The Myth of Neutrality

When I was a young child visiting my grandparents, they often had a detective show on the TV. I can still picture Perry Mason encouraging some distraught woman to give him, “Just the facts, ma’am.” It…

The life of Covid

I’m recovering from a Covid infection as I write. It’s been a mild one, like a dry flu, and for this I feel grateful for the vaccinations I received back in the summer. Even before contrac…

Fighting fire with fire: Politics and the Bible

If we want to bring the Bible into political life, we cannot do so too directly. Or so we are told. Many in Western Europe wince when politicians elsewhere quote verses to support their positions, sen…

The Place of Academic Life

This week I will be giving my final lecture in a first-year university course that I’ve been teaching each Fall for a few years. It’s an overview of the Bible, Genesis 1 to Revelation 22, in one semes…

Researching medieval miracles

‘Do miracles really happen? Is there a God or gods who actively intervene in human history?’ Lydia McCutcheon reflects on engaging with accounts of divine intervention as a historian.

How Money Makes You Sad

At my university this semester, I’ve been thinking a lot about money. I think I’ve always thought about money over the sixteen years I’ve been here. That’s partly because it’s a university with a hist…

Walking in freedom

“I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.” (Psalm 119:44‭-‬45) Academic freedom is a frequent talking point in our…

"Thank you NHS" message painted on road
The Virus and the Soul

The word “Covid” surely evokes a mental reaction now from people everywhere in the world. The illness caused by this particular virus has inflicted suffering and death in almost every…

Every Breath the University Takes, continued…

Last week I started this reflection on the state of the university today by looking at the recent film, “Every Breath You Take.” As I said, “There are many ways one could think about…

Every Breath the University Takes

As a seminarian in a former life, I was cautioned against being “a quivering mass of availability” (a phrase from American theologian Stanley Hauerwas); but in a congregation, this seemed to be what w…

Faith in Democracy

We commonly grant nowadays that most of us live in societies that are pluralistic and largely secular. Many places in the West, as a growing number of writers and thinkers have noted, can be called po…

Covid, language, information

We’re continuing our series of posts considering the Covid-19 pandemic from the perspective of the various ‘aspects’ proposed by reformational philosophy. We’ve already considered perspectives of econ…

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Is Covid history?

A virus in itself, even Covid-19, doesn’t know what effects it can have in our world. It’s simply part of the natural world, part of the domain of the microbiologists. But when a virus sparks a pandem…

College library building
Why do a PhD? Because God has a plan…

As a part of the ‘Why do a PhD?’ series of blogs posts, I thought I’d contribute my own thoughts on the decision to do a doctorate. I must say that I have struggled with this post, because—like most p…

Abraham Kuyper’s view of the natural sciences

Steve Bishop writes about his recently-published paper on Kuyper. Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) was a Dutch statesman, a theologian, a church reformer, a journalist and more. The recent project to t…

Power corrupts but absolute power is kinda cool
Christian Scholarship and Power

As the newest member of the Faith in Scholarship team, I’ve been asked to introduce myself as my colleagues have previously done. I am currently based in London (Ontario, Canada!) where I serve as cha…

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A Reformational theory of objectivity?

Can Christian thinking enhance academic work?  It’s our conviction, at Faith-in-Scholarship, that it can.  I believe that worshipping and following Jesus Christ as lord of creation and…

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Ethical decision-making amid the Covid pandemic

Ethical decision-making: when might we choose to continue wearing masks if the law doesn’t require it? Image by Julián Amé from Pixabay, used with permission This is the next…

Painting of windmill
Aesthetic Experience During Lockdown: Art and Hope

In the past year, while worldwide lockdowns have been instituted for the preservation of life, many people have been forced to ponder anew what the value of it is: what, if anythin…

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COVID-19 and Economics

Before the pandemic, recent university graduates often told me about their struggles finding work in their field of study. Since the pandemic, most young adults I talk to have given up on the idea of …

Aesthetic experience in the Covid era

This is the third in a series of posts considering the Covid-19 pandemic from the perspective of the various ‘aspects’ proposed by reformational philosophy. Last week Alicia Smith …

