Easter Reading

With the prospect of at least a week without meetings, e-mails or deadlines, I put aside a book that I wanted to read, but didn’t find the time for. That was somewhere in January. And then I stumbled upon another book that I definitely needed to go through. And oh, that one too! And so […]

Lecture Six: Does Belief Matter? Belief, Hope, and Responsibility

This year’s Gifford Lectures by prof. Agustin Fuentes offer an exciting new perspective on human evolution, centered on human niche construction. These lectures inspired me to revisit my doctoral research on a practical cooperation between theology and evolutionary studies of religion, and reinforced my conviction that looking at (religious) education from a niche construction perspective […]

Theology and Evolutionary Studies of Religion: Public Defense of my Dissertation

On Tuesday, November 7th, I successfully defended my dissertation on the relevance of evolutionary studies of religion for theology. With that, a period of fifteen years came to a close, a period in which I studied theology, for the better part in combination with a full-time job as a teacher. So the defense was a […]

Wim Drees on Science-Inspired Naturalistic Theism

I’ve just finished reading an article by Wim Drees, published (free acces) in Theology and Science, and was really inspired by it. That has of course to do with my own unfinished search for a theological position, in which I hesitate to identify my stance completely with religious naturalism. Drees explains in his article how […]