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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

Dr Denis Alexander is the Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund's College, Cambridge, where

Dr 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 Dr Alexander 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, where he helped to establish the National Unit of Human Genetics. Dr Alexander 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 on the National Committee of Christians in Science and as a member of the executive committee of the International Society for Science and Religion.

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) '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. (2013) 'The Implications of Evolution for Religious Belief' in K. Kampourakis (ed) Philosophical Issues in Public Education, Springer, In Press.

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  
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  

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 research associate at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, working on the positive interaction between science

Ruth is a research associate at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, working on the positive interaction between science and faith, and the'Test of FAITH' resources project. After reading Genetics at Aberdeen University, she completed a PhD at Edinburgh University, based at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, working on gene-environment interactions during verterbrate development. 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's Blog: scienceandbelief.wordpress.com

Test of FAITH: www.testoffaith.com

Recent Publications in Science and Religion

Science Publications

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) 
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.

Multimedia resources

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 a lecturer in science education at the Institute of Education, University of Reading. She is also the

Dr Billingsley is a lecturer in science education at the Institute of Education, University of Reading. 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 becoming Lecturer in Christianity as a World Religion for Bradford’s Interfaith Education Centre. In 1988 he left to train 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 and served as curate at St John's Southall, before moving to be Priest-in-Charge of St George's Southall, where he remained until 2000. In 2001 he left 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. 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

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) 
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)
John Hedley Brooke

Prof. John Hedley Brooke

Biography

Dr. John Hedley Brooke held the Andreas Idreos Professorship of Science and Religion and Directorship of the Ian Ramsey Centre

Dr. 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 and Honorary Professor of the History of Science at Lancaster University.

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 serves on the Executive Committee 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)
  • 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  
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  

Dr Michael Burdett

Biography

He is pursuing research on the religious dimensions of the technological sublime and how religious peoples understand human creation

He is pursuing research on the religious dimensions of the technological sublime and how religious peoples understand human creation and artefacts. A former aerospace engineer, he holds degrees in engineering, physics, and theology and has been given academic and professional awards in each field. He is also completing a social scientific project funded by the John Templeton Foundation which researches the resourcing of science and religion at Christian universities in the USA. He has published and presented internationally on continental philosophy, the technological society and Christian theology.

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 is Reader in Physics at the University of Glasgow. He was educated at Cambridge University (MA, PhD,

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

Dr Bussey is currently working with the following international collaborations:

  • ZEUS Experiment at DESY, Hamburg where he leads the Glasgow group, in collaboration with UK groups from Bristol, Imperial College (London), Oxford, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and University College, London.
  • CDF Experiment at Fermilab, Chicago, USA in collaboration with UK groups from Liverpool, Oxford and University College, London.

In both 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 has joined a programme of research into mesons containing the b quark, produced in high energy proton-antiproton collisions. The group has recently produced the first accurate determination of the mass of the Bc meson.

Recent selected publications in science and religion

  • ‘Physical Infinities: A Substitute for God’, Science and Christian Belief 18 (2), pp. 133-150, 2006.
  • ‘Beyond Materialism: from the Medieval Scholars to Quantum Physics’, Science and Christian Belief 16 (2), pp. 157-178, 2004.
  • ‘Modern Astronomy and our Perception of the Universe’, Science and Christian Belief 12 (1), pp. 3-15, 2000.
  • ‘Eastern Religions and Modern Physics – A Further Examination’, Science and Christian Belief 11 (2), pp. 113-127, 1999.
  • ‘Indeterminacy, Time and the Future’, 9 (1), Science and Christian Belief pp. 79-84, 1997.

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  
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) 
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

Prof. Peter Clarke

Biography

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

Peter Clarke is 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 his present department in 1977. His research focuses 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 is Associate Editor of the journal Science and Christian Belief and lectures widely on science and religion, mainly on questions relating to the brain. He is very active promoting science-religion dialogue in the French-speaking world and is a founding member of the Reseau des Scientifiques Evangeliques. He is a member of an evangelical church in Lausanne.

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 Dr Alasdair Coles

Biography

Dr. Alasdair Coles is an academic neurologist in Cambridge, UK, whose primary research interest is in the immunology and treatment

Dr. 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 (as a senior lecturer) 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 also one of the medical advisers 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 (Best Arts Documentary & Best Newcomer).

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

Dr 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, 2004 (a Templeton funded invited lecture). 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 CUP book on religion in neurological disease.

Recent 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  
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.
 

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) 
Marie Connett Porceddu

Dr Marie Connett Porceddu

Biography

Marie Connett Porceddu, PhD (Cornell) MBA (USC) is the CEO of A Rocha International (ARI), based in France.  A Rocha

Marie Connett Porceddu, PhD (Cornell) MBA (USC) is the CEO of A Rocha International (ARI), based in France.  A Rocha is a Christian nature conservation organisation, the name coming from the Portuguese for “the Rock,” as the first initiative was a field study centre in Portugal founded in 1983. A Rocha is now a family of charitable NGOs with established local biodiversity conservation activities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America, Asia and Australasia.


Marie’s current research interests centre on developing and articulating the framework, both in the scientific basis in biodiversity conservation, and the Biblical imperatives, by which Christians in conservation carry out monitoring and restoration projects.  A Rocha projects are frequently cross-cultural in character, and share a community emphasis, with a focus on science and research, practical conservation and environmental education.


Marie received her PhD in Plant Sciences from Cornell University, her MBA in the professional master's program of the Moore International Business School of the University of South Carolina, and two BA degrees cum laude, in Biology and in Modern Languages and Literatures from study at Humboldt State University and the Universitaet Heidelberg.  Post-doctorally Marie was on the academic faculty of the University of Waikato, New Zealand, teaching crop physiology, botany and genetics.  During that faculty employment Marie was seconded to the New Zealand Forest Research Institute as the first manager of its molecular biology programmes, and then into primary industry for more than a decade of similar work in DNA marker implementation, forestry propagation research and field tests; she is an inventor on numerous patents and pending patent applications that arose from that work. Prior to taking up the ARI CEO role in 2007, she was Deputy CEO of CAMBIA, an Australia-based NGO active in enabling innovation in the life sciences, assisting analysis for use particularly in the global South of agricultural and public health technologies.  She led the well-reputed public good website Patent Lens and the launch of open source agreements covering patent licenses, materials and data transfer, in use by universities, companies, and research consortia.  Until this year she has been an Adjunct Professor at Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Marie’s previous writing has been largely in connection with the Patent Lens during the period while she was leading, which saw the addition of biological sequence search tools, status and family information, and expansion from a life sciences database to all technology categories.  She led research and writing of landscape material on rice, bioindicators, patenting of genomic sequences in humans and model plant species including a biofuels emphasis, and plant variety patenting, and before that wrote well-cited reviews in industrial forestry propagation and molecular genetic mechanisms important in diversity.

Selected Publications

  • Fluhr, KA, Connett Porceddu MB, Wei Y, Mills K, Jefferson RA, Nottenburg C, Bacon N (2008) The Rice Genome Landscape. Overview of Patenting. http://www.patentlens.net/daisy/patentlens/2205.html
  • Bacon N, Ashton D, Jefferson RA, Connett MB (2006) Biological sequences named and claimed in US patents and patent applications, CAMBIA Patent Lens OS4 Initiative, http://www.patentlens.net/daisy/patentlens/2205.html
  • Connett-Porceddu, Marie, Ashton DE, Bacon N (2005) Aspects of Search and Retrieval of Trademark and Plant Variety Rights Information, IP Australia.>
  • Connett Porceddu, Marie and R.A.Jefferson (2004) Fostering Democratic Innovation as a Means of Reducing the 10/90 Gap in Health. Global Forum 8 on Health Research to meet the Millenium Development Goals, Mexico.>
  • Connett Porceddu, Marie (2004) Promoting R&D for the Public Interest in the Asian Region: Inclusionary and Distributive Innovation System Options. UNCTAD / ICTSD Regional Dialogue “Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), Innovation and Sustainable Development”, People’s Republic of China.>
  • Yunqiu Wang, Rosie E. Bradshaw, Christian Walter, Marie B. Connett and David W. Fountain. (1997) Characterisation of MADS box DNA sequences in Pinus radiata using PCR cloning. New Zealand Journal of Forest Science 27 (1):3-10.>
  • Adam KD, Walsh S, Selkirk P and Connett MB (1995) Genetic variation in populations of the moss Bryum argenteum (s.l.) in East Antarctica. In Battaglia B, Valencia J, Walton DHW (eds.), Antarctic Communities, Cambridge University Press.>
  • Connett MB and Hanson MR (1994) Cytoplasmic Male Sterility: The Example of Petunia. In Clarke A, Williams EG (eds.) Genetic Control of Self Incompatibility and Reproductive Development in Flowering Plants, Kluwer Press.>
  • Aitken-Christie J. and Connett MB (1992) Micropropagation of Forest Trees for Genetic Improvement. In Kurata K and Kozai T (eds.) Transplant Production Systems, pp.163-194, Kluwer Press.>
  • Connett, M.B. (1987) Mechanisms of Maternal Inheritance of Plastids and Mitochondria: Development and Structural Evidence. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 4:193-205.

Multimedia resources

Ecology, Biodiversity and Sustainability   MP3Video (download) 

Prof. Simon Conway Morris

Biography

Simon Conway Morris has held the Chair in Evolutionary Palaeobiology in the Earth Sciences Department in Cambridge University since 1995,

Simon Conway Morris has held the 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 became a fellow at St John's College Cambridge in 1975, having taken a first class honours degree in Geology from Bristol University. His initial appointment to the Earth Sciences department was as a lecturer in 1979. 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's publications include:

  • Numerous articles in journals such as Nature, Science and Cell.
  • 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.

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|

Multimedia resources

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)
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.

Multimedia resources

Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies   MP3Video (download) 
Russell Cowburn

Prof. Russell Cowburn

Biography

Prof. Cowburn has research interests in nanotechnology and its application to magnetism, electronics and optics. Before returning to Cambridge in 2010 he

Prof. 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 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 2003 GSK Westminster Medal and Prize, the 2006 Degussa Science to Business Award, the 2007 Hermes International Technology Award and the 2008 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 and in 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Multimedia resources

Nanotechnology, Ethics and Religion   MP3Video (download) 
Nanotechnology, Ethics and Religion   MP3  
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).

Multimedia resources

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.

Multimedia resources

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.

Multimedia resources

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

Multimedia resources

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.
 

Multimedia resources

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

Multimedia resources

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) 
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)

Multimedia resources

Complexity, emergence and God   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
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.

Multimedia resources

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.

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) 

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. 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 Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Southampton, as well as the chairman of Christians in Science.

Keith Fox is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Southampton, as well as the chairman of Christians in Science. He originally studied in Cambridge, before moving to Southampton as a lecturer in 1987. He is the senior executive editor of Nucleic Acids Research.

His research concerns the sequence specific recognition of DNA by small molecules, oligonucleotides and proteins. 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 antibiotics 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. In all our studies we make extensive use of the footprinting technique, using both natural and synthetic DNA fragments. Much of this work is performed in collaboration with Professor Tom Brown in the Department of Chemistry.

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  
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

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A Contemporary View of Evolution   MP3  
Do We Belong in this Universe?   MP3  
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.

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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.

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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).

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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)

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Science and the Indian Tradition: When Einstein met Tagore   MP3  
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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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.

Multimedia resources

Lessons from the Golden Age of Islam & Science   MP3  
Islam and Science Yesterday   MP3Video (download) 
Islam and Science Today   MP3Video (download) 
Science and Religion in Islam Today - A Critical Survey   MP3Video (download) 
Islam and Modern Science   MP3Video (download) 
Islam and Modern Technologies   MP3  
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.

Multimedia resources

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  
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) 
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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Creation in the Bible and in Science   MP3  
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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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.
 

Brian Heap

Prof. Sir Brian Heap

Biography

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

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

Recent science-religion interests/publications

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

Selected recent publications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

 

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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."

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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.

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Are humans computers?    Video (download) 
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.

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

Prof. Antony Hewish

Biography

Nobel Laureate - Radio Astronomy

Nobel Laureate - Radio Astronomy

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My Life in Science and Religion - A Personal Story   MP3  
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.

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Rodney Holder

Revd Dr Rodney Holder

Biography

The Revd Dr Rodney Holder was Course Director of the Faraday Institute from its inception in January 2006 until 31st

The Revd Dr Rodney Holder was Course Director of the Faraday Institute from its inception in January 2006 until 31st January 2013, and remains a Bye Fellow of St Edmund's College and a Faraday Associate. Dr Holder read mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge, and researched for a D.Phil. in astrophysics at Christ Church, Oxford. He remained at Oxford for a further two years as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Astrophysics researching accretion of intergalactic gas by the galaxy. After 14 years working for UK Ministry of Defence clients as an operational research consultant with EDS (formerly Scicon), he returned to Oxford, and took a first class degree in theology in 1996. Completing his ministerial training the following year, Dr. Holder then worked for four years as a curate in South Warwickshire, spent a seven month sabbatical period as chaplain of the English Church in Heidelberg, and was then Priest in Charge of the Parish of the Claydons, Diocese of Oxford, from October 2002 to December 2005.

Dr Holder explored ways in which science and faith may complement each other in Nothing But Atoms and Molecules? (1993, reprinted 2008). In his second book, God, the Multiverse, and Everything, Dr Holder examined the fine-tunings of natural law that were necessary for life to evolve in our universe and used Bayes' theorem, a classic tool for determining probability, to assess their metaphysical significance. His 1998 paper on miracles won a Templeton Foundation Prize as an exemplary paper in humility theology. His book, The Heavens Declare, seeks to reinstate the enterprise of natural theology in dialogue with its severest opponent, Karl Barth, and a group of significant theologians who have reacted to Barth’s critique in various ways. More recently Dr Holder has edited, with Dr Simon Mitton, Georges Lemaître: Life, Science and Legacy, a book which arose out of a conference on Lemaître, the Father of the Big Bang theory, which Dr Holder organized in 2011. Dr Holder's most recent book is Big Bang, Big God: A Universe Designed for Life? (2013) in which he argues that the existence of the universe and the fine-tuned character of its physical laws are best explained by a divine mind behind it. Dr Holder is Reviews Editor of Science and Christian Belief and is on the national committee of Christians in Science. He is a member of the International Society for Science and Religion, the Society of Ordained Scientists, and the Science and Religion Forum.

Recent selected publications in science and religion

  • 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, The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell), 220-230.
  • Holder, R. D. (2012), The Heavens Declare: Natural Theology and the Legacy of Karl Barth (West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press).
  • Holder, R. D. (2011), 'God and the Multiverse: A Response to Stephen Hawking', Faith and Thought 51, 3-17.
  • Holder, R. D. (2009), 'Beyond Science: Answering the Boundary Questions', in A. M. Herzberg (ed.), Statistics, Science and Public Policy XIII: Responsibility, Prosperity and Culture. Proceedings of the Conference on Statistics, Science and Public Policy held at Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, UK, April 16-19, 2008, 79-84.
  • Holder, R. D. (2009), 'Thomas Torrance: 'Retreat to Commitment' or a New Place for Natural Theology?', Theology and Science 7(3), 275-296, www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a912448732 
  • Holder, R. D. (2009), 'Science and Religion in the Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer', Zygon 44(1), 115-132.
  • Holder, R. D. (2008), Nothing But Atoms and Molecules? Probing the limits of science, Third Edition (Cambridge: The Faraday Institute) (First Edition, Crowborough: Monarch Publications, 1993).
  • Holder, R. D. (2008), 'Modern Science and the Interpretation of Genesis: Can We Learn from Dietrich Bonhoeffer?', Theology and Science 6(2), 213-231, www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=article&issn=1474-6700&volume=6&issue=2&spage=213 
  • Holder, R. D. (2007), 'Creation and the Sciences in the Theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg', Communio Viatorum XLIX, 210-253.
  • Holder, R. D. (2006), 'Fine-tuning and the Multiverse', Think 12, 49-60.
  • Holder, R. D. (2005), 'God and Differing Interpretations of Quantum Theory-Response to Paul', Science and Christian Belief 17(2), 177-185.
  • Holder, R. D. (2004), God, the Multiverse, and Everything: Modern Cosmology and the Argument from Design (Aldershot, and Burlington, VT: Ashgate).
  • Holder, R. D. (2002), 'Fine-tuning, Multiple Universes and Theism', Noûs 36, 295-312.
  • Holder, R. D. (2001), 'The realization of infinitely many universes in cosmology', Religious Studies 37, 343-350.
  • Holder, R. D. (2001), 'Karl Barth and the Legitimacy of Natural Theology', Themelios 26, 22-37.
  • Holder, R. D. (2001), 'Fine-Tuning, Many Universes and Design', Science and Christian Belief 13, 5-24.
  • Holder, R. D. (1999), 'Multiple Universes as an Explanation for Fine-Tuning', Science and Christian Belief 11, 65-66.
  • Holder, R. D. (1998), 'Hume on Miracles: Bayesian Interpretation, Multiple Testimony, and the Existence of God', Brit. J. Phil. Sci. 49, 49-65.

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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  
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.

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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

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Elaine Howard Ecklund

Prof. Elaine Howard Ecklund

Biography

Elaine Howard Ecklund is a Rice faculty scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, the Herbert S. Autrey

Elaine Howard Ecklund is a Rice faculty scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair Professor of Sociology, director of the Religion and Public Life Program, and co-director of the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance at Rice University. An expert on institutional change, Ecklund is a sociologist who examines how individuals bring changes to religious and scientific institutions.

Prof. Howard Ecklund’s research focuses on the myriad ways science and religion (together and alone) intersect with other life spheres, such as public life, immigration, and gender. The author of two books with Oxford University Press and over thirty research articles, she has received grants and awards from the US National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and John Templeton Foundation. Her latest book, Science Vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think was chosen by Times Higher Education as book of the week and named a book of the year on religion by the Huffington Post. Her research has been covered in national and international news media, including USA Today, Nature, and Xinhua News. 

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. In 2011 Ecklund was named among the top junior faculty teachers at Rice University. Ecklund’s next research project is a three-year study that will examine how scientists in six different nations understand religion and ethics.

Selected Science-Religion Publications

  • 2011 Ecklund, Elaine Howard and Kristen Schultz Lee, “Atheists and Agnostics Negotiate Religion and Family,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 50(4): 728-743.

  • 2011 Ecklund, Elaine Howard, Jerry Z. Park, and Katherine L. Sorrell. “Creating and Crossing Boundaries: How Scientists View the Relationship between Religion and Science,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 50(3): 552-569.  

  • 2011 Ecklund, Elaine Howard, and Elizabeth Long, “Scientists and Spirituality,” Sociology of Religion, 72 (3): 253-274.

  • 2009 Ecklund, Elaine Howard, and Jerry Z. Park, “Conflict between Religion and Science among Academic Scientists?” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 48(2):276-292.

  • 2009 Cadge, Wendy, Elaine Howard Ecklund, and Nicholas Short, “Constructions of Religion and Spirituality in the Daily Boundary Work of Pediatric Physicians,” Social Problems, 56(4):702-721. (Coverage about article in Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune). 

  • 2009 Cadge, Wendy, and Elaine Howard Ecklund, “Prayers in the Clinic: How do Pediatric Physicians Respond?” Southern Medical Journal, 102(12): 1218-1221.

  • 2008 Ecklund, Elaine Howard, Jerry Z. Park, and Phil Todd Veliz, “Secularization and Religious Change among Elite Scientists: A Cross-Cohort Comparison,” Social Forces, 86(4): 1805-1840.

  • 2008 Catlin, Elizabeth A., Wendy Cadge, Elaine Howard Ecklund, “The Spiritual and Religious Identities, Beliefs, and Practices of Academic Pediatricians in the United States,” Academic Medicine, 83: 1146-1152.

  • 2008 Ecklund, Elaine Howard, “Religion and Spirituality among Scientists” Contexts: Understanding People in their Social Worlds, 7(1):12-15.

  • 2007 Ecklund, Elaine Howard, Wendy Cadge, Elizabeth A. Gage, Elizabeth A. Catlin, “The Religious and Spiritual Beliefs and Practices of Academic Pediatric Oncologists in the U.S.,” Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, 29(11): 746-742. (Reply Commentary, “Religion, Spirituality, and the Practice of Pediatric Oncology,” by Gary A. Walco, 29(11): 733-735). (Media coverage about article in The Washington Times).

  • 2007 Ecklund, Elaine Howard and Christopher Scheitle, “Religion among Academic Scientists: Distinctions, Disciplines, and Demographics,” Social Problems, 54(2):289-307.  (Media coverage about article in Xinhua News, ABCNews.com, MSNBC.com, US News & World Report.com).   

  •  *Portions re-printed with permission in Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction, 2nd Edition. University of California Press, by Eugenie C. Scott*.

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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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Colin Humphreys

Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys

Biography

Prof. Colin Humphreys is the Director of Research in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge; Professor

Prof. 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).

Prof. Humphreys 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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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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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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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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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 Evangelical Theological Seminary (FLTE) in Vaux-sur-Seine (France), Lydia Jaeger obtained her Ph.D. in philosophy at the Sorbonne on the possible links between the concept of law of nature and religious presuppositions, under the supervision of Michel Bitbol (CNRS, France).

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 a visiting scholar at St. Edmund's College. From 2005 to 2009, she held a four-year research professorship in philosophy of science and contemporary thought, jointly based at the Evangelical Theological Seminary (FLTE) in Vaux-sur-Seine and at Nogent Bible Institute. 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 human persons 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 also a founding member of the Societe de Philosophie des Sciences (SPS), the Reseau des Scientifiques Evangeliques (RSE) and the Reseau Evangeliques et Sciences Humaines (RESH). She is the author of five books and several articles on the relation between Christianity and the natural sciences.

Recent science – religion publications

  • 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.

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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.

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

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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) 
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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).

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. 
 

Multimedia resources

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.

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Stem Cells and Healing   MP3  
Helge Kragh

Prof. Helge Kragh

Biography

Helge Kragh is Professor of History of Science and Technology, Department of Science Studies, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. Other distinctions

Helge Kragh is Professor of History of Science and Technology, Department of Science Studies, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark. Other distinctions include: President (2008-2010) of the European Society of History of Science; member of the the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, the European Academy of Science, and the Académie Internationale d’Histoire des Sciences; Knight of the Dannebrogsorden.

Professor Kragh's academic research interests are in the history of modern physical sciences, including chemistry, astronomy, physics and cosmology; historical interactions between science and religion; philosophical aspects of science; and science-technology relations.

In the science-religion field Professor Kragh is especially interested in cosmology and religion through the ages; thermodynamics and religion; the age of the Earth in relation to Biblical chronology; the scholastic synthesis of science and religion. He has written several books, articles and lectures on these topics. He is a board member of the Science-Theology Dialogue Forum (a Danish organization).

Recent selected publications in history of science

  • Higher Speculations: Grand Theories and Failed Revolutions in Physics and Cosmology (Oxford: Oxford University Press; to be published January 2011).
  • "Continual fascination: The oscillating universe in modern cosmology," Science in Context 22 (2009, 587-612.
  • "Contemporary history of cosmology and the controversy over the multiverse," Annals of Science 66 (2009), 529-552.
  • "The spectrum of the Aurora Borealis: from enigma to laboratory science," Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 39 (2009), 377-417.
  • "Styles of science and engineering: The case of early long-distance telephony," Centaurus 51 (2009), 175-188.
  • "The solar element: A reconsideration of helium’s early history." Annals of Science 66 (2009), 157-182.
  • "From disulfiram to antabuse: The invention of a drug." Bulletin for the History of Chemistry 33 (2008), 82-93.
  • The Moon that Wasn’t: The Saga of Venus’ Spurious Satellite (Basel: Birkhäuser Verlag, 2008).
  • "Cosmic radioactivity and the age of the universe, 1900-1930," Journal for the History of Astronomy 38 (2007), 393-412.
  • "The context of discovery: Lemaître and the origin of the primeval-atom universe," Annals of Science 64 (2007), 445-470 [with Dominique Lambert].

Recent selected publications in science and religion

  • "An anthropic myth: Fred Hoyle’s carbon-12 resonance level." Archive for History of Exact Sciences (2010). DOI: 10.1007/s00407-010-0068-8.
  • "On modern cosmology and its place in science education." Science & Education (2010). DOI: 10.1007/s11191-010-9271-x.
  • "Tro og viden: Konflikt eller harmoni?" s. 61-68 i Lars Becker-Larsen m.fl., En Ny Himmel: Verdensbilleder fra Kugleskaller til Kvanteskum (Århus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2009) [in Danish; on relations between faith and science].
  • Entropic Creation. Religious Contexts of Thermodynamics and Cosmology (London: Ashgate, 2008).
  • "Natural philosophy, theology, and cosmology: The emergence of a new world picture," pp. 47-58 in George N. Vlahakis, ed., Notions of Physics in Natural Philosophy (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).
  • "Pierre Duhem, entropy, and Catholic faith." Perspectives in Physics 10 (2008), 379-395.
  • "From entropy to a divinely created universe – a forgotten theme in the history of science and theology," pp. 61-77 in H. Kragh, ed., Theology and Science: Issues for Future Dialogue (Aarhus: University of Aarhus, 2007).
  • "En dybt religiøs ikke-troende," pp. 54-66 in R. Engelhardt, ed., Tankestreger – Tværvidenskabelige Nybrud (Copenhagen: Danish School of Education Press, 2007) [in Danish; on Einstein’s religiosity]
  • Matter and Spirit in the Universe: Scientific and Religious Preludes to Modern Cosmology (London: Imperial College Press, 2004).
  • Universet i Perspektiv: Kosmologi, Filosofi og Teologi (Copenhagen: Fremad, 2001) [in Danish; on cosmology, philosophy and theology].

Multimedia resources

Lemaitre, the Expanding Universe and the Primeval Atom   MP3Video (download) 

Satish Kumar

Biography

When he was only nine years old, Satish Kumar renounced the world and joined the wandering brotherhood of Jain monks.

When he was only nine years old, Satish Kumar renounced the world and joined the wandering brotherhood of Jain monks. Dissuaded from his path by an inner voice at the age of eighteen, he left the monastic order and became a campaigner for land reform, working to turn Gandhi's vision of a peaceful world into reality.

Fired by the example of Bertrand Russell, he undertook an 8,000 mile peace pilgrimage, walking from India to America without any money, through deserts, mountains, storms and snow. It was an adventure during which he was thrown into jail in France, faced a loaded gun in America - and delivered packets of 'peace tea' to the leaders of the four nuclear powers.

In 1973, he settled in England, taking the Editorship of Resurgence magazine. He has been the editor ever since (30 + years!). He is the guiding spirit behind a number of ecological, spiritual and educational ventures in Britain. He founded the Small School in Hartland, a pioneering secondary school (aged 11-16), which brings into its curriculum ecological and spiritual values. In 1991, Schumacher College, a residential international centre for the study of ecological and spiritual values, was founded, of which he is a Visiting Fellow.

Following Indian tradition, in his fiftieth year, he undertook another pilgrimage: again carrying no money, he walked 2,000 miles to the holy places of Britain – Glastonbury, Canterbury, Lindisfarne and Iona. Meeting old friends and making new ones along the way, this pilgrimage was a celebration of his love of life and nature.

In November 2001, Satish Kumar was presented with the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Abroad. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Universities of Plymouth, Lancaster and Exeter. From March to May 2008 Satish was invited as Des Lee visiting Professor of Global Awareness at Webster University, St Louis, Missouri.

His autobiography, No Destination, has sold 50,000 copies and is published by Green Books. Satish's three other books, You Are, Therefore I Am - A Declaration of Dependence, The Buddha and the Terrorist, Spiritual Compass and his new book Earth Pilgrim are published by Green Books.

In 2008, Satish Kumar presented a 50-minute documentary on the BBC as part of the Natural World series. In the programme Satish introduced the Dartmoor scenes and sights that most inspire him and contemplated the lessons they hold for humanity. A highly acclaimed documentary that mixed eastern philosophy with the western landscape of Dartmoor; the programme was watched by over 3.6 million people.

Satish teaches lectures and runs workshops internationally on reverential ecology, holistic education and voluntary simplicity.

