in speaking to university and church groups on the relationship of science and Christianity, providing leadership in student and faculty conferences under the auspices of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and the Veritas Forum. He founded the Faith of Great Scientists Seminar at MIT, which examines how the Christian faith of so many great scientists of history influenced their science and how their science influenced their faith. He has assisted the American Association for the Advancement of Science in their Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion. He has recently completed a book-length study of scientism, its influence in the academy and society, and its role in the faith-science discussion. He is a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation.

Selected Scientific Publications

  • I.H. Hutchinson, "Magnetic Probe Investigation of the Disruptive Instability in Tokamak LT-3," Phys. Rev. Lett. 37, 338 (1976).
  • I.H. Hutchinson, M. Malacarne, P. Noonan, and D. Brotherton-Radcliffe, "The Structure of Magnetic Fluctuations in the HBTX-1A Reversed Field Pinch," Nucl. Fusion 24, 59 (1984).
  • I.H. Hutchinson, "Ion Collection by Probes in Strong Magnetic Fields with Plasma Flow," Phys. Rev. 37, 4358 (1988).
  • I.H. Hutchinson, R. Boivin, F. Bombarda, et al., (C-Mod Group), "First Results from Alcator C-Mod," Physics of Plasmas 1, 1511 (1994).
  • I.H. Hutchinson, J.E. Rice, R.S. Granetz, J.A. Snipes, "Self-Acceleration of a Tokamak Plasma during Ohmic H Mode," Phys. Rev. Lett., 84 No. 15 (2000) 3330.
  • I.H. Hutchinson, "Oblique ion collection in the drift approximation: How magnetized Mach probes really work", Phys. Plasmas, 15, 123503, (2008).
  • Selected Science and Faith Publications

  • I. H. Hutchinson, "Faith's failure of nerve", Cross Currents: Religion and Intellectual Life, 40, 213-227 (1990)
  • D. Hastings, I. Hutchinson, "The Two-Edged Sword of Technology," re:generation 2, 27 (1996).
  • I.H. Hutchinson, "Faith in the Machine", Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 52, 260 (2000)
  • I.H. Hutchinson "Plasma Fusion Research and the Technical and Spiritual Challenges of Sustainable Energy", American Vacuum Society 48th International Symposium, San Francisco (Invited Paper) p71 (2001).
  • I.H. Hutchinson, "Science Christian and Natural", Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 55, 72 (2003)
  • I.H. Hutchinson, "Warfare and Wedlock: redeeming the faith-science relationship", Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 59, 2, 91 (2007).

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Robert Iliffe

Prof. Robert Iliffe

Biography

Rob Iliffe is Professor of Intellectual History and the History of Science in the Department of History at the University

Rob Iliffe is Professor of Intellectual History and the History of Science in the Department of History at the University of Sussex. He has published a number of articles on early modern history and the history of science, and has written the Very Short Introduction to Newton (Oxford University Press 2007). He has edited the Eighteenth Century Biographies of Newton (Pickering 2006). He is Editorial director of the online Newton Project, director of the AHRC Newton Theological Papers Project and is also editor of the journal History of Science. Prof. Iliffe's main research interests include: the history of science 1550-1800; the role of science and technology in the 'Rise of the West'; techno-scientific and other roots of the current environmental crisis; historical interactions between science and religion; the theological and scientific work of Isaac Newton; and the implications for academic work posed by the increasing digitisation of the scholarly infrastructure.

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Newton, Science and Religion   MP3Video (download) 

Prof. Chris Isham

Biography

C. J. Isham is Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, London. He is well known for his work on

C. J. Isham is Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College, London. He is well known for his work on quantum gravity and on interdisciplinary studies in the area of science and religion.

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Quantum Theory and Being   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
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)
The Religious Roots of the Idea of Scientific Laws   MP3Video (download) 
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Mary James

Prof. Mary James

Biography

Mary James is Professor and Associate Director of Research at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education. She is Vice

Mary James is Professor and Associate Director of Research at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education. She is Vice President (President Elect) of the British Educational Research Association. From 2005 to 2008 she held a Chair of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, where she was Deputy Director of the Economic and Social Research Council’s Teaching and Learning Research Program – the largest investment in educational research and capacity building ever in the UK. She had responsibility for supporting its 22 school-based projects and was herself the director of one of the largest of these projects: ‘Learning How to Learn – in classrooms, schools and networks’. Mary was a member of the UK Assessment Reform Group from 1992 to 2010, and was the overseas member of the Curriculum Development Council, of the Hong Kong Government’s Education Bureau. She was founding editor of The Curriculum Journal and serves, or has served, on the editorial or boards of Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability and Assessment in Education. Her research interests are in the interactions among curriculum, assessment, pedagogy, and their implications for teachers’ professional development, school leadership and education policy. This was stimulated by her ten years experience teaching RE, English and social studies in secondary schools.

