About me (CV)

I am a professor at the Institute for Global Development and Social Planning at the University of Agder and scientific director of the Center for Modeling Social Systems in Kristiansand, Norway.  Abbreviated CV:

Research Projects

New Books

Old Books

New Articles and Book Chapters

Old Articles and Book Chapters

Scholarly Presentations and Lectures

Research Projects

  • Principal investigator of the “Emotional Contagion (EmotiCon): Predicting and Preventing the Spread of Misinformation, Stigma, and Fear during an Epidemic” project at the NORCE Center for Modeling Social Systems, funded by The Research Council of Norway (July 2020 – December 2021).
  • Principal investigator (partner) of the “Religion, Ideology, and Prosociality” (RIP) project at the NORCE Center for Modeling Social Systems, funded by the EEA-Norway granting scheme, in collaboration with the University of Bialystok, Poland (July 2020 – June 2023).
  • Co-principal investigator of the “Modeling Religious Change” project, funded by The John Templeton Foundation and run by the Center for Mind and Culture (January 2020 – December 2023).
  • Co-principal investigator of the FEMPROF project at the University of Agder, funded by The Research Council of Norway (July 2019 – June 2022).
  • Co-principal investigator of the “Understanding Gendered Faculty Careers Across Academic Contexts” project, funded by a Peder Sæther grant, University of California Berkeley (2020-2021).
  • Co-principal investigator of the “Values in Scholarship on Religion” (VISOR) project, in collaboration with Wesley J. Wildman, Ann Taves, and Ray Paloutzian (2015-2019).
  • Principal investigator of the Modeling Religion in Norway project at the University of Agder, funded by The Research Council of Norway (July 2016 – June 2019)
  • Co-principal investigator of the Modeling Religion Project at the Center for Mind and Culture in Boston, USA(July 2015 – June 2018)
  • Principal investigator of the “Learning about Simulations as a Research Approach” project at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway (July 2017 – June 2020)
  • Principal investigator of the “Computer Tools for Modeling Social Conflict” project at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway (July 2017 – June 2020)
  • Co-principal investigator of the Simulating Religion Projectat the Center for Mind and Culture in Boston, USA (2013-present)
  • Consultant for the “Evolution of Religion in the Neolithic” project at Stanford University and Catalhoyuk, Turkey (summers 2006-2014)
  • Director of the Transforming Compassion research project at Stiftelsen Arkivet (2007-2008)
  • Research Fellowship, Seminars on Science and Christianity at Oxford University (summers 2003-2005)
  • Faculty Research Fellow at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands (Spring 1997)

New Books

18. Human Simulation: Perspectives, Insights, and Applications. Co-edited with Saikou Diallo, Wesley J. Wildman, and Andreas Tolk. New York: Springer, 2019.

17. Practicing Safe Sects: Religious Reproduction in Scientific and Philosophical Perspective. Leiden: Brill Academic, 2018.

16. Gilles Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Religion. Co-edited with Lindsay Powell-Jones. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

15. Iconoclastic Theology: Gilles Deleuze and the Secretion of Atheism. Edinburgh University Press, 2014.

14. Theology after the Birth of God: Atheist Conceptions in Cognition and Culture. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014. 

Old Books and Monographs

13. Saving Desire, edited with Jan-Olav Henriksen. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011.

12. Christology and Ethics, edited with Brent Waters. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010.

11. Philosophy, Science and Divine Action, edited with Robert. J. Russell and Nancey Murphy. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2009.

10. Christology and Science. Farnam, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2008.

9. The Holy Spiritco-authored with Andrea Hollingsworth. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.

8. Transforming Spirituality: Integrating Theology and Psychology, co-authored with Steve Sandage. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006.

7. The Evolution of Rationality, editor. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2006.

6. Reforming the Doctrine of God. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005.

5. Reforming Theological Anthropology: After the Philosophical Turn to Relationality. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003.

4. The Faces of Forgiveness: Searching for Wholeness and Salvation, co-authored with Steve Sandage). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2003.

3. The Postfoundationalist Task of Theology: Wolfhart Pannenberg and the New Theological Rationality. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1999.

2. Sub Ratione Dei: Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Theological Anthropology and the Postfoundationalist Task of Theology. Dissertation at Princeton Theological Seminary, 1998.

1. An Open Systems Model for Adult Learning in Theological Inquiry. Dissertation at Walden University, 1991.

New Articles, Book Chapters, and Other Publications

135. Wildman, Wesley J, Saikou Diallo and F. LeRon Shults, “Advanced computational approaches,” chapter in Engler, Steven and Michael Stausberg, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Research Methods in the Study of Religion, second edition. London: Routledge, in press. 

134. Puga-Gonzalez, Ivan, Wesley J. Wildman, Kevin McCaffree, Ryan T. Cragun, and F. LeRon Shults, “InCREDulity in Artificial Societies,” in Petra Ahrweiler, ed., Social Simulation, Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Cham: Springer, in press.

133. Wildman, Wesley J., Saikou Diallo and F. LeRon Shults, “Computational demography of religion: A proposal,” in Petra Ahrweiler, ed., Social Simulation, Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Cham: Springer, in press.

132. F. LeRon Shults and Wesley J. Wildman, ” Human Simulation and Sustainability: Ontological, Epistemological, and Ethical Reflections. Sustainability 12/23 (2020). https://doi.org/10.3390/su122310039

131. Paloutzian, Raymond F., Zeynep Sagir, and F. LeRon Shults, “Modeling reconciliation and peace processes: Lessons from Syrian war refugees and World War II,” 225-242 in Kevil P. Clements and SungYong Lee, eds., Multi-level Reconciliation and Peacebuilding: Stakeholder Perspectives. London: Routledge, 2020.

130. Boshuijzen-van Burken, Christine, Ross Gore, Frank Dignum, Lamber Royakkers, Phillip Wozny & F. LeRon Shults. “Agent-based modelling of values: The case of value sensitive design for refugee logistics.” Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 23/4 (2020): http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/23/4/6/.html

129. Homme, Gro Anita & F. LeRon Shults. “The Shaping of the Self: Patterns and Pathways in Bowlby, Kohut and Bowen.” Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (2020). https://doi.org/10.1002/anzf.1428

128. Lane, Justin, and F. LeRon Shults. “The Computational Science of Religion.” Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion 6/1-2 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1558/jcsr.38669

127. Diallo, Saikou, F. LeRon Shults & Wesley J. Wildman. “Minding morality: Ethical artificial societies for public policy modeling.” AI & Society: Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-020-01028-5

126. Wildman, Wesley J., F. LeRon Shults, Saikou Diallo, Ross Gore & Justin Lane. “Post-supernatural cultures: There and back again.” Secularism & Nonreligion 9/6 (2020): https://doi.org/10.5334/snr.121

125. Puga-Gonzalez, Ivan, Kevin McCaffree & F. LeRon Shults. “Best Friends Forever? Modeling the mechanisms of friendship network formation. Proceedings of the 2020 Winter Simulation Conference, eds. K.-H. Bae, et al. Fairfax, VA: Society for Modeling & Simulation International, 1-12.

124. Shults, F. LeRon, “Simulating machines: Modeling, metaphysics, and the mechanosphere,” Deleuze & Guattari Studies, 14/3 (2020): 349-374. https://doi.org/10.3366/dlgs.2020.0408.

123. Shults, F. LeRon, “Evolutionary ethics and adaptive atheism,” Religion, Brain & Behavior (2020): https://doi.org/10.1080/2153599X.2020.1787216.

122. Shults, F. LeRon, “Toxic theisms? New strategies for prebunking religious belief-behavior complexes,” Journal of Cognitive Historiography, 5/1-2 (2020): 18-36. https://doi.org/10.1558/jch.38074 

121. Shults, F. LeRon and Wesley J. Wildman, “Artificial social ethics: Simulating culture, conflict, and cooperation,” Proceedings of the 2020 Spring Simulation Conference, Fairfax, VA: Society for Modeling & Simulation International, 1-11.