Satish can be contacted at Resurgence, Ford House, Hartland, Bideford, Devon EX39 6EE. E-mail: Satish@Resurgence.org

Multimedia resources

Spirituality and Sustainability   MP3Video (download) 
David Lahti

Dr David Lahti

Biography

David C. Lahti is an Assistant Professor of Biology and the Undergraduate Research Coordinator at Queens College, City University of

David C. Lahti is an Assistant Professor of Biology and the Undergraduate Research Coordinator at Queens College, City University of New York, where he runs a Behavior & Evolution laboratory focusing mainly on learned behavior in birds and humans.  Prof. Lahti received a BS in biology and history from Gordon College.  He received a PhD in moral philosophy and the philosophy of biology at the Whitefield Institute, Oxford, for a study of the contributions science can and cannot make to an understanding of the foundations of morality.  He then received a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan for a study of rapid evolution in an introduced bird.  He has been a Darwin Fellow at the University of Massachusetts and a Kirschstein NRSA Research Fellow with the US National Institutes of Health, where he studied the development and evolution of bird song.  His current research projects involve co-evolution between avian brood parasites and their hosts in Africa, the genetic and cultural divergence of the house finch, the diversification of moral beliefs among African peoples, and the evolution of our capacity for morality and religion.

Selected recent biology publications

  • Lahti, D. C.  2005.  Evolution of bird eggs in the absence of cuckooparasitism.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. 102: 18057-18062. (Covered by New York Times, USA Today, New Scientist, Current Biology, and others).
  • Lahti, D. C.  2006.  Persistence of egg recognition in the absence of cuckoo brood parasitism: pattern and mechanism.  Evolution 60: 157-168.
  • Lahti, D. C.  2008.  Population differentiation and rapid evolution of egg color in accordance with solar radiation.  Auk 125: 796-802.
  • Lahti, D. C., N. A. Johnson, B. C. Ajie, S. P. Otto, A. P. Hendry, D. T. Blumstein, R. G. Coss, K. Donohue, and S. A. Foster.  2009.  Relaxed selection in the wild.  Trends in Ecology & Evolution 24:487-496.
  • Lahti, D. C.  2009.  Why we have been unable to generalize about bird nest predation. Animal Conservation 12: 279-281.
  • Lahti, D. C.  2009.  The place where extinction was discovered.  Journal of Field Ornithology 80:438-442.

Selected publications in science and religion

  • Lahti, D. C.  2003.  Parting with illusions in evolutionary ethics.  Biologyand Philosophy 18: 639-651.
  • Lahti, D. C.  2004.  "You have heard ... but I tell you ...":  a test of the adaptive significance of moral evolution.  In P. Clayton and J. Schloss (eds.) Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, pp.132-150.
  • Lahti, D. C. and B. S. Weinstein.  2005.  The better angels of our nature: group stability and the evolution of moral tension.  Evolution and Human Behavior 26: 47-63.
  • Lahti, D. C.  2009.  The correlated history of social organization, morality, and religion.  In E. Voland and W. Schiefenhövel (eds.), The Evolution of Religious Mind and Behavior.  New York: Springer-Verlag, pp. 67-88.
  • Lahti, D. C. (in press).  Why humans discover.  Euresis Proceedings 1.

Multimedia resources

Is Human Behaviour in the Genes?   MP3Video (download) 
Has Religion Evolved?   MP3Video (download) 
The Evolution of Morality   MP3Video (download) 
The Genetics of Human Behaviour   MP3  
Dominique Lambert

Prof. Dominique Lambert

Biography

Dominique Lambert is Professor and Director of the Department of Philosophy, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), Namur. Since

Dominique Lambert is Professor and Director of the Department of Philosophy, Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix (FUNDP), Namur. Since 1994, Prof. Lambert has carried out research on the history of modern physical cosmology. Starting from new documents concerning Georges Lemaître, discovered in several sources of archives, he has made contributions to Lemaître’s biography and to the detailed history of Big Bang cosmology. Prof. Lambert has prepared an edition of “Mgr Lemaître Opera Omnia” (involving many unedited manuscripts about spinor algebra, numerical analysis (prehistory of the Fast Fourier Transform), regularization of the “Three Body problem”, pedagogy of arithmetic, etc.

During this period Prof. Lambert has also researched the relations between science and religion in the context of Mgr Lemaître’s life and cosmology. This historical study is rooted in systematic and conceptual research on the way sciences and religion interact. This research has already produced, for the first time, a rigorous and detailed reconstitution of the major steps of Lemaître’s spiritual journey.

Since 2005, Prof. Lambert has researched the history of the reception of Darwinism. In collaboration with Prof. Groessens (U.C.L., Department of Geology) he has been involved in the discovery, analysis, presentation and critical edition of the manuscript (lost since 1921) of the unpublished book of Canon Henry de Dorlodot (geologist and theologian): Le Darwinisme au point de vue de l’orthodoxie catholique. Volume 2. L’origine de l’Homme. This document is an interesting and important witness of the way Darwinism was interpreted in the University of Louvain and of the state of natural sciences in this university at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Prof. Lambert is winner of the following prizes: Prix du Concours annuel 1999 (septième question) de la Classe des Lettres de l’Académie royale de Belgique; Prix 1999 de la Fondation Georges Lemaître (shared with Dr Jean-Pierre Luminet of the Observatoire de Paris-Meudon); ESSSAT Prize (European Society for the Study of Science and Theology) 2000.

Recent selected publications in history of science

Papers:

  • M. HELLER, D. LAMBERT, J. MADORE, “A brief Story of Noncommutative Space-Time”, Acta Cosmologica, XXIV-1 (1998) 51-69.
  • D. LAMBERT, “Mgr Georges Lemaître” in Dizionario interdisciplinare di scienza e fede. Cultura scientifica, Filosophia e theologia (A.Strumia, G.Tanzella-Nitti, eds), Roma, Urbaniana University Press, 2002, pp.1908-1917.
  • D.LAMBERT, “La réception de la mécanique quantique chez Georges Lemaître” in Les Quanta : Un siècle après Planck (Actes du colloque organisé par la Fondation Louis de Broglie, Académie des Sciences, Paris, 15-12-2000), Paris, E.D.P. Sciences, 2003, pp.39-55.
  • D. LAMBERT, “Genèse et signification de l’hypothèse de l’atome primitif”, Kairos (Revue de la Faculté de Philosophie de l’Université de Toulouse –Le Mirail), 26 (2005) 111-131.
  • D. LAMBERT, “La symétrie dans les travaux algébriques de Georges Lemaître” in Symétries (P. Radelet-de Grave, éd. Avec la coll. De C. Brichard), Turnhout, Brepols, 2005, Centre interfacultaire d’étude en histoire des sciences, U.C.L.,  Réminisciences 7, pp.293-309.
  • H. KRAGH, D. LAMBERT, “The context of discovery: Lemaître and the origin of the primeval-atom universe”, Annals of Science, 64 (2008) 445-470.

Books:

  • D. LAMBERT, Un atome d'Univers. La vie et l'oeuvre de Georges Lemaître, Bruxelles, Racine/Lessius, 2000.
  • D. LAMBERT, L’itinéraire spirituel de Georges Lemaître suivi de “Univers et Atome” (inédit de G. Lemaître), Bruxelles, Lessius, 2008.
  • D. LAMBERT, J. REISSE, Charles Darwin et Georges Lemaître. Une improbable mais passionnante rencontre, Bruxelles, Académie Royale de Belgique, Mémoire de la Classe des Sciences (3e série, tome XXX, n°2057), 2008.
  • Henry de Dorlodot, Le Darwinisme au point de vue de l’orthodoxie catholique. Volume 2. L’évolution de l’Homme (manuscrit inédit de 1921, annoté et présenté par M. Cl. GROESSENS, D. LAMBERT), Bruxelles, Mardaga, 2009 (general historical introduction and biography of H. de Dorlodot by M. Cl. Groessens and D. Lambert: “Le Darwinisme d’un chanoine”, pp.13-90).
     

Recent selected publications in science and theology

Papers:

  • D. LAMBERT, “Mgr Georges Lemaître et les ‘Amis de Jésus’ ”, Revue Théologique de Louvain, 27 (1996) 309-343.

  • D. LAMBERT, “Mgr Georges Lemaître et le dialogue entre la cosmologie et la foi. I”, Revue Théologique de Louvain, 28 (1997) 28-53.

  • D. LAMBERT, “Mgr Georges Lemaître et le dialogue entre la cosmologie et la foi. II”, Revue Théologique de Louvain, 28 (1997) 227-243.

  • D. LAMBERT, “Une articulation entre les sciences et la théologie est-elle légitime ?”, Nouvelle Revue Théologique, 119 (1997) 520-540.

  • D. LAMBERT, “Le figure del dialogo scienza-teleogia : ostacoli e prospettive” in Dio e la Natura, Roma, Armando Editore, 2002, pp.13-20.

  • D. LAMBERT, “Les arguments anthropiques: risque de concordisme?” in Anthropologies et humanisme. Vers une Anthropologie fondamentale (sous la dir. de F. Jacques), Paris, Parole et Silence, 2006, pp.35-49.

  • D.LAMBERT, “Quelques aspects philosophiques et théologiques de l’oeuvre du Professeur Christian de Duve” in Epistémologie et Théologie. Les enjeux du dialogue Foi-Science-Ethique pour l’avenir de l’humanité (Mélanges en l’honneur de Mgr Th. Tshibangu, L. Santedi Kinkupu, éd.), Faculté de Théologie des Facultés Catholiques de Kinshasa, 2007, pp.467-497 (Recherches Africaines de Théologie, 18).

  • D. LAMBERT, “Commencement et creation”, Choisir, n°595/596, juillet-août 2009, pp.30-33.

  • D. LAMBERT, “Conditions anthropiques, finalité et creation”, Revue Philosophique de Louvain, 107 (3) (2009) 429-452.

  • D. LAMBERT, “Un acteur majeur de la réception du darwinisme à Louvain : Henry de Dorlodot”, Revue théologique de Louvain, 40 (2009) 500-530.

Books:

  • D.LAMBERT, Sciences et Théologie. Les figures d'un dialogue, Bruxelles/Namur, Lessius/P.U.N., 1999.

Translated in:
Portuguese: Ciências e Teologia. Aspectos de um diàlogo (trad. Nadyr de Salles Penteado), Sao Polo, Ediçoes Loyola, 2002;
Croat: Znanosti i Teologija. Oblici Dijaloga, Zagreb, Krscanska Sadasnjost, 2003;
Italian: Scienze e teologia. Figure di un dialogo (Prefazione di Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti), Roma, Città Nuova/Sefir, 2006.

Multimedia resources

Lemaitre: The Priest who Invented the Big Bang   MP3  

Dr Per Landgren

Biography

Dr Landgren is currently a senior visiting research associate at the Modern European History Research Centre, Faculty of History, Oxford

Dr Landgren is currently a senior visiting research associate at the Modern European History Research Centre, Faculty of History, Oxford University.  He completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Gothenberg, specialising in the history of science and ideas.  He has lectured in the history of philosophy and also in Latin.

Dr Landgren served as a member of the Swedish parliament, 1998 - 2006, where his responsbilities included serving the Deputy Secretary of State at the Prime Minister's Office, as well as being member of the board of the Swedish Tax Agency.  He is still a deputy member of the General Council to the Swedish Central Bank.

Multimedia resources

Natural History: from Aristotle to Linnaeus - Influences on the Early Modern Relation between the Bible and Science   MP3  
Melissa Lane

Prof. Melissa Lane

Biography

Professor Melissa Lane is a Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, and an affiliated faculty

Professor Melissa Lane is a Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, and an affiliated faculty member in the Princeton Departments of Classics and Philosophy.  Particularly well known for her work on ancient political thought, her recent book Eco-Republic: Ancient Thinking for a Green Age (Peter Lang, 2011; published in the US in 2012 by Princeton University Press as Eco-Republic: What the Ancients Can Teach Us about Ethics, Virtue, and Sustainable Living) has had a wide impact. Since 2010 she has been a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership and Director of the Program in Values and Public Life at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University. She was awarded a Fellowship of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2012 for research on ancient Greek philosophy and its modern significance.  

 

Edward Larson

Prof. Edward Larson

Biography

Edward J. Larson holds the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law and is University Professor of History at Pepperdine

Edward J. Larson holds the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law and is University Professor of History at Pepperdine University and recipient of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History.  He served as Associate Counsel for the U.S. Congress Committee on Education and Labor (1983-87) and an attorney with a major Seattle law firm (1979-83) and retains an appointment at the University of Georgia, where he has taught since 1987.

The author of seven books and over one hundred published articles, Larson writes mostly about issues of science, medicine and law from an historical perspective.  His books include A Magnificent Catastrophe:  The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America’s First Presidential Campaign (2007); Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory (2005, 2006 rev. ed.); Evolution’s Workshop: God and Science in the Galapagos Islands (2001), Sex, Race, and Science:  Eugenics in the Deep South (1995), Trial and Error:  The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution (1985, 2003 rev. ed.) and the Pulitzer Prize winning Summer for the Gods:  The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion (1997).  His articles have appeared in such varied journals as Nature, Atlantic Monthly, Time, Science, Scientific American, The Nation, Wall Street Journal, Virginia Law Review, and Isis.  He is the co-author or co-editor of six additional books, including (most recently) The Constitutional Convention:  A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison (2005).  The Fulbright Program named Larson to the John Adams Chair in American Studies for 2001 and he participated in the National Science Foundation’s 2003-04 Antarctic Artists and Writers Program.

Larson teaches, writes, and speaks on history, law, science, and bio-ethics for academic, professional, and public audiences.  He has delivered endowed or funded addresses at over 60 universities and was commencement speaker at two universities.   He has given papers at academic conferences throughout the world, and legal and medical education talks to professional legal, judicial and medical groups across the country.  He is interviewed frequently for broadcast and print media, including multiple appearances on PBS, NPR, the History Channel, C-SPAN, and CNN.  His course on the history of evolution theory is available on audio and video The Teaching Company.

Born in central Ohio, Larson attended Mansfield, Ohio, public schools.  He earned a B.A. from Williams College (1974), a law degree from Harvard (1979), and a Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1984), and received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the Ohio State University in 2004.  Larson has taught in Austria, China, Chile, Ecuador, France, the Netherlands, and New Zealand, and Italy.  He is married to a pediatrician, Lucy Larson, and has two children, Sarah and Luke.  They live in Malibu, California, and Athens, Georgia.

Multimedia resources

Darwinism, Eugenics and Religion   MP3  
The Reception of Darwism   MP3Video (download) 

Dr Stephen Law

Biography

Dr Stephen Law is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Heythrop College, University of London. He is editor of THINK, a journal

Dr Stephen Law is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Heythrop College, University of London. He is editor of THINK, a journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. Dr Law was previously Junior Research Fellow at The Queen's College, University of Oxford, where he obtained B.Phil and D.Phil degrees in Philosophy.

Dr Law is currently working on topics in the philosophy of religion, especially the evidential problem of evil and Plantinga's Evolutionary Argument Against Natrualism. He also works in metaphysics, especially on natural kinds and necessity.

Recent Publications

  • "Naturalism, Evolution and True Belief". Analysis, Jan 2012.
  • "The Evil God Challenge", Religious Studies, 2009.
  • "Plantinga's Belief-Cum-Desire Argument Refuted", Religious Studies, 2010.
  • "Miracles, Evidence, and The Existence of Jesus", Faith and Philosophy, 2011.

Multimedia resources

Is the Universe Designed? - an Atheist's View   MP3  

Prof. Bernard Lightman

Biography

Bernard Lightman is Professor of Humanities at York University (Toronto, Canada), where he is Director of the Institute for Science

Bernard Lightman is Professor of Humanities at York University (Toronto, Canada), where he is Director of the Institute for Science and Technology Studies. He is also the Editor of the History of Science Society’s flagship journal, Isis. Lightman obtained his PhD in the History of Ideas at Brandeis University in 1979. He taught at Queen's University (Kingston, Canada) and the University of Oregon before coming to York University in 1987. His research focuses on the cultural history of Victorian science, including the rise of unbelief and science and religion in the popularization of science. His Origins of Agnosticism (Johns Hopkins, 1987) has become the standard work on the history of agnosticism. Lightman is general editor of a monograph series titled "Science and Culture in the Nineteenth Century," published by Pickering and Chatto. He is currently working on a biography of John Tyndall and is one of the editors of the John Tyndall Correspondence Project, an international collaborative effort to obtain, digitalize, transcribe, and publish all surviving letters to and from Tyndall. Lightman was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada last November.

Recent selected publications

  • Science in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-Century Sites and Experiences. Co-edited with Aileen Fyfe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
  • Victorian Popularizers of Science: Designing Nature for New Audiences. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
  • Evolutionary Naturalism in Victorian Britain: The ‘Darwinians’ and Their Critics. Variorum Collected Studies Series. Burlington, Vermont, USA; Farnham, Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2009.
  • Christian Evolutionists in the United States, 1860-1900. Journal of Cambridge Studies 4, No. 4 (December 2009), 14-22.
  • Darwin and the Popularization of Evolution. Notes and Records of the Royal Society 64, No. 1 (March 2010), 5-24.
  • Science and Culture. The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture. Ed. Francis O’Gorman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, 12-42.
  • The Many Lives of Charles Darwin: Biographies and the Definitive Evolutionist. Notes and Records of the Royal Society 64 (December 2010), 339-358.
  • Unbelief. Science and Religion around the World: Historical Perspectives. Ed. John Hedley Brooke and Ronald L. Numbers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, 252-277.
  • Science and the Public. Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science. Ed. Peter Harrison, Ronald Numbers, and Michael Shank. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011, 337-375.
  • Refashioning the Spaces of London Science: Elite Epistemes in the Nineteenth Century. Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science: Ed. David N. Livingstone and Charles W. J. Withers (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2011), 25-50.
  • Victorian Science and Popular Visual Culture. Guest Editor. Special Issue of Early Popular Visual Culture 10, No. 1 (February 2012).

Multimedia resources

Does the History of Science and Religion change depending on the Narrator? An Atheist's and Agnostic's View   MP3  
David Lindberg

Prof. David Lindberg

Biography

David Lindberg is Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin holds the M.S. degree

David Lindberg is Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin holds the M.S. degree in physics from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science from Indiana University. He has written or edited thirteen books and is now editing (with Ronald Numbers) the forthcoming 8-volume Cambridge History of Science. He is a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, the Académie internationale d’histoire des sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the Bellagio Study Center of the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as a Guggenheim Fellow. He was President of the History of Science Society in 1994-1995 and, in 1999, received the Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society for lifetime scholarly achievement. His book, The Beginnings of Western Science, was awarded the 1994 Watson Davis Prize of the History of Science Society and the 1995 John Templeton Foundation Prize for Outstanding Books in Theology and Natural Science.

Prof. Lindberg’s non science-religion research has been primarily in medieval and early modern mathematical science, especially geometrical optics and theories of vision. In addition to his work as co-editor of The Cambridge History of Science, of which three volumes have been published to date, he is revising Beginnings of Western Science and planning a short history of science for non-specialist readers.

Science-religion publications include

  • When Science and Christianity Meet, ed. David C. Lindberg and Ronald L. Numbers, Chicago: University of Chicago Press (2003), 357 pp.
  • The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, 600 B.C. - A.D. 1450, Chicago: University of Chicago Press (1992),455 pp.
  • God and Nature:Historical Essays on the Encounter between Christianity and Science, ed. Lindberg and Numbers,Berkeley and Los Angeles:University of California Press (1986).
  • ‘Early Christian Attitudes Toward Nature’, in Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction, ed. Gary B. Ferngren, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press (2002), pp. 47-56.
  • ‘Medieval Science and Christianity’, in Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction, ed. Gary B. Ferngren, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press (2002), pp. 57-72.
  • ‘Medieval Science and Its Religious Context’, in Constructing Knowledge in the History of Science, ed. Arnold Thackray, which appeared as Osiris, 10 (1995), 60-79.
  • ‘Science as Handmaiden: Roger Bacon and the Patristic Tradition’, Isis, 78 (1987), 518-36.
  • ‘Beyond War and Peace: A Reappraisal of the Encounter between Christianity and Science’ (with Ronald L. Numbers), Church History, 55 (l986), 338-54.
  • ‘Science and the Early Christian Church’, Isis, 74 (1983), pp.509-30

Other publications incude

  • Roger Bacon and the Origins of Perspectiva in the Middle Ages: A Critical Edition and English Translation of Bacon's Perspectiva with Introduction and Notes, Oxford: Clarendon Press (1996), 524 pp.
  • The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, 600 B.C - A.D 1450, Chicago: University of Chicago Press (1992), 473 pp.
  • Roger Bacon's Philosophy of Nature: A Critical Edition, with English Translation, Introduction, and Notes, of De multiplicatione specierum and De speculis comburentibus, Oxford:Clarendon Press (1983),502 pp.
  • Studies in the History of Medieval Optics, London:Variorum Reprints (1983),302 pp.
  • Theories of Vision from al-Kindi to Kepler, Chicago:University of Chicago Press (1976),336 pp.
  • A Catalogue of Medieval and Renaissance Optical Manuscripts,Toronto:Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (1975),142 pp.

Multimedia resources

The Mediaeval Church Encounters the Classical Tradition: St Augustine and Roger Bacon   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
The Florentine Heretic? Galileo, the Church, and the Cosmos   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
David Livingstone

Prof. David Livingstone

Biography

David Livingstone is Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at the Queen’s University of Belfast, and a Fellow of the British

David Livingstone is Professor of Geography and Intellectual History at the Queen’s University of Belfast, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He was awarded the Centenary Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in 1998 and the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal in 2008. In October he takes up a 3-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship and is to deliver the Gifford Lectures in 2014.

He works on the history of geographical thought and practice, and on the historical relations between science and religion. Currently he is working on two book projects: one entitled Dealing With Darwin which examines the different responses to Darwinism in different locations during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the other The Empire of Climate which is to be a critical history of climatic determinism from Herodotus to Global Warming.

Authored Books:

  • Nathaniel Southgate Shaler and the Culture of American Science (University of Alabama Press, 1987)
  • Darwin’s Forgotten Defenders (Scottish Academic Press, 1987)
  • The Preadamite Theory and the Marriage of Science and Religion (American Philosophical Society, 1982)
  • The Geographical Tradition (Blackwell, 1992)
  • Science, Space and Hermeneutics The Hettner Lectures (University of Heidelberg, 2001)
  • Putting Science in it Place (University of Chicago Press, 2003)
  • Adam’s Ancestors:  Race, Religion and the Politics of Human Origins (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008).

Some Recent Edited Books:

  • Evangelicals and Science in Historical Perspective (Oxford University Press, 1999)
  • Geography and Enlightenment  (University of Chicago Press, 1999)
  • Evolution, Scripture, and Science: Selected Writings of B.B. Warfield (Baker, 2000)
  • Geography and Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 2005)
  • Queen’s Thinkers: Essays on the Intellectual History of a University (Blackstaff Press, 2008
  • Geographies of Nineteenth Century Science, (University of Chicago Press, 2011
  • The Sage Handbook of Geographical Knowledge (Sage, 2011)

Multimedia resources

Evolutionary Theory and Public Spectacle: The Fortunes of Darwinism in the Calvinist Cultures of Victorian Calvinist Edinburgh and Belfast.   MP3Video (download) 
Darwin's Forgotten Defenders   MP3  
Ard Louis

Dr Ard Louis

Biography

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

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

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

Recent Publications in Science and Religion:

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

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

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

Has physics disproved the existence of God? UCCF Free website

Belijdend christen kiest evolutie, Nederlands Dagblad, 22 Jan 2009

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

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


Recent Scientific Publications:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Multimedia resources

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

Revd Dr Ernest Lucas

Biography

Ernest Lucas has an MA in Chemistry from Oxford University and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Kent.

Ernest Lucas has an MA in Chemistry from Oxford University and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Kent. He did post-doctoral work in biochemistry in the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Oxford University before studying Theology at Oxford. After being ordained as a Baptist Minister he was minister of Baptist churches in Durham City and Liverpool. He obtained a PhD in Oriental Studies from Liverpool University. He was Associate Director of the Institute for Contemporary Christianity in London before moving to Bristol Baptist College (an affiliated college of Bristol University) where he was Vice-Principal and Tutor in Biblical Studies until he retired in 2012. He is an Honorary Research Fellow in Theology and Religious Studies in the University of Bristol. The course he taught on Science and Christianity received a Templeton award, as has a paper he has published on Science, Wisdom, Eschatology and the Cosmic Christ. Among his books is Can We Believe Genesis Today? (IVP, 2001). He is married to Hazel, a physics teacher, and they have two sons.

Multimedia resources

Science and the Bible: Are they incompatible? The creation story as a test case.HTMLPDF MP3  
Science and the Bible: Are they incompatible? The creation story as a test case - DiscussionHTMLPDF    
The Creation Narratives in Genesis 1-3   MP3Video (download) 
Genesis and Evolution   MP3Video (download) 
God and Origins: Interpreting the Early Chapters of Genesis   MP3Video (download) 
The Bible, Science and Creation   MP3  

Mr Scott Mandelbrote

Biography

Scott Mandelbrote is a lecturer in history at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Peterhouse College.  He specialises

Scott Mandelbrote is a lecturer in history at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Peterhouse College.  He specialises in early modern intellectual history, particularly the history of scholarship and the history of science.

Mr Mandelbrote's research topics have included Isaac Newton. He is particularly interested in the transformations of textual (especially biblical) authority that took place in the early modern world, in the process of the transmission of knowledge in that society, and in the changing impact of the printing press.

Hilary Marlow

Dr Hilary Marlow

Biography

Hilary Marlow is the Course Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and an Affiliated Lecturer in the

Hilary Marlow is the Course Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. She has honours degrees in Social Sciences (University of Manchester) and Biblical Studies (King's College London). Her PhD from the University of Cambridge (2007) examined the Old Testament prophets in the light of contemporary environmental ethics. Before joining the Faraday Institute in January 2013, she was a Research Associate for the Scriptural Reasoning online project at Cambridge Inter-faith Programme. Prior to this she taught Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew in the Faculty of Divinity and was Research Associate in Theology and Science at the Faraday Institute. She is Secretary of the Society for Old Testament Study and a member of the Editorial Committee of the Grove Books Biblical Series. Since 2010 she has been a member of the Steering Group for the Society of Biblical Literature’s Ecological Hermeneutics Programme Unit and on the editorial board of the Earth Bible Commentary Series.

Hilary's research focuses on reading religious Scriptures in the context of modern society, with two main emphases. The first is the Bible’s depiction of the interaction between people and the natural world and relevance of this in contemporary debates on religion and science. This includes textual studies on the portrayal of nature, study of creation texts and their interpretation in later Jewish and Christian traditions, and theological and exegetical study on what it means to be human in the light of current scientific developments. The second concerns the ways that fruitful dialogue between different religious traditions may be enhanced by the practice of Scriptural Reasoning, in which religious believers of different faiths (in particular the three Abrahamic faiths) gather in small groups to read their Scriptures together. This includes the creation of online materials to facilitate such interactions. For many years she has been actively involved in the Christian conservation charity A Rocha and is currently a Trustee of A Rocha UK. She is also a Director of the John Ray Initiative. She regularly speaks on her research to lay and specialist audiences.

Selected Publications:   

  • "'What am I in a Boundless Creation?' An Ecological Reading of Sirach 16 & 17" (Biblical Interpretation 22 (2014) pp. 34-50).
  •  “The Hills are Alive: The Personification of Nature in the Psalter” in Leshon Limmudim: Essays on the Language and Literature of the Hebrew Bible in honour of A.A. Macintosh. Eds. David Baer and Robert Gordon (London: T & T Clark, 2013).
  •  “Law and the Ruining of the Land: Deuteronomy and Jeremiah in Dialogue” (Political Theology 14 (2013) pp. 650-660).
  •  “Ecology, Theology, Society: Physical, Religious and Social Disjuncture in Biblical and Neo-Assyrian Prophetic Texts” in “Thus Speaks Ishtar of Arbela”: Prophecy in Israel, Assyria and Egypt in the Neo-Assyrian Period. Eds. Robert P. Gordon and Hans M. Barstad, (Winona Lake: Eisenbraun, 2013).
  •  “Creation Themes in Job and Amos: An Intertextual Relationship?” in Reading Job Intertextually. Eds. Katharine Dell and William Kynes (London: T & T Clark, 2012).
  •  “The Spirit of Yahweh in Isaiah 11:1-9” in Presence, Promise, Power. Eds. David Firth and Paul Wegner (Nottingham: Apollos, 2011).
  •  “Justice for Whom? Social and Environmental Ethics and the Hebrew Prophets” in Ethical and Unethical Behaviour in the Old Testament. Ed. Katharine Dell (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2010).
  • Biblical Prophets and Contemporary Environmental Ethics: Re-Reading Amos, Hosea and First Isaiah. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).
  •  “Justice for All the Earth: Society, Ecology and the Biblical Prophets” in Creation in Crisis: Christian Perspectives on Sustainability. Ed. Robert White (London: SPCK, 2009).
  •  “The Other Prophet! The Voice of the Earth in the Book of Amos” in Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics. Eds. Norman Habel and Peter Trudinger, (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008).
  • The Earth is the Lord’s: A Biblical Response to Environmental Issues (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2008).
  •  “The Lament over the River Nile – a Study of Isaiah 19:5-10” (Vetus Testamentum 57 (2007) pp. 229-242).

