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 …

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 …

Christmas, Creation and Education (Follow up on two Twitter discussions)

The last few days I have witnessed what you could call a parochial version of the war on Christmas, which is raging, according to some at least, in the US. A city council in Flanders decided that it was inappropriate to Continue Reading …

CFP for “Relation, Vulnerability, Love: Theological Anthropology in the 21st Century”

September 2016 is an important month for the Anthropos Research Group, since we organize a conference that should allow us to bring together different strands of our research. The title, “Relation, Vulnerability, Love: Theological Anthropology in the 21st Century”, expresses both Continue Reading …

Our Kinship With Nature

There are, I think, two possible interpretations of evolutionary history. The first, which I call the small one, sees evolutionary history as a gradual process of progress. Life started out very simple, but slowly gained in complexity. At one point Continue Reading …

Religions on the Rise?

A recent contribution to the ESSSAT discussion forum on Linkedin offers some interesting numbers on religion.  Brian Grim, author of The Price of Freedom Denied (amongst other publications), posted a link to his summary of the Yearbook of International Religious Demography. To offer just one figure Continue Reading …

John F. Haught on a Metaphysics of the Future

John Haught’s delightful book “God after Darwin: A Theology of Evolution” offers many ideas. Although I do not fully agree with all of them – I am a bit reluctant about the Whiteheadian threads in some of Haught’s proposals – I Continue Reading …

Sports And Religion

  I wrote a blogpost with a short reflection on what I see as the main dissimilarity between sports and religion, namely the apparent inability of sports today to criticize existing social structures. Sport events seem to have fallen under the Continue Reading …

Short quote: Barbour on religious pluralism

If we accept a genuine religious pluralism, we can respect the distinctive character of the historic traditions and learn from one another as well as from nature. Ian G. Barbour, Religion and Science. Historical and Contemporary Issues. A Revised and Continue Reading …