120. Xanthopoulou, Themis, Ivan Puga-Gonzalez, F. LeRon Shults, and Andreas Prinz, “Modeling marginalization: The social physics and social ethics of bullying,” Proceedings of the 2020 Spring Simulation Conference, Fairfax, VA: Society for Modeling & Simulation International, 1-11.

119. Bullock, Josh, Justin E. Lane, Igor Mikloušić, and F. LeRon Shults. “Modelling threat causation for religiosity and nationalism in Europe.” arXiv:2009.09425 (2020).

118. Shults, F. LeRon, Wesley J. Wildman, Ann Taves, and Raymond F. Paloutzian, “What do religion scholars really want? Scholarly values in the scientific study of religion,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 59/1 (2020): 18-38.

117. Shults, F. LeRon, “Computing consilience: How modeling and simulation can contribute to worldview studies,” 101-112 in G. Larsson, J. Svensson, and A. Nordin, eds., Building Blocks of Religion – Critical Applications and Future Prospects, London: Equinox, 2020. 

116. Shults, F. LeRon, Wesley J. Wildman, Saikou Diallo, Ivan Puga-Gonzalez, and David Voas, “The Artificial Society Analytics Platform,” 411- 426 in H. Verhagen et al. (eds), Advances in Social Simulation, Springer Proceedings in Complexity, Cham: Springer, 2020.

115. Shults, F. LeRon and Ross Gore, “Modeling radicalization and violent extremism,” 405-410 in H. Verhagen et al. (eds), Advances in Social Simulation, Springer Proceedings in Complexity, Cham: Springer, 2020.

114. Vos, Pauline, Markos Dallas, Amrit Poudel and F. LeRon Shults, “Using social simulations in interdisciplinary primary education: An expert appraisal,” 451-456 in H. Verhagen et al. (eds), Advances in Social Simulation, Springer Proceedings in Complexity, Cham: Springer, 2020.

113. Poudel, Amrit, Pauline Vos, and F. LeRon Shults, “Students of religion studying social conflict through simulation,” 379-383 in H. Verhagen et al. (eds), Advances in Social Simulation, Springer Proceedings in Complexity, Cham: Springer, 2020.

112. Xanthopoulou, Themis, Andreas Prinz, and F. LeRon Shults, “Generating executable code from high-level formal description of social or socio-ecological models,” Proceedings of the 2019 Systems Analysis and Modelling Conference, Munich, Germany, 1-14.

111. Normann, Roger, Ivan Puga-Gonzalez, F. LeRon Shults and Gro Anita Homme, “Multi-agent kunstig intelligens og offentlig politick,” Samfundslederskab i Skandinavien 34/4 (2019): 309-325.

110. Shults, F. LeRon, “Computer modeling in philosophy of religion,” Open Philosophy, special issue on computer modeling in philosophy, 2/1 (2019): 108-125. 

109. Lane, Justin E., F. LeRon Shults and Robert N. McCauley, “Modeling and simulation as a pedagogical and heuristic tool for developing theories in cognitive science: An example from ritual competence theory,” 143-156 in Diallo, Wildman, Shults & Tolk, eds, Human Simulation: Perspectives, Insights and Applications, New York: Springer, 2019.

108. Diallo, Saikou, Wesley J. Wildman, F. LeRon Shults and Andreas Tolk, “Human simulation: A transdisciplinary approach to studying societal problems,” 3-20 in Diallo, Wildman, Shults & Tolk, eds, Human Simulation: Perspectives, Insights and Applications, New York: Springer, 2019.

107. Puga-Gonzalez, Ivan, David Voas, Wesley J. Wildman, Saikou Diallo and F. LeRon Shults, “Minority integration in a Western city: An agent-based modelling approach,”179-190 in Diallo, Wildman, Shults & Tolk, eds, Human Simulation: Perspectives, Insights and Applications, New York: Springer, 2019.

106. Poudel, Amrit, Pauline Vos and F. LeRon Shults, “Students of development studies learning about modelling and simulations as a research approach in their discipline,” Proceedings of the 11th Congress of the European Society for Research on Mathematics Education, Utrecht University, Feb 2019, Utrecht, Netherlands. Hal-02408983.

105. Gore, Ross, Philip Wozny, Frank P. Dignum, F. LeRon Shults, Christian Boshuijzen – van Burken and Lamber Royakkers, “A value sensitive agent-based simulation of the refugee crisis in the Netherlands,” Proceedings of the 2019 Spring Simulation Conference, Tucson, AZ: Society for Modeling & Simulation International (2019) 1-12. 

104. ShultsF. LeRon, “Modeling metaphysics: The rise of simulation and the reversal of Platonism,” Proceedings of the 2019 Spring Simulation Conference, Tucson, AZ: Society for Modeling & Simulation International (2019) 1-12. 

103. Lemos, Carlos, Ross Gore, Ivan Puga-Gonzalez and F. LeRon Shults, “Dimensionality and factorial invariance of religiosity among Christians and the religiously unaffiliated: A cross-cultural analysis based on the International Social Survey Programm.” PLoS ONE (May 2019): 1-36.

102. Lemos, Carlos, Ross Gore, Laurence-Lessard Phillips and F. LeRon Shults, “A network agent-based model of ethnocentrism and intergroup cooperation,” Quantity & Quality (March 2019): 1-27. 

101. Shults, F. LeRon and Wesley J. Wildman, “Ethics, computer simulation, and the future of humanity,” 21-40 in Diallo, Wildman, Shults & Tolk, eds, Human Simulation, Springer, 2019.

100. Teehan, John, and F. LeRon Shults, “An agent-based model of religion and empathy,” 157-178 in Human Simulation, Diallo, S., Wildman, W.J., Shults, L., and Tolk, A., eds. Cham: Springer, 2019.

99. Lane, Justin E. and F. LeRon Shults, “Death threats and religion: A computer simulation,” 123-142 in Slone, Jason and William W. McCorkle, Jr, The Cognitive Science of Religion: A Methodological Introduction to Key Empirical Studies. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019.

98. Puga-Gonzalez, Ivan, Wesley J. Wildman, Kevin McCaffree, Ryan T. Cragun, and F. LeRon Shults, “InCREDulity in Artificial Societies,” Proceedings of the 2019 Social Simulation Conference, Mainz, Germany, 1-12.

97. Wildman, Wesley J., Saikou Diallo and F. LeRon Shults, “Computational demography of religion: A proposal,” Proceedings of the 2019 Social Simulation Conference, Mainz, Germany, 1-12.

96. F. LeRon Shults, Ross Gore, Wesley J. Wildman, Christopher Lynch, Justin E. Lane and Monica Toft, “A generative model of the mutual escalation of anxiety between religious groups,” Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 21 (2018): 1-24.

95. Lane, Justin, F. LeRon Shults, and Wesley J. Wildman. “A potential explanation for self-radicalisation.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 41, (2018). E207. doi:10.1017/S0140525X18001760. 

94. Shults, F. LeRon. “Strategies for promoting safe sects: Response to Brandon Daniel-Hughes and Jeffrey B. Speaks.” American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 39, no. 3 (2018): 80-93.

93. Stenvik, Bår in conversation with F. LeRon Shults. “Et simulert stykke Norge.» Forskerforum: Tidsskrift for Forskerforbundet, 10 (2018): 28-31.

92. Shults, F. LeRon, “Simulating Supernatural Seeking,” Religion, Brain & Behavior, 30 May 2018. https://doi.org/10.1080/2153599X.2018.1453530.

91. Shults, F. LeRon, “A Germ of Tranquil Atheism,” Swedish Journal of Theology, 3 (2018): 183-194.

90. Lane, Justin E. & F. LeRon Shults. “Cognition, Culture, and Social Simulation.” Journal of Cognition and Culture, 18 (2018) 451-461.