Multimedia resources

Environmental Justice and the Biblical Prophets   MP3Video (download) 
Environmental Justice and the Biblical Prophets   MP3  
Theologies of Creation: The Foundation for Environmental Concern   MP3Video (download) 
Creation Care - Why Bother?   MP3  
Who Are We? Biblical and theological perspectives on what it means to be human   MP3  
Tim Maughan

Prof. Tim Maughan

Biography

Tim Maughan is Professor of Cancer Studies at the School of Medicine in Cardiff University and an Honorary Consultant Clinical

Tim Maughan is Professor of Cancer Studies at the School of Medicine in Cardiff University and an Honorary Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Velindre Hospital specialising in gastrointestinal cancers and lymphoma therapy. He is the Director of the Wales Cancer Trials Network, a regional clinical trials organisation founded in 1998 and forerunner of the National Cancer Research Network and currently chairs the NCRN operational steering group. In 2005 the Wales Cancer Trials Unit was accredited by the NCRI and under Professor Maughan’s leadership the WCTU is now running a portfolio of major multicentre cancer trials.

Professor Maughan has recently been appointed as the Director of the Clinical Research Collaboration Cymru Coordinating Centre. This major research collaboration funded by the Wales Assembly Government aims to develop an internationally competitive infrastructure for clinical research in health and social care and is the Welsh component of the UK Clinical Research Network.

Professor Maughan’s research is in the treatment of patients with colorectal cancer. He is involved extensively at UK level in clinical trial design and execution in gastrointestinal cancers and is chair of the NCRI advanced colorectal cancer subgroup. As such, he is the Chief Investigator of the MRC COIN trial, evaluating novel treatments in metastatic colorectal cancer. This trial aims to recruit over 2400 patients from centres across the UK in the next two years. There is an extensive translational research programme running alongside the COIN trial, much of which is centred in Cardiff. He has previously worked in University College London,  Southern Sudan and Cambridge.

Selected Recent Publications

  • S. Mukherjee, E. Hudson, S. Reza, M. Thomas,* T. Crosby, T. Maughan. A review of outcome of pancreatic cancer within a UK cancer network with special emphasis on locally advanced non-metastatic pancreatic cancer (LANPC) accepted Clinical Oncology 2007 July.
  • Matthew T. Seymour, Timothy S. Maughan, Jonathan Ledermann, Clare Topham, Roger James, Stephen Gwyther, David B. Smith, Stephen Shepherd, Anthony Maraveyas, David R. Ferry, Angela M. Meade, Lindsay Thompson, Gareth Griffiths, Mahesh K.B. Parmar, and Richard J. Stephens, for the FOCUS Trial Investigators and the National Cancer Research Institute Colorectal Clinical Studies Group. Different strategies of sequential and combination chemotherapy for patients with poor prognosis advanced colorectal cancer (MRC FOCUS): a randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2007; 370: 143–52.
  • Hudson E, Powell J, Mukherjee S, Crosby TD, Brewster AE, Maughan TS, Bailey H, Lester JF. Small cell oesophageal carcinoma: an institutional experience and review of the literature. Br J Cancer. 2007 Mar 12;96(5):708-11.
  • R Glynne-Jones1, S Falk2, TS Maughan3, HM Meadows4 and D Sebag-Montefiore5 A phase I/II study of Irinotecan when added to 5-Fluorouracil and leucovorin and pelvic radiation in locally advanced rectal cancer: A Colorectal Clinical Oncology Group (CCOG) Study. Br J Cancer 96, 551-8; 2007.
  • Adams RA & Maughan TS. Predicting response to epidermal growth factor receptor targeted therapy in colorectal cancer. Expert Reviews in anticancer therapy 7 (4), 503-518, 2007.
  • Richard A Adams, Matthew Morgan, Somnath Mukherjee, Alison E Brewster, Tim S Maughan, Dave Morrey, Tim Havard, Wyn Lewis, Geoff Clarke, S Ashley Roberts, L Vachtsevanos, J Leong, Richard Hardwick, David Carey, and Tom D.L Crosby. A prospective comparison of multidisciplinary treatment of oesophageal cancer with curative intent in a UK cancer network. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2006 Nov 21; [Epub ahead of print].
  • Cassidy J, Douillard J-Y, Twelves C, McKendrick JJ, Scheithauer W, Bustová I, Johnston PG, Lesniewski-Kmak K, Jelic S, Fountzilas G, Coxon F, Díaz-Rubio E, Maughan TS, Malzyner A, Bertetto O, Beham A, Figer A, Dufour P, Patel KK, Cowell W, Garrison LP. Pharmaco-economic analysis of adjuvant oral capecitabine versus intravenous 5-FU/LV in Dukes’ C colon cancer: the X-ACT trial Br J Cancer July 2006 
  • QUASAR Collaborative Group. QUASAR: a randomised study of adjuvant chemotherapy vs observation including 3239 colorectal cancer patients. In press Lancet. 
  • Maughan TS, James RD, Kerr D, Ledermann JA, Seymour MT, Topham C, McArdle C, Cain D and Stephens RJ on behalf of the MRC Colorectal Cancer Group Comparison of intermittent and continuous palliative chemotherapy for advanced colorectal: a multicentre randomised trial. Lancet, 2003; 361 : 457-64. 
  • Maughan TS, James RD, Kerr D, Ledermann JA, McArdle C, Seymour MT, Cohen D, Hopwood P, Johnston C, Stephens RJ on behalf of the British MRC Colorectal Cancer Working Party. A multicentre randomised trial comparing survival, palliation and quality of life for 3 chemotherapy regimens (de Gramont, Lokich and Raltitrexed) in metastatic colorectal cancer. Lancet 2002 :359, 1555-63. 

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Tim Mawson

Dr Tim Mawson

Biography

Tim Mawson was educated at St Peter’s College and then The Queen’s College in Oxford. He held a number of

Tim Mawson was educated at St Peter’s College and then The Queen’s College in Oxford. He held a number of temporary lectureships at other Oxford colleges before returning to St Peter’s in 1998, where he is now one of two Philosophy Fellows.

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Alister McGrath

Prof. Alister McGrath

Biography

Prof. Alister McGrath read chemistry at Oxford University, before carrying out research in molecular biophysics at Oxford under the supervision

Prof. Alister McGrath read chemistry at Oxford University, before carrying out research in molecular biophysics at Oxford under the supervision of Professor George Radda, FRS, who went on to become the chief executive of the Medical Research Council. After studying theology at Oxford, he took up the Naden Studentship in Divinity at St John's College, Cambridge, which enabled him to begin serious study of Christian theology, including its interaction with the natural sciences. He went on to become Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, and President of the Oxford Centre for Evangelism and Apologetics. His research interests focus on the relation of the natural sciences and the Christian faith, and he has published extensively in this field. His best-known book is Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life (2004). In 2006, Prof. McGrath accepted a Senior Research Fellowship at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, to enable him to concentrate on several major research projects, including the reformulation and renewal of natural theology, before accepting the newly-established Chair of Theology, Ministry and Education in the Department of Education and Professional Studies at King's College, London.

Prof. McGrath is a prolific author of books and some of his most recent publications relevant to science-theology interactions are listed below.

Selected Recent Publications

  • The Foundations of Dialogue in Science and Religion (Blackwell, 1998)
  • Thomas F. Torrance: An Intellectual Biography (T&T Clark, 1999)
  • A Scientific Theology (3 volumes, entitled Nature, Reality and Theory, published by T&T Clark, 2001-3).
  • The Re-Enchantment of Nature (Hodder & Stoughton, 2002)
  • The Science of God: An Introduction to Scientific Theology (T&T Clark, 2004)
  • The Twilight of Atheism (Rider, 2004)
  • Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life (Blackwell, 2004)
  • The Order of Things: Explorations in Scientific Theology (Blackwell, 2006)
  • Christianity's Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution from the Sixteenth to the Twenty First Century (HarperOne, 2007)
  • The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology (Blackwell, 2008)
  • A Fine-Tuned Universe? Anthropic Phenomena and Natural Theology (Westminster John Knox, 2009)

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Ross McKenzie

Prof. Ross McKenzie

Biography

Ross McKenzie is currently a Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Ross McKenzie is currently a Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. His main research interests are in the fields of: condensed matter theory, strongly correlated electron systems, mesoscopic electronics, quantum phase transitions, disordered systems, nano-materials and mathematical physics. He has research grants to investigate strongly correlated electron models for organic superconductors, quantum phase transitions in random systems, mesoscopic electronic devices and electronic transport in DNA.

Prof. McKenzie studied for his first degree in theoretical physics at the Australian National University in Canberra, before moving to Princeton University in the USA for his PhD (completed in 1989). Since then he has worked at the Ohio State University in the USA and the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia before moving to the University of Queensland in 2000.

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Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

Biography

Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming and alternative energy and advocates for

Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming and alternative energy and advocates for more localized economies. In 2010 the Boston Globe called him "probably the nation's leading environmentalist" and Time magazine described him as "the world's best green journalist. In 2009 he led the organization of 350.org, which coordinated what Foreign Policy magazine called "the largest ever global coordinated rally of any kind," with 5,200 simultaneous demonstrations in 181 countries. The magazine named him to its inaugural list of the 100 most important global thinkers, and MSN named him one of the dozen most influential men of 2009.

His first book, The End of Nature, was published in 1989 by Random House after being serialized in the New Yorker. It is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has been printed in more than 20 languages.

Subsequent books include Deep Economy: the Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (March 2007) It addresses what the author sees as shortcomings of the growth economy and envisions a transition to more local-scale enterprise.

In late summer 2006, Bill helped lead a five-day walk across Vermont to demand action on global warming that some newspaper accounts called the largest demonstration to date in America about climate change. Beginning in January 2007 he founded stepitup07.org to demand that Congress enact curbs on carbon emissions that would cut global warming pollution 80 percent by 2050. With six college students, he organized 1,400 global warming demonstrations across all 50 states of America on April 14, 2007. Step It Up 2007 has been described as the largest day of protest about climate change in the nation's history. A guide to help people initiate environmental activism in their community coming out of the Step It Up 2007 experience entitledFight Global Warming Now was published in October 2007 and a second day of action on climate change was held the following November 3.

Bill is a frequent contributor to various magazines including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone, and Outside. He is also a board member and contributor to Grist Magazine.

Bill has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships, and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000. He has honorary degrees from Green Mountain College, Unity College, Lebanon Valley College, Sterling College, the State University of New York, University of Maine, Colgate University and Whittier College.

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Tom McLeish

Prof. Tom McLeish

Biography

Tom McLeish did a first degree in physics and PhD (1987) in polymer physics at the University of Cambridge. 

Tom McLeish did a first degree in physics and PhD (1987) in polymer physics at the University of Cambridge.  He became a lecturer in physics at the University of Sheffield, building a group working on the theory of dynamics of complex fluids.  In 1993 he took the chair in polymer physics at the University of Leeds.  He has since won several awards both in Europe (Weissenberg Medal) and the USA (Bingham Medal) for his work on molecular rheology of polymers, and ran a large collaborative and multidisciplinary research programme in this field from 1999-2009 co-funded between EPSRC and industry. 

From 2000-2005 he was a Senior Research Fellow of the EPSRC (UK), and from 2003-2009 the Director of the UK Polymer IRC, a multidisciplinary consortium of over 100 polymer scientists from university and industry.  From 2004-2008 he was also Director of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre in Biomolecules and Cells. He has consulted for a number of chemical industries. 

His research interests include: (i) molecular rheology of polymeric fluids); (ii) macromolecular biological physics; (iii) issues of theology, ethics and history of science.  He has published over 180 scientific papers and reviews, and is in addition regularly involved in science-communication with the public.  A book, Faith and Wisdom in Science will be published by OUP in May 2014.

In 2008 he was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Durham University. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.  In 2012 he was made Vice-President of Science by the Institute of Physics (IoP).

Key Publications:

  • T.C.B. McLeish, “Tube Theory of Entangled Polymer Dynamics”, Adv. Phys., 51, 1379-1527 (2002).
  • A. Aggeli, M. Bell, N. Boden, J. N. Keen, P. F. Knowles, T. C. B. McLeish, M. Pitkeathly and S. E. Radford "Responsive Gels Formed by the Spontaneous Self-Assembly of Peptides into Polymeric -Sheet Tapes".   Nature,  386, 259-262, (1997). 
  • J. Bent, L. R. Hutchings, R. W. Richards, T. Gough, R. Spares, P. D. Coates, I. Grillo, O. G. Harlen, D. J. Read, R. S. Graham, A. E. Likhtman, D. J. Groves, T. M. Nicholson, and T. C. B. McLeish, “Neutron-Mapping Polymer Flow: Scattering, Flow Visualization, and Molecular Theory”, Science, 301,1691-1695 (2003).
  • R.J. Hawkins and T.C.B. McLeish, “Coarse-Grained Model of Entropic Allostery”, Phys. Rev. Letts, 93, 098104 (2004).
  • T.L. Rogers et al., “Modulation of Global Low-Frequency Motions Underlies Allosteric Regulation: Demonstration in CRP/FNR Family Transcription Factors”, PLOS-Biology, 11(9): e1001651 (2013)
  • M. Kawakami, K. Burne, B. Khatri, T.C.B. McLeish, S.E. Radford and D.A. Smith, “Viscoelastic Properties of Single Polysaccharide Molecules Determined by Analysis of Thermally Driven Oscillations of an Atomic Force Microscope Cantilever”, Langmuir, 20, 9299-9303 (2004).
  • T. C. B. McLeish and W. C. K. Poon, “Real Absences in the Sciences:  Scientists’ Response to George Steiner’s Real Presences”,Theology, (2) (1999)
  • T.C.B. McLeish, “Values in Science Research” in “Values in Higher Education” S. Robinson and C. Katulushi eds., Aureus Publishing (2005)
  • Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Giles E.M. Gasper, Michael Huxtable, Tom C.B. McLeish, Cecilia Panti and Hannah Smithson, “Dimensions of Colour: Robert Grosseteste's De Colore; Edition, Translation and Interdisciplinary Analysis”, Durham Medieval and Renaissance Texts (2013).

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Dr Harvey T. McMahon

Biography

Harvey McMahon FRS is a staff scientist and group leader at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in

Harvey McMahon FRS is a staff scientist and group leader at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge.

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Ernan McMullin (deceased)

Prof. Ernan McMullin (deceased)

Biography

Ernan McMullin died in February 2011. He had been Professor emeritus of philosophy and Director emeritus of the Program in

Ernan McMullin died in February 2011. He had been Professor emeritus of philosophy and Director emeritus of the Program in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame. His areas of interest were contemporary philosophy of science, the history of the philosophy of science, and the interactions both historical and philosophical between religious belief and the natural sciences.

He took degrees in physics and theology before being awarded a Ph.D. in philosophy of science at the University of Louvain in 1954. He taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1954 to 2003. He served as a visiting professor at the universities of Cape Town, Minnesota, UCLA, Princeton, and Yale.

He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Academy of the History of Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served at different times as President of the four major philosophical associations in the United States.

He was the author or editor of 14 books and was also the author of more than 200 articles, the most recent of which are listed below.

Publications include

Books

  • The Concept of Matter (1963)
  • Galileo: Man of Science (1967)
  • Newton on Matter and Activity (1978)
  • The Inference That Makes Science (1992)
  • The Church and Galileo (2005)

Articles

  • “The impact of Newton’s Principia on the philosophy of science” (2001)
  • “The origins of the field concept in physics” (2002)
  • “Philosophy of science, 1950—2000” (2002)
  • “Van Fraassen’s unappreciated realism” (2003)
  • “Evolution as a Christian theme” (2005)
  • “Tuning fine tuning” (2006)
  • “Explanation as confirmation in Descartes’ natural philosophy” (in the press)
  • “The virtues of a good theory” (in the press)
  • “Hypothesis in early modern science” (in the press).

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Michael McNamee

Prof. Michael McNamee

Biography

Mike McNamee is Professor of Applied Ethics at the University of Swansea. He teaches healthcare and medical ethics. His research

Mike McNamee is Professor of Applied Ethics at the University of Swansea. He teaches healthcare and medical ethics. His research interests are in the ethics of medicine and healthcare and the ethics of sports, and research ethics. He is a former President of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, and was the founding Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association. He serves/has served on the Executive Committee on many national and international associations including the European College of Sport Science, the International Council for sport Science and Physical Education and the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. He is the founding Editor of Sport, Ethics and Philosophy (http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/17511321.asp). He has written or edited (singly and in collaboration) 11 books in applied philosophy and ethics in sport and health, including Sports, Virtues and Vices: morality play (Routledge, 2008) (http://www.routledgesport.com/books/Sports-Virtues-and-Vices-isbn9780415194099) and he just completed the Routledge Reader in Sports Ethics (Routledge, 2010).

Neil Messer

Dr Neil Messer

Biography

Neil Messer read Biochemistry at Bristol University and gained a PhD at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, before

Neil Messer read Biochemistry at Bristol University and gained a PhD at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, before training for ordination at Westminster College, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1993 and served as Minister of Maidenhead United Reformed Church until 1997, during which time he also completed a Master’s degree in Christian Ethics at King’s College, London, and taught Christian Ethics at Mansfield College, Oxford. From 1998 until 2001 he was Tutor in Ethics at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, and Ministerial Training Officer for the West Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church. In 2001 he moved to the University of Wales, Lampeter, where he is currently Senior Lecturer in Christian Ethics and Co-convenor of the Research Institute for Theology and Religious Studies.

Dr Messer’s research interests are in Christian ethics, with a particular focus on ethical issues in medicine, biology and biotechnology. He has recently completed a major theological study of evolution and ethics. Current projects include papers on assisted dying, human responsibilities in respect of non-human animals and further work on theology and evolution. His future plans include a study of theological concepts of health and disease and their bearing on a range of bioethical issues. Dr Messer is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics (having served on the Committee from 1999—2005), the Science and Religion Forum and the Association of Teachers of Moral Theology. He has given invited lectures and papers to a number of bodies, including the Science and Religion Forum. He has advised the Church in Wales and the United Reformed Church on bioethical issues, and recently participated in a Nuffield Council consultation with faith groups on the ethics of neonatal care.

Recent selected publications

Books

  • Selfish Genes and Christian Ethics: Theological and Ethical Reflections on Evolutionary Biology, London: SCM, 2007.
  • SCM Study Guide to Christian Ethics, London: SCM, 2006.
  • Ed., Theological Issues in Bioethics: An Introduction with Readings, London: DLT, 2002.

Articles, chapters and other publications

  • ‘“Ethics”, “Religious Ethics” and “Christian Ethics”: What Are Scholars For?’, in Theology and Religious Studies: An Exploration of Disciplinary Boundaries, ed. Maya Warrier and Simon Oliver, London: T & T Clark, forthcoming (2008).

  • ‘Medicine, Science and Virtue’, in Future Perfect? God, Medicine and Human Identity, ed. Celia Deane-Drummond and Peter Scott, London: T & T Clark, 2006.
  • ‘Healthcare Resource Allocation and the “Recovery of Virtue”’, Studies in Christian Ethics 18 (2005), 89–108.
  • ‘Professional–Patient Relationships and Informed Consent’, Postgraduate Medical Journal, 80 (2004), 277–283.
  • ‘The Human Genome Project, Health and the “Tyranny of Normality”’, in Brave New World? Theology, Ethics and the Human Genome Project, ed. C. Deane-Drummond, London: T & T Clark, 2003, 91–115.
  • ‘Human Genetics and the Image of the Triune God’, Science and Christian Belief, 13 (2001), 99–111.
  • The Ethics of Human Cloning (Cambridge: Grove, 2001).

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Sir John Meurig Thomas

Biography

Sir John once occupied the chair of chemistry created for Michael Faraday at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, of

Sir John once occupied the chair of chemistry created for Michael Faraday at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, of which he was Director (1986-1991).  Formerly he was Head of the Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Cambridge (1978-1996) and Master of Peterhouse (1993-2002).  He is now Honarary Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, Cambridge.

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Tom Millar

Prof. Tom Millar

Biography

Tom Millar holds a BSc in Mathematics and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Manchester Institute of Science

Tom Millar holds a BSc in Mathematics and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST).  Following his PhD he held research fellowships in Toronto and Oxford before returning to UMIST where he was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Mathematics before becoming Professor of Astrophysics in the Department of Physics in 1995.  He was subsequently served as Head of Department and Pro-Vice-Chancellor.  In 2006 he moved to Queen’s University Belfast as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Professor of Astrophysics in the School of Mathematics and Physics.

His research interests are in the field of molecular astrophysics, at the intersection of physics, chemistry and astronomy. He makes use of radio and sub-millimeter wave telescopes in Hawaii, Chile and Sweden to study the emission lines of molecules as probes of the physics of star formation and the chemistry of space.

He has published more than 200 research articles and edited six books on astrophysics.

Kenneth Miller

Prof. Kenneth Miller

Biography

Kenneth R. Miller is Professor of Biology at Brown University. He did his undergraduate work at Brown, graduating in 1970.

Kenneth R. Miller is Professor of Biology at Brown University. He did his undergraduate work at Brown, graduating in 1970. He earned his Ph.D. in 1974 at the University of Colorado, and spent six years teaching at Harvard University before returning to Brown. He is a cell biologist, and chairs the Education Committee of the American Society for Cell Biology. He serves as an advisor on life sciences to the News Hour, a daily PBS television program on news and public affairs, and in 2006 was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2005 he was presented with the Presidential Citation of the American Institute for Biological Sciences for distinguished contributions to the biological sciences. In December of 2006 he received the Public Service Award from the American Society for Cell Biology.

Miller's research work on cell membrane structure and function has produced more than 60 scientific papers and reviews in leading journals, including CELL and Nature, as well as leading popular sources such as Natural History and Scientific American. Miller is coauthor, with Joseph S. Levine, of three different high school and college biology textbooks used by millions of students throughout the United States and other countries.

One of Miller's principal interests is the public understanding of evolution. He has written a number of articles defending the scientific integrity of evolution, answering challenges such as “intelligent design”, and he served as lead witness in the 2005 trial on evolution and intelligent design in Dover, Pennsylvania. His popular book, Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution, addresses the scientific status of evolutionary theory and its relationship to religious views of nature.

Recent Selected Publications in Science and Religion

  • Miller, K. R. (1999) Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution, New York: HarperCollins.
  • Miller, K. R. (2002) The Flaw in the Mousetrap. Natural History (April), p. 75.
  • Miller, K. R. (2003) Answering the Biochemical Argument from Design, pp. 292-307, in God & Design, Neil Manson, ed. Routeledge, New York.
  • Miller, K. R. (2004) The Flagelum Unspun: The collapse of "irreducible complexity," in Debating Design, pp. 81-97. W. Dembski and M. Ruse, eds. Cambridge University Press, New York.
  • Miller, K. R. (2005) Looking for God in all the Wrong Places: Answering the Religious Challenge to Evolution, in Evolutionary Science and Society: Educating a New Generation, pp. 13-21. J. Cracraft and R. W. Bybee, eds. Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Miller, K. R. (2005) Darwin's Pope? Harvard Divinity Bulletin 33: 12-14. .

Recent Selected Science Publications

  • Miller, K. R. (1994) The Big Green Machine. Nature Structural Biology 1: 204-206.
  • Hanein, D., Matlack, K. E. S., Jungnickel, B., Plath, K., Kalies, K., Miller, K. R., Rapoport, T. A., and C. W. Akey (1996) Oligomeric Rings of the Sec6lp Complex Induced by Ligands Required for Protein Translocation, Cell 87 721-732.
  • Meyer, T. H., Ménétret, J. F. , Breitling, R. , Miller, K. R., Akey, C. W., and Rapaport, T. A. (1999) The bacterial Sec Y/E translocation complex forms channel-like structures similar to those of the eukaryotic Sec6lp complex. Journal of Molecular Biology 285: 1789-1800.

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Simon Mitton

Dr Simon Mitton

Biography

Simon Mitton is an Affiliated Research Scholar in the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge. His main

Simon Mitton is an Affiliated Research Scholar in the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge. His main field of interest is the history of astronomy in the 20th century. He has a book in press with Princeton University Press on the origin of structure in the universe and is currently writing a biographical history of astronomy for Cambridge University Press. He gives talks on the history of astronomy for cruise lines (e.g. Cunard), literary festivals (Hay-on-Wye), and astronomical societies (Society for Popular Astronomy). He is the Editor of the International Journal of Astrobiology.

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Jurgen Moltmann

Prof. Jurgen Moltmann

Biography

Jürgen Moltmann, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen in Germany, is one of the most widely

Jürgen Moltmann, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen in Germany, is one of the most widely read theologians of the second half of the twentieth century. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, on 8 April 1926. He grew up in a secular home, without significant Christian influence. As a boy he wanted to study science and mathematics. However in 1944, his education was interrupted when he was drafted by the German army. Moltmann was sent to the front lines in the Belgian forest and surrendered in 1945.

During 1945–1948 he was confined as a prisoner of war in Belgium, Scotland and northern England. His experience as a POW had a powerful impact on his life, as it was in the camps that he had time to reflect upon the devastating nature of the Second World War. It was also in the camps that Moltmann met Christian chaplains, and was given the New Testament and Psalms to read. Moltmann reflects about the war experience: ‘In July 1943 I was an air force auxiliary in a battery in the centre of Hamburg, and barely survived the fire storm which the Royal Air Force's “Operation Gomorrah” let loose on the eastern part of the city. The friend standing next to me at the firing predictor was torn to pieces by the bomb that left me unscathed. That night I cried out to God for the first time: “My God, where are you?” And the question “Why am I not dead too?” has haunted me ever since’.

When the war was over, Moltmann returned to his home in Hamburg and decided to pursue theological training. He received his doctorate from the University of Göttingen. From 1952 to 1957 he was the pastor of the Evangelical Church of Bremen-Wasserhorst.

In 1958 Moltmann became a theology teacher at an academy in Wuppertal that was operated by the Confessing Church and in 1963 he joined the theological faculty of Bonn University. He was appointed Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen in 1967 and remained there until his retirement in 1994.

Moltmann has contributed many books to the field of theology, including Theology of Hope (1964), The Crucified God (1972), Man (1974), The Church in the Power of the Spirit (1975), The Trinity and the Kingdom of God (1980), God in Creation (1985), The Way of Jesus Christ (1989), The Spirit of Life (1991), Theology of Hope: On the Ground and the Implications of a Christian Eschatology (1993), The Coming of God (1995), How I Have Changed: Reflections on Thirty Years of Theology (1997), The Source of Life (1997), God for a Secular Society (1998), Experiences in Theology (2000), Science and Wisdom (2003) and In the End—The Beginning: The Life of Hope (2004). Books coauthored with Dr. Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel include Humanity in God (1983), God-His and Hers (1991), and Passion for God: Theology in Two Voices (2003).

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Jonathan Moo

Dr Jonathan Moo

Biography

Dr. Moo is currently an assistant professor in the theology department at Whitworth University.  He specialises in apocalyptic literature, and

Dr. Moo is currently an assistant professor in the theology department at Whitworth University.  He specialises in apocalyptic literature, and teaches apocalyptic literature, hermeneutics, and a biblical theology course on the "redemption of creation." He is especially interested in matters relating to creation, eschatology, and the relationship between Christian theology and science.

