‘Men of ability’ and the incarnate Christ

I’ve recently been trying to learn more poetry off by heart. We were required to do this once …

Nativity scene
God with us

For me, the season of Advent expectation this year comes hot on the heels of a new arrival within my…

Photo by Kirill Tonkikh on Unsplash
How Well Can AI Work, and Why?

Andrew Basden concludes his series on a Christian understanding of artificial intelligence. My first…

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Why are Humans Important in AI?

Andrew Basden continues his exploration of artificial intelligence. AI (artificial intelligence) can…

A gloved hand holds up a petri dish with cultured bacteria visible in squiggly lines
What scholars and saints have in common

This week Bob Trube of Emerging Scholars Network writes on attentiveness as the hallmark of both hol…

A very large gold clock with a black locust-like sculpture on top, framed in a stone archway
The Chronophage and the Scholar

Do you ever feel like your time is being nibbled away – like no matter what you do, how carefully yo…

Photo by Mary Winchester on Unsplash.com
Can other animals be human?

About three years ago, I became a dog owner for the first time. We have a small, fluffy creature who…

Close-up evoking an electronic body
Can AI be human?

“The debate around AI”, wrote Toby Payne, “is desperate for a perceptive Christian…

El Greco's "Christ Driving the Money-Changers from the Temple"
The heresy of orthodox economics

Orthodox free-market economics, rooted in principles of self-interest, individualism, and limited go…

Reflections on a postdoc year in Canada

I’ve recently got back to the UK after spending a year living in Toronto, Canada, for a postdo…

Lady Justice holding scales with one side empty
The “no evidence” fallacy

A news story currently being covered here in the UK concerns serious serial abuses by a healthcare w…

Creative Commons 3 - Alpha Stock Images - http://alphastockimages.com/ (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Christian Economics?

Economics is the subject I most wish I had studied earlier than I did. Although my school offered an…

history
Biblical – Not Biblicist – Scholarship

Maybe you’ve wondered this too: how does my faith relate to my scholarship? It might be easy to affi…

Detail of a medieval manuscript page. A square illustration shows an old man with a crozier blessing a kneeling woman in front of a small house.
A prisoner for Christ? Dealing with a difficult story from Christian history

The research postdoc I’ve been carrying out in Toronto this year has enabled me to start a new…

How ‘Biblical’ is “Biblical Critical Theory”?

Christopher Watkin’s new book, Biblical Critical Theory: How the Bible’s Unfolding Story Makes …

The Importance of Culture for Academics

Last week, the most recent Postgrad Initiative email was sent out which introduced the ide…

A person sketching a mountain
Is this a good school? The perils of far-fetched objectivity

It was at the start of this year that Ruth Perry, the headteacher of a primary school in Reading, to…

In Conclusion: First Steps in Becoming a Good and Faithful Questioner

My dear postgrad friends, We are quickly approaching the end of this academic year, according to our…

AI-generated image by DALL-E
Artificial intelligence in the image of God?

Image: AI-generated by DALL-E* I had a chat with a robot the other evening. The OpenAI project has r…

When Questions Question You

Dear Toby/i, I’ve been thinking about the off-hand comment you made in our seminar last week – when …

Tom McLeish
Prof. Tom McLeish

Sad news emerged last week about Tom McLeish, professor of natural philosophy at the University of Y…

Biblical Critical Theory? Digging into new resources with Good News for the University

I'm kicking off a new series today which we hope will both alert you to another initiative in the fi…

Scholarship as Christian Courage

Dear Martin/e, This academic year, I’ve been reflecting with you on the topic of questions when it c…

Blue sky through a cave mouth, rotated
Creation’s incredible intelligibility

Understanding is a wonderful thing! I hope you’ve had many light-bulb moments in your past edu…

The Questions Within You

Happy New Year Paul/ette! Thank you for your courage in our seminar today! Many eager and anxious st…

Connections for 2023

At the start of this new year, I’d like to offer you my selection of online initiatives that y…

The Discipline of Discernment

Dear Stephan/ie, Your question is such a good one: What difference does it make to my studies that I…

Postdoc life as a liminal space

I’ve written here before about different stages in my academic career, and the opportunities a…

Do You Know Who’s With You?

Dear Robert/a, I’m so glad you came to see me in my office yesterday. It was good to hear how the ye…

Hope for the future of Christian higher education

This is the title of a conference I have just returned from in Liverpool – and also, I would s…

Teaching and learning in Narnia

The post two weeks ago by Richard described the inspiration found in C.S. Lewis’s The Abolitio…

Worldviews and Faithful Scholarship

Dear Christian Graduate Student, In my last post, I encouraged you to begin the academic year with a…

Lion
CS Lewis: a visionary for our time?

Many people know of C.S. Lewis through his Narnia stories. Many Christians also know him as an apolo…

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/c-s-lewis-and-the-inklings-part-2-1.2921632
Imitating the Inklings

Today I want to follow up my last post, about how exemplary figures, whether in our lives, in the Bi…

Image of music book with autumn leaves
Art in times of crisis
seminar
Love the Questions
Photo by Jan Huber on Unsplash
What to study?
Sustainability as Flourishing
Flourishing trees
Hands with a world map on
Feeding the Earth – talks online!
Magna Carta (an official exemplification from 1215, held in the British Library)
When ethical systems collide
Learning by example?
The Foundation of Christian Scholars(hip)
Hands with a world map on
Feeding the Earth
Faith, Theology, and Philosophy – For All!
a feedback survey
Assessment, ranking and identity
Swallowed up by life
What is your experience?
history
What’s Going On Here?
Hyperlinked Bible
What’s Your Story?
Christian sustainability?
Herman Dooyeweerd, I Love You!
The many-sided wisdom of God
Death to 2021?
The Myth of Neutrality
The life of Covid
Fighting fire with fire: Politics and the Bible
The Place of Academic Life
Researching medieval miracles
How Money Makes You Sad
Walking in freedom
"Thank you NHS" message painted on road
The Virus and the Soul
Every Breath the University Takes, continued…
Every Breath the University Takes
Faith in Democracy
Covid, language, information
Keep Calm sign
Is Covid history?
College library building
Why do a PhD? Because God has a plan…
Abraham Kuyper’s view of the natural sciences
Power corrupts but absolute power is kinda cool
Christian Scholarship and Power
Poppy with shadow
A Reformational theory of objectivity?
Person wearing face mask
Ethical decision-making amid the Covid pandemic
Painting of windmill
Aesthetic Experience During Lockdown: Art and Hope
Virus and graph
COVID-19 and Economics
Rainbow
Aesthetic experience in the Covid era
St Michael's Mount
Religion in public in the Covid era
Left and right signposts
Challenging Christian stereotypes
COVID-19 word cloud
Making sense of Covid
Cartoon showing frustration with computers
Navigating Scholarly Disagreement
Congregation in a graveyard
Worshipping in the graveyard
Foggy road
One year on: writing from the middle of the story
Three crosses
A high priest who can sympathise
African Wild Dog
God’s Vision for our Relationship with the Natural World
Forest
Church forests: the Gospel in trees?
Science
Is Science being defrocked?
Demonstration
Power as a Christian Scholar’s Vocation
Man standing in field of grass
Science and Revelation
Laptop keyboard
Technology, inclusion, community
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
Seedling
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
Watch
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
Clouds
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
Society of Christian Scholars banner
Announcing the Society of Christian Scholars
Desiring the Kingdom - book cover
Review: Desiring the Kingdom, James K.A. Smith

Older posts can be found in the date archives in the sidebar to the right.