Paul Allen
BA (University of British Columbia), MDiv (University of Toronto), PhD (University of Ottawa)

Dr Paul Allen conducts research in the fields of science–theology dialogue, theological anthropology, and systematic theology. He has written a monograph titled Ernan McMullin and critical realism in the science–theology dialogue (Ashgate/Routledge) as well as an upper-level textbook, Theological method: a guide for the perplexed (T&T Clark). He has co-written (with Peter M.J. Hess) Catholicism and science (Greenwood/ABC CLIO), and he has published a number of book chapters and articles in journals such as Heythrop Journal of Theology, Ex Auditu, Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, Open Theology, and American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly. He is currently completing the first of a three-part systematic theological anthropology, Creaturehood: sin and evolution in theological anthropology. The second volume, which is supported by Bridging Two Cultures II, is tentatively titled Christian rule: evolution and human nature in theological perspective. Other projects include work as subject editor for the forthcoming T&T Clark encyclopedia of Christian theology and as editor of a forthcoming collection of essays titled The gritty saint: Augustine and contemporary social issues. He lectures in courses on God, Jesus Christ, science–religion dialogue, religion and politics, theological method, and theological anthropology.

Professor of Theology, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Project: Evolution and Human Nature: Christian Rule in Theological Perspective
Ryan Bebej
BSc (Calvin College), PhD (University of Michigan)
Dr Ryan Bebej holds a BS with honours in biology from Calvin College (2005) and a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology with an emphasis in vertebrate palaeontology from the University of Michigan in 2011. He has been a faculty member since 2012 in the Department of Biology at Calvin College, where he teaches courses in anatomy, physiology, and evolution. His primary research interest is the evolution of marine mammals from terrestrial ancestors, with particular focus on the earliest cetaceans (whales). He is especially interested in understanding the evolution of swimming modes as the earliest cetaceans adapted for life in water. He has excavated ancient whale skeletons in Wadi Al-Hitan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Egypt, and he routinely works in the collections at world-renowned museums, where he studies the anatomies of modern mammals to help with the interpretation of fossil forms. He is also keenly interested in the integration of science and Christian faith and has been a speaker for the BioLogos Foundation since 2016.
Assistant Professor of Biology, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Project:
Evolutionary creation and the problem of animal death and suffering before the Fall
Amanda Boston
BS (Lubbock Christian University), PhD (Texas Tech University) 
Dr Amanda Boston is an organic chemist whose original research interests began with the synthesis of organic ligands for use in metal extractions. After earning her doctorate in 2010, she became an instructor at Texas Tech University, where she coordinated the undergraduate teaching laboratories and was heavily involved in developing a strong lab safety culture. When she came to Lubbock Christian University in 2012, she began working with the Honors College and was named its associate dean in 2016. Her recent research interests have been in chemical education and ligand synthesis. She recently presented at a regional meeting of the American Chemical Society about women in chemistry, and is currently mentoring an undergraduate research project that analyzes the effect of varying teaching styles and assignments in the undergraduate organic chemistry classroom. As associate dean of the Honors College, she facilitates undergraduate research projects across many fields of study and engages both faculty and students in interdisciplinary conversations. She is excited to expand her research interests to topics encompassing science and faith.
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
Project: Non-reductive reflections on chemical theories of emergence of life
Clayton Carlson
BSc (University of Wisconsin), PhD (University of Wisconsin)
Dr Clayton Carlson is trained in biochemistry, works in molecular biology, and recognizes the need to help the Church engage challenging science well. He regularly teaches courses in genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, and the integration of science and faith. His research interests include studying the effect of the gut microbiota on expression of miRNAs in the brain, the frequency of different antibiotic resistance genes in urban waterways, and how the Church Fathers integrated their faith with the prevailing world views of the time. The goal of his current project is to learn how the Church Fathers practised cultural integration, in order to inform how we can bridge the gap between Christians and the scientific community. When faced with challenging science that impedes traditional understandings of origins, the role of humans, or the arena of God’s work, some believers respond with fear, scepticism, and indifference. For the sake of the Church and the world, we must learn to respond instead with critical reading, thoughtfulness, and gratitude.