Jonathan holds degrees in Biology and English (B.A., Lake Forest College, Illinois), Wildlife Ecology (M.S., Utah State University), and Theology (Cert. Biblical Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Illinois; M.A. Old Testament, M.A. New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Massachusetts; Ph.D., University of Cambridge). His doctoral dissertation (2008) was entitled ‘Creation, Nature and Hope in Fourth Ezra’. He is member of the British New Testament Society, Christians in Science and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Recent Publications

  • 'Review of Cosmology and New Testament Theology, edited by Jonathan T.Pennington and Sean M. McDonough'. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, forthcoming.
  • ‘Environmental Unsustainability and a Biblical Vision of the Earth’s Future’. Pages 255-70, 288 in Creation in Crisis: Christian Perspectives on Sustainability, edited by Robert S. White. London: SPCK, 2009.
  • ‘The Sea That is No More: Rev 21.1 and the Function of Sea Imagery in the Apocalypse of John’. Novum Testamentum 51 (2009): 148-67.
  • 'Review of Environmental Stewardship: Critical Perspectives - Past and Present, edited by R. J. Berry'. Science and Christian Belief 20 (2008): 216-18.
  • 'Romans 8.19-22 and Isaiah's Cosmic Covenant'. New Testament Studies 54 (2008): 74-89.
  • 'A Messiah whom "the Many do not Know"? Rereading 4 Ezra 5:6-7'. Journal of Theological Studies NS 58 (2007): 525-36.

Recent papers presented:

  • 'Continuity, discontinuity and hope: the contribution of New Testament eschatology to a distinvtively Christian environmental ethos'. Invited Tyndale Lecture in Ethics and Social Theology presented at the Tyndale Fellowship Triennial Conference, Cambridge, 9 July 2009.
  • 'The Conversion of Ezra and a Reassessment of Fourth Ezra's "Apocalyptic" Theology of Creation'. Paper presented at the Hebrew, Jewish and Early Christian Studies Seminar, University of Cambridge, 19 January 2009.
  • ‘Eden, Earth and Eschatology in 4 Ezra’. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, USA, 24 November 2008.
  • ‘Romans 8.19-22 and Isaiah’s Cosmic Covenant’. Paper presented at the Senior New Testament Seminar, University of Cambridge, 6 March 2007.
  • ‘Natural Law and the Created Order in Fourth Ezra’. Paper presented at the Oxbridge Biblical Studies Day Conference, University of Oxford, 26 May 2006.
  • ‘Duff, the new Wenham: Review of Jeremy Duff’s Elements of New Testament Greek’. Paper presented at the Fifth Annual Study Day for Teachers of Greek, University of Cambridge, 11 May 2006.

Multimedia resources

New Testament Eschatology and the Environment   MP3  
Environmental Apocalypse and Christian Hope   MP3  
Douglas Moo

Prof. Douglas Moo

Biography

Douglas Moo is Blanchard Professor of New Testament,Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA. He is Chair of the Committee on Bible

Douglas Moo is Blanchard Professor of New Testament,Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, USA. He is Chair of the Committee on Bible Translation charged with oversight of the NIV and TNIV Bibles.

Professor Moo’s research interest is in New Testament exegesis and theology, particularly the letters of Paul. He is currently working on a commentary on Galatians and a Pauline Theology.

Professor Moo has a particular interest in the way the created world is presented in the New Testament, with implications for current environmental issues.

Recent Publications in New Testament Studies

  • The Old Testament in the Gospel Passion Narratives. Sheffield: Almond, 1983 (reprint; Eugene, Ore.: Wipf & Stock, 2008).
  • "'Law,' 'Works of the Law' and Legalism in Paul." Westminster Theological Journal 45 (1983): 73-100.
  • "Jesus and the Authority of the Mosaic Law." Journal for the Study of the New Testament  20 (1984): 3-49.
  • "The Problem of Sensus Plenior." In Hermeneutics, Authority, Canon, ed. D. A. Carson and J. D. Woodbridge.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986.
  • "Israel and Paul in Romans 7.7-12." New Testament Studies 32 (1986): 122-35.
  • "Paul and the Law in the Last Ten Years." Scottish Journal of Theology 40 (1987): 287-307.
  • A Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.
  • The Epistle of James.  Pillar Commentary.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.
  • Introduction to the New Testament. Revised ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005 (with D. A. Carson).
  • "Israel and the Law in Romans 5-11: Interaction with the New Perspective." In Justification and Variegated Nomism: The Teaching of Paul, ed. D. A. Carson, Mark Seifrid, and Peter O'Brien. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.
  • "The Christology of the Early Pauline Letters."  In Contours of Christology in the New Testament, ed. R. N. Longenecker, 169-92. Grand Rapds: Eerdmans, 2005.

Recent Publications in Science and Religion

  • "Nature in the New Creation: New Testament Eschatology and the Environment." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 49 (2006): 449-88.

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New Testament Eschatology and the Environment   MP3Video (download) 
Pete Moore

Dr Pete Moore

Biography

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

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

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

Recent selected publications

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

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Ethical Issues in the Public Mind   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Ethical Issues Raised by Science   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
A Better Brain? Enhancement Examined   MP3Video (download) 
Michael Murray

Prof. Michael Murray

Biography

Michael Murray is ta Senior Visiting Scholar in Philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA). He received his B.A. at Franklin

Michael Murray is ta Senior Visiting Scholar in Philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA). He received his B.A. at Franklin & Marshall College, and his M.A, and Ph.D at the University of Notre Dame.  He has held fellowships from the Institute for Research in the Humanities (Madison, Wisconsin), the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion, and Oxford University.  In addition to a variety of articles in the history of philosophy and the philosophy of religion, he has recently published Philosophy of Religion (Cambridge, with Michael Rea) and Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering (Oxford), The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion (Oxford, with Jeffrey Schloss), and Predestination and Election (Yale) and Divine Evil? (Oxford, with Michael Rea and Michael Bergmann).

Multimedia resources

Animal Suffering - Theological and Philosophical Perspectives   MP3Video (download) 
Bill Newsome

Prof. Bill Newsome

Biography

Dr. Newsome is Professor of Neurobiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He received a B.S. degree in physics from

Dr. Newsome is Professor of Neurobiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. He received a B.S. degree in physics from Stetson University, a Ph.D. degree in biology from the California Institute of Technology, and did postdoctoral research at the National Eye Institute. Dr. Newsome was on the faculty of the State University of New York at Stony Brook before moving to Stanford. Among his many honours are the Rank Prize in optoelectronics, the Spencer Award from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, and the Dan David Prize from the Dan David Foundation and Tel Aviv University. Dr. Newsome is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

William Newsome's research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying visual perception, visually based decision making, and related issues in cognitive neuroscience. He seeks to understand how higher mammals acquire sensory information about the world, how that information is processed within the brain, and how behavioral responses to that information are organized.

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Faith in an Age of Science: The Challenge of the Neurosciences   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Theology and the Neurosciences   MP3Video (download) 
God, Mind and Brain PDF MP3Video (download) 
Brain, Mind and Free-Will: Did my neurons make me do it?   MP3  
God, Mind and Brain - Discussion PDF    
Free Choice and the Brain: Interpreting volition in a post-Libet Era   MP3  
Gerard Nienhuis

Prof. Gerard Nienhuis

Biography

Gerard Nienhuis has been Professor of Physics at Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands, since 1986. He is also a former professor

Gerard Nienhuis has been Professor of Physics at Universiteit Leiden, The Netherlands, since 1986. He is also a former professor at Universiteit Utrecht (until 1991), and has worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1970-1971), and at the Université Paris-Nord (a number of brief visiting professorships). He has been a member of the Board of the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division of the European Physical Society (1994-2004), and a co-editor of European Physics Letters (1998-2003). His field of research is in atomic and optical physics, with an emphasis on quantum optics and quantum effects of the interaction between light and matter.

Recent Publications in Science and Religion

  • Het Gezicht van de Wereld, Amsterdam, Buijten & Schipperheijn, 1995.
  • Geloof in het Toeval, De Gids 159, 152, 1996.
  • Het geloof zoekt, de wetenschap vindt, Radix 29, 182, 2003.
  • Toeval en ontwerp, twee vreemde eenden, in En God Beschikte een Worm, red. C. Dekker, R. Meester en R. van Woudenberg, Kampen, Ten Have, 2006.

Recent Scientific Publications

  • J. Visser, E.R. Eliel and G. Nienhuis, “Polarization entanglement in a crystal with threefold symmetry”, Phys. Rev. A 66, 0033814, 2002.
  • A.V. Taichenachev, A.M. Tumaikin, V.I. Yudin and G. Nienhuis, “Steady state of atoms in a resonant field with elliptical polarization”, Phys. Rev. A 69 033410, 2004.
  • H.L. Haroutyunyan and G. Nienhuis, “Phase dynamics of a multimode Bose condensate controlled by decay” Phys. Rev. A 69, 053621, 2004.
  • J. Visser and G. Nienhuis, “Orbital angular momentum of general astigmatic modes”, Phys. Rev. A 70, 013809, 2004.
  • S.S.R Oemrawsingh, A. Aiello, E.R. Eliel, G. Nienhuis and J.P. Woerdman, “How to observe high-dimensional two-photon entanglement with only two detectors”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 217901, 2004.
  • J. Visser, N.J. Zelders and G. Nienhuis, “Wave description of geometric modes of a resonator”, J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 1559, 2005.

Multimedia resources

Interpretations of Quantum Theory and Their Implications for Theology   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Michael Northcott

Prof. Michael Northcott

Biography

Michael Northcott is Reader in Christian Ethics in the School of Divinity of Edinburgh University. He is also an Anglican

Michael Northcott is Reader in Christian Ethics in the School of Divinity of Edinburgh University. He is also an Anglican Priest. He was Visiting Professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University, North Carolina in 2005, and at the Claremont School of Theology in California in 2002. He has written many papers on ecological ethics and his book The Environment and Christian Ethics was published by Cambridge University Press in 1996. He has been working on the ethics of climate change since 2005 and his book A Moral Climate? The Ethics of Global Warming will be published by Darton Longman and Todd and Orbis Press in 2007. His last book An Angel Directs the Storm: Apocalyptic Religion and American Empire was published by I. B. Tauris in 2004.

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A Moral Climate? Theological Perspectives on Climate Change   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Sustaining Ethical life in the Anthropocene   MP3Video (download) 

Prof. Martin Nowak

Biography

Martin A. Nowak is Professor of Biology and of Mathematics at Harvard University and Director of Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary

Martin A. Nowak is Professor of Biology and of Mathematics at Harvard University and Director of Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. Dr Nowak works on the mathematical description of evolutionary processes including the evolution of cooperation and human language, the dynamics of virus infections and human cancer. His major discoveries include: the mechanism of HIV disease progression (1991), spatial game dynamics (1992), generous tit-for-tat and win-stay,lose-shift (1993), the rapid turnover and evolution of drug resistance in HIV infection (1995), quantifying the dynamics of HBV infection (1996), mechanisms for the evolution of genetic redundancy (1997), the evolution of cooperation by indirect reciprocity (1998), the first mathematical approach for studying the evolution of human language (1999-2002), evolutionary game dynamics in finite populations and the 1/3 rule (2004), evolutionary graph theory (2005), the first quantification of the in vivo kinetics of a human cancer (2005), five rules for the evolution of cooperation (2006), the dynamics of language regularization (2007) and "winners don't punish" (2008). At the moment Dr Nowak is working on ‘prelife’, which is a formal approach to study the origin of evolution.

An Austrian by birth, he studied biochemistry and mathematics at the University of Vienna with Peter Schuster and Karl Sigmund. He received his Ph.D. sub auspiciis praesidentis in 1989. He went on to the University of Oxford as an Erwin Schrödinger Scholar and worked there with Robert May, the later Lord May of Oxford, with whom he co-authored numerous articles and his first book, Virus Dynamics (OUP, 2000). Nowak was Guy Newton Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College and later Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Biomedical Sciences and E. P. Abraham Junior Research Fellow at Keble College. Dr. Nowak became head of the mathematical biology group in Oxford in 1995 and Professor of Mathematical Biology in 1997. A year later he moved to Princeton to establish the first program in theoretical biology at the Institute for Advanced Study. He accepted his present position at Harvard University in 2003.

A corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Nowak is the recipient of Oxford’s Weldon Memorial Prize, the Albert Wander Prize of the University of Bern, the Akira Okubo Prize of the Society for Mathematical Biology, the Roger E. Murray Prize awarded by the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance, the David Starr Jordan Prize given jointly by Stanford, Cornell, and Indiana universities, and the Henry Dale Prize of The Royal Institution, London. He has delivered numerous lectures in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States. He is a member of the Templeton Foundation Board of Advisors. He is a member of the scientific advisory board of the University of Vienna and the Institute of Science and Technology Austria. Dr. Nowak is the author of over 300 papers published in scientific journals. His 2006 book, Evolutionary Dynamics, which was published by Harvard University Press, provides an overview of the powerful yet simple laws that govern the evolution of living systems. His latest book, SuperCooperators, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2011.

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Ronald Numbers

Prof. Ronald Numbers

Biography

Ronald L Numbers is Hilldale Professor of the History of Science and Medicine and a member of the department of

Ronald L Numbers is Hilldale Professor of the History of Science and Medicine and a member of the department of medical history and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has taught for three decades. He has written or edited more than two dozen books, including, most recently, Darwinism Comes to America (Harvard University Press, 1998), Disseminating Darwinism: The Role of Place, Race, Religion and Gender (Cambridge University Press, 1999) coedited with John Stenhouse, and When Science and Christianity Meet (University of Chicago Press, 2003) coedited with David Lindberg.

For five years (1989-1993) he edited Isis, the flagship journal of the history of science. He is writing a history of science in America (for Basic Books), editing a series of monographs on the history of medicine, science, and religion for the Johns Hopkins University Press, and coediting, with David Lindberg, the eight-volume Cambridge History of Science. A former Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, he is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the International Academy of the History of Science. He is a past president of both the History of Science Society and the American Society of Church History. In 2005 he was elected to a four-year term as president of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science/Division of History of Science and Technology.

Multimedia resources

Myths and Truths in Science and Religion: A Historical Perspective PDF MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Why is Creationism so popular in the USA?   MP3Video (download) 
Myths and Truths in Science and Religion: A Historical Perspective - Discussion PDF    
Tim O'Connor

Prof. Tim O'Connor

Biography

Timothy O’Connor is Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University and a member of its Cognitive Sciences Program. He

Timothy O’Connor is Professor of Philosophy at Indiana University and a member of its Cognitive Sciences Program. He received the Ph.D. in philosophy in 1992 from Cornell University. He has been a research fellow at the University of Notre Dame and the University of St. Andrews and is currently a visiting fellow at Oriel College, Oxford. Dr. O'Connor is a specialist in metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion. He has lectured widely in the U.S., Europe, and Asia and is the author of sixty scholarly articles and two books and is a contributing editor of five other volumes.

Dr. O’Connor has written extensively on philosophical questions concerning human free will, the topic of his first book. In the last several years, He has become especially interested in considering the emerging sciences of brain and behavior and the question of whether and how they pose challenges to ordinary notions of freedom and moral responsibility. He is also interested in exploring God's causal relation to the universe and the relationship of theistic and scientific explanations.

Dr. O’Connor’s 2008 book Theism and Ultimate Explanation touches on some preliminary science-religion issues. He has recently lectured on the in-built limits of scientific explanation and the complementary role of theistic explanations. He has also taught university courses addressing this topic, as well as a first-year university course entitled "Philosophical Reflections on Evolution and Religion." 

He is the editor of and contributor to a forthcoming volume of essays titled Religious Faith and Intellectual Virtue. He is currently writing a book to be titled Thinking About Faith: Philosophy, Science, and Christian Belief.

Recent selected publications:

  • Theism and Ultimate Explanation, Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.

  • Downward Causation and The Neurobiology of Free Will, co-edited with George F. R. Ellis and Nancey Murphy. Understanding Complex Systems series, New York: Springer, 2009.

  • A Companion to the Philosophy of Action, co-edited with Constantine Sandis. Oxford: Blackwell, 2010.

  • Emergence in Science and Philosophy, co-edited with Antonella Corradini, Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of Science, London: Routledge, 2010.

  • “Conscious Willing and the Emerging Sciences of Brain and Behavior,” in George F. R. Ellis, Nancey Murphy, and Timothy O’Connor, eds. Downward Causation And The Neurobiology Of Free Will. New York: Springer, 2009: 173-186.

  • “Emergence and the Metaphysics of Group Cognition” (with Georg Theiner), in Timothy O’Connor and Antonella Corradini, eds., Emergence in Science and Philosophy. Routledge Studies in the Philosophy of  Science, Routledge, 2010: 78-117.

  • “Is Nonreductive Physicalism Viable Within a Causal Powers Metaphysic?” (with John Ross Churchill), in Graham and Cynthia Macdonald, eds., Emergence in Mind. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010: 43-60.

  • “Emergent Individuals and the Resurrection” (with Jonathan D. Jacobs), European Journal For Philosophy of Religion 2, 2010: 69-88.

  • “Agent Causal Theories,” in Robert Kane, ed., Oxford Handbook of Free Will, 2nd Rev. Ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011: 309-328.

  • “Agent Causation in a Neo-Aristotelian Metaphysics” (with Jonathan D. Jacobs), for R.D. Ingthorsson and Sophie Gibb, eds., Mental Causation and Ontology. Oxford University Press, 2011.

  • “Religious Pluralism,” in K. Timpe, ed., Arguing About Religion. New York: Routledge, 2009: 81-92.

  • “The Argument from Consciousness Revisited” (with Kevin Kimble), Oxford Studies in the Philosophy of Religion 3, 2011: 110-141.

  • “The Philosophical Implications of Emergence,” in James Haag, Gregory Peterson, and Michael Spezio, eds., Routledge Companion to Religion and Science. Routledge, 2011: 206-222.

  • “Could There Be a Complete Explanation of Everything?” in Tyron Goldschmidt, ed., The Puzzle of Existence: Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing? Routledge Studies in Metaphysics, Routledge Press, 2013.

 

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The Emergence of Human Persons: Between the Scylla of Dualism and the Charybdis of Reductionism   MP3  
Free Will and the Scientific Study of the Mind: Oil and Water?   MP3Video (download) 
Cosmic Fine-Tuning: Discerning Purpose at the Limits of Science   MP3Video (download) 
Could There Be a Theory of Everything?   MP3  
Evolution, Emergence and Philosophy   MP3  
Free Will and Determinism   MP3  
Donal O'Mathuna

Dr Donal O'Mathuna

Biography

Donal P O'Mathuna, BSc(Pharm), MA, PhD is Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Decision-Making & Evidence in the School of Nursing, Dublin

Donal P O'Mathuna, BSc(Pharm), MA, PhD is Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Decision-Making & Evidence in the School of Nursing, Dublin City University (DCU). He is also Visiting Professor of Bioethics at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. Donal’s original training was in pharmacy, but his recent research and teaching has focused on bioethics. Donal is Chair of the DCU Research Ethics Committee and a member of the St James’s Hospital Patients Ethics Committee.

Donal's research interests include bioethics and evidence-based practice. Through the DCU Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, he has become interested in the ethical issues involving nanotechnology. This builds on his general interest in new technologies and their potential impact on human dignity. This has led to a growing interest in posthumanism and developing a response its advocates. He is also concerned about the funding of health research and how this impacts developing countries. Human dignity also underlies his interest in the ethics of torture. Another general theme in Donal's research is the role of film and popular music in teaching ethics. Donal maintains his research interest in pharmacy through conducting systematic reviews as part of the Cochrane Collaboration.

Donal's interest in issues of science and religion involve the underlying basis for ethical decision-making. Underlying Donal's ethics is a commitment to biblical Christianity as the basis for his values and world-view. Guidance on modern bioethical dilemmas can be found in the Bible, and one of Donal's on-going interests is developing methods for this approach. Doing this also involves being able to defend a Christian perspective on ethics in secular and pluralistic settings. Another related interest is the role of spirituality in health and medicine, in particular how these are presented within complementary and alternative medicine. Donal is a committee member for the Ireland branch of Christians in Science.

Departmental web site

Personal web site

Recent Publications

  • "Evil to Prevent Evil: The Ethics of Torture," in Against Doing Nothing. Edited by Shilinka Smith and Shona Hill, pp. 39-50. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2010.
  • Nanoethics: Big Ethical Issues with Small Technology. London: Continuum Press, 2009.
  • "Trust and Clinical Research," Research Practitioner 10.5 (September-October 2009): 170-77.
  • "The Ethics of Torture in 24: Shockingly Banal," in 24 and Philosophy: The World According to Jack. Edited by Jennifer Hart Weed, Richard Davis and Ronald Weed, pp. 91-104. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.
  • "Teaching Ethics Using Popular Songs: Feeling and Thinking," Monash Bioethics Review, 27.1-2 (January-April 2008): 42-55.
  • "Conceiving Technological Conception: Bioethics and Personhood," in Culture, Technology & Values: Ethical Dimensions of European Identity. Edited by Michael J. Breen and Eamonn Conway, pp. 125-138. Paragon Press, 2008.
  • "Decision-Making and Health Research: Ethics and the 10/90 Gap," Research Practitioner 8.5 (September-October 2007): 164-172.
  • "Bioethics and Biotechnology," Cytotechnology 53.1-3 (April 2007): 113-119. "Human Dignity in the Nazi Era: Implications for Current Bioethics," BMC Medical Ethics, 7.2 (March 2006): Epub: www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6939/7/2.
  • "Genetic Technology, Enhancement, and Christian Values," National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 2.2 (Summer 2002): 277-295.

Recent Publications on Science and Religion

  • "Medicine vs. Prayer: The Case of Kara Nuemann," Pediatric Nursing, 34.5 (September-October 2008): 413-416.
  • Donal O'Mathuna, & Walt Larimore, Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook. Updated and Expanded Edition. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2007.
  • "Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Where Medicine and Religion Meet," in The Phenomenon of Cults from a Scientific Perspective. Edited by Piotr T. Nowakowski, pp. 296-310. Cracow: Dom Wydawniczy Rafael, 2007.
  • "Sickness and Disease," in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books. Edited by Bill T. Arnold and H. G. M. Williamson, pp. 895-899. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2005.
  • "Bodily Injuries, Murder, Manslaughter," in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch. Edited by David W. Baker and Desmond Alexander, pp. 90-94. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002.
  • "The Vertical Context: Prayer and Bioethics," in BioEngagement: Making a Christian Difference through Bioethics Today. Edited by Nigel M. de S. Cameron, Scott E. Daniels, and Barbara J. White, pp. 57-67. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000.
  • "'Why me, God?' Understanding Suffering," Ethics & Medicine 15.2 (1999): 44-52.
  • "Did Paul Condone Suicide? Implications for Assisted Suicide and Active Euthanasia." Reprinted in Suicide: A Christian Response. Crucial Considerations for Choosing Life. Edited by Timothy J. Demy and Gary P. Stewart, 387-397. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1998.
  • "But The Bible Doesn’t Say They Were Wrong to Commit Suicide, Does It?" in Suicide: A Christian Response. Crucial Considerations for Choosing Life. Edited by Timothy J. Demy and Gary P. Stewart, 349-366. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1998.
  • "The Bible and Abortion: What of the 'Image of God'?" in Bioethics and the Future of Medicine: A Christian Appraisal. Edited by John F. Kilner, Nigel M. de S. Cameron, and David L. Schiedermayer, 199-211. Carlisle, UK: Paternoster Press, 1995.

Multimedia resources

Medical Ethics and What it Means to be Human   MP3  
Alan Padgett

Prof. Alan Padgett

Biography

Alan Padgett is Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, St Paul, Minnesota. He is currently on leave as the

Alan Padgett is Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, St Paul, Minnesota. He is currently on leave as the Crossan Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame (2006-2007).

Professor Padgett holds the degrees of BA (Vanguard), MDiv (Drew) and DPhil (Oxon). He has held numerous academic positions, including temporary lecturer at the University of Durham, instructor in philosophy at Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, and adjunct professor at Vanguard University. After these posts he was called to be adjunct professor and assistant professor of philosophy at Bethel College, St Paul, and then he was Professor of Theology and the Philosophy of Science at Azusa Pacific University.

Professor Padgett is most particularly interested in the dialogue between theology and science, as well as Christian ethics and spirituality and systematic theology. He is the editor/co-editor of three book series, as well as the online theology journal, Journal for Christian Theological Research (www.jctr.org). He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Center for Theology and Natural Science, the International Society for Science and Religion, the Christian Theological Research Fellowship and the Society of Christian Philosophers.

Recent selected publications

  • Science and the Study of God: A Mutuality Model for Theology and Science (Eerdmans, 2003)
  • Introducing Christianity (with Sally Bruyneel) (Orbis, 2003)
  • God and Time: Four Views (with Nicholas Wolterstorff, Paul Helm and William Lane Craig) (InterVarsity, 2001)
  • Christianity and Western Thought, vol II: Faith and Reason in the Nineteenth Century (with Steven Wilkens) (InterVarsity, 2000)

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A Mutuality Model for Science and Religion   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
The Role of God in Modern Science: Models for Relating Science and Religion   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Don Page

Prof. Don Page

Biography

Don Page is a Professor of Physics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Growing up in Alaskan villages, he

Don Page is a Professor of Physics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Growing up in Alaskan villages, he completed his high school education by correspondence through the University of Nebraska Extension Division. He received his B.A. in Physics and Mathematics, summa cum laude, from William Jewell College in Missouri, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology. His Ph.D. thesis, "Accretion into and Emission from Black Holes", was supervised by Kip S. Thorne and Stephen Hawking. Dr. Page then moved to the University of Cambridge, England, where he held a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science, worked as a research assistant under Prof. Hawking, and received an M.A.

From 1979 to 1990, Dr. Page was a member of the Physics Department of the Pennsylvania State University. During this period, he held visiting positions at the University of Texas at Austin, the California Institute of Technology, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Alberta. In 1990, he moved to the University of Alberta. Dr. Page has been a member of CIAR's Cosmology and Gravity Program since 1987, and was a CIAR Fellow from 1991-2002.

Research Interests:

The goal of quantum cosmology is to try to understand the universe as a whole within the current fundamental framework of physics, quantum theory. Quantum theory normally differs significantly from classical theory only for small systems, so one may question its application to the entire universe. However, the universe was apparently once so small that a quantum description would have been essential. The present universe may be viewed as a relic of processes that occurred in its very early evolution. Thus a quantum understanding of these processes may help explain certain basic features observed today. For example, the observed cosmos is large, old, nearly flat, fairly homogeneous and isotropic at the largest observable distances, lumpy and complex on smaller scales, and out of thermal equilibrium, exhibiting a pervasive arrow of time. These basic features are mysterious, in the sense that it would apparently be consistent with our present theoretical understanding of physics for the universe not to have any of these properties. Can we enlarge our understanding to include fundamental principles that would explain these observed features of the cosmos? In particular, we need principles for the boundary conditions of the universe, to select the actual universe from the apparently infinite set of possible universes obeying the same complete set of dynamical laws. There have recently been proposals for this that would specify the quantum state of the universe, such as the Hartle-Hawking no-boundary proposal and the Vilenkin tunneling proposal. Research is being done on the implications of these and other proposals to see whether or not they can explain the observed features of our mysterious universe.

Recent Selected Publications

  • Don N. Page, "The Lifetime of the Universe," Journal of the Korean Physical Society 49, 711-714 (2006).
  • M. Cvetic, H. Lu, Don N. Page, and C. N. Pope, "New Einstein-Sasaki Spaces in Five and Higher Dimensions," Physical Review Letters 95, 071101 (2005).
  • Don N. Page, "Hawking Radiation and Black Hole Thermodynamics," New Journal of Physics 7, 203 (2005).
  • G. W. Gibbons, H. Lu, Don N. Page, and C. N. Pope, "Rotating Black Holes in Higher Dimensions with a Cosmological Constant," Physical Review Letters 93, 171102 (2004).
  • Don N. Page, "Anthropic Estimates of the Charge and Mass of the Proton," <http://arxiv.org/abs/hep-th/0302051>.
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    Quantum Cosmology and Its Implications for Theology   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Multiple Reasons for a Multiverse   MP3Video (download) 
    Joe Perry

    Prof. Joe Perry

    Biography

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

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

    Science and Religion Papers

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

    Selected Recent Papers

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

    Multimedia resources

    GM crops and GM food - Do we need them?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    The Ethics of Food Production and GM Crops   MP3Video (download) 
    Ted Peters

    Prof. Ted Peters

    Biography

    Ted Peters (PhD University of Chicago) is Professor of Systematic Theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological

    Ted Peters (PhD University of Chicago) is Professor of Systematic Theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Professor Peters’ teaching portfolio includes the field of theology in the 20th and 21st centuries for both doctoral level students and for students preparing to serve in the ordained clergy. He is a Lutheran theologian—an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America—teaching in an ecumenical institution with students from an array of differing denominations; and he engages in inter-religious dialogue as well. He served as editor-in-chief of Dialog, A Journal of Theology from 1993  to 2007.