Erin Joakim

Dr Erin Joakim

Biography

Dr. Erin Joakim is an adjunct lecturer and post-doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo

Dr. Erin Joakim is an adjunct lecturer and post-doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Canada). She received her B.A. in geography at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2005 and continued her studies at the University of Waterloo, earning her Ph.D. in Geography in 2013. She has held research fellowships through the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, and the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, University of Cambridge, as well as a visiting scholar position at De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. Her research has focused on long-term disaster recovery, including community based disaster reconstruction programming. Recent research has particularly focused on the role of religion, including individual faith, religious leadership, and institutional responses, in facilitating recovery after major disasters.

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Religious Responses to Natural Disasters   MP3  

Revd Dr Victoria Johnson

Biography

Vicky is a residentiary Canon at Ely Cathedral. Prior to that she was parish priest in Manchester. She has a

Vicky is a residentiary Canon at Ely Cathedral. Prior to that she was parish priest in Manchester. She has a PhD in Biochemistry, and worked as a Cancer Research Scientist at the University of Manchester before training for ordination and switching to theology, studying at Cambridge and Yale universities. Vicky is a member of the Mission Theology Advisory group, and Mission and Public Affairs Council of the Church of England and is currently engaged in conversations with Bishops and religious leaders on the communication of science in the life of the church, as well as planning a science festival at Ely Cathedral.

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Gareth Jones

Prof. Gareth Jones

Biography

Gareth Jones is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International) at the University of Otago, New Zealand, New Zealand, where he has

Gareth Jones is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International) at the University of Otago, New Zealand, New Zealand, where he has been Professor of Anatomy and Structural Biology since 1983. Prior to this he held positions in the University of Western Australia, and University College London. He is a Visiting Fellow at St Edmunds College, Cambridge, and an Adjunct Professor at Liverpool Hope University.

In 2004 he was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for his contributions to science and education. He holds the degrees of DSc and MD, for his publications in neuroscience and bioethics respectively. He is Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Government’s Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology.

His current research interests span a number of areas of bioethics, approached from the perspective of a biomedical scientist, with particular interests in embryology and neuroscience. As a result all his bioethical writings are informed by his science, especially as they relate to the dead human body, the uses to which human tissue and human material may be put, including plastination. Core issues include the moral status of the blastocyst, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), policy issues surrounding research using human embryos and the extraction of embryonic stem cells, the concepts of brain birth and brain death, notions of biomedical enhancement, and the interplay of genetic and environmental factors in ethical assessment.

Interests in the science-religion field overlap these bioethical interests. As a result, he speaks and writes in these areas, both from a specific Christian perspective and as an academic/policy commentator.

Recent Publications in the Bioethical Area

  • JONES DG: Speaking for the Dead: Cadavers in Biology and Medicine. Ashgate Publishing, Aldershot. 275pp (2000)
  • JONES DG and SAGEE S: Xenotransplantation: Hope or Delusion? Biologist, 48: 129-132 (2001)
  • JONES DG and GALVIN KA: Retention of body parts: Reflections from anatomy, New Zealand Medical Journal, 115: 267-269 (2002).
  • JONES DG: Re-inventing anatomy: The impact of plastination on how others see the human body. Clinical Anatomy, 15: 436-440 (2002)
  • JONES DG, GEAR R and GALVIN KA: Stored human tissue: An ethical perspective on the fate of anonymous, archival body parts, Journal of Medical Ethics, 29: 343-347 (2003).
  • TOWNS CR and JONES DG: Stem cells: Public policy and ethics, NZ Bioethics Journal, 5: 22-28 (2004)
  • TOWNS CR and JONES DG: Stem cells, embryos and the environment: a context for both science and ethics, Journal of Medical Ethics, 30: 410-413 (2005).
  • JONES DG: The use of human tissue: An insider's view. New Zealand Bioethics Journal, 3(2): 8-12 (2002)
  • AV, GILLETT G and JONES DG: Medical Ethics, Fourth Edition, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 312pp (2005)
  • JONES DG and TOWNS CR: Navigating the quagmire: The regulation of human embryonic stem cell research, Human Reproduction, online 16 December 2005.