St Michael's Mount
Religion in public in the Covid era

In this week’s installment of our series of reflections on the various dimensions of the Covid-19 pandemic, I’m briefly considering the question: how has Covid-19 revealed the religio…

Left and right signposts
Challenging Christian stereotypes

Mike offered some advice for navigating scholarly disagreement a few weeks ago, and today I want to ask some questions about what may be the most prominent rift among Christians in…

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Making sense of Covid

We’re starting a new series looking at the phenomenon of Covid-19, this strange disease that has spread to virtually every part of the world’s population over the last 18 months or so and …

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Navigating Scholarly Disagreement

Mike Wagenman introduces a new series on scholarly disagreement. How does a Christian scholar navigate scholarly disagreements? Over the years, I’ve endured my fair share of differences of opinion, pe…

Congregation in a graveyard
Worshipping in the graveyard

I attended an open-air service this weekend, at our local parish church. Our family has moved house recently and we haven’t yet settled into a new church. But this open-air gathering seemed huge…

Foggy road
One year on: writing from the middle of the story

It’s almost a year since my last post for FiSch, on writing my acknowledgements to my recently completed thesis. Since then I’ve defended and finalised it: anyone who cares to can now down…

Three crosses
A high priest who can sympathise

We enter Holy Week this year just a few days after the year-anniversary of the UK’s first lockdown. What a difference a year makes. It’s become a staple of the national conversation in rec…

African Wild Dog
God’s Vision for our Relationship with the Natural World

This post is by Dr Timothy Kuiper, a postdoc in Zoology at the University of Oxford who studies elephant conservation in Zimbabwe. I am a natural doubter – in my faith and in my work. …

Church forests: the Gospel in trees?

Today I want to share a fascinating story of Christian celebration of biodiversity.  In the highlands of Ethiopia, circular church buildings are surrounded by patches of the forest that once cove…

Is Science being defrocked?

We posted on the secularization of science last summer, in connection with Herman Dooyeweerd’s essay of that title.  Like me, you may have been surprised to learn that f…

Power as a Christian Scholar’s Vocation

Mike Wagenman takes a timely look at the power of big tech in the context of public theology. I’m honoured to introduce myself in this forum and suggest a way that Christian faith and the public …

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Science and Revelation

My post on Revelation and Science has raised quite a lot of interest. Even before I finished it I thought of some further important things to say, and further conversations with fr…

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Technology, inclusion, community

Image: my laptop – I’ve been spending a lot of time here lately… Over the past term, I have been joining educators around the country in getting to grips with new ways of teaching. I’ve be…