    Professor Peters also works extensively in the field of Science and Religion. He serves now as co-editor with Professor Robert John Russell of the journal, Theology and Science, published by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences at the Graduate Theological Union.  He worked as area editor for “Science and Religion” for the 4th edition of Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Volumes IV-VIII, and for the 2nd edition of The Encyclopedia of Religion (Macmillan  2005).

    For nearly a decade Professor Peters has sought to clarify the issues surrounding the evolution controversy and advocate “theistic evolution.”

    Multimedia resources

    Can We Enhance the Imago Dei? A Theological Assessment of Genetic Alteration, Nanotechnology and Transhumanism   MP3Video (download) 
    Astro-Ethics and the Search for Life   MP3Video (download) 
    Ann Pettifor

    Ann Pettifor

    Biography

    Ann is a fellow of the New Economics Foundation (nef) and Director of Advocacy International Ltd. Ann Pettifor's most recent publication:

    Ann is a fellow of the New Economics Foundation (nef) and Director of Advocacy International Ltd.

    Ann Pettifor's most recent publication: "The economic consequences of Mr. Osborne" was co-authored with Professor Victoria Chick of University College London and published on the blog www.debtonation.org . This was followed up with an opinion piece on Bloomberg: "UK Bust Needs Big Spender".

    Ann’s special interests include a) the architecture of the international financial system and its impact on sovereign debt and domestic monetary and fiscal policy and b) the challenges posed to economic policy by the twin threats of peak oil and climate change.

    Ann’s overriding concern is with monetary policy, and in particular, the rate of interest. Unlike most orthodox economists she regards the high rates of interest charged to borrowers as causal to the ongoing financial crisis. As a Keynesian, she argues strongly for 'tight but cheap money'.

    Ann is a fellow of the new economics foundation, (nef) London where she dedicated three years to studying the post-Bretton Woods financial architecture. This led to the publication of the Real World Economic Outlook (2003). Then, in 2006, her book The Coming First World Debt Crisis (Palgrave) warned that rich countries were heading for a debt crisis that would overshadow anything seen in the developing world. Both were ridiculed. She also co-authored nef's the Green New Deal, published in July, 2008 and updated as The Cuts Won't Work in December, 2009.

    Before that Ann led a global advocacy effort aimed at the Paris Club, the World Bank and IMF to have the unpayable debts of the poorest countries written off. As a result, and with the support of leaders ranging from PM Tony Blair, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder to Presidents Clinton and George Bush - more than $100 billion of debt was acknowledged as unpayable, and written off for 35 of the lowest income countries.

    This experience of dealing with official creditors immersed her in the issues of sovereign debt. She regularly attends World Bank and IMF meetings, and, working with organisations in Thailand and Indonesia had first-hand experience of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. Later she worked in Buenos Aires with economists and parliamentarians during Argentina's sovereign debt crisis of 2001. In 2004-5 she advised the Government of Nigeria on its negotiations with European and Japanese creditors in advance of its critical 2005 Paris Club meeting at which $18 billion of debt was written off by OECD creditors.

    Ann blogs at www.debtonation.org and also the Huffington Post.

    Rosalind Picard

    Prof Rosalind Picard

    Biography

    Rosalind W. Picard is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Rosalind W. Picard is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Laboratory, co-director of the Things That Think Consortium, the largest industrial sponsorship organization at the lab, and leader of the new and growing Autism Communication Technology Initiative. She holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Masters and Doctorate degrees, both in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has been a member of the faculty at the MIT Media Laboratory since 1991, with tenure since 1998. Prior to completing her doctorate at MIT, she was a Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories where she designed VLSI chips for digital signal processing and developed new methods of image compression and analysis. She was honored as a Fellow of the IEEE in 2005.

    The author of around a hundred and fifty peer-reviewed scientific articles in multidimensional signal modeling, computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, and human-computer interaction, Picard is known internationally for envisioning and conducting ground-breaking research in affective computing and, prior to that, for pioneering research in content-based image and video retrieval. She is recipient (with Tom Minka) of a best paper prize for work on machine learning with multiple models (1998) and is recipient (with Barry Kort and Rob Reilly) of a "best theory paper" prize for their work on affect in human learning (2001). Her award-winning book, Affective Computing, (MIT Press, 1997) lays the groundwork for giving machines the skills of emotional intelligence. She and her students have designed and developed a variety of new sensors, algorithms, and systems for sensing, recognizing, and responding respectfully to human affective information, with applications in autism communication, human and machine learning, health behavior change, and human-computer interaction.

    Dr. Picard has served on dozens of international and national science and engineering program committees, editorial boards, and review panels, including (most recently) the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) division of Computers in Science and Engineering (CISE), the Advisory Board for the Georgia Tech College of Computing, and the Editorial Board of User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction: The Journal of Personalization Research. She also served as chair of the NSF's Committee of Visitors for the Information and Intelligent Systems Division.

    Picard interacts regularly with industry and has consulted for companies such as Apple, AT&T, BT, HP, i.Robot, and Motorola. She has delivered over sixty-five keynote or major plenary talks at science or technology events, dozens of named talks and presentations at international research labs and universities, and been an honored presenter in ten "Distinguished Lecture" series. Her group's achievements have been featured in forums for the general public such as The New York Times, The London Independent, Scientific American Frontiers, NPR's Tech Nation and The Connection, ABC's Nightline and World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Time, Vogue, Wired, Voice of America Radio, New Scientist, and BBC's "The Works" and "The Big Byte." Picard lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her husband and three energetic sons.

    Multimedia resources

    Playing God? Towards machines that deny their maker PDF MP3Video (download) 
    Playing God? Towards machines that deny their maker (with subtitles)    Video (download) 
    Playing God? Towards machines that deny their maker - Discussion PDF    
    John Pilbrow

    Prof. John Pilbrow

    Biography

    Professor John Pilbrow is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Monash University. Professor Pilbrow's research career has mainly involved applications of Electron

    Professor John Pilbrow is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Monash University.

    Professor Pilbrow's research career has mainly involved applications of Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) to problems in condensed matter physics, inorganic chemistry and biochemistry. From a physics perspective he has been concerned with the implications of low symmetries and the effects resulting from sweeping the magnetic field and not the radiation frequency. Within inorganic chemistry he has been concerned for more than 40 years in using EPR spectroscopy as a tool for distance measurement in dimer complexes, something that later became relevant in studies of metal proteins, and recently in a collaboration involving the ABeta-peptide in an Alzheimer’s Dementia project. In collaboration with chemists and biochemists He has been concerned with the properties of paramagnetic metal ions in biomolecules, beginning with some studies of B12 [a cobalt co-enzyme] nearly 40 years ago.

    Since retirement at the end of 2000, Prof. Pilbrow’s research has been in collaboration with colleagues in the Chemistry Departments at Monash and Melbourne Universities and with a research project managed through the Mental Health Institute at Melbourne University. Work on transition metal ions in glasses with emphasis on the lack of local symmetry, on the one hand, and use of pulsed EPR methods, on the other, was completed with the thesis of his last PhD student, S.C. Drew, in 2002. Current collaborations involve investigations of the electronic properties of cluster molecules [Mo18, W18, Fe7 and Cu4]. These are tackled by a variety of techniques at temperatures as low as 2K and using a combination of CW-EPR and pulsed EPR.

    In his science-religion work, Prof. Pilbrow seeks to make sense of the different experiences of living in this universe both as a convinced Christian and as a passionate scientist. Particular interests include the relevance of space-time in relativity to Christian notions of eternity, resurrection and eschatology and seeking to understand what we may discern about divine action from modern science, without falling into the trap of ‘God of the Gaps’. Prof. Pilbrow seeks to dialogue with those from a wide variety of Christian traditions on issues of science and faith and to seek to build bridges between different groups of people seeing developments in modern science in a positive light.

    Professor Pilbrow is a past President of the Australian Institute of Physics; he is a Fellow of the International EPR Society; and he was recipient of the 1998 Royal Society of Chemistry ESR Group Bruker Prize. He is currently President of ISCAST Ltd (Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology).

    Selected Publications

    Items 1 & 2 may be found on the ISCAST Website
    • Pilbrow, J.R. The Impact of Einstein's Relativity on Christian Thought, ISCAST On-Line Journal, Vol 1, July 2005.
    • Day, A.J. and Pilbrow, J.R. Chapter 6 in “Notes on Science and Christian Belief” [based on ISCAST-Ridley College Lecture Courses in 1997 & 1999] (Revised Edition 2001), Edited by Allan J Day, Ridley College, Melbourne. Published by ISCAST(Vic) 58 Koonawarra Street , Clayton, Vic. 3168, AUSTRALIA. ISBN 0 9578934 0 X Copyright © 2001, ISCAST(Vic)
    • Pilbrow, John [2005] ‘Two Religions on Science‘. CASE [Quarterly Magazine of the Centre for Apologetic Scholarship and Education, New College, University of NSW] 8, 24-25. Review of ‘God Life and the Cosmos: Christian and Islamic Perspectives’ Eds. Ted Peters, Muzaffar Iqbal and Syed Noanui Haq. Ashgate UK 2004 [ISBN 0-7546-0883-2]
    • Pilbrow, John [2003] Zadok Perspectives No. 79, 26-28. Review of Three Volume Science and Theology Series, Australian Theological Forum:
      • God, life and intelligence in the universe. Editors: Terency J Kelly SJ and Hilary Regan, ATF Science and Theology Series: One [2002].ISBN 0 9586399 6 5
      • Interdisciplinary perspectives on cosmology & biological evolution. Editors: Hilary Regan and Mark Worthing, ATF Science and Theology Series: Two [2002]. ISBN 0 9586399 9X
      • Habitat of Grace: Biology, Christianity and the Global Environmental Crisis. Carolyn King, ATF Science and Theology Series: [Three 2002]. ISBN 0 958639981.

    Multimedia resources

    The Impact of Einstein's Relativity on Christian Thought   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    How Does God Act in the World? A Critique of Models of Divine Action   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    John Polkinghorne

    Revd Dr John Polkinghorne

    Biography

    The Reverend Dr. John Polkinghorne worked in theoretical elementary particle physics for 25 years and was Professor of Mathematical Physics

    The Reverend Dr. John Polkinghorne worked in theoretical elementary particle physics for 25 years and was Professor of Mathematical Physics at Cambridge University, 1968-79. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974. In 1979 Polkinghorne resigned his chair to study for the Anglican priesthood. He was ordained in 1982. After some years in parish life he returned to Cambridge to work on issues in science and theology, a topic on which he has written many books, including his Gifford Lectures, Science and Christian Belief (in the USA, The Faith of a Physicist), his Terry Lectures, Belief in God in an Age of Science, and more recently, The God of Hope and the End of the World. In 1996 he retired from being President of Queens' College, Cambridge, and he was knighted in 1997. He has Hon DDs from the Universities of Kent (1994) and Durham (1999) and Hon DScs from the Universities of Exeter (1994) Leicester (1995) and Marquette (2003). He is an Hon Fellow of St Chad's College, Durham (1999) and of St Edmund's College, Cambridge (2002). In the United Kingdom, Polkinghorne has been the Chairman of several Committees offering advice to Government on ethical and social issues related to new developments in science and technology, for example Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing (1996-1999). In 2002 he was awarded the Templeton Prize. John Polkinghorne was one of the founders of the Society of Ordained Scientists and was the Founding President of the International Society for Science and Religion (2002-2004).

    Recent selected publications on science and religion

    • Science and Providence (SPCK, 1989) - re-published by Templeton Foundation Press 2005.
    • Reason and Reality (SPCK, 1991)
    • Science and Christian Belief (SPCK, 1994) In the US - The Faith of a Physicist (Princeton University Press, 1994)
    • Quarks, Chaos and Christianity (Triangle, 1994)
    • Beyond Science (Cambridge University Press, 1996)
    • Belief in God in an Age of Science (Yale University Press, 1998)
    • Science & Theology (SPCK, 1998)
    • Traffic in Truth - Exchanges between Theology and Science (Canterbury Press 2000; Fortress, 2002)
    • Faith, Science, and Understanding (SPCK/Yale University Press, 2000)
    • The God of Hope and the End of the World (SPCK/Yale University Press 2002)
    • Science and the Trinity (SPCK/Yale University Press 2004)
    • Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science & Religion (SPCK/Yale University Press 2005).

    Recent selected scientific publications

    • The Quantum World (Longman 1984; Princeton University Press, 1985; Pelican Books, 1986; Penguin Books, 1990; Czech, Greek, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese translations).
    • Quantum Theory - a very short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2002; Arabic, Czech, Dutch, German and Serbocroat translations)

    Multimedia resources

    How does God interact with the World?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Has Science made Religion redundant?HTML     
    Has Science made Religion Redundant? DiscussionHTML     
    Natural Theology   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Divine Action   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Creation, Evil and Time   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    The Universe in a Trinitarian Perspective   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    The Anthropic Principle   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Models for Relating Science and Religion   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Why is Physics Possible?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Quantum Theory, Critical Realism and Religious Belief   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    The Future of the Science-Religion Debate   MP3Video (download) 
    Can a Scientist Pray?   MP3Video (download) 
    Critical Realism in Science and Religion   MP3Video (download) 
    Meta-Stories of Fine-Tuning   MP3Video (download) 
    The Interaction between Science and Theology   MP3Video (download) 
    Theology in a Scientific Context   MP3Video (download) 
    The Anthropic Principle   MP3  
    Theology and Physics   MP3  
    An Introduction to the Science and Religion Dialogue   MP3Video (download) 
    Final Theological Reflections   MP3Video (download) 
    A Destiny Beyond Death?   MP3Video (download) 
    Being a Christian in science - Lessons from a Long Journey   MP3  
    Michael Poole

    Mr Michael Poole

    Biography

    Michael Poole FRSA is Visiting Research Fellow in Science & Religion in the Department of Education and Professional Studies at

    Michael Poole FRSA is Visiting Research Fellow in Science & Religion in the Department of Education and Professional Studies at King's College London, where he was previously Lecturer in Science Education (Physics). He was a founder member of the Science and Religion Forum, serving as Chairman (2000-2003), a member of the national UK Committee of Christians in Science and on the Editorial Committee of Science and Christian Belief. In 2002 he was elected a founder member of the International Society for Science and Religion. He is the author of some ninety articles and several books, his latest being a User's Guide to Science and Belief (2007) and The 'New' Atheism: Ten Arguments That Don't Hold Water? (2009).

    Wilson Poon

    Prof. Wilson Poon

    Biography

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

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

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

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

    Recent publications in science and religion

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

    Recent science publications

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

    Multimedia resources

    Science and the hiddenness of God   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Ghillean Prance

    Prof. Sir Ghillean Prance

    Biography

    Ghillean Prance is President of the Institute of Biology, Science Director of the Eden Project (Cornwall), Visiting Professor, Reading University,

    Ghillean Prance is President of the Institute of Biology, Science Director of the Eden Project (Cornwall), Visiting Professor, Reading University, McBryde Professor of Botany, National Tropical Botanical Garden, and was, formerly, Director, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

    A plant taxonomist, Prance has explored the Amazon rainforest over the past 30 years, conducting fieldwork and botanical exploration and he has lived with no less than 16 indian tribes. He has written 13 books, edited several more and published more than 300 papers on plant systematics, plant ecology, ethnobotany and conservation. His outstanding personal contributions to these scientific developments have been rewarded by many honours, including the Distinguished Service Award of the New York Botanical Garden, the Linnean Medal for Botany, the Patron's Medal of the Royal Geographic Society, the International Cosmos Prize for his environmental work in the Amazon, the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour, and honorary degrees at 11 universities in Europe and the Americas. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1993 and received a knighthood in 1995. Additional perspectives on his life and research can be found in a biography that appeared a few years ago: Langmead, C. 1995. A Passion for Plants: from the Rainforest of Brazil to Kew Gardens. Oxford, Lion Publishing.

    Multimedia resources

    Preserving Biodiversity: Is there a Biblical reason?HTML     
    Preserving Biodiversity: Is there a Biblical reason? - DiscussionHTML     
    Sustainability of the Non-Human World   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Eric Priest

    Prof. Eric Priest

    Biography

    Eric Priest has been a professor of Theoretical Solar Physics in the Mathematics Department at the University of St Andrews

    Eric Priest has been a professor of Theoretical Solar Physics in the Mathematics Department at the University of St Andrews since 1983. He was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1985), the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters (1994) and the Royal Society (2002). He is currently Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society and has been awarded the James Arthur Prize (Harvard), the Hale Prize (American Astronomical Society), the Rosseland Lectureship (Oslo) and the Robinson Medal.

    As an applied mathematician, his research interests involve constructing mathematical models for the subtle and complex ways in which magnetic fields interact with plasmas in the atmosphere of the Sun and in more exotic cosmic objects. In particular, he is trying to understand how the corona of the Sun is heated to several million degrees and how magnetic energy is converted into other forms in solar flares.

    In the area of science and religion, he is aware of the importance of trying in small ways to encourage dialogue and understanding between islam and christianity and recently spoke on science and culture to 850 schoolchildren in Alexandria, Egypt. He has also preached in St Andrews on the tensions between christianity and science and spoke on “Creativity in Science” at a conference on Creativity and the Imagination.

    He is active in the local anglican church and enjoys hill-walking, bridge, singing in a couple of choirs and spending time with his wife Clare and four children.

    Recent Selected Publications

    • Priest, E.R. (2006) ‘Our enigmatic Sun’, Recent Advances in Astronomy and Astrophysics (ed N. Solomos) American Institute of Physics, Melville USA.
    • Priest, E.R. (2006) ‘Creativity in science’, Proc. Conf. on Creativity and Imagination (ed. T Hart)
    • Priest, E.R. and Forbes, T.G. (2002) ‘The magnetic nature of solar flares’, Astron. and Astrophys. Rev. 10, 313-377
    • Priest, E.R., Heyvaerts, J.F. and Title, A.M. (2002) ‘A Flux Tube Tectonics Model for solar coronal heating driven by the magnetic carpet’, Astrophys. J., 576, 533-551
    • Priest, E.R. and Forbes, T.G. (2000) Magnetic Reconnection: MHD Theory and Applications, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
    • Priest, E.R. (1982) Solar Magnetohydrodynamics, D Reidel, Holland

    Multimedia resources

    Science, Religion and Creativity: A Personal View   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Lawrence Principe

    Prof. Lawrence Principe

    Biography

    Lawrence M. Principe is the Drew Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of History of

    Lawrence M. Principe is the Drew Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of History of Science and Technology and the Department of Chemistry. He earned undergraduate degrees at the Unviersity of Delaware (B.A. Liberal Studies, 1983; B.S. Chemistry, 1983) and did his graduate work at Indiana University (Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, 1988) and at Johns Hopkins (Ph.D. History of Science, 1996). He is the first recipient of the Francis Bacon Medal for significant contributions to the history of science.

    Prof. Principe’s research focusses on the late Medieval and early modern periods, with special attention to the history of alchemy/chemistry. He is currently working on a study of chemistry at the French Royal Academy of Sciences, 1666-1730. He is the author of The Aspiring Adept: Robert Boyle and His Alchemical Quest (Princeton, 1998) and co-author (with William R. Newman) of Alchemy Tried in the Fire: Starkey, Boyle, and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry, winner of the 2005 Pfizer Prize.

    Prof. Principe is also active in studying the historical interactions of science and religion. He regularly teaches classes on this subject, and was the recipient of awards from the Templeton Foundation for these courses. He has also produced a twelve-lecture DVD course entitled “Science and Religion” (The Teaching Company, 2006), and is currently planning a major museum exhibition using alchemical art and artifacts to display and explore the close interdependence of science and religion in the 17th century. Prof. Principe is especially interested in how theological interests drove scientific exploration and innovation, and how such interests were manifested in scientific systems.

    Publications

    • The Aspiring Adept: Robert Boyle and His Alchemical Quest. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998).
    • The Correspondence of Robert Boyle. Eds. Michael Hunter, Lawrence M. Principe, and Antonio Clericuzio, 6 vols. (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2001).
    • Transmutations: Alchemy in Art. With Lloyd DeWitt. (Philadelphia: Chemical Heritage Foundation, 2002).
    • Alchemy Tried in the Fire: Starkey, Boyle,  and the Fate of Helmontian Chymistry. With William R. Newman. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press,  2002).
    • Chymists and Chymistry: Studies in the History of Alchemy and Early Modern Chemistry, ed. (Sagamore Beach, MA: Science History Publications, 2007).
    • History of Science: Antiquity to 1700, (a video course in thirty-six 30-minute lectures; produced by The Teaching Company, Chantilly, VA, 2003).
    • Science and Religion, (a video course in twelve 30-minute lectures; produced by The Teaching Company, Chantilly, VA 2006).
    • “Reflections on Newton’s Alchemy in Light of the New Historiography of Alchemy.” Pp. 205-19 in Newton and Newtonianism: New Studies, eds. James E. Force and Sarah Hutton, (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2004).

    Multimedia resources

    The Role of Religion in the Emergence of Modern Science   MP3Video (download) 
    Natural Theology: A Historical Perspective   MP3Video (download) 

    Archbishop Rowan Williams and Professor Terry Eagleton

    Gregory Radick

    Prof. Gregory Radick

    Biography

    Greg Radick is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds. His main area of research is

    Greg Radick is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds. His main area of research is the history of biology and the human sciences from the eighteenth century to the present, with particular emphases on Darwinism, genetics and animal behaviour. 

    Multimedia resources

    Jesus, Darwin and Ashley Montagu   MP3  
    Vinoth Ramachandra

    Dr Vinoth Ramachandra

    Biography

    Dr. Vinoth Ramachandra is Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement (South and East Asia) for the International Fellowship of Evangelical

    Dr. Vinoth Ramachandra is Secretary for Dialogue and Social Engagement (South and East Asia) for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. After studying Nuclear Engineering at Queen Mary College, London, where he was awarded the Medal of the Institution of Nuclear Engineers upon graduating in 1975, and gaining a PhD from Imperial College, London, in 1979, he returned to his native Sri Lanka in 1980. He was General Secretary of the Fellowship of Christian University Students from 1983 to 1991 and Regional Secretary for South Asia of IFES from 1987. This work includes promoting inter-faith and inter-disciplinary public dialogue events in universities, and helping Christian professionals think and respond as Christians to some of the social, cultural and political challenges they face in their national contexts throughout Asia.

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

    Recent publications in science and religion

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

    Multimedia resources

    The Science and Theology of Natural Disasters   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Jason M Rampelt

    Dr Jason M Rampelt

    Biography

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

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

    Recent publications in science and religion:

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

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

    Recent publications in the history of science:

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

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

    Multimedia resources

    Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882 - 1944): Relativity and Dogma   MP3Video (download) 
    Martin Redfern

    Mr Martin Redfern

    Biography

    Martin Redfern is a senior producer in the BBC Radio Science Unit, where he has worked for most of the

    Martin Redfern is a senior producer in the BBC Radio Science Unit, where he has worked for most of the last 25 years. He joined the BBC as a studio manager after graduating from University College London, where he studied geology. He has spent time as a science producer in BBC TV and as science news editor for BBC World Service. Most of his work now is on science feature programs for Radio 4 and World Service, where he enjoys pushing the boundaries of science. In 2005, he won the Science Writers' Award from Association of British Science Writers for "the best scripted/edited radio programme on a science subject." He has also written extensively on science for magazines and newspapers and, more recently, popular science books. In quiet moments he enjoys the natural world and especially the small corner of it behind his home in Kent.

    Multimedia resources

    Science and Religion on the Radio   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Michael Reiss

    Prof. Michael Reiss

    Biography

    Michael Reiss is Pro-Director: Research and Development and Professor of Science Education at the Institute of Education, University of London,

    Michael Reiss is Pro-Director: Research and Development and Professor of Science Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, Honorary Visiting Professor at the Universities of Leeds and York and the Royal Veterinary College, Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association and of the College of Teachers, Docent at the University of Helsinki, Director of the Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology Project, an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Priest in the Church of England.

    Professor Reiss is interested in ways of improving understanding about science. Current research interests include work to increase the number of students choosing to study science and mathematics post-16 and how science teachers should deal with the rise of creationism. He is President of the International Society for Science and Religion and of the International Association for Science and Religion in Schools and writes on the interface of science education and theology. For further information see www.reiss.tc.

    Recent Multimedia Resources

    Intelligent Design: Pseudoscience or Credible Challenge to Evolution? Michael Behe vs. Michael Reiss www.youtube.com/watch

    FACULTI - Education - Science Education www.youtube.com/watch

    Michael Reiss, Institute of Education, University of London www.youtube.com/watch

    Recent Selected Publications in Science Education

    Boulter, C. J., Reiss, M. J. & Sanders, D. L. (in press) Darwin-Inspired Learning, Sense, Rotterdam.

    Mujtaba, T. and Reiss, M.J. (2014) A survey of psychological, motivational, family and perceptions of physics education factors that explain 15 year-old students’ aspirations to study post-compulsory physics in English schools. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 12, 371-393.

    Reiss, M.J. and White, J. (2013) An Aims-based Curriculum: The Significance of Human Flourishing for Schools, IOE Press, London.

    Mujtaba, T. and Reiss, M.J. (2013) Factors that lead to the positive and negative stress in teachers of mathematics and science. Oxford Review of Education, 39, 627-648.

    Mujtaba, T. and Reiss, M.J. (2013) What sort of girl wants to study physics after the age of 16? Findings from a large-scale UK survey. International Journal of Science Education, 35, 2979-2998.

    Abrahams, I., Reiss, M.J. and Sharpe, R.M. (2013) The assessment of practical work in school science. Studies in Science Education, 49, 209-251.

    Rodd, M., Reiss, M. and Mujtaba, T. (2013) Undergraduates talk about their choice to study physics at university: what was key to their participation? Research in Science & Technological Education, 31, 153-167.

    Abrahams, I. and Reiss, M.J. (2012) Practical work: its effectiveness in primary and secondary schools in England. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 49, 1035-1055.

    Amos, R. and Reiss, M.J. (2012) The benefits of residential fieldwork for school science: insights from a five-year initiative for inner-city students in the UK. International Journal of Science Education, 34, 485-511.

    Reiss, M.J. and Tunnicliffe, S.D. (2011) Dioramas as depictions of reality and opportunities for learning in biology. Curator, 54, 447-459.

    Collins, S., Reiss, M. and Stobart, G. (2010) What happens when high-stakes testing stops? Teachers’ perceptions of the impact of compulsory national testing in science of 11 year olds in England and its abolition in Wales. Assessment in Education, 17, 273-286.

    Jones, A., McKim, A. and Reiss, M. (Eds) (2010) Ethics in the Science and Technology Classroom: A New Approach to Teaching and Learning, Sense, Rotterdam.

    Caccavale, E. and Reiss, M. (2008) Miracles, monsters and disturbances. In: Creative Encounters: New Conversations in Science, Education and the Arts, Levinson, R., Nicholson, H. & Parry, S. (Eds), Wellcome Trust, London, pp. 48-63.

    Recent Selected Publications in Science and Religion

    Reiss, M.J. (in press) What significance does Christianity have for science education? In: Handbook of Historical and Philosophical Research in Science Education, Matthews, M. R. (Ed.), Springer, Dordrecht.

    Chapman, J., McNamara, S., Reiss, M.J. and Waghid, Y. (Eds) (in press) International Handbook of Learning, Teaching and Leading in Faith-based Schools, Springer, Dordrecht.

    Reiss, M.J. (2013) Religion in science education. In: Science Education for Diversity: Theory and Practice, Mansour, N. and Wegerif, R. (Eds), Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 317-328.

    Reiss, M.J. (2012) What should be the role of religion in science education and bioethics? In: Sacred Science? On science and its interrelations with religious worldviews, Øyen, S.A., Lund-Olsen, T. & Vaage, N.S. (Eds), Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, pp. 127-139.

    Reiss, M.J. (2011) How should creationism and intelligent design be dealt with in the classroom? Journal of Philosophy of Education, 45, 399-415.

    Reiss, M.J. (2009) Imagining the world: the significance of religious worldviews for science education. Science & Education, 18, 783-796. Reprinted in Matthews, M.R. (Ed.) (2009) Science, Worldviews and Education, Springer, New York, pp. 135-148.

    Reiss, M.J. (2009) The relationship between evolutionary biology and religion. Evolution, 63, 1934-1941.

