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 …

Evolutionary Parables: Can Deep History Be An Open Story?

Looking for some more resources on ‘deep history‘ and ‘big history‘, two notions which I think are important in the interaction between theology and evolutionary studies of religion, I stumbled upon a curious website. At “Great Story parables” you can Continue Reading …

Calling Charlie – A Case of HADD With Theological Implications

Sometimes I live in an ivory tower. That’s why I completely missed the social media-hype around #charliecharliechallenge Tweets. Apparently it’s a new kind of game, resembling our old-fashioned Ouija board, played with pencils and papers.  There are some interesting aspects Continue Reading …

Ken Ham Cherry Picking Scripture

When I first read Ken Ham’s take on the Nepal earthquake, I decided to ignore it. I thought nobody would take him serious anyway, at least not in my little, Dutch-speaking part of the world. But then some approving comments on Continue Reading …

McGrath Inaugural Lecture Andreas Idreos Professorship of Science and Religion: A Song or a Symphony?

Alister McGrath has delivered his inaugural lecture as Andreas Idreos Professorship of Science and Religion at Oxford University. The full transcript of the lecture is available online. Some highlights: Mc Grath sees science and religion as two distinct outcomes of one basic Continue Reading …

Ratzinger Again . . . “The Creation of the Human Being”

Although I agree with the position that belief in creation and evolutionary theory do not exclude each other, and I also agree that the contingency of evolution by natural selection parallels certain aspects of creation belief, I must admit I Continue Reading …

The Evolution of the Alphabet

A beautiful overview of the alphabet, classic example of cultural evolution. Found on Imgur, where reddit is indicated as original source. However, I think the original is this academic site, where each step is shown separately. Even more examples of Continue Reading …

lifecourse of a paper

I’ll never look at my papers the same way again. How brave they are! 😉 HT to http://theeconomyofmeaning.com

The Evolution of Humans in a Few Seconds

A short overview of evolution. Two things make this worth viewing: (a) the attempt to give a non-linear view of evolution, showing different branches (within the limits of the format), (b) the non-patriarchal view, representing the human species not by Continue Reading …

“What Is Man That You Are Mindful of Him?” by Jacob Thielman

Good review of an interesting book on theological anthropology, and a touching testimony that shows why the book is relevant to anyone of us.