Associate Professor of Biology, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois, USA
Project: Engaging science Christianly
Evangeline Cornwell
BA (San José State University), BLS (Mary Washington University), MA (State University of New York) PhD (Boston University)
Dr Evangeline Cornwell is in her fourth year of teaching in the Department of Biology at Gordon College. She teaches molecular cell biology, medical biotechnology, microbiology, animal biology, animal physiology, a senior seminar, and a science course for non-majors. She also serves as the biotechnology internship coordinator, and advises students interested in pursuing careers in biotechnology. Her current research, in collaboration with researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, involves investigating the molecular signalling pathways leading to the activation of eosinophils in allergen-driven inflammation. Along with a team of undergraduate researchers under her mentorship, she helped to generate, confirm the phenotype of, and then test several different eosinophil-specific knockout mice in order to study the importance of certain surface receptors in eosinophil differentiation, migration, and localization to tissues during the allergic response. In her doctoral work at Boston University, she investigated the role of several signalling proteins and transcription factors in the NF-kappaB signalilng pathway in C-26 tumor-induced cachexia. In her free time, she is active in church ministry and also trains in Gojo Ryu karate.
Assistant Professor of Biology, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts, USA and Visiting Professor, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Project: Imago Dei mean in the world of chimeras, clones and biotechnological enhancements: The evidence for the biological basis of faith, and the implications of those findings on Christianity
Joy Doan
BA (Albion College), PhD (University of Wisconsin)
Dr Joy Doan’s interest in the intersection of faith, science, and society, specifically in the areas of immunology and public health, dates back to her undergraduate liberal arts education. Following completion of a BA in Biology, she completed a PhD at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in Medical Microbiology and Immunology, postdoctoral research in Immunology at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, Colorado, and one year teaching on faculty at the University of Colorado at Denver. She joined the faculty of Bethel University in 2004. Her interest in the role of macrophages in chronic inflammatory conditions has resulted in current laboratory projects that focus on the modulation of macrophage activation by plant-derived compounds such as resveratrol. Additionally, she has developed her interest in the intersection of Christianity, cell biology, and public health, by teaching an interdisciplinary course on HIV/AIDS and designing integrative activities on topics such as vaccination for her other courses. She is excited to deepen these interests by exploring the implications of the molecular mechanisms of an evolutionary model of creation for our understanding of God’s goodness.
Professor of Biological Sciences, Bethel University, St Paul, Minnesota, USA
Project: Beauty, Tragedy, and the Benevolent Creator: Theodicy Through the Lens of the Cell
Wade Grabow
BSc (United States Air Force Academy), MSc (University of Central Florida, MDiv (Princeton Theological Seminary), PhD (University of California)
Dr Wade Grabow’s primary research interests involve the biological molecule ribonucleic acid (RNA). In particular, his work focuses on understanding the relationship between RNA structure and function, working towards the rational design of RNA nanoparticles, and investigating topics surrounding RNA’s perceived role in the origin of life. His broader research interests seek to incorporate scientific concepts, theories, and practices with matters that influence and/or coincide with Christian faith and theology. His current project considers RNA’s perceived role in the origin of life with particular attention to the origin of biological information and its potential contribution towards a Christian theology of information. Dr Grabow holds a PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary. He currently teaches a variety of introductory and advanced undergraduate classes at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington, USA
Project: The origin of biological information and its role in the origin of life
Elizabeth Lewis Hall
BA (Biola University), MA (Biola University), PhD (Biola University)
Dr Elizabeth Lewis Hall is Professor at Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University, where she teaches clinical and integration courses. Her current empirical research focuses on women’s issues in the evangelical subculture, suffering, and grace. She is also committed to the practice and teaching of the integration of psychology and theology, and most recently has been integratively examining the meaning of having bodies, meaning-making in suffering, and the pedagogy of integration. Her grant project focuses on the roles of tolerance of ambiguity and intellectual humility in the pedagogy of integration. She has written over 80 articles and book chapters for Christian and secular publications. Her contributions to the integration of psychology and theology have been recognized in various ways, including the Charles J. Miller Christian Scholar’s Review Best Essay Award for volume 39 (2010), the Wheaton College Omar Scandrette Integration Award (2007), the Biola University Robert B. Fischer Award for Faculty Excellence (2010), and the CAPS Narramore Award for Excellence in the Integration of Theology and Psychology (2016).
Professor of Psychology, Biola University, La Mirada, California, USA
Project: A pedagogy for tension between religion and science: The roles of intellectual humility and uncertainty tolerance
Scott Hawley
BSc (College of William & Mary), PhD (University of Texas)
Dr Scott Hawley is a computational physicist who has developed scientific software to study black holes, spacecraft measurements, acoustics measurement and visualization, and machine learning systems for signal processing. As a student working at the US Naval Research Laboratory, he made the first measurements of flow speeds in the solar corona, and was published in Science. He went on to receive a PhD in numerical relativity from the University of Texas in 2000, followed by postdoctoral work on supercomputer simulations of gravitational wave sources at the Albert Einstein Institute in Germany. In 2006 he transitioned from research to a teaching role, educating audio-engineering students in acoustics and electronics at Belmont University. To prepare his students for the impact of emerging technologies, he began investigating machine learning, which rekindled his passion for research. He founded ASPIRE Research Co-op to facilitate interdisciplinary innovation between academia, medicine, and the music industry, leading to collaborations applying neural networks to audio classification and synthesis. His most recent journal publication was the feature article in The Physics Teacher in February 2018 for his iOS app ‘Polar pattern plotter’. Hawley’s project for Bridging the Two Cultures II is ‘Christian responses to the ascendancy of artificial intelligence’.