    Reiss, M.J. (2008) Should science educators deal with the science/religion issue? Studies in Science Education, 44, 157-186.

    Reiss, M.J. (2008) Teaching evolution in a creationist environment: an approach based on worldviews, not misconceptions. School Science Review, 90(331), 49-56.

    Jones, L. and Reiss, M.J. (Eds) (2007) Teaching about Scientific Origins: Taking Account of Creationism, Peter Lang, New York.

    Multimedia resources

    Handling Ethics in the Public Domain   MP3Video (download) 
    Patrick Richmond

    Revd Dr Patrick Richmond

    Biography

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

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

    Recent Selected Publications

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

    Multimedia resources

    Is God Complex?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Scientific Explanations of Religious Experience and their Implications for Belief   MP3Video (download) 
    Handling Questions on Science and Religion in the Parish   MP3Video (download) 
    Michael Roberts

    Revd Michael Roberts

    Biography

    Mr Roberts is vicar of St Michael's, Cockerham, a part-time tutor for the Open Theological College and an Honorary Fellow

    Mr Roberts is vicar of St Michael's, Cockerham, a part-time tutor for the Open Theological College and an Honorary Fellow in History at Lancaster University. After reading geology at Oriel College, Oxford (65-68), he became exploration geologist for Falconbridge of Africa from 1968-71. He then read theology at Cranmer Hall, Durham (1971-4) and was ordained in 1974. He served parishes in Liverpool and Chirk before taking up his present incumbency in 2001.

    In 1997 his Darwin’s doubts about Design won the John Templeton Foundation Award of $2000 for an Exemplary Paper in Science and Theology.

    Mr Roberts’ current research interests include: the history of geology, especially Darwin, Sedgwick and Buckland; the relationship of Christianity with geology and evolution, both historically and contemporarily; the relationship of Geology and Genesis from 1600 to the present day, a detailed project considering original sources in various languages; and Design past and present. These involve him in giving courses for University Continuing Studies, to local groups, and at various conferences in UK and USA. He attempts to give a wide science and religion approach for parish and diocese. Dr Roberts is a member of Christians in Science and of the History of Geology Group of the Geological Society of London.

    Selected recent science-religion publications

    • Darwin's Doubts about Design, Science and Christian Belief, 1997 Vol 9, pp.113-128
    • Geology and Genesis Unearthed, The Churchman, 112 (3), (1998), pp.225-256.
    • Design up to Scratch, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, Dec 1999, vol 51, 244-53
    • ‘Revising the Age of the World’, The Discovery of Time, ed. Stuart McCready. Source Books (USA)/MBQ Publications, UK, 2001.
    • ‘The Genesis of Ray and his Successors’ Evangelical Quarterly, Vol LXXIV no 2 p143–65, April 2002.
    • Entries on Henry Morris and Asa Gray for IVP Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals (2003)
    • ‘Intelligent Design: some geological and historical perspectives’ chapter in Debating Design: from Darwin to DNA, ed. Michael Ruse and William Dembski, Cambridge University Press. (2004)
    • ‘Genesis Chapter One and Geological time from Hugo Grotius and Marin Mersenne to William Conybeare and Thomas Chalmers (1620 to 1825)’, in Geology and Myth, ed. Masse and Piccardi, Geol Soc of London Special Publication (forthcoming 2006/7)
    • Evangelicals and Modern Science, (forthcoming, book commissioned by Greenwood Press, USA.)

    Other recent publications

    • ‘Darwin at Llanymynech’, British Journal for the History of Science, 1996, Vol 29, pp. 469-78
    • ‘Darwin's Dog-leg’, Archives of the History of Natural History, 1998, Vol 25
    • ‘I coloured a map’, Archives of the History of Natural History, 2000, Vol 27
    • ‘Darwin’s 1831 notes of Shropshire’, Archives of the History of Natural History 2002,Vol 29 co-authored with Prof.S.Herbert (University of Maryland)
    • ‘Darwin’s Welsh Geology, 1831’, Endeavour Spring 2001
    • Entries on Hailstone, Lewis, Symonds and Salter for Thoemmes Dictionary of 19th century scientists, (2004)

    Multimedia resources

    From Darwin to Scopes   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Peter Robinson

    Prof. Peter Robinson

    Biography

    Peter Robinson is Professor of Computer Technology in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, where he leads the

    Peter Robinson is Professor of Computer Technology in the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, where he leads the Rainbow Research Group working on computer graphics and interaction.

    Professor Robinson's research concerns problems at the boundary between people and computers. This involves investigating new technologies to enhance communication between computers and their users, and new applications to exploit these technologies. The main focus for this is human-computer interaction, where he has been leading work for some years on the use of video and paper as part of the user interface. The idea is to develop augmented environments in which everyday objects acquire computational properties through user interfaces based on video projection and digital cameras. Recent work has included desk-size projected displays and tangible interfaces.

    With rapid advances in key computing technologies and the heightened user expectation of computers, the development of socially and emotionally adept technologies is becoming a necessity. He has led investigations of the inference of people's mental states from facial expressions, vocal nuances, body posture and gesture, and other physiological signals, and also considered the expression of emotions by robots and cartoon avatars.

    He has also pursued a parallel line of research into inclusive user interfaces. Collaboration with the Engineering Design Centre has investigated questions of physical handicap, and research students have considered visual handicaps. This has broader applications for interaction with ubiquitous computers, where the input and output devices themselves impose limitations.

    Professor Robinson is a Fellow of Gonville & Caius College where he previously studied for a first degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Computer Science under Neil Wiseman. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the British Computer Society.
     

    Multimedia resources

    Machines in the Image of God PDF MP3  

    Mr Martin Rogers

    Biography

    Martin Rogers is co-director of the Science and Religion in Schools project based in Oxford. He was formerly Director of

    Martin Rogers is co-director of the Science and Religion in Schools project based in Oxford. He was formerly Director of the Farmington Institute for Christian Studies in Oxford. Before that he was Chief Master of King Edward's School, Birmingham, and Headmaster of Malvern College. The purpose of the SRS project is to make a major impact on the teaching of issues concerning science and religion in schools by producing excellent and effective teaching materials for both pupils and teachers. The target age range in the first instance was 11-18 and that has now been extended to cover 9 -11 year olds.

    Martin Rudwick

    Prof. Martin Rudwick

    Biography

    Martin J. S. Rudwick is research associate in the department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of

    Martin J. S. Rudwick is research associate in the department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge and professor emeritus of history at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of The Meaning of Fossils, The Great Devonian Controversy, Scenes from Deep Time, and Georges Cuvier, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

    Multimedia resources

    Demythologising the Historical 'Conflict' between Geology and Genesis   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Nicolaas Rupke

    Prof. Nicolaas Rupke

    Biography

    Nicolaas Rupke's research interests are in the history of late-modern biological and physical sciences, particularly those of Germany and Great

    Nicolaas Rupke's research interests are in the history of late-modern biological and physical sciences, particularly those of Germany and Great Britain. He favours the biographical approach and is the author of many books on historic scientific figures. His many articles and reviews have appeared in a range of scholarly journals. Current research is on Goettingen scientific biography, including a study of Johann Friedrich Blumenbach.

    Rupke was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and received his formal education in the earth sciences with a BSc from Groningen (1968) and a PhD from Princeton (1972), specializing in marine geology. Among his scientific publications are a Smithsonian Contribution to the Earth Sciences, Distinctive Properties of Turbiditic and Hemipelagic Mud Layers (Washington, DC, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1974), the chapter on "Deep clastic seas" in Sedimentary Environments and Facies (Oxford, Blackwell, 1978), as well as various articles in leading earth sciences journals.

    Rupke's research has been supported by fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Oxford, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies, the National Humanities Center, and the ANU's Institute of Advanced Studies. During 1994-97, he was Director of the Goettingen Institute for the History of Medicine, and the following year inaugurated the Nelson O. Tyrone Chair in the History Department at Vanderbilt University. Upon his return to Göttingen he took over as Director of the Institute for the History of Science. He has been elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America, the Geological Society of London, the Royal Historical Society, the German Academy of Science Leopoldina and the Göttingen Academy of Science.

    Publications include:

    William Buckland, The Great Chain of History (Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1983)

    Richard Owen (Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1984)

    Vivisection in Historical Perspective (1987)

    Science, Politics and the Public Good (1988)

    Ideas and Ideologies (1994)

    Medical Geography in Historical Perspective (2000)

    Alexander von Humboldt: a Metabiography (Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2005; Chicago University Press, 2008)

    Eminent Lives in Twentieth-Century Science and Religion (2007)

    Multimedia resources

    Animal Behaviour and Human Morality in Historical Perspective   MP3Video (download) 
    Michael Ruse

    Prof. Michael Ruse

    Biography

    Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor and Director of the History and Philosophy of Science Program at Florida State

    Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor and Director of the History and Philosophy of Science Program at Florida State University. Professor Ruse obtained his PhD in philosophy from the University of Bristol and was Professor of History, Philosophy and Zoology at the University of Guelph before moving to FSU in 2004.

    Professor Ruse has written extensively about the philosophy of biology, especially Darwinism, and is a major contributor to current debates. He has received many honours: he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; he won the John Templeton Book Prize in 1999: he was Herbert Spencer Lecturer at Oxford University in 1994 and Gifford Lecturer at Glasgow University in 2001; he has received honorary doctorates from Bergen and McMaster Universities.

    Recent Selected Publications

    • Darwinism Defended: A Guide to the Evolution Controversies, Reading, Mass: Addison-Wesley, 1982.
    • Taking Darwin Seriously: A Naturalistic Approach to Philosophy, Oxford: Blackwell, 1986; 2nd edition with new preface 1998, Prometheus Books, Buffalo, NY.
    • But is it Science? The Philosophical Question in the Evolution/Creation Controversy, (Edited Volume) Buffalo: Prometheus, 1988; 2nd edition with Robert Pennock, 2008.
    • Can a Darwinian be a Christian? The Relationship between Science and Religion, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
    • The Evolution Wars: A Guide to the Controversies, Santa Barbara: ABC CLIO, 2000. Pbk, Rutgers University Press, 2001.
    • Cloning (edited with Aryne Sheppard), Buffalo: Prometheus, 2001.
    • Of the Plurality of Worlds: An Essay, by William Whewell (edited with preface), Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.
    • Genetically Modified Foods (edited with David Castle), Buffalo: Prometheus, 2002.
    • Stem Cell Research (edited with Christopher Pynes), Buffalo: Prometheus, 2003, 2nd edition 2006.
    • Debating Design: Darwin to DNA (edited with William Dembski), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
    • Darwin and Design: Does Evolution have a Purpose? Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2003.
    • Darwinian Heresies (edited with Abigail Lustig and Robert J. Richards), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
    • The Evolution/Creation Struggle, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2005.
    • Darwinism and its Discontents, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

    Multimedia resources

    Can a Christian be a Darwinian?   MP3Video (download) 
    Colin Russell (deceased)

    Prof. Colin Russell (deceased)

    Biography

    Prof. Colin Russell is Emeritus Professor of History of Science and Technology at the Open University and is a research

    Prof. Colin Russell is Emeritus Professor of History of Science and Technology at the Open University and is a research scholar affiliated to the History and Philosophy of Science Department, Cambridge University. Prof. Russell was formerly Head of the Department for the History of Science and Technology at the Open University and President of the British Society for the History of Science. Prof. Russell was the recipient of the Dexter Award from the American Chemical Society ‘for outstanding contributions to the history of chemistry’ (1990) and of the David Mellor Medal from the University of New South Wales (1995).

    Prof. Russell writes, lectures and broadcasts widely on the subject of science and religion, and his recent books include a biography of Michael Faraday as cited below.

    Selected recent publications in science and religion

    • Cross-Currents: Interactions between Science and Faith, Inter-Varsity Press, Leicester, 1985; American edition, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 1985; revised British edition, Christian Impact, London, 1996; Canadian edition, Regent College, Vancouver, 2002; Portuguese translation, Correntes Cruzadas, Hagnos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2004.
    • Biological science and Christian thought, article in The Blackwell Enyclopedia of modern Christian thought, ed. A. E. McGrath, Blackwell, Oxford, 1993.
    • The Earth, Humanity and God, University College Press, London, 1994.
    • Die Bedeutung der Theologie bei der Herausbildung moderner Wissenschaft, chapter in Im Zeichen der Krise: Religiosität im Europa des 17. Jahrhunderts, ed. H. Lehmann and A.-C. Trepp, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen, 1999, pp.495-516.
    • Views of nature, chapter in History of science and religion: an encyclopedia, ed. G. Ferngren, Garland, New York, 2000, pp.38-44.
    • Conflict of science and religion, chapter in History of science and religion: an encyclopedia, ed. G. Ferngren, Garland, New York, 2000, pp.12-16.
    • Science and religion, article in International Encyclopedia of the social and behavioural sciences, ed. N. J. Smelser and P. B. Bates, Elsevier, Oxford, 2001.
    • ‘Where science and history meet: some fresh challenges to the Christian faith?’, Faith & Thought Bulletin, 2001, no. 29, pp.7-20; also in Science & Christian Belief, 2001, 13, 113-125.
    • Michael Faraday: physics and faith, Oxford University Press, New York, 2000. Arabic translation, Obeikan Publishers, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 1425 [= 2004].
    • Has science anything to do with human values?’, chapter in Can we be sure about anything?, ed. D. R. Alexander, IVP, Leicester, 2005, pp.129-142.

    Other Recent Publications

    • ‘Objections to anaesthesia: the case of James Young Simpson’, chapter in Gases in medicine: anaesthesia, ed. E. B. Smith and S. Daniels, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, 1998, pp.173-187.
    • Chemistry, society and environment: a new history of the British Chemical Industry, (ed. and senior author), Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, 2000.
    • The centrality of the “Chemical Revolution” for later industrial change: a challenge for industrial archaeology’, Trans. of TICCIH Congress, 2000, From Industrial Revolution to Consumer Revolution, 2001, 65-73.
    • ‘The long shadow of alchemy’, Proc. XVIth Christ and the Cosmos Conference, 2002, 16, 33-50.
    • ‘Advances in organic chemistry over the last 100 years’, Ann. Rep. Prog. Chem. (Section B), 100, 3-31, 2005.
    • `Richard Watson: gaiters and gunpowder’, chapter in The 1702 Chair of Chemistry at Cambridge, ed. M. Archer and C. Haley, Cambridge University Press, 2005, pp.57-112.
    • Edward Frankland: chemistry, controversy and conspiracy in Victorian England, Cambridge University Press, paperback edition, 2003.
    • Chemical History - Reviews of the Recent Literature, (co-ed. with G. K. Roberts), Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, 2005.
    • Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, ed. N. de S. Cameron, Pickering, London, 1993: articles on Brewster .Clerk Maxwell, Walker.
    • ‘What lessons from the past aid our choice?’, Perspectives in Science & Christian Faith, 2001, 53, no. 4, 241-247.

    Multimedia resources

    Science and Faith in the Life of Michael Faraday   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Historical Interactions Between Science and Religion: Part 2   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Historical Interactions Between Science and Religion: Part 1   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)

    Dr Nicholas Saunders

    Biography

    Dr Nicholas Saunders is a Patent Lawyer based at Hogarth Chambers. Nicholas specialises in Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment and

    Dr Nicholas Saunders is a Patent Lawyer based at Hogarth Chambers. Nicholas specialises in Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment and Information Technology. He has worked on particle physics research at the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva where he was involved in the development of the Large Hadron Collider and has also developed a number of database systems on a freelance basis for e-commerce companies.

    He has been an Honorary Associate of the Ian Ramsey Centre, Oxford University, and has won several international prizes for his science and theology research, including the prestigious Biennial Prize of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology, and a John Templeton Foundation Exemplary Published Papers Prize.

    Science and Religion Publications:

     'Divine Action and Modern Science', CUP, 2002

    Multimedia resources

    Divine Action in Modern Science   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Jeff Schloss

    Prof. Jeff Schloss

    Biography

    Jeffrey P. Schloss is Distinguished Professor of Biology and T. B. Walker Chair of Natural & Behavioral Sciences at Westmont

    Jeffrey P. Schloss is Distinguished Professor of Biology and T. B. Walker Chair of Natural & Behavioral Sciences at Westmont College, where he directs the Center for Faith, Ethics and the Life Sciences. After undergraduate studies in biology and philosophy, Professor Schloss received his graduate training in ecology & evolutionary biology at University of Michigan and Washington University, where he earned his Ph.D. He has taught at University of Michigan and Wheaton College, and has been a Danforth Fellow, an American Scientific Affiliation Fellow, a Crosson Fellow at Notre Dame, a Plummer Fellow at St. Anne’s College Oxford, and a Senior Fellow of the Emory University Center for Law & Religion.

    His twofold scholarly interests involve the ecophysiology of hydroregulation in poikilohydric organisms, and the philosophical and theological implications of evolutionary theory, particularly Darwinian understandings of human nature. Recent projects focus on evolutionary accounts of altruism, morality, and religion; his present work investigates the role of oxytocin in mediating religious experience and signals of commitment. He is s a charter member if the International Society of Science & Religion, and serves on the editorial and advisory boards of numerous organizations fostering dialogue between science and religion, including Theology and Science, Science and Christian Belief, Religion Brain and Behavior, BioLogos Foundation, Templeton Foundation.

     

    Selected Recent Science Publications

    • Schloss, Jeffrey P. "Unpredicted Outcomes in the Games of Life". Forthcoming in Evolution, Games and God: the Principle of Cooperation. Martin A. Nowak and Sarah Coakley, eds. Harvard University Press.
    • Schloss, Jeffrey and Michael Murray. 2011. "Evolutionary Accounts of Belief in Supernatural Punishment: A Critical Review." Religion, Brain, Behaviour. 1(1):46-66. 
    • Schloss, Jeffrey and Michael Murray. 2010. "You Can't Always Get What You Want: Evolution and True Beliefs?" Brain and Behavioral Sciences. 32(6): 533-534.
    • Schloss Jeffrey P. 2007. "Is There Venus on Mars?: Bioenergetic Constraints, Allometric Trends, and the Evolution of Life History Invariants" In Fitness of the Cosmos for Life: Biochemistry and Fine Tuning. John Barrow, Simon Conway Morris, Stephen Freeland, and Charles Harper, eds. Cambridge University Press. 318-346.
    • Schloss, Jeffrey P. 2007. "He Who Laughs Best: Religious Affect as a Solution to Recursive Cooperative Defection." In The Evolution of Religion: Studies, Theories, and Critiques. Joseph Bubulia, Richard Sosis, Erica Harris, Russell Genet, Cheryl Genet, and Karen Wyman eds. Collins Foundation Press. 205-215.

    Selected Recent Publications in Science & Religion

    • Schloss, Jeffrey, Barrett, J., and Murray, M.. 2010. "Looking Past vs Overlooking Cognitive Evolutionary Accounts of Religion." Journal of the American Academy of Religion. 78(3):622-628.
    • Schloss, Jeffrey and Michael Murray. 2010. "Science, Religion, and the Sciences of Religion: Comments on Van Till’s Criticisms of Barrett. Theology and Science. 8(1): 17-23.
    • Schloss, Jeffrey and Michael Murray. 2010. "Evolution, design, and genomic suboptimality: Does science "save" theology?" PNAS. 107(30): E121.
    • Schloss, Jeffrey and Michael Murray, eds. 2009. The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Perspectives on the Origin of Religion. Oxford University Press.
    • Murphy, Nancy and Jeffrey Schloss. 2008. "Biology and Religion." In Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Biology. Michael Ruse, ed. Oxford University Press. 545-569.
    • Schloss, Jeffrey P. 2008. "Divine Providence and the Question of Evolutionary Directionality." In Back to Darwin: A Richer Account of Evolution. John Cobb, ed. Eerdmans. 330-350.
    • Schloss, Jeffrey P. 2008. "Neo-Darwinism: Scientific Account and Theological Attribution." In Back to Darwin: A Richer Account of Evolution. John Cobb, ed. Eerdmans. 99-118.
    • Schloss, Jeffrey P. 2006. "Evolutionary Theory and Religious Belief." In Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science. Philip Clayton, ed. Oxford University Press. 187-206.
    • Schloss, Jeffrey P. 2005. "Hath Darwin Suffered a Prophet's Scorn? Evolutionary Theory and the Scandal of Unconditional Love." In Spiritual Information. Charles Harper, editor. Templeton Press. 291-299.
    • Clayton, Philip. And Jeffrey Schloss. eds. 2004. Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective. Eerdmans.

    Multimedia resources

    The "End" of Love: Evolutionary Psychology, Altruism, and Human Flourishing   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    The Evolution of Religion and the Religion of Evolution   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Can Biology Explain Religion?   MP3Video (download) 
    Evolutionary evil and a good creation?   MP3Video (download) 
    Naturalistic Explanations of Religion: Explaining or Explaining Away?   MP3Video (download) 
    The Evolution of Cooperation   MP3  
    Animal Suffering: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives   MP3Video (download) 

    Prof. Richard Seaford

    Biography

    Professor Richard Seaford is a Professor of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter. Recent

    Professor Richard Seaford is a Professor of the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter. Recent books include Money and the Early Greek Mind: Homer, Philosophy, Tragedy (2004) and Cosmology and the Polis: the Social Construction of Space and Time in the Tragedies of Aeschylus (2012). His presidential address to the Classical Association in 2009 was on ‘The Ancient Greeks and Global Warming’.

    Jim Secord

    Prof. Jim Secord

    Biography

    Jim Secord is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, Director of the Darwin Correspondence

    Jim Secord is Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project, and a fellow of Christ’s College. His research and teaching is on the history of science from the late eighteenth to the present. He has published several books, including Controversy in Victorian Geology (Princeton, 1986) and editions of the works of Mary Somerville, Charles Lyell, and Robert Chambers. Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (Chicago, 2000), an account of the public debates about evolution in the mid-nineteenth century, won the Pfizer Prize of the History of Science Society.

    He has recently published on scientific conversation, scrapbook-keeping, and public scientific displays. His most recent publication is a selection of Darwin’s evolutionary writings from Oxford University Press, which includes the autobiographical Recollections and responses to Darwin’s books from around the world. He is currently completing Nature as News, a study of the relation between scientific practice and the newspaper press in London, Paris, and New York.

    Multimedia resources

    The Secret History of Victorian Evolution   MP3Video (download) 
    David Sedley

    Prof. David Sedley

    Biography

    Professor David Sedley is Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy, a Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the

    Professor David Sedley is Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy, a Fellow of Christ’s College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy. Well known for his wide ranging work in ancient philosophy, recent books include The Midwife of Platonism: text and subtext in Plato’s Theaetetus (2004) and Creationism and its Critics in Antiquity (2007).

    Paul Shellard

    Prof. Paul Shellard

    Biography

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

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

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

    Sujit Sivasundaram

    Dr Sujit Sivasundaram

    Biography

    Dr Sujit Sivasundaram is College Lecturer and Director of Studies at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, UK. Dr

    Dr Sujit Sivasundaram is College Lecturer and Director of Studies at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, UK. Dr Sivasundaram has recently published Nature and the Godly Empire: Science and Evangelical Mission in the Pacific, 1795-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2005). Dr Sivasundaram’s research interests are in the cultural history of the British Empire in the nineteenth century, with particular attention to knowledge about the environment, science, technology, medicine and religion, and he is currently writing two books: an environmental history of British colonisation in Sri Lanka in the nineteenth-century; and a cultural history of the Indian elephant.

    Multimedia resources

    William Carey and the Serampore College: Science and Religion in 19th Century India   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Elliott Sober

    Prof. Elliott Sober

    Biography

    Elliott Sober is Hans Reichenbach Professor of Philosophy and William F. Vilas Research Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His research

    Elliott Sober is Hans Reichenbach Professor of Philosophy and William F. Vilas Research Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His research is in the philosophy of science, especially in the philosophy of evolutionary biology.  Sober’s books include The Nature of Selection -- Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus (1984), Reconstructing the Past -- Parsimony, Evolution, and Inference (1988), Philosophy of Biology (1993), Unto Others -- The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior (1998, coauthored with David Sloan Wilson),  Evidence and Evolution – the Logic Behind the Science (2008), and Did Darwin Write the Origin Backwards? (2011).  He won the Lakatos Prize in 1991 and the American Philosophical Association named him Prometheus Laureate for 2008.  He has been president of the Philosophy of Science Association and the American Philosophical Association (Central Division).

    Multimedia resources

    Naturalism and Evolutionary Theory   MP3  
    Janet Soskice

    Dr Janet Soskice

    Biography

    Janet Soskice is the University Reader in Philosophical Theology and a Fellow of Jesus College. She was born in British

    Janet Soskice is the University Reader in Philosophical Theology and a Fellow of Jesus College. She was born in British Columbia, and studied at Cornell and Sheffield, prior to doing a doctorate in the philosophy of religion (religious language) at Oxford University. While the Gordon Milburn Junior Research Fellow and subsequently as a lecturer at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, she taught philosophy or religion, ethics and doctrine at Oxford University and philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London.

    Dr. Soskice is a past-President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain and is currently President of the Society for the Study of Theology. She has been a visiting professor in Canada, Sweden and the United States and in 1997 was a McCarthy Visiting Professor at the Gregorian University in Rome. She is a past Board member of the international Catholic journal, Concilium, and is currently a member of the board of Modern Theology. Dr. Soskice is actively involved with the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, a Catholic house of study for women within the Cambridge Theological Federation, with Jewish-Christian relations, and with Anglican-Roman Catholic ecumenical discussions amongst other commitments.

    Janet Soskice is the author of Metaphor and Religious Language (O.U.P. 1984); The Kindness of God (O.U.P. 2007) and has edited (with Grant Gillett and K.W. Fulford), of Medicine and Moral Reasoning (C.U.P , 1994) and with Diana Lipton, Feminism and Theology, Oxford Readings in Feminism (OUP, 2003). Her most recent book is Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Lost Gospels (Chatto, March 2009 and Knopf, summer 2009).

    She is currently editing, with Carlo Cogliati, David Burrell and Bill Stoeger, S.J., Creation and the God of Abraham, papers from a conference at the Vatican Observatory on creatio ex nihilo, in science and the three Abrahamic faiths.

    Multimedia resources

    Creation ex Nihilo and What It Means for Science   MP3Video (download) 
    Christopher Southgate

    Dr Christopher Southgate

    Biography

    Dr Christopher Southgate did a PhD in biochemistry at Cambridge under Dr Hal Dixon, and then worked with R.V. Wolfenden

    Dr Christopher Southgate did a PhD in biochemistry at Cambridge under Dr Hal Dixon, and then worked with R.V. Wolfenden in the US. He has been teaching the science-religion debate at Exeter for twenty years and is best known for his work on the problem of suffering in evolution. He is Senior Lecturer in Theology at Exeter and Principal of the South West Ministry Training Course. He has also published six collections of poetry.

    Multimedia resources

    New Approaches to the Origin of Life - Scientific and Theological   MP3  
    Meric Srokosz

    Prof Meric Srokosz

    Biography

    Meric Srokosz is the Associate Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund's College, Cambridge and professor

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

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

    Recent selected science publications

    • Popova E.E. and Srokosz M.A. 2009 Modelling the ecosystem dynamics at the Iceland-Faeroes Front: biophysical interactions, J. Mar. Sys., 77, 182-196 doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2008.12.005.
    • Guirey E., Bees M., Martin A.P. and Srokosz M.A. 2010 Persistence of cluster synchronisation under the influence of advection, Phys. Rev. E., 81, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.81.051902.
    • Pidcock R., Srokosz M., Allen J., Hartman M., Painter S., Mowlem M., Hydes D. and Martin A. 2010 A Novel Integration of an Ultra-Violet Nitrate Sensor On-Board A Towed Vehicle for Mapping Open Ocean Submesoscale Nitrate Variability, J. Atmos. Oceanic. Tech., 27, 1410-1416.
    • Prytherch J., Yelland M.J., Pascal R.W., Moat B.I., Skjelvan I. and Srokosz M.A. 2010 Open ocean gas transfer velocity derived from long-term direct measurements of the CO2 flux, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L23607, doi:10.1029/2010GL045597.
    • Pascal R.W., Yelland M.J., Srokosz M.A., Moat B.I., Waugh E.M., Comben D.H., Cansdale A.G., Hartman M.C., Coles D.G.H., Huseh P.C. and Leighton T.G. 2011 A spar buoy for high frequency measurements and detection of wave breaking in the open ocean, J. Atmos. Oceanic Tech., 28, 590-605.
    • Good P., Caesar J., Bernie D., Lowe J.A., van der Linden P., Gosling S.N., Warren R., Arnell N.W., Smith S., Bamber J., Payne T., Laxon S., Srokosz M., Sitch S., Gedney N., Harris G., Hewitt H., Jackson L., Jones C.D., O’Connor F., Ridley J., Vellinga M., Halloran P., McNeall D. 2011 A review of recent developments in climate change science. Part I: understanding of future change in the large-scale climate system, Prog. Physical Geog., 35, 281-296.
    • Harmon N., Henstock T., Srokosz M., Tilmann F., Rietbrock A. and Barton P. 2012 Infragravity wave source regions determined from ambient noise correlations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L04604, doi:10.1029/2011GL050414.
    • Srokosz M., Barringer M., Bryden H., Cunningham S., Delworth T., Lozier S., Marotzke J. & Sutton R. 2012 Past, present and future change in the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., 93, 1663-1676.
    • Srokosz M. & Quartly G. 2013 The Madagascar Bloom: a serendipitous study, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 14-25.
    • Tzortzi E., Josey S.A., Srokosz M. & Gommenginger C. 2013 Tropical Atlantic salinity variability: new insights from SMOS, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 2143-2147.

