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Meet the Grantees

This project is supported by The BioLogos Foundation’s Evolution & Christian Faith program. BioLogos does not necessarily endorse the views expressed by the Project Leader(s) or their institution, nor do the Project Leader(s) or their institution necessarily endorse the views expressed by BioLogos.

Configuring Adam and Eve: Exploring Conceptual Space at the Interface of Theological and Scientific Reflection on Human Origins

Oxford University
Dr. Benno van den Toren

Many Christians are concerned that evolutionary accounts of human origins can put key Christians doctrines under heavy strain -- in particular, the Image of God, Original Sin, and the Goodness of God. Many non-believers reject Christian faith because they believe it is inconsistent with modern science. Such tensions are pastorally and evangelistically damaging.

This project brings together an international team of scholars based at University of Oxford representing diverse academic fields in the arts (theology, history and philosophy) and sciences (biological physics and chemistry) and diverse theological and scientific commitments. They aim to bring their various viewpoints to bear on the complex relationships between Christian doctrine and recent scientific work on human origins. In particular, they will explore where progress can be made by distinguishing between scientific evidence and interpretations of that evidence, on the one hand, and between essential Christian doctrines and interpretations of those doctrines on the other.

The team’s work will take the form of two international conferences with published proceedings, one academic book on the problem of evil, articles submitted to peer-reviewed journals, popular-level contributions to the BioLogos website, and three popular-level symposium-style books on the Image of God, Original Sin and the Problem of Evil. The project has been designed to create opportunities for a broad array of scholars from Europe and North America to join them in investigating and advancing this question.

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