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My Oxford-lecture on: Why is special divine action a "problem"?

A while ago I was invited by Andrew Pincent of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University to give a lecture on how I see the problem of special divine action, especially on the way divine action is dealt with in the field of science and religion. As many know, I…

Nope, there was no first human

Many religious believers still cling to the idea that there must be a first human, somewhere down the line. Creationists even cling to the idea of the biblical parents of humankind: Adam and Eve. However, if you take evolutionary theory seriously, it turns out, there was no first human. The following video explains why this…

How many earths? Shattering the myth of uniqueness

We are living in very interesting times indeed! We once thought that the Earth was unique in harboring life. Though it is true that scientists have not yet discovered life outside our atmosphere (despite the occasional claims to the opposite, mostly coming from fringe scientists), the plausibility of the idea that Earth is unique in…

Does Theology Have a Method? An Interview with Paul Allen

Recently, the catholic theologian Paul Allen (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada) published a great book on theological method, titled Theological Method: A Guide for the Perplexed (T&T Clark 2012). For many, theological method indeed is something to be perplexed about. Is there really something like a theological method? Many atheists even argue that theology has no…

Thomas Nagel on Plantinga’s book in New York Review of Books

Just a note to point visitors of my website to a wonderful review of the distinguished philosopher Thomas Nagel of Alvin Plantinga’s latest book Where the Conflict Really Lies in the New York Review of Books. It’s a review with a very interesting twist… (Thanks to John Teske for sharing the link via IRASnet!)

Robert McCauley explains why religion is natural and science is not

One of the most impressive and I think groundbreaking books in the cognitive science of religion that I read recently, is Robert McCauley’s latest book Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not published by Oxford University Press. If you were allowed to read only one book on the cognitive science of religion, read this…

Karl Giberson: Science and religion has become all about hyperboles

A great post on the website of Science and Religion Today by Karl Giberson, who writes about what he finds most interesting in today’s science and religion debates. Giberson finds it interesting – and clearly annoying – that the science and religion debate has become so political. Giberson is right on the spot when he…

No ESSSAT conference for me this year

From April 24-29 the 14th international conference of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT) will take place in Tartu, Estonia. The theme of the conference is What is life? More information about the conference can be found here: http://esssat2012.edicypages.com. This year will be the first time since I was a…

Williams, Dawkins, and Kenny on the nature of human beings and their ultimate origins, 23/02/2012

On 23 February, there will be an interesting debate between Rowan Williams (the Archbishop of Canterbury), Richard Dawkins and Anthony Kenny on the issue of “The Nature of Human Beings and the Question of their Ultimate Origin”. Time and venue: THE SHELDONIAN THEATRE, OXFORD, THURSDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 2012, 4.00-5.30PM (UK time). Because of the huge…

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