Posts by Richard Gunton

As part of our series on the idea of a Christian university - and in these tense times of academic "industrial action" - I want to share a review of "What are Universities For?" by Stefan Collini (Penguin, 2012). 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services is moving beyond "ecosystem services"! That's good news - perhaps even connected to the Good News.

I'm pleased to announce that the Church Scientific project, which began in Leeds in 2016, is beginning a new phase this month with a series of six workshops about Christian philosophy for scientists.  These will improve on the course that was delivered last year - thanks to input from last year's participants and a number of philosophers of science.

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Starting a new series on the idea of institutes of Christian higher education and research, I begin exploring here how a Christian university might be similar to, and different from, other good universities.

Introducing a series of occasional posts on evolution, where we will be attempting to learn from the juxtaposition of disparate views with humility and charity.

Diagram of "particulars" (and classes of particulars) in diverse "relations" over "time"

This installment of "Christian philosophy in diagrams" outlines the relationship between what is unique and what is universal, as a way of seeing scientific thinking in the light of the word of God.

A shelf of Reformational books: primers to different disciplines

Recommended reading that could shed new light on our scholarly endeavours (updated Feb 2019)

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A case of Christian philosophy shedding light on a scientific discipline, and the glorious diversity to be found among research programmes

FiSch contributes to a research project on the implications of holistic vs reductionistic paradigms in biological sciences.

Reductionism is a key issue in many Christian critiques of other ideologies. Claims that the rich diversity of life as we know it can be explained by a single fundamental kind of reality often sound authoritative and sensational, but fundamental substances that are supposed to underlie what we experience are thereby attributed with a kind of occult power. I'm not denying that things are not always what they seem; we can uncover surprises about the world and develop illuminating explanations. And indeed, the explanations we find most profound and enlightening often relate one kind of phenomenon to another that appears very different.