Agustin Fuentes on the evolution of violence

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 Continue Reading …

Theology and Technology: the adventus approach

Medium has an interview with Michael Burdett on theology and technology. Burdett explains some of the theological implications of technology and why it is important to have a dialogue with transhumanism. What I like the most about the interview, is Continue Reading …

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 Continue Reading …

On Meeting God in Nature

How can religious traditions help us to encounter God – or, rather, to recognize that we encounter God – in our lives? A crucifix in Tirol triggered me to reflect on that. Nature as a magnificent whole shows traces of Continue Reading …

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 Continue Reading …

Big History as a Religious Ritual

Today, I stumbled upon a fascinating example of science turning into religion, or, to be more precise, of people using science to create religious rituals. It all began when I was asked to offer a short meditation at the beginning Continue Reading …

A Matter of Perspective

As a follow up on my earlier post about whether or not patterns in nature represent meaning, I would like to point to this picture. Source: https://mobile.twitter.com/JPMajor/status/852954423785553923 Jason Major, who tweeted this picture, explains:  That bright star is actually Earth, Continue Reading …

Deep History of Symbolic Thinking

Deep history, or the evolutionary history of the human species, is an interesting context for theology. Recent research offers insight in the way early humans (50 000 – 30 000 years ago) created a symbolic world in the region north Continue Reading …

Polar Lights and Personal Faith

The turn of the year was a bit of a rough ride. My grandmother died, my last living grandparent, and although I did not have a deep personal relation with her, it felt as if a phase in my life had ended. Continue Reading …