89. Tolk, Andreas, Wesley J. Wildman, Saikou Diallo, and F. LeRon Shults, “Human Simulation as Lingua Franca for relating the Humanities and Social Sciences,” Journal of Cognition and Culture, 18 (2018) 462-482.

88. Shults, F. LeRon, Wesley J. Wildman, Justin Lane, Christopher Lynch & Saikou Diallo, “Multiple Axialities: A computational model of the Axial Age.”  Journal of Cognition and Culture, 18 (2018): 537-564.

87. Wildman, Wesley J. and F. LeRon Shults, “Emergence: What does it mean and how is it relevant to computer engineering?” 21-34 in Mittal Saurab, Saikou Diallo & Andreas Tolk, eds. Emergence and Computer Engineering. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2018.

86. Shults, F. LeRon, Wesley J. Wildman and Virginia Dignum, “Ethics in Computer Modeling and Simulation,” Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference, (2018) 1-12. 

85. Puga-Gonzalez, Ivan, F. LeRon Shults, Wesley J. Wildman & Saikou Diallo, “Incredulous Scandinavians: An Agent-Based Model of the Spread of Secularism,” Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference, (2018) 1 (poster). 

84. Poudel, Amrit, Pauline Vos and F. LeRon Shults, “Religious Students and Computer Simulation,” Proceedings of the Principles of Mathematics Education Conference. (2018) 1-4. 

83. Gore, Ross, Carlos Lemos, F. LeRon Shults & Wesley J. Wildman, “Forecasting changes in religiosity and existential security with an agent-based model,” Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 8/1 (2018): 1-26.

82. Shults, F. LeRon, Ross Gore, Carlos Lemos & Wesley J. Wildman, “Why do the godless prosper? Modeling the cognitive and coalitional mechanisms that promote atheism.” Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 20/3 (2018): 218-228. 

81. Shults, F. LeRon, “Can we predict and prevent religious radicalisation?” 45-71 in Gwyneth Øverland, ed., Violent Extremism in the 21st century: International Perspectives. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2018. 

80. Shults, F. LeRon, Justin Lane, Wesley J. Wildman, Saikou Diallo, Christopher Lynch, and Ross Gore. “Modeling terror management theory: Computer simulations of the impact of mortality salience on religiosity,” Religion, Brain & Behavior, 8/1 (2018): 77-100. 

79. Shults, F. LeRon & Wesley J. Wildman, “Simulating religious entanglement and social investment in the Neolithic,” withpp. 33-63  in Ian Hodder, ed., Religion, History and Place in the Origin of Settled Life. Denver: University of Colorado Press, 2018. 

78. Shults, F. LeRon, Wesley J. Wildman, Saikou Diallo, Ivan Puga-Gonzalez & David Voas, “The Artificial Society Analytics Platform,” Proceedings of the European Social Simulation Association (2018): 1-12.

77. F. LeRon Shults & Ross Gore, “Modeling Radicalization and Violent Extremism.” Proceedings of the European Social Simulation Association (2018): 1-6.

76. Vos, Pauline, Markos Dallas, Amrit B. Poudel & F. LeRon Shults, “Using Social Simulations in Interdisciplinary Primary Education – An Expert Appraisal. Proceedings of the European Social Simulation Association (2018): 1-6.

75. Poudel, Amrit B., Pauline Vos & F. LeRon Shults, “Students of Religion Studying Conflict through Simulation and Modeling – An Exploration.” Proceedings of the European Social Simulation Association (2018): 1-5.

74. Xanthoupoulou, Themis-Dimitra, Andreas Prinz, F. LeRon Shults & Ivan Puga-Gonzalez, “An Agent-Based Model of Bullying Dynamics,” Proceedings of the European Social Simulation Association (2018): 1 (poster). 

73. Wildman, Wesley J., Paul Fishwick & F. LeRon Shults “Teaching at the intersection of simulation and the humanities,” 1-12 in W. K. V. Chan, A. D’Ambrogio, G. Zacharewicz, N. Mustafee, G. Wainer, and E. Page, eds. Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference. (2017): 1-12.

72. Shults, F. LeRon, Ross Gore, Wesley J. Wildman, Christopher Lynch, Justin Lane and Monica Toft. “Mutually escalating religious violence: A generative model,” Proceedings of the Social Simulation Conference, (2017) 1-10.

71. Shults, F. LeRon, “Can theism be defeated? CSR and the debunking of supernatural agent abductions,” Religion, Brain & Behavior (2016): 14-20.

70. Shults, F. LeRon, “The Atheist Machine: Clearing the ground of idols in Neolithic Catalhoyuk and modern Istanbul,” 163-192 in L. Powell-Jones and F. L. Shults, eds., Gilles Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Religion. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

69. Shults, F. LeRon, “How to survive the Anthropocene: Adaptive atheism and the evolution of Homo deiparensis,” Religions 6/2 (2015): 1-18.

68. Shults, F. LeRon, “What’s the Use? Pragmatic Reflections on Neville’s Ultimates,” American Journal of Theology & Philosophy 36/1 (2015): 69-80.

67. Shults, F. LeRon, “Theology after the Birth of God: A Response.” Syndicate: A New Forum for Theology 2/3 (2015): 91-109.

66. Shults, F. LeRon, “Religion and the Prizing of Peace: Reflections on the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize,” 232-236 in Ernst Håkon Jahr, Rolf Tomas Nossum, and Leiv Storesletten, eds., Agder Vitenskapsakademi Årbok . Kristiansand: Portal, 2015.  

65. Shults, F. LeRon, “Theology after Pandora: The real scandal of the evangelical mind (and culture)” 361-381 in D. Tidball, et al., eds. Essays in Honor of Stanley J. Grenz. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2014.

64. Shults, F. LeRon, “Excavating theogonies: anthropomorphic promiscuity and sociographic prudery in the Neolithic and Now,” 58-85 in Ian Hodder, ed., Vital Matters: Religion in the Neolithic. Cambridge University Press. 2014.  

63. Shults, F. LeRon, “The problem of good (and evil): arguing about axiological conditions in science and religion,” 39-68 in Wildman, Wesley and Patrick McNamara, eds., Science and the World’s Religions, Volume I: Origins and Destinies.  New York: Praeger, 2012.

62. Shults, F. LeRon, “Science and religious supremacy: toward a naturalist theology of religions.” 73-100 in Wildman, Wesley and Patrick McNamara, eds., Science and the World’s Religions, Volume III: Religions and Controversies. New York: Praeger, 2012.

61. Shults, F. LeRon, “Wising Up: The Evolution of Natural Theology – The Boyle Lecture 2012 Response” Zygon Journal of Religion & Science (September 2012) 47/3: 542-548.

60. Shults, F. LeRon, “Ethics, exemplarity and atonement.” 164-178 in James A. van Slyke, et al., eds, Theology and the Science of Moral Action: Virtue Ethics, Exemplarity and Cognitive Neuroscience. London: Routledge, 2012.

59. Shults, F. LeRon, “Dis-integrating theology and psychology.” 21-25, Journal of Psychology and Theology. (Spring 2012) 40: 21-25.

58. Shults, F. LeRon, “Religion and Science in Christian Theology.” 3-12 in James Haag, et. al, eds. The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science. London: Routledge, 2012.

57. Shults, F. LeRon, “Science and Spirit? Response to Amos Yong’s The Spirit of Creation” Canadian Journal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity 3 (2012) 123-125.

56. Shults, F. LeRon, “Relational spirituality and transformation,” with Steve Sandage. 146-148 in Encyclopedia of Christian Psychology. Eugene, OR: Harvest, 2011.

55. Shults, F. LeRon, “Bearing gods in mind and culture.” Religion, Brain & Behavior. (2011) 1/2: 154-167.

54. Shults, F. LeRon, “Empathically reading the texts of religious others.” 179-195 in Årstein Justnes and Hans Brårvig, eds., Hellige Texter.  Universitet Forlag, 2011.