    Science and religion publications

    • Srokosz M.A. 2008 'God's story and the Earth's story: grounding our concern for the environment in the biblical metanarrative' Science and Christian Belief, 20, 163-174.
    • Srokosz M.A. 2013 'Humility: a neglected scientific virtue?' Science and Christian Belief, 25, 101-112.

    Multimedia resources

    Oceans, Climate Change and Christianity: The Earth's Story and God's Story   MP3  
    Mikael Stenmark

    Prof. Mikael Stenmark

    Biography

    Mikael Stenmark is Head of Department and Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the Department of Theology, Uppsala University, Sweden.

    Mikael Stenmark is Head of Department and Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the Department of Theology, Uppsala University, Sweden. In 1996 he received the John Templeton Foundation Prize for Outstanding Books and 1998 Uppsala University’s Oscar Prize.

    His current research interests concern different theories about human nature developed in science and theology. These include the extent to which a dialogue between the sciences, theology and philosophy can lead to a better understanding of human nature; what contemporary biology can say about human nature; the extent to which post-modern thinking in the social sciences and the humanities challenges both a ‘scientific’ and a religious understanding of human nature and whether humans have a nature at all or are merely a social construction?

    His key areas of interest are the religion-science dialogue, epistemology, philosophy of science, religious pluralism and environmental ethics. His interest in the science-religion field is primarily focused on issues about methodology/epistemology and on the relevance of biology for understanding human nature, religion and morality.

    Recent publications include

    • Stenmark, Mikael, ‘A Religiously Partisan Science? Islamic and Christian Perspectives’, Theology and Science, 3 (2005):23-38.
    • Stenmark, Mikael, ‘A Counter-response on “A Religiously Partisan Science?”’ Theology and Science, 3 (2005):92-95.
    • Stenmark, Mikael, ‘Models of Science and Religion: Is there any Alternative to Ian Barbour’s Typology?’ Studies in Science and Theology, Vol. 10, ed. Hubert Mesinger et al. Lund University, 2005.
    • Stenmark, Mikael, ‘Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology: Darwinism and Religion’, Encyclopedia of Religion, ed. Lindsay Jones. Vol 12, 2nd ed. New York: Thomson/Gale, 2005: 105-119.
    • Stenmark, Mikael, How to Relate Science and Religion: A Multidimensional Model, Eerdmans, 2004.
    • Stenmark, Mikael, ‘Should Religion Shape Science?’ Faith and Philosophy 21 (2004): 334-352.
    • Stenmark, Mikael, ‘Contemporary Darwinism and Religion’, Abigail Lustig, Robert Richards and Michael Ruse (eds.), Darwinian Heresies (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
    • Stenmark, Mikael, Environmental Ethics and Environmental Policy Making, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2002.
    • Stenmark, Mikael, Scientism: Science, Ethics and Religion, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001.
    • Stenmark, Mikael, Rationality in Science, Religion and Everyday Life. A Critical Evaluation of Four Models of Rationality, Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1995.

    Multimedia resources

    The Fallacy of Scientism as a Worldview   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Models for Relating Science and Religion   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
    Tonie Stolberg

    Dr Tonie Stolberg

    Biography

    Dr. Tonie Stolberg is Lecturer in Science and Science Education at the University of Birmingham. His current work seeks to

    Dr. Tonie Stolberg is Lecturer in Science and Science Education at the University of Birmingham. His current work seeks to describe what approaches might best be adopted to encourage the development of personally meaningful educational practices. He is interested in the different ways scientific meanings are used; especially when individuals use a dominant epistemological lens. In his current research this is normally a particular faith tradition or artistic means of enquiry. He is the co-author of 'Teaching Religion and Science' published by Routledge in 2011. See his  Web page .

    Elaine Storkey

    Biography

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    William Struthers

    Dr. William Struthers

    Biography

    Dr William M. Struthers received his PhD (Biopsychology) from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an Associate Professor

    Dr William M. Struthers received his PhD (Biopsychology) from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, where he is an award winning teacher and scholar. He teaches doctoral and undergraduate courses in Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology.

    Dr. Struthers' lab research interests are in the neural mechanisms that underlie behavioral arousal and the processing of novel environments. His research employs the use of stereotaxic surgery, immunochemistry, and behavioral manipulations to investigate gene expression in the cingulate cortex and basal ganglia. His human clinical research interests relate to sexual compulsivity and religiosity.

    Dr. Struthers' theoretical research is in the area of neuroethics, the biological bases of spirituality, personhood, and the nature of the integration of psychology and the Christian faith. He has delivered lectures on science/faith issues at meetings of the Christian Neuroscience Society and is a member of the Neuroethics Society, American Scientific Affiliation and the Society for Neuroscience.

    Recent selected science publications

    • Essery, J. Struthers, W.M., and Santoyo, L. (2010) Physical Activity: An Opportunity for Holistic Ministry and Health Promotion in Christian Churches. International Conference of the Christian Association of Psychological Studies, Kansas City, MO.
    • Struthers, W.M. (November, 2005) The Neurobiology of the Relationship-Oriented Mind. The “Nature” of Belief: Evolutionary Explanation, Biological Function, and Divine Purpose, Grand Rapids, MI.
    • Struthers, W.M. (February, 2005) The Neurobiology of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral and the Relational Brain. Fuller Symposium on the Integration of Faith and Learning, Pasadena, CA.
    • Struthers, W.M.; DuPriest, A; and Runyan, J. Habituation Reduces Novelty-Induced FOS Expression in the Striatum and Cingulate Cortex. Experimental Brain Research (2005), Vol 167(1), 136-140.
    • Ambert, K and Struthers, W.M. (November, 2003) Rearing in Enriched Environments Reduces Novelty-Shuttling Induced FOS Expression in the Cingulate Cortex and Striatum. Society for Neuroscience 33rd Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
    • Struthers, W.M. Sex-Induced FOS in the Medial Preoptic Area: Projections to the Midbrain. NeuroReport (2001) Vol 12, 3065-3068.

    Recent selected publications in science and religion

    • Struthers, William M. Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain, (2009) InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL.
    • Struthers, William (2009) The Seven Temptations of Neuroethics, Christian Perspectives in Science Seminar, Calvin College, Nov, 6, Grand Rapids, MI.
    • Struthers, William (2008) When Neuroscience and Theology Go Bad: Neuroessentialism and Practical Gnosticism. Science and Human Nature: Russian and Western Perspectives, Baylor University Interdisciplinary Symposium, Nov 6-8, Waco, TX.
    • Struthers, W.M. (2007) Implications of Human Uniqueness: From Imago Dei to Neuroscience. Joint Meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation and Christians in Science, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Book Chapter: Struthers, W.M. What is the Mind-Brain Problem. In: Not Just Science. (2005) Ed. Chappell, Dorothy F. and Cook, E. David. Zondervan: rand Rapids, MI
    • Struthers William M. Snark or Boojum? Trends in the Integration of Psychology and Christianity. Journal of Psychology and Christianity (2005) Vol 24(3), 195-209.
    • Struthers, William M. Teaching Neuroscience at a Religious Institution: Pedagogical Models for Handling Neuroscience and Theology. The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education (2003)
    • Struthers, William M. Defining Consciousness: Christian and Psychological Perspectives, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith (2001) Vol 53 (2), 102-106.

    Multimedia resources

    The Mind-Body Problem and Theology   MP3Video (download) 
    Consciousness in Psychological and Christian Perspectives   MP3Video (download) 
    Richard Swinburne

    Prof. Richard Swinburne

    Biography

    Prof. Swinburne was Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion at the University of Oxford from 1985 until

    Prof. Swinburne was Nolloth Professor of the Philosophy of the Christian Religion at the University of Oxford from 1985 until 2002, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He has written some fourteen books on various philosophical and religious issues. His best known book, The Existence of God (2nd edition, 2004) claims that the traditional arguments of natural theology can be re-phrased as cumulative probabilistic arguments, which together make it significantly more probable than not that there is a God. He analyses arguments from the existence of laws of nature, those laws being such as to lead to the evolution of conscious human beings. Among the criteria for the probable truth of an explanation, he claims, is its simplicity. He discusses these criteria, among other places, in Epistemic Justification (2001).

    Multimedia resources

    Simplicity and Complexity - Science, Dawkins and God PDF MP3Video (download) 
    Simplicity and Complexity - Science, Dawkins and God - Discussion PDF    
    Keith Taber

    Dr Keith Taber

    Biography

    In 1999, after teaching in comprehensive schools and further education for seventeen years, Dr Taber took up the post of

    In 1999, after teaching in comprehensive schools and further education for seventeen years, Dr Taber took up the post of senior lecturer in science education at Homerton College, Cambridge, primarily supporting PGCE (post-graduate certificate in education) students preparing to be science teachers. In 2000-2001, he was seconded to the Royal Society of Chemistry to be the RSC Teacher fellow, to work on a project to support teachers in responding to student misconceptions in chemistry.

    In 2001, Dr Taber returned to the University of Cambridge as a university teaching officer. Over the next few years he worked largely with PGCE students, in particular as the subject lecturer for physics education, and the coordinator for the KS2-3 (middle school) trainees specialising in science. He increasingly became involved in working with higher degree students, and for three years was the programme manager for the part-time PhD in education.

    He is currently deputy programme manager for master's degrees (MPhil in Education, and MEd). He is a core member of the teaching team for the research council recognised doctoral training Educational Research course, teaching various aspects of research methodology. He supervises research student projects on aspects of teaching and learning in science.

    Dr Taber is the author of many books, chapters, articles and research papers related to aspects of science education, and serves on editorial boards for a range of journals. Further details of his work can be found here .

    Dr Taber is Consultant to LASAR (Learning about science and religion).

    Lionel Tarassenko

    Prof. Lionel Tarassenko

    Biography

    Lionel Tarassenko was born in Paris in 1957 and came to the UK in 1970. He gained the degrees of

    Lionel Tarassenko was born in Paris in 1957 and came to the UK in 1970. He gained the degrees of BA in Engineering Science in 1978, and DPhil in Medical Engineering in 1985, both from the University of Oxford. He then held a number of positions in academia and industry, before taking up a University Lecturership in Oxford in 1988. Since then, he has devoted most of his research effort to the development of signal processing techniques and their application to diagnostic systems, especially in the context of medical problems. He has won a number of awards for this research (such as the British Computer Society Medal, the Rolls-Royce Chairman's Award for Technical Innovation, and the Silver Medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering).

    Professor Tarassenko has held the Chair in Electrical Engineering at Oxford University since October 1997. He is the author of 150 refereed publications, 140 conference papers, 3 books and 25 granted patents.  He has been the founder of three University spin-out companies (Third Phase, Oxford BioSignals and t+ Medical). He is currently the Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Panel on Biomedical Engineering, the Director of the Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering (http://www.ibme.ox.ac.uk/), and the Director of the Oxford Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering jointly funded by the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC.

    Professor Tarassenko is also the Chair of the Oxford Pastorate, whose mission is to serve the post-graduate student community in Oxford (http://www.oxfordpastorate.org/), and he was made a Lay Canon of Christ Church Cathedral in May 2012.

    Multimedia resources

    Artificial Intelligence: from chess playing computers to artificial consciousness?   MP3  
    John Taylor

    Dr John Taylor

    Biography

    Dr John Taylor is now Director of Critical Skills at Rugby School having previously been Head of Physics and in

    Dr John Taylor is now Director of Critical Skills at Rugby School having previously been Head of Physics and in charge of Philosophy there. Before taking up his post at Rugby he tutored in the Philosophy of Science at Oxford University. Since 1999 he has been director of the "Perspectives on Science" (PoS) project. The PoS course is currently being taught as an AS level in 26 centres around the UK. It offers students and teachers an opportunity to explore the exciting historical, philosophical and ethical questions surrounding science. The course is supported by teaching and student materials and is assessed by means of a research project on a topic of the student's own choosing. Many of the questions addressed in the course relate to issues in the science/religion discussion. The course is having national influence, in particular in connection with the proposed new Extended Projects to be unveiled from 2008. John is also Chief Examiner for Edexcel Project Qualifications.

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    Philippa Taylor

    Ms Philippa Taylor

    Biography

    Philippa Taylor is Senior Researcher on Bioethics, Marriage and the Family for CARE Trust. She has worked for CARE as

    Philippa Taylor is Senior Researcher on Bioethics, Marriage and the Family for CARE Trust. She has worked for CARE as a Consultant for 14 years. She has also been Associate Director at The Centre for Bioethics and Public Policy (CBPP). She is currently studying for an MA in bioethics at St Mary's College. As well as doing some media work and presentations, she has written many of CARE’s resources on bioethics and the family, including numerous consultation responses, briefing papers, articles and booklets. Some of these include:

    Booklets

    • Living Happily Ever After? The Ethics of Enhancing Humans, (in progress).
    • For Better or For Worse: Marriage and Cohabitation Compared, 2005, CARE (now in its 3rd edition).
    • For What it is Worth: The Status of the Human Embryo, CARE 2002.
    • Counting the Cost: The Effects of Family Breakdown, CARE 2000.
    • Going all the Way? - Cybernetics and Nanotechnology, Nucleus, CMF, 2004.
    • Shoring up the Foundations: Supporting traditional marriage & the family. Chapter in a forthcoming book edited by Edward Leigh MP.

    Selected CARE Papers

    • Artificial Intelligence: From Fiction to Fact: Christian Perspectives on Future Developments in Bioethics, CBPP briefing series: No. 1, 2003.
    • Nanotechnology and Cybernetics: Christian Perspectives on Future Developments in Bioethics, CBPP briefing series: No. 3, 2003.
    • Transgenics and Chimeras: Christian Perspectives on Future Developments in Bioethics, CBPP briefing series: No. 2, 2003.
    • Cloning: Issues and Implications, CARE Briefing Paper.
    • Donor Anonymity or Rights for the Offspring of Donor Insemination? CARE Briefing Paper.
    • Testing and Selecting: Issues Surrounding Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis, CARE Briefing Paper, 2003.

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    The LASAR Team

    Dr Jonathan Topham

    Biography

    Jonathan R. Topham is a Senior Lecturer in History of Science at the University of Leeds, UK.

    Jonathan R. Topham is a Senior Lecturer in History of Science at the University of Leeds, UK. Among his co-publications are Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical: Reading the Magazine of Nature (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Science in the Nineteenth-Century Periodical: An Electronic Index (HRI Online, 2005), Culture and Science in the Nineteenth-Century Media (Ashgate, 2004), and two volumes of the Correspondence of Charles Darwin (CUP, 1985-). His research relates mainly to the cultural history of science in early nineteenth-century Britain, and to the history of the life and earth sciences. He has published extensively on science and religion in early nineteenth-century Britain-more especially on natural theology and theologies of nature-and intends to complete a monograph on the Bridgewater Treatises shortly. He has also helped to pioneer a new approach to the subject of science and its publics, drawing particularly on the historiography of the book, and is currently preparing a book-length study of science and print culture in Britain, 1789-1832.

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    Alan Torrance

    Prof. Alan Torrance

    Biography

    Professor Torrance has held the chair of systematic theology in the University of St Andrews. Earlier in his career he

    Professor Torrance has held the chair of systematic theology in the University of St Andrews. Earlier in his career he taught in universities in Germany and Scotland before being appointed to a chair in New Zealand. In 1993, he was appointed Director of the Research Institute in Systematic Theology, King’s College London and in 1998-9, he held a Senior Research Fellowship in the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He was appointed to his present position in 1999.

    His publications include a monograph, Persons in Communion, several edited and co-edited volumes and numerous articles in the fields of Christian doctrine and philosophical theology – most recently, on the relationship between theological anthropology and developments in the neurosciences and on the interface between Christian dogmatics, ethics and politics. In 1994 a Festschrift was published in his honour and in 1997, he was invited to give the Hensley Henson Lectures in the University of Oxford. In addition, he has given several series of endowed lectures in the USA as well as lecturing widely in Asia and Australasia. Over recent years he has been a member of four USA-funded research projects working on such diverse topics as faith and reason, brain-mind issues, forgiveness and politics, and theology and the built environment. Last year, he was awarded (jointly with Professor Eric Priest, the solar physicist and mathematician), £68,000 to launch the Gregory Lectures on Religion and Science.

    A keen musician, he has played violin professionally with the Scottish Baroque Ensemble and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and now plays chamber music with his four sons. In January, this year, he lost his wife to cancer after 25 years of marriage. He is ordained in the Church of Scotland. When time allows, he enjoys kayaking, fishing and mountain-biking with his family.

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    Roger Trigg

    Prof. Roger Trigg

    Biography

    Roger Trigg is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, and  Senior Research Fellow at the Ian Ramsey

    Roger Trigg is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, and  Senior Research Fellow at the Ian Ramsey Centre, University of Oxford. He is an Associate Scholar with the Religious Freedom Project, Berkley Center, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.. Until recently he was also co-Director of a major project on the cognitive science of religion in the University of Oxford. With Justin Barrett he is editor of a volume on the philosophical and theological implications of this research with the title  of The Roots of Religion: Exploring the Cognitive Science of Religion, to be published by Ashgate in 2014. As joint editor , with Wentzel van Huyssteen of Princeton), of the Ashgate series of monographs on science and religion, he is interested in all aspects of their relation, and is currently writing a short book for Yale University Press on how far science needs metaphysics.

    The founding President of the British Society for Philosophy of Religion, he has also (2008-10) been President of the European Society for Philosophy of Religion. He has lectured widely on issues connected with religion in public life and religious freedom.  Most recently (2013), amongst other places,  he has lectured in Russia, and at the National Religious Freedom Conference in Washington D.C., and also at a major conference on religious freedom in Rome. The author of many books on philosophy, particularly the philosophy of science and the philosophy of religion, his most recent (all available in paperback) have been:

    Religion in Public life: Must Faith Be Privatized? , Oxford University Press, 2007

    Equality, Freedom and Religion, Oxford University Press, 2012

    Religious Diversity: Philosophical and Political Dimensions, Cambridge University Press, Spring 2014

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    Ruth Valerio

    Dr Ruth Valerio

    Biography

    Ruth Valerio is Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK. She a gifted writer and speaker with a passion

    Ruth Valerio is Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK. She a gifted writer and speaker with a passion for the world that we live in and all its inhabitants, and a desire to motivate others also to live in ways that respect and look after this earth. Ruth is academic, community activist, eco-warrior, author, practitioner, veg grower and pig keeper rolled into one.

    She holds a degree in Theology from Cambridge University and a doctorate from Kings College London that looked at simplicity as a Christian response to consumerism. She is the author of 'L is for Lifestyle: Christian living that doesn't cost the earth', as well as a number of Bible study guides. Ruth is also a director of Cred Jewellery, which has pioneered Fairtrade Gold, and outworks her passion in a number of different ways locally.

    Peter van Inwagen

    Prof. Peter van Inwagen

    Biography

    Professor Peter van Inwagen received his B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of

    Professor Peter van Inwagen received his B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1969. He taught at Syracuse University for twenty-four years. Since leaving Syracuse in 1995, he has been the John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. He has given the Maurice Lectures at Kings College, London, the Wilde Lectures at Oxford, the Stewart Lectures at Princeton, and the Gifford Lectures at St Andrews. In 2005, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate (divinity) by the University of St Andrews.

    Professor van Inwagen is currently working almost entirely in metaphysics, and indeed, he says, in the most abstract and recondite part of metaphysics: the part that is concerned with the concepts of being and existence, and with the problem of describing the most general categories into which things fall. One among several of his central concerns in this area can be summed up in three closely related questions: Do mathematical and other “abstract” objects exist in any sense of ‘exist’?; If they do exist in some sense, is that sense is the same sense as the sense in which ordinary visible and tangible objects exist? Assuming once more that they do exist in some sense, how are they related to ordinary visible and tangible objects?

    Professor van Inwagen says that almost all of his writings on religious topics are in one way or another apologetic in the original sense of the term. That is, they are defenses of various religious beliefs in the face of particular intellectual attacks. Typically, he has been moved to write on some religious topic because someone—a philosopher, a scientist, a biblical critic—has presented some argument against some essential Christian doctrine. He has written on “science and religion” only insofar as some people (sometimes they are scientists, but often they are not) have presented arguments for some anti-Christian conclusion that are supposed to be, in some sense, based on science. In Professor van Inwagen’s experience, however, although these arguments of course contain premises drawn from the sciences—from physics, from cosmology, from evolutionary biology—they are always, when taken as a whole, philosophical arguments and are subject to philosophical evaluation. In every case he knows of, they are bad philosophical arguments and lend no support whatever to their conclusions. His writings on “science and religion” are therefore essentially attempts to point out the flaws in arguments of that sort.
     

    Publications in Philosophy

    • “Names for Relations”, Philosophical Perspectives, Vol. 20: Metaphysics (2006) pp. 453-477.
    • “Can Mereological Sums Change Their Parts?”, The Journal of Philosophy 103 (2006), pp. 614-630.
    • “McGinn on Existence”, The Philosophical Quarterly 58 (2008), pp. 36-58.
    • “Quine’s 1946 Lecture on Nominalism”, Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, Vol. IV, 2008, pp. 125-142; reprinted in Italian translation in Collana di filosofia  2009, pp. 17-32
    • “The New Anti-Metaphysicians”, Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association Vol 83 no 2 (2009) , pp. 45-61 (American Philosophical Association Central Division Presidential Address).
    • “Being, Existence, and Ontological Commitment”, in D. J. Chalmers, D. Manley, and R. Wasserman (eds.) Metametaphysics: New Essays on the Foundations of Ontology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 472-506.
    •  “We’re Right. They’re Wrong.”, in Richard Feldman and Ted A. Warfield (eds.) Disagreement (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 10-28.
    • “Metaphysics”, article in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy [an on-line encyclopedia], http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/metaphysics/
    • “Answers to five questions about metaphysics”, in Asbjørn Steglich-Petersen (ed.) Metaphysics: 5 Questions (Automatic Press / VIP, 2010) pp. 179-185.
    • “Impotence and Collateral Damage: One Charge in Van Fraassen’s Indictment of Analytical Metaphysics”, Philosophical Topics 35 (2007), pp. 67-82 [This number of Philosophical Topics appeared in 2010).
       

    Publications in Science and Religion

    • “Genesis and Evolution”, included in Reasoned Faith, Eleonore Stump (ed.), (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1993), pp. 93-127; reprinted in Paul Helm (ed.) Faith & Reason (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), pp. 267-273 (selection).
    • “The Compatibility of Darwinism and Design”, in God and Design: The Teleological Argument and Modern Science, Neil Manson (ed.), (London and New York: Routledge, 2003) pp. 348-363.
    • “Reply to Sean Carroll”, Faith and Philosophy 22 (2005), pp. 636-640.
    • “Explaining Belief in the Supernatural: Some Thoughts on Paul Bloom’s ‘Religious Belief as an Evolutionary Accident’”, in J. Schloss and M. Murray (eds.) The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 128-138.
    • “Weak Darwinism”, in Louis Caruana (ed.) Darwin and Catholicism (London: T&T Clark, 2009), pp. 107-120.
    • “Dio e la scienza: una perspettiva filosofica”, in Dianora Citi (ed.) Dio oggi (Sienna: Edizioni Cantagalli, 2010), pp. 203-221.

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    Helen Van Noorden

    Dr Helen Van Noorden

    Biography

    Dr Helen Van Noorden is Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge and the Wrigley Fellow and Lecturer

    Dr Helen Van Noorden is Newton Trust Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge and the Wrigley Fellow and Lecturer in Classics at Girton College, Cambridge. Her book Playing Hesiod: the 'myth of the races' in Classical Antiquity is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. Current research interests include Greek and Latin epic and the creation of intellectual traditions and apocalyptic and eschatological literature in the Greco-Roman world.

    John van Wyhe

    Dr John van Wyhe

    Biography

    Dr John van Wyhe is Director of The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online based at the Centre for Research

    Dr John van Wyhe is Director of The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online based at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge. Darwin Online is the largest collection of Darwin's writings ever published, including all of his publications and a large number of his manuscripts and supplementary materials. Dr van Wyhe is also a member of Council for the British Society for the History of Science, general editor of its Monograph series, Director of its forthcoming Wheeler Online Library and a Bye-Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge. He is preparing two scholarly books on Charles Darwin. The first, together with Gordon Chancellor and Kees Rookmaaker, is an edited transcription of Darwin's Beagle field notebooks. The second is an edited volume of Darwin's complete shorter publications.

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    Mark Vernon

    Dr Mark Vernon

    Biography

    Mark Vernon is a journalist, author and broadcaster. He has degrees in physics and theology, and a PhD in philosophy.

    Mark Vernon is a journalist, author and broadcaster. He has degrees in physics and theology, and a PhD in philosophy. He writes regularly for the Guardian, TLS, Church Times, Tablet and other publications. His last short series for BBC Radio 4 was entitled 'In Doubt We Trust'. He is an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London.

    His books include How To Be An Agnostic (Palgrave Macmillan), The Meaning of Friendship (Palgrave Macmillan), and Wellbeing (Acumen). He is also the editor-in-chief of the Chambers Dictionary of Beliefs and Religions. His next book, due out in May 2012, is The Big Questions: God (Quercus).

    He is currently writing on the theme of embodied cognition with the psychology and religion research group in the University of Cambridge.

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    Cara Wall-Scheffler

    Dr Cara Wall-Scheffler

    Biography

    Dr Cara Wall-Scheffler is an Associate Professor of Biology at Seattle Pacific University. Her research focuses on the relationships between

    Dr Cara Wall-Scheffler is an Associate Professor of Biology at Seattle Pacific University. Her research focuses on the relationships between body shape, thermoregulation and locomotion in extinct and extant human populations. After completing her undergraduate studies at Seattle Pacific University (USA), she was admitted into Cambridge (St Edmunds) for her MPhil and was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship for her PhD proposal in 2001.  Her PhD focused on the shifts in seasonal resource use by Mediterranean Neanderthals and humans during Marine Oxygen Isotope Stages 3.  Following this work, her postdoctoral research at UW-Madison (USA) honed in on the relationship between modern human morphology and locomotor energetics in order to get a better sense of the tradeoffs between thermoregulation, reproduction and mobility.   She is currently one of the leading authorities on the evolution of human sexual dimorphism and the comparison between lab and field based data in locomotor studies.  She has published papers in the Journal of Human Evolution, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Journal of Archaeological Science, and the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.

    Recent publications include:

    Wall-Scheffler, C.M. (in press). The balance between burden carrying, variable terrain and thermoregulatory pressures in assessing morphological variation.  In K. Carlson & D. Marchi (Eds), The Influence of Environmental Factors on Mobility-Morphology-Behaviour Relationships. Springer Life Sciences.

    Wagnild, J. & Wall-Scheffler, C.M. (2013). Energetic consequences of human sociality: Walking speed choices among friendly dyads. PLoS One 8(10): e76576.

    http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0076576

    Wall-Scheffler, C.M. & Myers, M.J. (2013). Reproductive costs for everyone: How female frontal loads impact mobility. Journal of Human Evolution 64(5): 448-456.

