Ard Louis

Ard Louis is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford, where he leads a interdisciplinary research group studying problems on the border between chemistry, physics and biology, and is also director of graduate studies in theoretical physics. From 2002 to 2010 he was a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. He is also an associate of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. He has written for the BioLogos Foundation, where as of November 2011, he sat on the Board of Directors. He engages in molecular gastronomy. Prior to his post at Oxford he taught Theoretical Chemistry at Cambridge University where he was also director of studies in Natural Sciences at Hughes Hall. He was born in the Netherlands, was raised in Gabon and received his first degree from the University of Utrecht and his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cornell University.

  • Miracles and Science: The Significance of Worldviews

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    Miracles and Science: The Significance of Worldviews | Ard Louis

    If I assume a divine will and purpose behind the world, I believe that I can construct a much more compelling tapestry that incorporates all of the threads of human existence.&nb... Read More >

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  • Science and Biblical Miracles

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    Science and Biblical Miracles | Ard Louis

    Biblical miracles are always linked to special theological purpose and are therefore, almost by definition, non-repeatable and a-scientific. Read More >

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  • Miracles, Science, and the Laws of Nature

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    Miracles, Science, and the Laws of Nature | Ard Louis

    How can you believe in such things nowadays – Walking on water, a resurrection from the dead? Those are miracles, and aren’t you a scientist? Read More >

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  • Southern Baptist Voices: A Response to James Dew, Part 2

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    Southern Baptist Voices: A Response to James Dew, Part 2 | Ard Louis

    I can happily research the natural world and do normal science because science studies the regular ways that God sustains the universe.   Read More >

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  • Southern Baptist Voices: A Response to James Dew, Part 1

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    Southern Baptist Voices: A Response to James Dew, Part 1 | Ard Louis

    Similar to how earlier generations encountered evolution through an ugly form of Social Darwinism, many today associate it with an amoral, materialist, hopeless, selfish outlook. Read More >

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  • The Source of Human Value

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    The Source of Human Value | Ard Louis

    In this video, physicist Louis describes that our value and purpose do not come from whether or not we were created by an evolutionary mechanism.  Read More >

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  • Concerns About the Implications of BioLogos’ Science, Pt. 6

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    Concerns About the Implications of BioLogos’ Science, Pt. 6 | Ard Louis

    So a big question for the church is: who can you trust to assess the implications of new scientific discoveries? The answer is certainly not individuals, no matter how gifted. Read More >

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  • Evolution: Blind, Pointless, and Random?

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    Evolution: Blind, Pointless, and Random? | Ard Louis

    The (inevitable?) outcome of this stochastic process is the emergent self-assembly of the “endless forms most beautiful” that include you and I. Read More >

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  • God and Nature are not Competitors

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    God and Nature are not Competitors | Ard Louis

    Our modern concept of “Nature” as an entity independent of God cannot be found in the Bible.  Read More >

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  • Addressing Christian Concerns About the Implications of BioLogos’ Science

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    Addressing Christian Concerns About the Implications of BioLogos’ Science | Ard Louis

    Many barriers to evangelical Christian acceptance of the BioLogos model arise from popular misconceptions about the nature of science and its relationship to God's action in our world... Read More >

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  • Ard Louis on Intelligent Design

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    Ard Louis on Intelligent Design | Ard Louis

    Physicist Louis expresses some doubts about Intelligent Design, noting that his primary resistance to the movement is based on theological, rather than scientific, grounds.  ... Read More >

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