Old Articles and Book Chapters

53. “Introduction: Saving Desire?” 1-5 in Saving Desire: The Seduction of Christian Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011.

52. “Theology after Oedipus: Deleuze, Desire and Difference.” Chapter in Shults and Henricksen, eds., Saving Desire: The Seduction of Christian Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011.

51. “Transforming Ecclesiology” chapter in Church and Mission Engaging Plurality, ed. Mortensen & Nielsen. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011.

50. “Transforming Religious Plurality: Anxiety and Differentiation in Religious Families of Origin.” Studies in Interreligious Dialogue. 20/2 (2010): 148-69.

49. “Religious Symbolism at the Limits of Human Engagement.” Theology and Science 8/3 (2010): 303-318.

48. “Human Identity and Religious Symbolism.” Chapter in Nancey Murphy, ed., Being Human in an Age of Science.  Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2010.

47. “Transforming Theological Symbols,” Zygon Journal of Religion and Science, Fall 2010.

46. “The Roots of Spirituality and the Limits of Human Mensuration,” in Measuring the World, eds. Colin Renfrew & Iain Morley, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

45. “A Philosophical Introduction to Divine Action,” 1-16, in Shults F. LeRon, R.J. Russell and Nancey Murphy, eds. Philosophy, Science and Divine Action. Leiden: Brill, 2009.

44. “Religious Symbolism at the Limits of Human Engagement.” Chapter in van Huyssteen, J. W. (ed), Understanding Humanity in a Scientific Age.  (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, in press).

43. “Reforming Ecclesiology in Emerging Churches” Theology Today. January 2009.

42. “That Than Which Nothing More Lovely Can be Conceived.” Chapter in Boyd, Craig (ed.), Visions of Agape: Problems and Possibilities in Human and Divine Love (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), 123-134.

41. “Spirit and Spirituality: Philosophical Trends in Late Modern Pneumatology” Pneuma 30 (Fall 2008): 271-287.

40. “Tending to the Other in Late Modern Missions and Ecumenism” Swedish Missioloigcal Themes (95/4 (2007): 415-434.

39. “Christology/Incarnation” in The Science and Religion Primer, eds., Heather Looy and Heide Campbell (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009).

38. “Ideas of God,” in The Science and Religion Primer, eds., Heather Looy and Heide Campbell (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009).

37. “Freedom, Free-Will” in New Westminster Dictionary of Theology (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox), in press.

36. “Current Trends in Pneumatology,” in Spirit and Spirituality (Copenhagen: University of Copenhagen Press, 2007): 20-38.

35. “Holistic Spirituality: Response to Ray Anderson” in Edification: Journal of the Society for Christian Psychology, 1/2 (2007): 36-37.

34. “Relational Spirituality and Transformation” (with Steven J. Sandage). Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 26/3 (2007): 261-269.

33. “Incorporating Figuration and Spirituality,” in Image and Imagination: A Global Prehistory of Figurative Representation, eds. Colin Renfrew & Iain Morley (Cambridge: McDonald Monagraph Series, 2007),  University Press), 337-340.

32. “The Philosophy of Time: The Turn to Futurity in Late Modern Philosophy” Studia Theologica 61/1 (2007): 47-60.

31. “Relational Spirituality” (with Steven J. Sandage). Christian Counseling Today, 14/4 (2007): 63-66.

3o. “Trinitarian Faith Seeking Transformative Understanding,” in The Oxford Handbook on Religion and Science, ed., Philip Clayton (Oxford University Press, 2006): 488-502.

29. “Becoming Wise: Reflections on the Category of ‘Purpose’ in Biology, Culture and Theology,” Studies in Science and Theology, ed., Hubert Meisinger, et al. (Geneva, 2005)

28. “The Role of Trinitarian Reflection in the Religion-Science Dialogue,” in Preparing for the Future: The Role of Theology in the Science-Religion Dialogue, eds. Niels Henrik Gregersen & Marie Vejrup Nielsen University of Aarhus Press, 2004): 27-40.
 
27. “The Philosophical Turn to Relationality: The Responsibility of Practical Theology” in Dana Wright & John Keuntzel, eds., Redemptive Transformation in Practical Theology: Essays in Honor of James E. Loder (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004), 325-346.

26. “Response to David Ray Griffin,” Theology and Science (Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences), 2/2 (October 2004), 173-175.

25. “Imago Dei and the Emergence of Sapiential Life” in Niels Henrik Gregersen & Christina Hjøllund, Coping with Evil: Perspectives from Science and Theology, Forum Teologi Naturvidenskab 2 (University of Aarhus Press, 2003): 95-117.

24. “The Futurity of God in Lutheran Theology.” Dialog: A Journal of Theology (Spring 2003): 39-49.

23. “Mathematics on Mars Hill,” with Benjamin P. Shults. Metanexus Institute Online Journal: Views. http://www.metanexus.net/views. July 2003.

22. “Coherentism,” in Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Editor in Chief (New York: Macmillan Reference, 2003).

21. “Foundationalism,” in Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Editor in Chief (New York: Macmillan Reference, 2003).

20. “Nonfoundationalism,” in Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Editor in Chief (New York: Macmillan Reference, 2003).

19. “Postfoundationalism,”in Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Editor in Chief (New York: Macmillan Reference, 2003).

18. “Postmodern Science” in Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Editor in Chief (New York: Macmillan Reference, 2003).

17. “Pannenberg, Wolfhart,” in Encyclopedia of Protestantism, Hans Hillerbrand, Editor (New York: Routledge Reference, 2003).

16. “Sharing in the Divine Nature: Transformation, Koinonia and the Doctrine of God” in Todd Speidell, ed., On Being Christian… and Human: Essays in Celebration of Ray S. Anderson (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2002): 87-127.

15. “The ‘Body of Christ’ in Evangelical Theology.” Word & World 22/2 (Spring 2002): 178-185.

14. “Relationality in Science and Theology: An Evaluation of Pannenberg’s Interdisciplinary Method” Zygon, 36/4 (December, 2001): 809-825.

13. “Is it ‘Natural’ to be Religious?” in The Person: Perspectives from Science and Theology [Studies in Theology and Science, vol. 6], Niels Henrik Gregersen, ed., (Geneva, Labor et Fides, 2000): 103-113.

12. “One Spirit with the Lord: Insights from James Loder’s Theological Anthropology” Princeton Theological Review, 7/3 (2000): 17-26.

11. “Pedagogy of the Repressed: What Keeps Seminarians from Transformational Learning?” Theological Education, 36/1 (Fall, 1999): 157-169.

10. “Faith versus Science?” The Standard 89/4 (Fall, 1999): 16-19.

9. “Schleiermacher’s Reciprocal Relationality: The Regulative Principle of his Theological Method,” in Schleiermacher on the Workings of the Knowing Mind, Ruth Drucilla Richardson, ed., (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1998): 177-196.

8. “A Theology of Everything? Evaluating Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Interdisciplinary Method” Christian Scholar’s Review 28/1 (Fall, 1998): 155-163.

7. “Structures of Rationality in Theology and Science: Overcoming the Postmodern Dilemma” Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 49 (December, 1997): 228-236.

6. “Constitutive Relationality in Anthropology and Trinity: The Shaping of the Imago Dei Doctrine in Barth and Pannenberg” Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, 39 (December, 1997): 304-322.

5. “Holding Onto the Theology-Psychology Relationship: The Underlying Fiduciary Structures of Interdisciplinary Method” Journal of Psychology and Theology 25/3 (Fall 1997): 329-340.

4. “The Pragmatist Conception of Truth and The Postliberal Research Program,” Princeton Theological Review, 4 (Winter, 1997): 26-36.