Recent publications from a Christian perspective

  • JONES DG: Valuing People: Human Value in a World of Medical Technology, Paternoster Press, Carlisle. 241pp (1999)
  • JONES DG: The human embryo: A reassessment of theological approaches in the light of scientific developments.Stimulus, 8(1): 38-45 (2000)
  • JONES, DG: Clones: The Clowns of Technology? Paternoster Press, Carlisle. 192pp (2001)
  • JONES DG: Human cloning: A watershed for science and ethics? Science and Christian Belief, 14: 159-180 (2002)
  • JONES DG  Human Cloning: To Fear or not to Fear? Affirm Publications, Tauranga, New Zealand 32pp (2004)
  • JONES DG and BYRNE M (editors): Stem Cell Research and Cloning: Contemporary Challenges to our Humanity. An issue of Interface: A Forum for Theology in the World. Australian Theological Forum, Adelaide, 102 pp (2004)
  • JONES DG: Embryos and people: The perplexity of our beginnings. Stimulus 12(4): 20-26 (2004)
  • JONES DG: Designers of the Future: Who Makes the Decisions? Monarch Publishing, Oxford. 256pp (2005)
  • JONES DG: The status of the human embryo and embryonic stem cells: Scientific and theological assessments. Science and Christian Belief, 17: 199-222 (2005)
  • JONES DG: Neuroscience and the modification of human beings. In Future Perfect? God, Medicine and Human Identity (ed C Deane-Drummond and P Scott). T and T Clark International, London, pp 87-99 (2006).

Multimedia resources

Playing GodHTMLPDF MP3  
Genetics, plasticity and personhood: the Brain in the 21st Century   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Does Biological Enhancement of the Brain Affect our Status as Images of God?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Genetics, Plasticity and Personhood: The Brain in the 21st Century   MP3Video (download) 
The Human Embryo: Reassessing Theological Approaches in the Light of Scientific Advance   MP3Video (download) 
Manufacturing Humans: The Borderlands between human and divine control   MP3Video (download) 
Human Enhancement: Threat or Promise?   MP3Video (download) 
Human Embryology and Bioethics   MP3  
James Jones

Rt Revd James Jones

Biography

James Jones became Bishop of Liverpool in 1998 having been Bishop of Hull since 1994. Over the last ten years

James Jones became Bishop of Liverpool in 1998 having been Bishop of Hull since 1994. Over the last ten years he has been deeply involved in Urban Regeneration. For four years he chaired the New Deal for Communities programme in Liverpool (Kensington Regeneration) and championed community led regeneration in lectures, newspaper articles and broadcasts. 45% of the parishes in the Diocese of Liverpool are Urban Priority Areas.

He also chairs the Board of a faith based City Academy jointly sponsored by the Roman Catholic and Anglican Dioceses. It is the first Academy to take the environment as its specialism and opened in September 2005 which was declared by the United Nations as the beginning of the decade of education for Sustainable Development.

The Bishop also chairs the North West Constitutional Convention which is addressing the issue of regional governance. He believes that regional and local government needs to be coherent, accountable and transparent and that decisions about the future of communities need to be taken at the most local level.

He lectures widely and broadcasts regularly on 'Thought for the Day'. He has written a number of books, the latest looking at the relationship between Christianity and the environment: "Jesus and the Earth" (SPCK 2003).

Working in partnership with a number of agencies including the Regional Development Agency for the North West he has set up Operation EDEN which is an organisation working across the faith communities engaging local people in the holistic transformation of their local environment. Quoting the African proverb "We have borrowed the present from our children" he believes that young people are much more alert to the need to create cleaner, safer and greener communities. He believes that there is a real tension between community led regeneration and programmes that are centrally driven. He feels that these tensions are often revealed in the language that is used.

People living in local communities tend to use organic language such as "seeds, planting and renewal"; those who control the money tend to use mechanical language such as "triggers, buttons, levers and targets". He is convinced that you cannot have mechanical solutions to organic problems and that those with the money and the power need to understand more fully how communities die and live again.

Although he believes and works well with professional regenerators he is a passionate advocate of enabling local people to shape their own destinies.

Recent selected publications

  • Jones, James, Jesus and the Earth (SPCK 2003).

Multimedia resources

Why care for creation? Christianity and the environment      
James Jones

Prof. James Jones

Biography

Rev. Dr. James W. Jones holds earned doctorates in both Philosophy of Religion and in Psychology and an Honorary Doctorate

Rev. Dr. James W. Jones holds earned doctorates in both Philosophy of Religion and in Psychology and an Honorary Doctorate in Theology (from the Uppsala University in Sweden). He is Distinguished Professor of Religion and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University in the United States, where he has taught a variety of courses in religion and science for over forty years. He has also taught in Graduate Faculties of Criminal Justice, Medical Humanities, and Theology. He is the author of fifteen books and numerous professional papers and is the editor of several volumes of collected papers, dealing with Religion, Psychology and Science. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and has served as program co-chair for the American Academy of Religion and as vice-President of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion. He serves on the editorial boards of several publications.  He is an ordained Priest in the Episcopal Church USA and has maintained a private practice of clinical psychology, specializing in psychophysiology and behavioral medicine. 
 