Associate Professor of Physics, Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Project: Christian Responses to the Ascendancy of Artificial Intelligence  
Louise Huang
BSc (Cornell University), MSc (University of California), PhD (University of California)
Dr Louise Huang studied fibre science and polymer chemistry and received her BS from Cornell University and her MS and PhD from the University of California, Davis. Her interest in environmental science originated from her undergraduate and graduate research on the degradation of pesticides on cellulosic materials. She holds two US patents on such technologies.
Currently, she teaches introductory chemistry and serves as the Director of the Center for Research in Science (CRIS) at Azusa Pacific University. Her area of teaching and research lies in environmental stewardship and sustainability. She believes education is vital to thorough and transformative understanding that can result in effective solutions for contemporary issues such as global climate change. In and outside the classroom, she strives to equip students in cultivating a global Christian worldview through learning and appreciating science. She is also a firm believer in and advocate of interdisciplinary, collaborative work that can bring about innovation in some of the most challenging issues that are scientific in nature and global in impact.
Director, Center for Research in Science, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California, USA
Project: Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability in Christian Higher Education Institutions
Sr Beena Jose
BSc (Vimala College), MSc (University of Calicut), PhD (University of Calicut)
Dr Sr Beena Jose completed her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Calicut, Kerala, India, in 2005. She has published more than 40 research papers in reputable national and international journals and has authored one book. She was selected as an International Visiting Research Scholar at the Jesuit School of Theology (JST) of Santa Clara University, USA, for 2014–15 and is the recipient of the University Grants Commission’s major and minor research grants. Currently she is an assistant professor of chemistry at Vimala College, Thrissur, Kerala, India. As a part of the Bridging the Two Cultures programme, she is working on the project ‘The mastery of science meets the mystery of religion: a critical study of the theological and ethical dimensions of the recent advances in genetic sciences and its impact on religion, society and culture’. Making specific changes to DNA has become an effective tool to modify genomes with enormous possibilities and capabilities for the future, raising at the same time serious ethical and social issues. This project is an attempt to examine this controversial situation critically in the light of recent developments in genetic sciences and to study its impact on religion, society, and culture.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Vimala College, Thrissur, Kerala, India
Project: The Mastery of Science Meets the Mystery of Religion: A Critical Study of the Theological and Ethical Dimensions of the Recent Advances in Genetic Sciences and Its Impact on Religion, Society and Culture
Michael Kugler
BA (Judson Baptist College), MA (Western Washington University), PhD (The University of Chicago)
Dr Michael Kugler grew up in Portland, Oregon, USA. He took his BA in History from Judson Baptist College and his MA in History at Western Washington University, and completed his PhD in European Intellectual History at the University of Chicago in 1994. He teaches courses in modern European history, including the Reformation; narrative and history in the comic book and film; Nazi Germany and the Shoah; and philosophy of history and historiography. His research has largely concentrated on the Scottish Enlightenment, in particular the early history of the social sciences. More recently he has taken up subjects like Scottish contributions to Enlightenment natural theology, anti-Enlightenment and anti-modern sentiment among Christian scholars, and the contribution of Incarnational theology to Christian understanding of historiography. He also has interests in historical pedagogy, in particular the empathy/sympathy distinction and the problem of teaching towards such dispositions. Among his recent writing projects, he is working on the challenge of secular modernity to clerical authority in the Scottish Enlightenment, providentialism and the science of human nature in the same era, and a manuscript on Adam Ferguson as a neo-Augustinian providentialist architect of the early social sciences.
Professor of History, Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, USA
Project: Providence and Divine Conspiracy in Early British Science of Human Nature
Jonathan Lett
BA (Cedarville University), MDiv (Duke University Divinity School), PhD (University of St Andrews)
Dr Jonathan Lett is an Assistant Professor of Theology and the Director of Outreach at LeTourneau University’s Passage Institute for Youth and Theology. He has degrees from Cedarville University (B.A.), Duke University Divinity School (M.Div.), and the University of St Andrews (Ph.D.). His research primarily explores the political and ecclesial nature of traditional theological claims in conversation with contemporary philosophical, ethical, and social concerns. He has published articles in Modern Theology, Journal of Biblical Studies, and Syndicate. He is currently finishing a book-length study of Karl Barth’s understanding of creation’s nature and order. His B2C2 research project, “Evolution, Technology, and the Ethics of Created Order,” seeks to provide a theological account of created order that can accommodate the evolving nature of the human by articulating the necessary limits and capacities of human nature in light of God’s good end for creation. By viewing creation’s order from its fulfillment in Christ, he develops a moral framework that can guide our applications of technology to promote human flourishing.