3. The Anhypostatis-Enhypostatis Christological Formula: From Leontius of Byzantium to Karl Barth,” Theological Studies, 57 (September, 1996): 431-446.

2. “Integrative Epistemology and the Search for Meaning” Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 4 (Fall, 1993):125-140.

1. A Theology of Chaos: An Experiment in Postmodern Theological Science” Scottish Journal of Theology, 45:2 (Spring, 1992): 223-235.

Scholarly Lectures and Presentations

197. “Emotional Contagion: Predicting and Preventing the Spread of Misinformation, Stigma, and Fear during a Pandemic,” presentation at the Research Council of Norway conference COVID-19: Research in the Wake of the Pandemic, Zoom Webinar, 17 December 2020.

196. “Introducing the EmotiCon Project,” presentation at the first Science Europe/ NSFC networking conference on COVID-19, Zoom Webinar, 14 December 2020.

195. “What do we, as scholars of religion, value?” presidential plenary panel with Ann Taves and Wesley J. Wildman, American Academy of Religion, Boston, MA, 21 November 2020.

194. “Data and Theory in a Computational Model of Secularization,” presentation at the annual meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Religion, Boston, MA, 20 November 2020.

193. “Introduction to Modeling Secularization,” presentation at the Religion, Ideology, and Prosociality project launch conference, Bialystock, Poland, 10 November 2020.

192. “Introduction to Modeling Prosociality,” presentation at the Religion, Ideology, and Prosociality project launch conference, Bialystock, Poland, 9 November 2020.

191. “Simulating Assemblages and Fields,” presentation at the Social Simulation Research Group Modeling Assemblages and Strategic Action Fields conference, Kristiansand, Norway, 23 October 2020.

190. “Emotional Contagion: The Spread of Misinformation, Stigma, and Fear during a Pandemic,” presentation at the annual Social Simulation Conference, virtual event, 16 September 2020.

189. “Ethics and Artificial Intelligence,” presentation at the Eilert’s Salon Consequences of Artificial Intelligence conference, Kristiansand, Norway, 17 June 2020.

188. “Artificial Social Ethics: Simulating Culture, Conflict, and Cooperation,” presentation with Wesley J. Wildman, online Spring Simulation Conference, 20 May 2019.

187. “Modeling Marginalization: The Emergence, Social Physics, and Social Ethics of Bullying,” presentation with Themis Xanthopoulou, Ivan Puga-Gonzalez, and Andreas Prinz, online Spring Simulation Conference, 19 May 2019.

186. “Morality and Causality in Artificial Societies,” presentation at the Artificial Morality and Causality conference, Kristiansand, Norway, 05 March 2020.

185. “Simulating Secularities: Studying Religion and Nonreligion in Artificial Societies,” presentation with Wesley J. Wildman at the annual conference of the American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA 25 November 2019.

184. “Field of Dreams: What do American Scholars of Religion Really Want?,” presentation at the annual meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Religion, San Diego, CA, 23 November 2019.

183. “A Report on the Values in Scholarship on Religion Project” presentation with Ann Taves at Religion Department faculty seminar, University of California at Santa Barbera, 20 November 2019.

182. “Modeling New Religious Movements,” guest lecture at the University of California at Santa Barbera, 19 November 2019.

181. “Human Simulation: Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and the Future of the Humanities,” public lecture at the University of California at Santa Barbera, 18 November 2019.

180. “Modeling climate, culture, and conflict,” presentation with Monica Toft at the Climate, Security and Migration conference, Brussels, Belgium, 22 October 2019.

179. “Introduction to the use of Social Simulation in Climate, Security and Migration,” presentation at the Climate, Security and Migration conference, Brussels, Belgium, 22 October 2019.

179. “Seeking Solutions through Social Simulation,” presentation at the Social Simulation Research Group Climate and Conflict seminar, Kristiansand, Norway, 30 September 2019.

178. “The Climate, Culture, Conflict, and Cooperation Consortium,” presentation with Monica Toft and Antje Danielson at the Social Simulation Research Group Climate and Conflict seminar, Kristiansand, Norway, 30 September 2019.

177. “InCREDulity in Artificial Societies,” presentation with Ivan Puga-Gonzalez at the annual Social Simulation Conference, University of Mainz, Germany, 24 September 2019.

176. “Round Table on Modeling with Policy Professionals,” presentation at the annual Social Simulation Conference, University of Mainz, Germany, 23 September 2019.

175. “Social Simulation and Computational Demography,” presentation with Wesley J. Wildman at the annual Social Simulation Conference, University of Mainz, Germany, 23 September 2019.

174. “Computer modeling in the cognitive science of religion,” presentation at Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark, 9 August 2019.

173. “Introducing the Center for Modeling Social Systems,” presentation at the annual Summer Simulation Conference, Berlin, Germany, 23 July 2019.

172. “Computing Assemblages: The Reversal of Platonism and the Rise of Simulation,” presentation at the International Deleuze & Guattari Studies conference, 9 July 2019.

171. “Pragmatism, Naturalism, and the loss of Religion,” presentation with Wesley J. Wildman at the annual meeting of the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought, Nashville, TN, 18 June 2019.

170. “Modeling pathways of unbelief across cultural contexts,” presentation at the Cultures of Unbelief conference, Rome, Italy, 28 May 2019.

169. “Modeling and Simulation in Social Science Research: A MODRN Approach,” presentation at the MODRN closing conference, Kristiansand, Norway, 24 May 2019.

168. “Human Simulation, Complexity, and Public Policy,” presentation with Saikou Diallo at the Complexity and Policy Studies Conference, Washington, DC, 18 April 2019.

167. “Human Simulation for the Social Good,” presentation at the Complexity and Policy Studies Conference, Washington, DC, 17 April 2019.

166. “Social Simulation and Assemblage Theory,” presentation at URPLAN seminar, Kristiansand, Norway, 11 April 2019.

165. “Social Simulation of University Bullying,” presentation with Themis Zanthopoulou, Andreas Prinz, and Ivan Puga-Gonzalez at the World Anti-Bullying Forum, 5 April 2019.

164. “Modeling Metaphysics: The Rise of Simulation and the Reversal of Platonism, Spring Simulation Conference, Tucson, AZ, 01 May 2019.

163. “Saving the world… one simulation at a time,” presentation at Technoport conference, Trondheim, Norway, 27 March 2019.

162. “Can Philosophy Promote Safe Sects?,” presentation at Philosophia – Filosofistudentene i Kristiansand seminar, 9 March 2019.

161. “Students of development studies learning about modelling and simulation as a research approach in their discipline,” presentation with Amrit Poudel and Pauline Vos at 11th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, 6 February 2019.

160. “Homo areligiosus: New Strategies for Prebunking Theism,” presentation at Human Nature Conference, Leuven, Belgium, 18 December 2018.

159. “Ethics in Computer Modeling and Simulation,” presentation with Wesley J. Wildman at the WinterSim Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 8-10 December 2018. 

158. “Modeling the Axial Age,” presentation at the IACSR session of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Denver, Colorado, 16-18 November 2018. 

157.  “The Role of Social Simulation in Modeling Climate Change,” presentation at Lilletunforlesning, response to Kristin Halvorsen, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, 23 October 2018.

156. “What is Social Simulation?,” presentation at the MODRN colloquium, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, 18 October 2018.

155. “Modeling Social Systems for Smarter Cities,” presentation at Nordic EDGE Smart City Expo, Stavanger, Norway, 23-25 September 2018.

154. “Simulating Religious Cognition and Culture,” presentation at the annual meeting of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion, Boston, USA, 13-16 August 2018.

153. “Analyzing Analytic Worldviews: Particularizing Nonreligion through Computational Modeling and Simulation,” presentation at the NSRN conference Worldviews in World View: Particularizing Secularism, Secularity and Nonreligion, King’s College London, UK, 5-16 July 2018.

