Religion & Science and Education

Yesterday I gave a lecture on science and religion, as part of a series on Reason and Religion. My part of these evening lectures is supposed to draw a conclusion from the three previous ones.  Because I didn’t have the time to read the other three lectures in detail – and I only had the […]

Death and Religious Diversity

My current job is really fascinating. I work for the “education authority” Catholic Education Flanders, offering support to Catholic schools on the theme of Catholic dialogue schools. This results in an interesting mix of theology, educational theory, and practical concerns. One example of that mix is a letter that was forwarded to me by my […]


What do you go see at the Louvre museum in Paris? Most people would probably put the Mona Lisa, the Nike of Samotrache, and the Venus of Milo on their todo list. At least, that’s what we – my wife and our two kids – noticed when we visited the Louvre ourselves in August 2016.  […]

# MAPS /// Manifesto for an Alternative Cartography

Originally posted on The Funambulist:
Map created by Léopold Lambert for The Funambulist (2015) / Access a high-quality version here (6MB) (license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-ShareAlike 4.0) I made this map in complement of last week’s article that introduced a few hypotheses about new ways of envisioning governance. It represents the world, no longer by its national borders…

Group Selection and Religion: Some Theological Remarks

One of the key lectures today, on the Schillebeeckx Centenary Conference, was delivered by Siobhán Garrigan. Her hermeneutics of the notion ‘home’ struck me as relevant for a theological reflection on evolutionary studies of religion that assume group selection to be an important factor. In short, group selection theories argue that religion supports social cohesion […]

Ideas Having Sex

Originally posted on use of knowledge:
People take the current level technological innovation as a given. It’s not. We are as prosperous and rich as we are today because of specific habits, customs and institutions that have evolved over generations. People often  imagine that humanity is on a  linear progression of innovation. That no matter what…