20 Christian Academics Speaking About God

This sum­mer, Jonathan Parara­jas­ing­ham cre­at­ed 50 Renowned Aca­d­e­mics Speak­ing About God and then Anoth­er 50 Renowned Aca­d­e­mics Speak­ing About God. If you’re count­ing, that makes 100. Right along­side these twin videos came 20 Chris­t­ian Aca­d­e­mics Speak­ing About God, a mon­tage fea­tur­ing some respect­ed fig­ures (save Dinesh D’Souza) try­ing to square reli­gious beliefs with their sci­en­tif­ic work.

You could per­haps add Karl W. Giber­son and Ran­dall J. Stephens to this list, two pro­fes­sors who teach at a Chris­t­ian lib­er­al arts col­lege in Boston. Ear­li­er this week, Giber­son and Stephens pub­lished The Anoint­ed: Evan­gel­i­cal Truth in a Sec­u­lar Age and an accom­pa­ny­ing op-ed in The New York Times called The Evan­gel­i­cal Rejec­tion of Rea­son. And it all points to a ten­sion with­in Amer­i­ca’s reli­gious com­mu­ni­ty — the one side that is “intel­lec­tu­al­ly engaged, hum­ble and for­ward-look­ing” (like some of the folks shown above) and the oth­er side that is “lit­er­al­is­tic, over­con­fi­dent and reac­tionary” and often hos­tile to basic sci­ence. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the authors argue, this back­ward-look­ing view has become the main­stream with­in evan­gel­i­cal cir­cles, and it does a strug­gling nation no favors.

Yes­ter­day, Giber­son appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. You can lis­ten to the inter­view here, or read the tran­script here.

1. Pro­fes­sor George Coyne, Astronomer, Vat­i­can Obser­va­to­ry
2. Robin Collins, Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy
3. Dr Ben­jamin Car­son, Pae­di­atric Neu­ro­sur­geon
4. John Lennox, Oxford Pro­fes­sor of Math­e­mat­ics
5. Fran­cis Collins, Nation­al Human Genome Research Insti­tute Direc­tor
6. John Polk­ing­horne, Cam­bridge Pro­fes­sor of Math­e­mat­i­cal Physics
7. JP More­land, Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy, Bio­la Uni­ver­si­ty
8. William Dem­b­s­ki, Research Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy
9. Dr Rowan Williams, Arch­bish­op of Can­ter­bury
10. Dinesh D’Souza, Hoover Research Fel­low, Stan­ford
11. Dr Ravi Zacharias, Renowned Chris­t­ian Apol­o­gist
12. Bri­an Left­ow, Oxford Pro­fes­sor of the Phi­los­o­phy of the Chris­t­ian Reli­gion
13. Dr William Lane Craig, Renowned Apol­o­gist and Philoso­pher
14. Nicholas Saun­ders, Sci­ence and Reli­gion Schol­ar, Cam­bridge
15. NT Wright, Lead­ing New Tes­ta­ment Schol­ar
16. Alvin Planti­nga, Notre Dame Pro­fes­sor of Phi­los­o­phy
17. Alis­tair McGrath, Oxford Pro­fes­sor of His­tor­i­cal The­ol­o­gy
18. Free­man Dyson, Physi­cist, Insti­tute for Advanced Study, Prince­ton
19. RJ Berry, Pro­fes­sor of Genet­ics, UCL
20. Denys Turn­er, Yale Pro­fes­sor of His­tor­i­cal The­ol­o­gy

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  • Sinjin Smythe says:

    Well it appears you have round­ed up every last one of them, but giv­en the world pop­u­la­tion, and the aca­d­e­m­ic pop­u­la­tion of the world, the turnout is pret­ty weak.

  • Dr. Jay Lee says:

    There is noth­ing duller in the world than lis­ten­ing to believ­ers talk about god in rela­tion to sci­ence. God bring absolute­ly noth­ing to the dis­cus­sion. It is a debate anchored in the idea that believ­ers must be pla­cat­ed and cod­dled in their sil­ly notions and some­how made to feel that their ideas are wor­thy of the same respect as ideas based on a nat­u­ral­is­tic view. The debate then turns into a death spi­ral about the nature of belief and how impor­tant it is to people…blah blah blah.

  • ben says:

    20 aca­d­e­mics talk­ing about god, 20 mil­lion aca­d­e­mics talk­ing about god, it all adds up to pre­cise­ly NOTHING.

  • Tim Stowe says:

    my only sad­ness is that I was not allowed to respond the orig­i­nal mate­r­i­al

    I am a Chris­t­ian and believe that the cre­ator of the uni­verse took human form

    I am also a sci­en­tist

    I regret the lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion

  • Dagwood Bumstead says:

    This is a lit­tle unfair, but only a lit­tle. Most peo­ple, pushed, would spout con­tra­dic­tions and unan­swer­ables. I find it inter­est­ing, though, how often these folks, all Chris­t­ian, all bright, all push­ing them­selves intel­lec­tu­al­ly, dis­agree with one anoth­er about the basics of God. Does He or does­n’t He inter­vene in human affairs? Why is there evil? Is He tem­po­ral or not? Clear­ly they believe in a vari­ety of Gods, so how, real­ly, are they all Chris­tians? Big prob­lem, isn’t it?

  • Dagwood Bumstead says:

    D’Souza, IMO, is the one sleaze in the group. His line is aimed only at believ­ers. He should­n’t have been includ­ed, or if includ­ed, been in a con­ver­sa­tion rather than his carny rou­tine.

  • Pseudonym says:

    What a weird video. Def­i­nite­ly not up to the stan­dard of the pre­vi­ous one.

    Apart from the obvi­ous point that not every­one here is “respect­ed” or “renowned” (William Dem­b­s­ki? are we seri­ous), espe­cial­ly on a glob­al scale (I’m not aware of any main­stream the­olo­gian out­side the US tak­ing William Lane Craig or Alvin Planti­nga seri­ous­ly), some of the peo­ple here are not even talk­ing about their own beliefs, but are talk­ing about the way that oth­er peo­ple avoid hard ques­tions. Rowan Williams and Nicholas Saun­ders are the most notable exam­ples.

    This is quote min­ing on a scale wor­thy of cre­ation­ists.

  • Olmon says:

    @Dagwood Bum­stead & oth­ers.
    Your ?? can be answered by read­ing the Bible, but you won’t get the answer through the main­stream sects of Chris­ten­dom. They all have an agen­da of push­ing beliefs, tra­di­tions and doc­trines of what­ev­er denom­i­na­tion they hap­pen to belong to. The prob­lem is: those beliefs, tra­di­tions & doc­trines AREN’T what the Bible actu­al­ly says. It is too involved to type it all in an answer here, but the fact is » to a per­son who isn’t attempt­ing to ‘prove’ false doc­trine, uphold pagan tra­di­tions & beliefs, the Bible is quite com­pat­i­ble with ‘almost’ all of the cur­rent sci­en­tif­ic knowl­edge.

  • Anon says:

    I always assumed cre­ation was as sci­en­tif­ic and elab­o­rate as nec­es­sary to bring about this world in which we live. God knows every­thing from the begin­ning of the uni­verse, and I don’t. And I’m okay with that.

  • Akanbi Blessing says:

    would like to work with you

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