152. “The Birth of Transcendence: A Computational Model of the Axial Age,” plenary lecture at the annual meeting of the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought, Berlin, Germany, 18-21 June 2018.

151. “An Introduction to Theogonic Reproduction Theory,” presentation at the annual meeting of the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought, Berlin, Germany, 18-21 June 2018.

15o. “Predicting and Preventing Religious Radicalization,” presentation at The Impact of Religion International Conference, Uppsala University, Sweden, 24-26 April 2018.

149. “Teaching at the intersection of simulation and the humanities,” with Wesley J. Wildman and Paul Fishwick, presentation at the Winter Simulation Conference, 3-6 December 2017

148. “Religion in Scientific and Philosophical Perspective,” presentation at United Theological Seminary, Minneapolis, MN, 30 November 2017.

147. “Practicing Safe Sects: How an Evangelical Theologian Discovered the Pleasures of Atheism,” presentation at the First Unitarian Society, Minneapolis, MN, 29 November 2017.

146. “A Computational Model of Ritual Competence Theory,” presentation at the IACSR session, American Academy of Religion, 17 November 2017.  

145. “Modeling and Simulating Refugee Crises,” presentation at the Lesbos Dialogues, Lesbos, Greece, 9-11 November 2017.

144. “A Germ of Tranquil Atheism,” presentation at the Centre for Theology and Religious Studies, Lund, Sweden, 20 October 2017.

143. “Mutually Escalating Religious Violence: A Generative Model,” presentation at the annual Social Simulation Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 28 September 2017.

142. “Can We Prevent and Predict Religious Radicalization?,” presentation at the 3rd Modeling Religion in Norway colloquium, Kristiansand, Norway, 28 August 2017. 

141. “Computational Modeling of Cognitive and Psychological Theories of Religion,” presentation at the International Association for the Psychology of Religion, Hamar, Norway, 23 August 2017.

140. “Using Computer Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation for Governmental and Corporate Policy Evaluation,” with Justin E. Lane, presentation at the China Goes Global conference, Kristiansand, Norway, 15 June 2017.

139. “Race and the Mind-Culture Nexus: Reflections on a Complex Adaptive System and its Social Uses,” with Wesley J. Wildman, presentation at the Institute for American Philosophical and Religious Thought, Chatanooga, TN,  11 June 2017.

138. “An agent-based model of interaction between immigrants and a host population: self-organized and regulated adaptation,” with Laurence Lessard-Phillips, Carlos Lemos, and Ross Gore, presentation at the “Beyond Schelling and Axelrod” workshop, Machester, UK, 2 June 2017.

137. “Strategies for Modeling and Simulation of Refugee, Immigration, and Integration Crises,” presentation at the 2nd Modeling Religion in Norway colloquium, Lesbos, Greece, 11 May 2017.

136. “Theological Education after the ‘Birth of God'”, Zoom presentation for lecture for United Theological Seminary, Minneapolis, MN, 7 March 2017.

135. “How to Predict the Future: Using Multi-Agent Artificial Intelligence Models to Simulate Social Policy,” presentation given at the opening of the Center for Artificial Intelligence Research, Grimstad, Norway, 2 March 2017.

134. “Predicting Religious Terrorism,” presentation given at the Religion and the Social Sciences section of the American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX, 20 November 2016. 

133. “”Modeling Terror Management Theory,” panel presentation given at the CSR group of the American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX, 19 November 2016. 

132. “Big Method: Linking Big Theories and Big Data to Address Big Challenges,” panel presentation given at the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion, Vancouver, Canada, 22 August 2016.

131. “Practicing Safe Sects: A MODRN Approach to Understanding and Avoiding Religious Conflict,” plenary presentation given at UiA Inviterer conference, Kristiansand, Norway, 20 March 2016. 

130. “Atheism and the Scientific Study of Religion,” guest lecture at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 30 March 2016.

129. “Practicing Safe Sects: Having ‘The Talk’ About Religious Reproduction,” public lecture at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 29 March 2016.

128. “Fireside Chat with LeRon Shults,” interview and presentation for Sunday Assembly, New York City, 22 March 2016.

127. “The Evolution of an Atheist,” guest lecture at Hofstra University, New York, NY, 21 March 2016.

126. “The Modeling Religion Project,” panel presentation at the Science and Religion Colloquium, Boston University, 16 March 2016.

125. “Simulating Religious Cognition,” presentation at the American Academy of Religion annual conference, with Wesley J. Wildman, Atlanta, GA, 22 November 2015. 

124. “Theological Life after God,” presentation at the Life After God Launch Party, Atlanta, GA, 21 November 2015.

123. “The Scientific Simulation of Religion: A Report on the Modeling Religion Project,” presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion annual conference, with Wesley J. Wildman, Los Angeles, CA. 23 Oct 2015.

122. “The God Debacle,” Video Interview and Debate with Philip Clayton at The Hatchery, Los Angeles, CA, 21 October 2015.

121. “Philosophical Issues in Modeling and Simulation,” Presentation at VMASC Conference on Modeling Religion, 17 October 2015.

120. “Reflections on Theology after the Birth of God, “public lecture at Boston University, 14 October 2015.

119. “Atheism and Climate Change,” presentation at Boston University Science and Religion Colloquium, 13 October 2015.

118. “Religious Bias and the Climate Change Crisis,” HEF lecture, 18 September 2014.

117. “The Agony and Ecstasy of Religious Naturalism: Or – How to Break up Platonic Relationships,” Plenary Lecture at the 5th annual EN Congress, Drew University, Madison, NJ. 10 April 2015.

116. “Confessions of an Iconoclastic Theologian,” Lecture at Union Theological Seminary, New York City. 9 April 2015.

115. “The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind (and Culture).” Presentation at the American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA, 24 November 2014.

114. “Atheism and Apologetics.” Lecture and response to panelists at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA, 20 November 2014.

113. “Is it Reasonable to Believe in God?” Presentation and debate for Skepsisuga, UiA

112. “Where do gods come from – and why do we keep them around?” HEF lecture, 18 September 2014.

111. “The Atheist Machine.” Plenary lecture for the 7th annual Deleuze Studies Conference, Istanbul, Turkey 15 July 2014.

110. “Pragmatic Reflections on Neville’s Ultimates.” Presentation at the annual meeting of the Institute of American Philosophical and Religious Thought, Colorado Springs 11 June 2014.

109. “Civilizational Transformation Model: The Agricultural Transition.” Presentation with Wesley J. Wildman, Catalhoyuk, Turkey 7 July 2014.

108. “Gilles Deleuze and American Pragmatism.” Annual meeting of the Institute of American Philosophical and Religious Thought, Pamplona, Spain. 29-31 July 2013.

107. “Anarchy machines: territoriality, faciality and despotism in V for Vendetta,” with Michael Prince, 6th International Deleuze Conference, Lisbon, Portugal. 8-10 July 2013.

106. “Stimulating Spirituality: Response to Wesley Wildman’s Religious and Spiritual Experiences.”  American Academy of Religion. Chicago, IL. 17-20 November 2012.

105. “Modeling Catalhoyuk: Toward an agent-based model for simulating social change in the Neolithic” (with Wesley Wildman). Catalhoyuk, Turkey. 10 July 2012.

104. “De-territorializing Religion.” Presentation at the 5th International Deleuze Conference. New Orleans, LA. 25-27 June 2012.

103. “How to do Theology with a Hammer.” Presentation at the Deleuze Workshop, Tulane University. 21 June 2012.

102. “Naturalism and Secularism: Letting gods go in philosophy, psychology and politics.” Presentation at the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought. Colorado Springs, CO. 10-14 June 2012.

101. “Wising Up: The evolution of natural theology.” Paper presented as part of the Boyle Lectures in London, England.  31 January 2012.

100. “Conceiving religion: theology after the birth of God.”  Public lecture at the Boston University School of Theology. 9 November 2011.

