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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…

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…

Marcelo Gleiser on the religious rejection of evolution

Theoretical physicist and atheist Marcelo Gleiser asks himself in a blogpost why so many religious believers have issues with evolutionary theory. And his conclusion is excellent: Does evolution really need to be such a stumbling block for so many? Is it really that bad that we descended from monkeys? Doesn’t that make us even more…

LeRon Shults on evolution and original sin

A lot of people believe that evolutionary theory is in deep conflict with the basic ideas of Christian theology – including US pastors. One of those conflicts is about the first humans, Adam and Eve. Many creationists point out that if you don’t accept that Adam and Eve have ever lived, you also have to…

Has Lawrence Krauss defeated religion?

According to this interview, Lawrence Krauss wrote his latest book, A Universe from Nothing as a way to defeat the philosophical-theological question “Why is there something rather than nothing?” The motivation to write a book about how the universe arose seems thus to be a theological one, although Krauss admits in the interview his goal…

The Cognitive Science of Religion: challenges and opportunities

Last year (2011) I participated in a two-weeks seminar at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, on the Cognitive Science of Religion. The seminar was run by Dr. Justin Barrett, a cognitive psychologist and one of the “big shots” in the field of CSR. It was a very interesting experience, and it made me realize that…

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