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047248413000328

    Wall-Scheffler, C.M. (2012). Energetics, locomotion and female reproduction: Implications for human evolution. Annual Review of Anthropology 41: 71-85.

    http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-anthro-092611-145739

    Wall-Scheffler, C.M. (2012). The meaning of within population dimorphism for group mobility: Can men and women walk together? Journal of Anthropology 2012: 340493.

    http://www.hindawi.com/journals/janth/aip/340493/ 

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    John Walton

    Prof. John Walton

    Biography

    John Walton is Professor Old Testament at Wheaton College. He was formerly a professor at Moody Bible Institute for 20

    John Walton is Professor Old Testament at Wheaton College. He was formerly a professor at Moody Bible Institute for 20 years. His primary focus is in areas of comparison between the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East, particularly Genesis. He is the general editor for a five volume series, The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, and General Editor of a 20 vol. Baker Commentary Series, "Teach the Text."  He is author of "The Lost World of Genesis 1: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate" (IVP, 2009). He is also currently writing "The Lost World of Adam and Eve" which should be available early in 2015. He is married to Kim, and they have three children.

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    Keith Ward

    Revd Prof. Keith Ward

    Biography

    Keith Ward is a Fellow of British Academy and a Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, London. He was formerly

    Keith Ward is a Fellow of British Academy and a Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, London. He was formerly Professor of the Philosophy of Religion at King's College, London, Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford and on the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is the author of 'The Big Questions in Science and Religion', 'Pascal's Fire: Scientific Faith and Religious Understanding'  and 'Why There Almost Certainly is a God' amongst other things.

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    Dr Michael Ward

    Biography

    University of Oxford

    University of Oxford

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    Brent Waters

    Prof. Brent Waters

    Biography

    Brent Waters, D.Phil., is the Jerre and Mary Joy Professor of Christian Social Ethics, and Director of the Jerre L.

    Brent Waters, D.Phil., is the Jerre and Mary Joy Professor of Christian Social Ethics, and Director of the Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois. He is the author of Economic Globalization and Christian Ethics (forthcoming), Christian Moral Theology in an Emerging Technoculture (forthcoming), This Mortal Flesh: Incarnation and Bioethics, The Family in Christian Social and Political Thought, From Human to Posthuman: Christian Theology and Technology in a Postmodern World, Reproductive Technology: Towards a Theology of Procreative Stewardship, Dying and Death: A Resource for Christian Reflection, and Pastoral Genetics: Theology and Care at the Beginning of Life (with co-author Ronald Cole-Turner), and editor of God and the Embryo: Religious Voices on Stem Cells and Cloning (with co-editor Ronald Cole-Turner). Waters has also written numerous articles and lectured extensively on the relationship among theology, ethics and technology. Waters has served previously as the Director of the Center for Business, Religion and Public Life, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of the University of Redlands (B.A.), School of Theology at Claremont (M.Div., D.Min.), and the University of Oxford (D.Phil.).

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    John Weaver

    Revd Dr John Weaver

    Biography

    John Weaver is the Principal of South Wales Baptist College (SWBC). John was born and brought up in Cardiff. After

    John Weaver is the Principal of South Wales Baptist College (SWBC). John was born and brought up in Cardiff. After taking a BSc and PhD in Geology at UCW Swansea, he became Senior Lecturer in Geology at the University of Derby. John trained for Baptist ministry at Regent's Park College, Oxford. He was the pastor of Highfield Baptist Church, Northamptonshire, from 1981-1991. From 1992-2001 he was Director of Pastoral Training and Tutor in Pastoral Theology, at Regent's Park College, Oxford, and since 2001 has served as Principal of SWBC. His main areas of research are: relating faith to life and work; theological reflection; adult education; and the dialogue between science and faith. He is co-author of the book The Place of Environmental Theology, a guide for seminaries, colleges and universities.

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    Dr Daniel Weiss

    Biography

    Dr Daniel Weiss is Polonsky-Coexist Lecturer in Jewish Studies, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Studies in

    Dr Daniel Weiss is Polonsky-Coexist Lecturer in Jewish Studies, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge, and Fellow and Director of Studies in Theology and Religious Studies at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge.

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    Michael Welker

    Prof. Michael Welker

    Biography

    Michael Welker grew up in West-Berlin and in Grünstadt (Western Germany) and was ordained a minister of the protestant church

    Michael Welker grew up in West-Berlin and in Grünstadt (Western Germany) and was ordained a minister of the protestant church in the Palatinate. In 1973 he received a PhD degree in Systematic Theology, Prof. Moltmann having been his advisor. In 1978 he received another PhD degree under supervision of the philosopher Prof. Henrich. In 1980 he completed his Habilitation in Tubingen, Baden-Wurttemburg, with his discussion of Whitehead and process philosophy. From 1983 to 1987 he was professor for Systematic Theology in Tübingen, 1987-1991 he held the chair for Reformed Theology in Munster, and since 1991 he has been professor for dogmatics in Heidelberg. He lectured at the University of Chicago (1984), McMaster University (1985), Princeton Theological Seminary (1988 and 1995), the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton (1997, 1999), and at Harvard Divinity School (2001).

    In 2003 he was offered the position of the director of the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) in Princeton. 1996-2006 he was director of the Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH), and since 2005 he is managing director of the Forschungszentrum Internationale und Interdisziplinäre Theologie (FIIT) in Heidelberg, which he also co-founded. The University of Debrecen awarded him an honorary phD degree. Since 2004 he has been member of the chamber of theology of the council of the Protestant Church in Germany (EKD) and judge at the constitutional court of the EKD; since 2006 he has been regular member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences. He was granted the Medal of Heidelberg University. Since 1984 he has given lectures in the USA, in Hungary, Korea, China, and South Africa; since 1991 he has given numerous endowed lectures. During his commitment with the IWH, CTI and FIIT he organized numerous projects of international and interdisciplinary cooperation, research projects extended over several years, publications, especially concerning the dialogue between theology and the sciences. Since 2006 he has been building a Global Network of Research Centers for Theology, Religious and Christian Studies.

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    Gordon Wenham

    Dr Gordon Wenham

    Biography

    Gordon Wenham lectures at Trinity Theological College, Bristol. He was Professor of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire from

    Gordon Wenham lectures at Trinity Theological College, Bristol. He was Professor of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire from 1995-2005. He is a much published scholar who has made an outstanding evangelical contribution to Biblical scholarship. He has held teaching positions or been visiting lecturer at a range of institutions around the world.

    Recent Publications

    • Exploring the Old Testament:the Pentatuech (London: SPCK, 2003)
    • Story as Torah: Reading the Old Testament Ethically (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2000)
    • Numbers (Sheffield Academic Press, 1997)
    • Genesis 16-50 Word Bible Commentary (Word: Dallas 1994)

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    Bob White

    Prof. Bob White

    Biography

    Professor Robert (Bob) White is Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge (since 1989) and was

    Professor Robert (Bob) White is Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge (since 1989) and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1994. He is also a Fellow of the Geological Society, and a member of the American Geophysical Union and several other professional bodies; he serves on many of their committees. Since 1988 he has been a Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge, prior to which he was a student and Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion.

    He leads a research group investigating the Earth's dynamic crust: in particular the way in which enormous volumes of volcanic rock are produced when continents and oceans rift apart, and the movement of molten rock under active volcanoes. He has organised many overseas fieldwork projects and supervised 46 PhD students at Cambridge, many of whom are now prominent in academia, industry, government and education. His work at sea has taken him to the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans and his research group is currently investigating the internal structure of volcanoes in Iceland. His scientific work is published in over 350 papers and articles.
     

    Selected Science-Religion Publications

    • White, Robert (2001). Science: Friend or Foe? The Church of England Newspaper, Friday August 24, 2001, p. 11 (also published on Christians in Science web site www.cis.org.uk)
    • White, R. S. (2002). The age of the earth. Evangelicals Now, December 2002, 18.
    • Alexander, D. and White, R. S. (2004). Beyond Belief: Science, Faith and Ethical Challenges, Lion, Oxford, 219pp.
    • White, R. S. (2005). Truth in the geological sciences, in Can We Be Sure About Anything? Science, Faith and Postmodernism (ed. Denis Alexander), Apollos (an imprint of Inter-Varsity Press), Leicester, pp. 187-213.
    • White, R. S. (2005). Genesis and Creation, Truth Matters, Reform article (see www.reform.org.uk).
    • White, R. S. (2007). The Age of the Earth, Faraday Paper 8 [see also Evangelicals Now, December 2002, 18]
    • Spencer, Nick and White, Robert (2007). Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living, SPCK, 245pp. [published in USA as Spencer, Nick, White, Robert and Vroblesky, Virginia, by Hendrickson
    • White, Robert S. (editor) (2009) Creation in Crisis: Christian Perspectives on Sustainability, SPCK, 298pp.

    Selected Scientific Publications

    • White, R. and  McKenzie, D. (1989). Magmatism at rift zones: The generation of volcanic continental margins and flood basalts. Journal of Geophysical Research, 94, 7685-7729.
    • White, R. S., McKenzie, D. and O'Nions, R. K. (1992). Oceanic crustal thickness from seismic measurements and rare earth element inversions. Journal of Geophysical Research, 97, 19,683-19,715.
    • Bown, J. W. and White, R. S. (1994). Variation with spreading rate of oceanic crustal thickness and geochemistry. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 121, 435-449.
    • White, R. S., Minshull, T. A., Bickle, M. J. & Robinson, C. J. (2001). Melt generation at very slow-spreading oceanic ridges: constraints from geochemical and geophysical data. Journal of Petrology, 42, 1171-1196.
    • White, R. S., Christie, P. A. F., Kusznir, N. J., Roberts, A., Davies, A., Hurst, N., Lunnon, Z., Parkin, C. J., Roberts, A. W., Smith, L. K., Spitzer, R., Surendra, A. & Tymms, V. (2002). iSIMM pushes frontiers of marine seismic acquisition. First Break, 20, 782=485;786.
    • White, R. S., Smallwood, J. R., Fliedner, M. M., Boslaugh, B., Maresh, J. and Fruehn, J. (2003). Imaging and regional distribution of basalt flows in the Faroe-Shetland Basin. Geophysical Prospecting, 51, 215-231.
    • Harrison, A. J.  and White, R. S. (2004). Crustal structure of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand: stretching and igneous intrusion, Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 31, L13615, doi: 10.129/2004GL019885.2004.
    • Spitzer, R., White, R. S. and iSIMM Team (2005). Advances in seismic imaging beneath basalts: a case study from the Faroe-Shetland Basin, Petroleum Geoscience, 11, 147-156.
    • White, R. S., et al. (2008). Lower-crustal intrusion on the North Atlantic continental margin, Nature, 452, 460–464 plus supplementary information at www.nature.com, doi:10.1038/nature06687
    • White, R. S. and Smith, L. K. (2009). Crustal structure of the Hatton and the conjugate east Greenland rifted volcanic continental margins, NE Atlantic, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, B02305, doi:10.1029/2008JB005856

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    David Wilkinson

    Revd Prof David Wilkinson

    Biography

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

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

    His current work at the University of Durham involves the relationship of the Christian faith to contemporary culture, from science to pop culture. In particular, he is working on the future of the physical Universe and Christian eschatology; Christian apologetics in a media dominated culture; and the public understanding of science and religion.

    Recent science-religion publications:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Stephen Williams

    Prof. Stephen Williams

    Biography

    Since 1994, Stephen Williams has been Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological College, Belfast. He studied Modern History at

    Since 1994, Stephen Williams has been Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological College, Belfast. He studied Modern History at Oxford and Theology at Cambridge and gained his doctorate through the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University. From 1980-1991 he was Professor of Theology at United (Presbyterian) Theological College in Aberystwyth, Wales and from 1991 to 1994 he was based at The Whitefield Institute in Oxford. He is married to Dr. Susan Williams, who is a counsellor specialising in post-traumatic stress, and they have three grown-up children.

    In line with his policy over the years, Stephen Williams has sought to keep up studies in a range of areas rather than concentrate on one area of specialisation. To the forefront, at the moment, is work in traditional areas of theology, his immediate task being to co-write with a New Testament scholar (Howard Marshall) a commentary on Romans.

    His doctoral studies were in part concerned with questions of religious epistemology and, in tackling science-religion questions, epistemological questions remain high on his agenda. In the course of teaching regular modules at the Institute of Theology for Queen's University, the exegetical, theological and conceptual questions surrounding the creation-evolution debate demand constant attention. Stephen Williams also has a special interest in bringing to bear the thought of John Locke - 'the intellectual ruler of the eighteenth century' - on epistemological questions surrounding the current debate on atheism and theism as it is played out in the 'religion and science' arena.

    Recent publications include: The Shadow of the Antichrist: Nietzsche's Critique of Christianity (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic Press, 2006); The Limits of Hope and the Logic of Love (Vancouver: Regent, 2006); 'Observations on the Future of System' in A.T.B.McGowan (ed.), Always Reforming (Leicester: Apollos, 2006); 'The Question of Hell and Salvation: is there a fourth view?', Tyndale Bulletin 57.2 (2006); 'Jesus is Lord - of a Pluralist World? The Uniqueness and Universality of Christ' in Angus Morrison (ed.), Tolerance and Truth: the Spirit of the Age or the Spirit of God (Edinburgh: Rutherford House, 2007); 'Withholding and withdrawing treatment', Journal and Proceedings of the Northern Ireland Forum for Ethics in Medicine and Health Care, November 2007; 'Forgiveness, Compassion and Northern Ireland: a response to Nigel Biggar', Journal of Religious Ethics 36.1 (2008); 'The Sovereignty of God' in Bruce Mc.Cormack (ed.), Engaging the Doctrine of God (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008); 'Calvin: an Accommodating Theologian' in T.D.Alexander and L.S.Kirkpatrick (eds.), John Calvin: Recollections of a Reformer (Belfast: Union Theological College, 2009).

    A volume to be published in 2010 on Joshua with J.G.McConville (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans) contains an essay on 'The God of Miracle and Mystery'. A lecture on 'Religion and scientific reason: Dawkins, Locke, Pascal' is posted on the website of 'Christians in Science: Ireland'.

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    Dr David Williams

    Biography

    Dr David Williams is Associate Lecturer in Veterinary Ophthalmology in the Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, a position he combines

    Dr David Williams is Associate Lecturer in Veterinary Ophthalmology in the Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, a position he combines with teaching at St John's College, where he is fellow, Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine and College Lecturer in Pathology.

    Before graduating David gained experience with Dr Keith Barnett at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, an internationally recognised expert in the field. After qualifying David worked as assistant veterinary surgeon and then resident in veterinary ophthalmology at the Trust, before gaining his certificate in veterinary ophthalmology and moving to the Royal Veterinary College to undertake a PhD investigating the pathology of chronic superficial keratitis in the German Shepherd dog.

    After gaining his PhD David stayed at the RVC, as resident in clinical pharmacology with a particular interest, perhaps not surprisingly, in ocular pharmacology. After two years researching the practical and theoretical aspects of ocular drug delivery, he moved back to the Animal Health Trust for a period as Clinical Investigative Ophthalmologist before completing the circle, as it were, and moving back to Cambridge.

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    Jennifer Wiseman

    Dr Jennifer Wiseman

    Biography

    Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is an astronomer, author and speaker. She has studied star-forming regions of our galaxy using radio, optical,

    Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is an astronomer, author and speaker. She has studied star-forming regions of our galaxy using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes. She previously served as head of a laboratory exploring Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics. She also directs the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received her B.S. in physics from MIT, discovering comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987, and continued her studies at Harvard, earning a Ph.D. in astronomy in 1995. Dr. Wiseman is a Fellow and former President of the American Scientific Affiliation, a network of Christians in Science. She has authored several essays addressing the relationship of astronomy and Christian faith, including the chapter on Astronomy and Cosmology in Not Just Science: Questions Where Christian Faith and Natural Science Intersect (ed. Dorothy F. Chappell and David C. Cook), Zondervan 2005, and frequently gives talks to churches, schools, and campus groups on the excitement of scientific discovery and the complementarity of science and faith. She grew up on an Arkansas farm enjoying late night stargazing walks with her parents and pets.

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    John Wood

    Prof. John Wood

    Biography

    John Wood, 58, recently joined Imperial College London as Principal of the Faculty of Engineering, officially commencing his new role

    John Wood, 58, recently joined Imperial College London as Principal of the Faculty of Engineering, officially commencing his new role on 1 October 2007. John was previously Chief Executive of the Council for the Central Laboratories of the Research Councils (CCLRC) from 2001 to 2007 on leave from Nottingham University. He graduated from Sheffield University in 1971 in metallurgy and undertook research at Cambridge University for his PhD. He remained at Cambridge as Goldsmith’s Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College until 1978 when he took up a lectureship at the Open University. In 1989 he became Cripps Professor of Materials Engineering at Nottingham University and Head of Department and subsequently became Dean of Engineering in 1998. His research has been in the area of materials processing of non-equilibrium structures where he has over 240 publications and 14 patents. He was awarded a Doctor of Metallurgy in 1994 from Sheffield University and an honorary Doctor of Science from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in Romania, receiving the Citizen of Honour of Cluj-Napoca for his "help in restructuring materials engineering education in Romania". Cluj-Napoca is the capital of Transylvania!

    During his research career John Wood has held a number of directorships and consultancies within industry and acted as an adviser on materials issues to governments and is a Director of M4 Technologies, The Industrial Trust and Maney Publishing. He is a trustee of the Tomorrow Project and the Daphne Jackson Trust. He was appointed Chair of the Office of Science & Technology Foresight Panel on Materials in 1997 until 2001. He is currently chair of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures and chair of the International Steering Committee for the European X-Ray Free Electron Laser. He sits on the Board of the Joint Information Services Committee, chairing their Support for Research Committee and their Scholarly Communications Group. He is on the Advisory Board of the British Library. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and has won the Grunfeld and Ivor Jenkins’ prizes of the Institute of Materials and was awarded the prestigious "William Johnson Gold Medal" in 2001 for "a lifetime's achievement in materials processing". He was honoured in the 2007 Queen's New Year list with a CBE for services to science.

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    Tom Wright

    Rt Revd Dr Tom Wright

    Biography

    Nicholas Thomas Wright was born in Morpeth, Northumberland in 1948 and was raised in the context of middle Anglicanism. From

    Nicholas Thomas Wright was born in Morpeth, Northumberland in 1948 and was raised in the context of middle Anglicanism. From before the age of seven or eight he already felt called to go into Christian ministry. Educated at Sedbergh School, then in Yorkshire, he specialized in Classics. As an undergraduate he studied Classics at Exeter College, Oxford. During that period he heard John Wenham give a talk on the need for Christians committed to the authority of Scripture in the world of theological scholarship. Prior to this point Tom Wright had been heading in the direction of parish ministry. After listening to Wenham’s talk, he knew that God wanted him to be an academic.

    After graduating, he went on to train for the ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. It was around this time that he married his wife Maggie. In 1973 he gained a first class honours degree in Theology and in 1975, an M.A. and was ordained as a deacon. In 1976 he was ordained as a priest.

    From 1975 to 1978 Tom Wright was a Junior Research Fellow and College Tutor in Theology in Merton College, Oxford, later becoming Junior Chaplain and Acting Lecturer in Theology. From 1978 to 1981 he was a Fellow and Chaplain at Downing College, Cambridge and College Tutor in Theology. In 1981 received his doctoral degree for his thesis, entitled ‘The Messiah and the People of God: A Study in Pauline Theology with Particular Reference to the Argument of the Epistle to the Romans’, his thesis supervisor being Professor G.B. Caird.

    In 1981, after he finished his doctorate, Tom Wright went to Canada to teach NT at McGill. He was also involved in the Anglican College in Montreal.

    In 1986 he returned to Oxford, where he was a Lecturer in NT Studies and a Fellow, Tutor and Chaplain of Worcester College. He remained in this position until 1993.

    In 1994 he became Dean of Lichfield, a position which he held until 1999.

    From 2000 to 2003, he was the Canon Theologian of Westminster

    In July 2003 Tom Wright was consecrated Bishop of Durham, one of the highest positions in the Church of England. Bishop Tom continues to write voluminously and give many visiting lectures. He is a member of the Society for New Testament Studies, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research, and the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars. He has often appeared in the media and has devised and presented a number of radio and television programs for the BBC and been consulted for many others. As Bishop of Durham, he is a member of the House of Lords and has spoken in the House on the subject of moral climate change and freedom of speech.

    Recent Publications

    Books

    • 2007 Surprised by Hope (provisional title). London: SPCK; Minneapolis: Fortress (forthcoming)
    • 2007 Acts for Everyone. London: SPCK; Louisville: Westminster John Knox (forthcoming)
    • 2006 Judas and the Gospel of Jesus. London: SPCK; Grand Rapids: Baker
    • 2006 Evil and the Justice of God. London: SPCK; Downers Grove, Ill: InterVarsity Press
    • 2006 Simply Christian. London: SPCK; San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco
    • 2006 The Resurrection of Jesus: John Dominic Crossan and N. T. Wright in Dialogue, ed. Robert B. Stewart. Minneapolis: Fortress
    • 2005 The Scriptures, the Cross, and the Power of God. London: SPCK; Louisville: Westminster John Knox
    • 2005 Paul: Fresh Perspectives. London: SPCK; Minneapolis: Fortress (US title: Paul in Fresh Perspective)
    • 2005 Scripture and the Authority of God. London: SPCK; San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco (US title: The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture)
    • 2005 Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of Scripture (ed., with K. Vanhoozer et al.). Grand Rapids and London: Baker and SPCK
    • 2004 Paul for Everyone: Romans. 2 vols. London: SPCK; Louisville: Westminster John Knox (CBC Reference Book of the Year 2005)
    • 2003 For All the Saints? Remembering the Christian Departed. London: SPCK; Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse
    • 2003 Hebrews for Everyone. London: London: SPCK; Louisville: Westminster John Knox
    • 2003 Paul for Everyone: The Pastoral Letters. London: SPCK; Louisville: Westminster John Knox
    • 2003 Quiet Moments. Oxford: Lion (selected highlights from A Moment of Quiet etc., 1997)
    • 2003 The Resurrection of the Son of God. Volume III of Christian Origins and the Question of God. London: SPCK; Minneapolis: Fortress. (Association of Theological Booksellers ‘Religious Book of the Year’ and ‘Book of the Year’ 2003; Michael Ramsey Prize 2005)
    • 2003 Paul for Everyone: 1 Corinthians. London: SPCK; Louisville: Westminster John Knox (CBC Reference Book of the Year 2004)
    • 2003 Paul for Everyone: 2 Corinthians. London: SPCK; Louisville: Westminster John Knox

    Articles

    • 2006 ‘Decoding Da Vinci: The Challenge of Historic Christianity to Conspiracy and Fantasy’, Grove Biblical Studies B39 (Grove Books, Cambridge)
    • 2006 ‘4QMMT and Paul: Justification, “Works,” and Eschatology’, in History and Exegesis: New Testament Essays in Honor of Dr E. Earle Ellis for His 80th Birthday, ed. Aang-Won (Aaron) Son (New York and London: T & T Clark), 104–132
    • 2006 ‘New Perspectives on Paul’, ch. 11 in collected papers from Rutherford House Conference 2003, ed. Bruce McCormack (forthcoming) (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic)
    • 2005 ‘Witness and Wisdom,’ [on Robert Browning and the tasks facing a modern Christian university], in Studies in Browning and His Circle (Baylor University) 26.2, September 2005, 124–34
    • 2005 ‘Doubts about Doubt: Honest to God Forty Years On’, in Journal of Anglican Studies 3 (2), 181–96
    • 2005 ‘Resurrecting Old Arguments: Responding to Four Essays’, in Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus 3.2, 187–209
    • 2004 ‘God and Caesar, Then and Now’, in The Character of Wisdom: Essays in Honour of Wesley Carr, ed. Martyn Percy and Stephen Lowe (London: Ashgate), 157–71
    • 2004 ‘Redemption from the New Perspective’, in Redemption, ed. S. T. Davis, D. Kendall, G. O’Collins (Oxford: OUP), 69–100

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    John Wyatt

    Prof. John Wyatt

    Biography

    John Wyatt is Professor Emeritus of Ethics &  Perinatology at UCL. He has a clinical background as an academic neonatologist

    John Wyatt is Professor Emeritus of Ethics &  Perinatology at UCL. He has a clinical background as an academic neonatologist working on the mechanisms, consequences and prevention of brain injury in critically ill newborn infants. His work is now concentrated on ethical issues raised by advances in reproductive and medical technology at the beginning of life, research ethics and governance and the philosophical basis of medical practice. He is lead for the Clinical Ethics network at UCLH, a member of the ethics committees of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and a board member of Biocentre.

    He has a long-standing interest in the ethical and social implications of advances in biomedical technology and is currently collaborating with colleagues at UCL in the creation of an academic centre to address these issues.

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    Andrew Wyllie

    Prof. Andrew Wyllie

    Biography

    Andrew Wyllie graduated in medicine and science from Aberdeen University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal

    Andrew Wyllie graduated in medicine and science from Aberdeen University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Academy of Medical Science and the Royal College of Pathologists.

    His research focussed largely on an internally programmed process of cell death that – with his senior colleagues  John Kerr and Alastair Currie  – he named apoptosis. This  work helped to open a new field of study with wide significance in biology and medicine, including particular relevance to cancer. Wyllie’s papers have  been cited more than 20,000 times.

    In 2011 he retired from the Chair in Pathology at Cambridge, which he had occupied since 1998. In addition to his research work, he greatly enjoyed contact with students, both undergraduate and postgraduate.

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    Dean Zimmerman

    Prof. Dean Zimmerman

    Biography

    Dean Zimmerman grew up in Mankato, Minnesota, where he remained for his undergraduate years at Mankato State University (now Minnesota

    Dean Zimmerman grew up in Mankato, Minnesota, where he remained for his undergraduate years at Mankato State University (now Minnesota State University), majoring in Philosophy, English, and French. At Brown University, he received a masters and Ph.D. in philosophy. Zimmerman has taught at the University of Notre Dame, Syracuse University, and Rutgers University, where he is now an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies.

    Zimmerman is founding editor of Oxford Studies in Metaphysics, and has co-edited several other volumes: The Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), Metaphysics: The Big Questions (Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 1998; 2nd ed., 2007), Persons: Human and Divine (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2007), and Contemporary Debates in Metaphysics (Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2007). He is the organizer of a workshop called “Metaphysical Mayhem”, which now meets biennially; this summer, the Mayhem will convene for the tenth time. His publications include over thirty articles in scholarly journals and books, as well as encyclopedia entries, introductions, and book reviews for journals and literary supplements. He gave the 2004 Dasturzada Dr.Jal Pavry Memorial Lectures in Oxford University, and a Jowett lecture at Oxford in 2006.

    Zimmerman's current research includes an exploration of the metaphysics of human persons, emphasizing the difficulties confronting the more flatfootedly materialistic accounts of our nature; and the defence of an "A-theory" of time (according to which there is a "privileged present"), with special attention to God's relationship to the temporal order.

    Selected Publications

  • “Two Cartesian Arguments for the Simplicity of the Soul”, American Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 3 (July, 1991), pp. 217-226. [Reprinted in Philosophy of Mind: Contemporary Readings, edited by David Robb and Timothy O’Connor (New York: Routledge, 2003), pp. 15-29].

  • “Theories of Masses and Problems of Constitution”, The Philosophical Review, Vol. 104, No. 1 (January, 1995), pp. 53-110.

  • “Theology and Tense” (with Roderick M. Chisholm), Noûs, Vol. 31, No. 2 (June, 1997), pp. 262-265.

  • “The Compatibility of Materialism and Survival: The ‘Jumping Elevator’ Model”, Faith and Philosophy, Vol. 16, No. 2 (April, 1999), pp. 194-212.

  • “God Inside Time and Before Creation”, in God and Time, ed. by Greg Ganssle and David Woodruff (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), pp. 75-94 [Posted, with corrections, at: http://fas-philosophy.rutgers.edu/zimmerman/index1.htm].

  • “Material People”, in Oxford Handbook of Metaphysics, edited by Michael J. Loux and Dean W. Zimmerman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003), pp. 491-526.

  • “Should a Christian Be a Mind-Body Dualist?”, in Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Religion, ed. by Michael Peterson and Ray Van Arragon (Malden, Mass.: Basil Blackwell, 2004), pp. 315-27.

  • “The A-theory of Time, the B-theory of Time, and ‘Taking Tense Seriously’”, Dialectica, Vol. 59, No. 4 (2005), pp. 401-57.

  • “Dispatches from the Zombie Wars” (review of Gregg Rosenberg, A Place for Consciousness; and Daniel Dennett, Sweet Dreams), The Times Literary Supplement, No.5378 (April 28, 2006), pp. 8-9.

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