99. “Bearing gods in the Neolithic and Now: Religious Conceptions in Cognition and Culture.” Lecture presented at the Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, Stanford, California.15 November 2011.

98. “Creation and Spirit.”  Paper presented at the Center of Theology and Natural Science, U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, California. 17 November 2011.

97. “Excavating theogonies: unearthing god-bearing mechanisms.”  Lecture for the Catalhoyuk research project, Konya, Turkey.  28 July 2011.

96. “Empathic engagement in science and religion.”  Paper presented at the British Council’s Belief in Dialogue conference in Dubai, U.A.E., American University of Sharjah.  23 June 2011.

95. “Exemplarity, ethics and empiricism.” Paper presented at California Institute of Technology and Fuller School of Psychology conference on Neuroscience and philosophy.  20 May 2011.

94. “The biocultural study of religious exemplars.” Paper presented at California Institute of Technology and Fuller School of Psychology conference on Neuroscience and Philosophy. 21 May 2011.

93. “The problem of good (and evil).” Paper presented at Boston University School of Theology. 16 May 2011.

92. “Philosophical issues in neuroscience.” Presentation at Spectrums project seminar on religious ideology. Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion. Boston. 17 May 2011.

91. “Varieties of Transcendence: the problem of supra-naturalism in Christian theology.”  Paper presented at Copenhagen University conference on Varieties of Naturalism. 30 Apr 2011. 

90. “Wesley Wildman’s Religious Naturalism.” Presentation at Copenhagen University conference on Varieties of Naturalism. 30 April 2011. 

89. “Eros, Agage and Alterity.” Presentation at the AAR, Open and Relational Theology Group. Nov. 2010.

88. “A Critique of Oord’s Science-Religion Symbiosis.” Presentation at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Nov. 2010.

87. “Deleuze and Neolithic Religion.” Lecture at conference on Religion and the Neolithic in Catalhoyuk, Turkey, July 2010. 

86. “Transforming Compassion in Christianity.” Paper presented at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Transforming Compassion in Science and Religion Group, in Melbourne, Australia: 7 December 2009.

85. “Science, Spirituality and Global Climate Change.”  Paper presented at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Science and Spirituality Group, in Melbourne, Australia: 5 December 2009.

84. “Transforming Religious Plurality in Religious Families of Origin.”  Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion conference, Comparative Theology Group, in Montreal, Canada: 8 November 2009.

83. “De-Oedipalizing Theology: Deleuze, Difference and Desire.”  Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion conference, Continental Philosophy and Theology Group, in Montreal, Canada: 7 November 2009.

82. “Postmodernity and Evangelicalism.”  Paper presented at the Society of Evangelical Scholars conference in Montreal, Canada: 6 November 2009. 

81. “Exemplarity and Atonement.”  Paper presented at Exemplarity, Neuroscience and Virtue seminar in Montreal, Canada: 6 November 2009.

80. “The Cultural Challenge of Postmodern Relativism.” Paper presented at Natural Law: A Shared Morality conference at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada: 5 November 2009. 

79. “A Hermeneutics of Otherness, An Ontology of Compassion.”  Paper presented at Hermeneutics, Compassion and Religious Boundaries conference at the University of Agder, Norway: 4 September 2009.

78. “Divine Action in the Work of Robert Russell.”  Paper presented at the International Society for Science and Religion conference at Cambridge University, UK: 4 July 2009.

77. “Theology After Oedipus.” Paper presented at Theology and Desire conference in Oslo, Norway: 27 March 2009.

76. “Religious Symbolism and the Origins of Spirituality.” Presentation at Homo Symbolicus conference.  Cape Town, South Africa. Jan. 2009.

75. “The Conditions of (Un)belief: Criticizing Charles Taylor’s Criticism of the Modern Critique of Religion.” Lecture at Charles Taylor and Religion Seminar, University of Agder, 12 December 2008.

74. “Peirce and Religious Symbolism: Infinity, Contextuality and Transformation.” Presentation at Metaphysics, Semiotics and the Emergence of Life seminar. Berkeley, CA. 09 Nov 2008. 

73. “Spiritual Entanglement.” Presentation at Stanford University, Berkeley, CA.  06 November 2008.

72. “Reforming Christology.” Lecture at the Center for Theology and Natural Science.  Berkeley, CA. 05 November 2008

71. “Reforming the Doctrine of God.” Respondent lecture at the American Academy of Religion, session on book “Reforming the Doctrine of God.” Chicago IL. 03 November 2008.

70. “Christology and Science: Reforming Responses.” Respondent lecture at Zygon Science and Religion Conference on book Christology and Science.  Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. 30 October 2008.

69. “Developments in Late Modern Philosophy of Science.” Lectures at Ph.D. Seminar, Misjonshøgskole,  Stavanger, Norway. 23-24 September 2008.

68. “The Emergence of Compassion in Science and Religion.” Lecture at Metanexus Conference on The Self and Society. Madrid, Spain.  13-17 July 2008.

67. “Transforming Compassion Among the Religions.” Lecture at conference on Compassion in Religion.  Hamburg, Germany.  5-7 June, 2008.

66. “Homo Symbolicus.” Lecture at the European Conference on Science and Theology.  Sigtuna, Sweden.   30 April 2008. 

65. “Being and Advent: A Theological Response to Badiou,” Lecture at Society for the Study of Theology, Durham, England. 3 April, 2008.

64. “Christology, Ethics and the Philosophical Turn to Alterity.” Lecture at Christology and Ethics conference at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary. Evanston, IL. 2-3 March 2008.

63. “Incarnation and Evolutionary Biology.” 2008 Cody Lecturer at Loyola University Chicago.  26-27 February 2008. 

62. “The Emergence of Compassion.” Lecture at Westmont College. Santa Barbara, CA.  23 Feb 2008.

61. “Transforming Spirituality in Psychotherapy.” Plenary lecture at Fuller School of Psychology Integration Seminar.  Pasadena, CA. 20-22 February, 2008.

60. “Intensification and Emerging Churches.” Three Lectures for Emergent Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  18 January, 2008.

59. “Christology and Science.” Four lectures at Forum Scientiarium. Tuebingen, Germany. 7-8, December 2007.

58. “The Delightful Terror of Interdisciplinary Dialogue.” Lecture at Azusa Pacific University conference, Evangelicals, Science and Culture. Azusa, CA. 15 November, 2007.

57. “Theological Responses to Postmodernities.” Lecture at the annual conference of the Nordic Institute for Missions and Ecumenics. Turku, Finland. 19-22 August, 2007.

56. “Spiritual Entanglement and Religious Symbolism in the Neolithic.” Presentation at Catalhoyuk Seminar in Konya, Turkey. 30 July – 3 August, 2007.

55. “Recent Changes in Religion and Spirituality in the United States.” Paper presented at Religiøs Endring – Forskerseminar. Lesbos, Greece. 3-10 May 2007.

54. “The Dynamics of Forgiveness.” Presentation at Forgiveness Conference in St. Katherine’s, Canada. 21 April 2007.

53. “Difference and Sameness in Christology: Chalcedon in Late Modern Philosophical Perspective.” Paper presented at Society for the Study of Theology. Cambridge University, UK. 26-29 March 2007.

52. “On Contextual Theology.” Lecture for Endringer i Norsk Teologi i det 20. århundre Conference. Rica Norge: Kristiansand, 1-2 February 2007.

51. “Current Trends in Pneumatology.” Scandinavia Theological Society conference, 3-7 January 2007.

50. “Parousia and Physical Cosmology.” Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion, Washington, DC. November 18-21, 2006.

49. “Christology and Science” and “The Faces of Forgiveness.” Faith Integration Lectures at at Azusa Pacific University, Los Angeles, California. November 14-15, 2006.