Illustration of a book of nature
Revelation and Science
Hong Kong flowers
A Prayer for the Year
The Spirit of Secularization
Dawn over water
A World in Pining
The Secularization of Science
Time to grow?
Thank you blocks
Writing acknowledgements: depending on others
Pumpkin seedling
George MacDonald, Anxiety, and Joy
The territories of science and religion - book cover
Charting the territories of science and religion
Bible on lectern
Solitude and unity: a medieval perspective
Page of text
Academic Publishing: A Necessary Evil?
Deer in the morning mist
Doing Value Studies
Hands clasped in prayer
Reading and praying
Full time, big time… God’s time?
Pink sky over trees
In Between-Times
Cambridge Scholars Network
The Cambridge Scholars Network
Abstract mathematical symbols
A joined-up cosmos for geniuses?
Desert path
A poem for a new year
Christmas dinner table
On the seventh day of Christmas
Christmas tree
Everlasting Father
Great mathematicians
On the sources of genius
Hand writing with pen
Studying in Babylon?
Painting showing Jesus washing Peter's feet
Intellectual servanthood
In and out of the university
Praying hands
A Student’s Prayer
Snow-covered mountains
Gratitude: Reflections at an Academic Waypoint
Lecture theatre filled with students
Pedagogues or parents?
Hand writing with pencil in spiral bound notebook
Redrafts, patience, and God in the details
Canal boats
A Holiday for the Restless
Diagram showing the opening-up of the law side of nature
A Christian view of scientific progress
Mistakes highlighted in red
Critical thinking and grace
Woman places hand gently on man's shoulder
Practising gentleness in academia?
Christian fishes
Sharing the Good News
The Spirit of academic research
Boy studying in empty library
Staying connected to others as a researcher
Marinus Dirk Stafleu
A science of science: Dick Stafleu’s ‘Theories at Work’
Tools and plans
Future planning and God’s will
Students in DPhil gowns
Why do a PhD? For an integrated life
Christianity and the University Experience - book cover
Review: Christianity and the University Experience
Grapes on a vine
The vine and the branches
Christian Postgrad Ministries attendees
Catalysing Postgraduate Ministry: a special conference
A grid of postgrad groups
The secret society of Christian postgrads
Developing a Christian Mind attendees
Reflections on ‘Developing a Christian Mind’ 2019
Warwick Castle
High Walls and Ivory Towers: Inadequacy in Academia
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Announcing the Society of Christian Scholars
Desiring the Kingdom - book cover
Review: Desiring the Kingdom, James K.A. Smith
Poster for Christian Responses to the Far Right event
What can Christians do to combat the Far Right?
Old Bodleian
Fools for Christ
Christian Philosophy - book cover
Christian Philosophy: a Systematic and Narrative Introduction
Evolution and epistemic humility
Teaching, individualism, and community
Christmas branch
Home Came for Christmas
Scholars as Disciples at Advent
Apple tree
For the Love of It
The Bible in seven acts
Forming a Christian Mind
Silhouetted people helping each other up a hill
Fellowship within your discipline: a priority?
Tree of knowledge
The bush of knowledge
Sing a New Song
Ezra Pound
Ezra Pound: A Lesson in Discernment
Religion, philosophy and science diagram
Science, philosophy and religion
A Reflection in Puddles: Distinctiveness in Academia
CS Lewis' space trilogy
‘That Hideous Strength’ and institutional sin
Royal Exchange
Forays into finance
Horse's eye
On Horses and Victory: Proverbs 21:31
Fishing boat
Taking time apart: discipline and blessing
XKCD cartoon - Frequentist Bayesian
Faith, Knowledge and Statistics
Pink blossom
A Reflection on Ecclesiastes
Blurry conference audience
People who are free
Knowing truth: statistics and faith
Plurality of values leading to good outcome
Ideas for government policymakers
Mendelssohn Music
A Thread of History
Law-side: order of creation diagram
A theology for science
What is a University
What is a University Club?
Vaulted library
Eternal progress: how to find fresh ideas
Church Scientific workshop
Could a Christian worldview enhance science?
Sunlight through water
Easter reflection: R.S. Thomas, ‘Suddenly’
Immanence and Religious Depth
The transcendental context of Christian academic work
What are Universities for? - book cover
Universities for the Cultural Mandate
Soli Deo Gloria carved into stone
Soli Deo Gloria
Why Study? book cover
Review: Why Study? Exploring the Face of God in the Academy
River valley
On IPBES and ecosystem valuing frameworks
Question marks
Seeking the good of the seminar: how to ask questions well
Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians - book cover
Review: Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians
Researchers in a field
Knowing as We Are Known: The Transactional Approach to Science (3)
Church Scientific
A Christian Philosophy for Science
Drawing of people
A Dynamic Ecosystem: The Transactional Approach to Science (2)
The presentation in the temple
Christmas reflection: Waiting for Joy
Snooker balls
Self and World: The Transactional Approach to Science (1)
In pursuit of Christian scholarship (2)
Tracing the Lines - book cover
In pursuit of Christian scholarship (1)
The idea of a Christian university
Critical engagement and academic citizenship
How to engage in debate and controversy
Sheet music
A Case for the Humanities
Biological classification
Integrating faith and evolution: a Christian ecologist’s perspective
Listening when others won’t
Pride and peer review: taking criticism as an academic skill
Evolution word cloud
Evolution: a plea for Christian empathy
A Christian philosophy of science
Listening in relationship

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