Posts by Richard Gunton

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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.

Holiday reading that could shed new light on our scholarly endeavours

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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.

Church Scientific is a project exploring the value of Christian perspectives in scientific research.

Going into the new year, I want to be a more effective ambassador of God's kingdom. But why is it so hard to share the gospel in academia?

Reasoning

Our “Christian philosophy in diagrams” series began with an ontology: things in relation over time. After ontology (what there is), philosophy typically looks at epistemology (how we know). This week I want to share a proposal based on the following diagram:

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