48. “Symbol and Spirituality.” Presentation at Templeton Stanford Seminar, Stanford University, California. October 14-15, 2006

47. “Beyond Naturalism vs. Supernaturalism: Religious Phenomena and the Philosophical Category of Intensive Infinity,” paper presented at the European Conference on Philosophy of Religion, Tubingen, Germany, 1-4, September 2006

46. “Infinity and the Emergence of the Concept of Measure,” Discussant Response, Cambridge University. Measuring the World and Beyond Conference. September 16, 2006.

45. “The Classical Ways of Spiritual Transformation” and “Transforming Hospitality.” Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Theology.  March 2, 2006.  Kansas City, MO.

44. “De-centering the Renewal: The Disturbing Spirit in the Emerging Churches.” Presentation at National Pastor’s Conference. San Diego, CA. February 21, 2006.

43. “Contextuality, Relationality and Interdisciplinarity,” Discussant Response presented at Cambridge University, Image and Imagination Conference. September, 2005.

42. “Christology and Science: Three Case Studies.” Lecture at the Templeton Oxford Seminars, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. July, 2005.

41. “Facing, Forgiving and Feasting.”  Presentation for Preaching Forgiveness conference at Calvin Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI, April 27, 2005.

40. “Christology and Contemporary Science.” Stead Center Lecture, Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, April 20, 2005.

39. “Spirituality, Theology and the Science of Altruism.” Presentation at the Conference on Altruism and Love, Claremont Graduate School of Theology, Claremont, CA, April 15-17, 2005.

38. “Incarnation and Neuroscience.” Presentation at the Fuller Symposium on the Integration of Faith and Psychology: Science, Faith and Human Nature: Reconciling Neuropsychology and Christian Theology, Pasadena, CA. Feb. 16-18, 2005

37. “The Doctrine of Humanity.” Lecture Series at the National Pastor’s Conference, San Diego, CA. Feb. 2-5, 2005

36. “Theology, Spirituality and Social Science.” Lecture for the annual meeting of the Institute for Research in Psychology and Spirituality in La Mirada, CA, January 7, 2005 [The Randall Lehmann Sorenson Annual Lecture in Psychology and Spirituality].

35. “Transforming Pneumatology.” Lecture at Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA. December 15, 2005.

34. “Modeling Spirituality: Psychology, Religion and the Dynamics of Transformation.” Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion, Person, Culture and Religion Group, in San Antonio , TX. Nov. 20, 2004.

33. “James Loder and the Future of Practical Theology.” Conference participant and presenter, Princeton Theological Seminary, Nov. 9-10, 2004.

32. “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Forgiveness.” Lecture given at the annual meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Cleveland , OH. October 1, 2004.

31. “Philosophy, Science and the Human Spirit.” Paper presented as the inaugural lecture for the North Central Program in Science and Theology 2004-2005 series: “Being Human: Questions from Science and Theology.” Luther Seminary, September 28, 2004.

30. “Rational Causative Substance: Philosophical Categories in the Early Modern Doctrine of God.” Paper presented at the Templeton Oxford Seminars, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University.  August, 2004.

29. “Philosophy and the Shaping of North American Theology.” Lecture at the Evangelisches Stift, University of Tübingen, Germany.  April 9, 2004.

28. “Becoming Wise: Reflections on the Category of ‘Purpose’ in Biology, Culture and Theology.” Paper presented at the European Conference on Science and Theology. Barcelona, Spain. April 1-7, 2004.

27. “Is Theology a Science?” Paper presented at the Templeton Oxford Seminars, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. July 24, 2003.

26. “The Futurity of God in Lutheran Theology.” Paper presented at The Future of Lutheran Theology: Charism and Context.   Aarhus University, Denmark. January 17, 2003.

25. “The Role of Trinitarian Reflection in the Religion-Science Dialogue.” Paper presented at the Danish Forum for Theology and Natural Science. Aarhus University. Denmark. January 19, 2003.

24. “Temporality, Causality and the Concept of God.” Paper presented at the Upper Midwest AAR, St. Paul, MN. April 11, 2003.

23. “Imago Dei and the Emergence of Sapiential Life.” Paper presented at the Danish Forum for Theology and Natural Science.  Aarhus, University, Denmark. November 12-13, 2001.

22. Dissertation Respondent for the biannual Norwegian theological doctoral student conference; The Norwegian Lutheran School of Theology, Oslo . Nov 7-9, 2001.

21. “Theological Rationality” and “Theological Anthropology.” Lectures presented at Princeton Theological Seminary, October 23-25, 2000.

20. “The Futurity of God: An Analysis of Contemporary Theological Trends.” Paper presented at the Upper Midwest American Academy of Religion. St. Paul, MN. April 18, 2000.

19. “C’est pour lui que sont toutes choses: On Human Causality and Divine Futurity.” Paper presented at the European Conference on Science and Theology. Lyons, France. April 2-6, 2000.

18. “Neurobiology and the Image of God.” Lecture at Luther Theological Seminary. St. Paul, MN . March 17, 2000.

17. “The Postfoundationalist Task of Contemporary Theology.” Lecture at Fuller Theological Seminary Pasadena, CA.  February 22, 2000.

16. “The Veritable Ideal of Systematicity: A Postfoundationalist Construal of the Task of Theology.” Paper presented at the “Christian Systematic Theology” Group of the American Academy of Religion. Boston, MA. November 21, 1999

15. “The Destiny of the Self.” Paper presented at the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Boston , MA.  November 19, 1999.

14. “Pedagogy of the Repressed: Seminarians and Transformational Learning.” Paper presented at the Evangelical Theological Society (Orlando, Fl): November 20, 1998.

13. “The Christian Meta-Distinction: Closing the Debate on the Openness of God.” Paper presented at the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Orlando, Fl. November 21, 1998.

12. “Postliberal Agenda and Evangelical Credenda.” Paper presented at the Upper Midwest American Academy of Religion. St. Paul, MN. April 17, 1998.

11. “Are We ‘Naturally’ Religious?: An Analysis of Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Anthropology.” Paper presented at the European Conference on Science and Theology, Durham, England.  March 23-28, 1998.

10. “Relationality and Theological Method.” Paper presented at the Groningen University Philosophy of Religion colloquium. The Netherlands.  April 20, 1997.

9. “The Fiduciary Structures of Rationality in Theology and Science.” Paper presented at the European Conference on Science and Theology.  Krakow, Poland. March 26-30, 1996.

8. “The Regulative Function of Reciprocal Relationality in Schleiermacher’s Theological Anthropology.” Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion, New Orleans, LA. November 23-26, 1996.

7. “One Spirit with the Lord: A Permutational Model for Spiritual Unity in the Dialectical Identity of the Christian.” Paper presented at the Evangelical Theological Society. November 21-22, 1996.

6. “The Adult Learner’s Search for Meaning: Psychological and Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Religious Education.” Paper presented at the Religious Education Association’s annual meeting: Adult Learners: Making Critical Connections. Indianapolis, IN. November 8-11, 1992.

5. “Towards a Postcritical Paradigm for Transformative Adult Learning in Graduate Education.” Paper presented at the Eighth Annual Conference of NUCEA: Teaching Adults in Changing Times.  University of Chicago. February, 1992.

4. “Integrative Adult Learning Theory as a Matrix for Epistemological Transformation.” Paper presented at the 13th Annual Conference of the Association for Integrative Studies. Bemidji State University. Bemidji, MN. October 24-27, 1991.

3. “Integrating the Arts and Sciences: An Experiment in Interdisciplinary Epistemology.” Paper presented at the National Conference on Nontraditional/Interdisciplinary Programs, George Mason University. May 11-13, 1991.

2. “An Open Systems Model for Academic Advising.” Paper presented at the National Conference on the Adult Learner. Columbia, SC. May 25-29, 1991.

1. “The Personal Coefficient in Adult Faith Development.” Paper presented at the International Conference on Michael Polanyi. Kent State University, Ohio. April 11-14, 1991.

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