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Does Cognitive Psychology Subvert Religious Belief?   MP3  

Dr Dirk Jongkind

Biography

He completed a M.A. in Old Testament at Tyndale Theological Seminary (1999, Badhoevedorp, nr. Amsterdam), and moved to the

He completed a M.A. in Old Testament at Tyndale Theological Seminary (1999, Badhoevedorp, nr. Amsterdam), and moved to the United Kingdom for an M.Phil. in New Testament at Cambridge University, where he stayed on for a PhD (2005)

He is a fellow of St. Edmund's College

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Science and the Investigation of New Testament Documents   MP3  
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)

Fazlun Khalid

Biography

Fazlun Khalid has a world wide reputation as an indefatigable advocate of environmental protection rooted in religious traditions and is

Fazlun Khalid has a world wide reputation as an indefatigable advocate of environmental protection rooted in religious traditions and is now recognised as one of fifteen leading eco theologians in the world. He appeared on the Independent on Sunday list of the top 100 environmentalists in the UK in 2008 and is also listed amongst the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan. He founded the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences which is now established as the world's leading Islamic environmental NGO.

Multimedia resources

Religion and Sustainability in Global Perspective   MP3Video (download) 
Susan Kimber

Prof Susan Kimber

Biography

Susan Kimber is currently Professor of Stem Cells and Development in the Faculty of Life Sciences University of Manchester. Her

Susan Kimber is currently Professor of Stem Cells and Development in the Faculty of Life Sciences University of Manchester. Her first degree and PhD were obtained at the University of Cambridge UK where she became interested in specification of early cell fate decisions in the mammalian embryo. She has worked in London, Copenhagen and for the last 18 years in Manchester.

She has 25 years experience as a developmental biologist working on early development of mammalian embryos. She is also an established international expert on mammalian implantation with a research programme in this area since 1986 leading to over 40 papers. In the last 20 years, thirty of her almost 100 papers address issues of establishment of the blastocyst and the inner cell mass (ICM) the source of embryonic stem cells as well as the first differentiation of the embryonic stem cell population to trophectoderm or later the primary embryonic precursor cells (germ layers) in both murine and human embryos. She is co-director of the North West Embryonic Stem Cell Centre (established 2006) jointly hosted by the Univeristy of Manchester (UoM), and Central Manchester NHS Trust (CMMCUHT). NWESCC spans two sites, at St Mary’s Hospital [CMMCUHT] and in the Core Technology Faciltity (UoM), and encompasses both clinical and academic expertise. The remit of the Centre (funded by NWDA and MRC) is to establish human embryonic stem (hES) cell lines under clean room conditions suitable for therapeutic use. We have published a number of papers addressing maintenance of pluripotency and are actively engaged in researching the mechanism by which hES cell pluripotency is maintained, including research projects on the hES cell niche.  Our research programmes also include understanding, and targeting, differentiation of these cells to endodermal ieages and to mesodermal lineages most successfully to  chondrogenic cells which form cartilage.

Susan Kimber is a member of the Stem Cell Liaison committee, the programme committee for the UK National Stem Cell Network and the grant committees of the research charity RCOG/Wellbeing and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany) for stem cell research.

Multimedia resources

Stem Cells and Healing   MP3  
Doug Kindschi

Prof. Doug Kindschi

Biography

Dr. Douglas Kindschi, now in his 40th year at Grand Valley State University, served in the position of dean for

Dr. Douglas Kindschi, now in his 40th year at Grand Valley State University, served in the position of dean for 28 of those years.  He is currently University Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy and the Director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute.  While Dean of Science he was responsible for 14 departments including the basic sciences, mathematics, computer science, the School of Engineering, the School of Health Professions and the Water Resources Research Institute.  In August, 2015, Grand Valley named its new science building the P. Douglas Kindschi Hall of Science recognizing his role in advancing the sciences at the university.  

Douglas Kindschi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Houghton College in New York, did graduate study at the Divinity School, University of Chicago.  He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he also completed a minor in philosophy.  

In January, 2010, he was appointed as the founding director of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute.  In 2013, he was a visiting fellow for seven months at the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme at Cambridge University in England.  He is returning to Cambridge in April, 2016 for another term. 

He has been active for many years in the community and has served on the boards of the Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center, Porter Hills Retirement Communities and Services, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, the Van Andel Education Institute Council and the Advisory Board for the DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy.  He was the founding chair of the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute Advisory Board and a founding member and chair of the Science Support Advisory Board for the Raytheon Polar Services Corporation program in the Antarctica.  Kindschi is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.