Assistant Professor of Theology, LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas, USA
Project:
Evolution, Technology, and the Ethics of Created Order
Andrew Logemann
BA (Wheaton College), MA (Indiana University), PhD (Indiana University)

Dr Andrew Logemann is an Associate Professor at Gordon College where he serves as chair of the Department of English and Director of the First-Year Writing Program. Much of his research and teaching is about the literature and culture of British modernism. He is particularly interested in the impact of science and technology on all aspects of modernist literature, from the ways in which scientific advances informed literary representations of time, space, matter, and energy, to relations between the body and technology, to modernism’s reaction to, and shaping of, our modern information society. He is currently completing a book project on The Physics of Modernism.

Associate Professor of English, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts, USA
Project: Anthropocene Fictions: Science, Literature, and Religion in a Time of Climate Change
Claudia May
BA (University of York), MA (University of California), MTS (Pacific School of Religion), PhD (University of California)
Dr Claudia May specializes in the practices, principles, and theology of reconciliation and has over two decades of experience working alongside, teaching, and learning from practitioners, leaders, front-line ministers, congregations, and denominations. She is a literary critic and specialist in African American, Caribbean, and US ethnic literatures and a practitioner of practical theology, spiritual director, poet, fiction writer, and storyteller; she also explores the intersections between popular culture, fiction and memoir writing, hip-hop, spoken word, and faith experiences. Her work has been published by Oxford University Press, Taylor & Francis, Walter de Gruyter, Lexington Books, and Routledge, among others, and includes Jesus is Enough: Love, Hope, and Comfort in the Storms of Life (Augsburg Fortress, 2005) and articles and poetry in Patheos, Radix, The Mennonite, and Red Letter Christians. Her children’s book When I Fly with Papa (WiseInk, 2018) explores how children and adults can co-create a liberating relationship with God. Her research through the Bridging the Two Cultures programme will inform her academic and creative writings that explore the relationship between trauma, racism, storytelling, and healing.
Director and Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies, Bethel University, St Paul, Minnesota, USA
Project: Racial Trauma, The Power of Story, and Reconciliation
Christopher Micklewright
BA (Eastern University), MA (Villanova University), PhD (Bryn Mawr College)
Dr Christopher Micklewright currently focuses on research at the intersection of mathematics, philosophy, and theology.  In particular, he is working to develop a perspective on mathematics that emphasizes its connection to the created world, as opposed to the abstract platonism favoured by many Christian mathematicians.  He is a member of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences and has published articles on mathematical pedagogy in its conference proceedings.  Dr Micklewright earned his PhD in mathematics at Bryn Mawr College, where his research was in Legendrian Knot Theory, and an MA at Villanova University.  For the past five years, he has been teaching a wide variety of mathematics at Eastern University in Pennsylvania, where he earned his BA with a mathematics major and a theology minor. When not working on mathematics, he is kept busy raising three young boys with his wife, Heather.  They are active members of a local Episcopal parish, the Church of the Good Samaritan.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Eastern University, St Davids, Pennsylvania, USA
Project: Mathematics and an Epistemology of Love
Francis Wamakima Muregi
BSc (Kenyatta University), MSc (Kenyatta University), PhD (Hammamatsu University School of Medicine)
Dr Francis W. Muregi holds a PhD in medical sciences from Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Japan, where he also pursued his post-doctoral training. He is an associate professor in the Department of Medical Biochemistry at Mount Kenya University, where he has also served as the Director of Research and Development for the last six years. He has over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals, in addition to supervising PhD and master’s students. He has won many research grants and awards, the most recent being the Templeton World Charity Foundation Inc. grant for a project geared towards bridging the gap between Religion and Science in Kenya, and the National Research Fund (NRF-Kenya) grant to promote science communication among scholars and media practitioners. Prof Muregi is the founder of the Christian & Scientific Association of Kenya (CSAK), and is also establishing the African Institute for Science, Religion & Ethics (AISRE); both are hosted at Mount Kenya University. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in bioethics (MBE). His current research interests include new drug development strategies, targets, and delivery systems.
Director of Research and Development, Mount Kenya University, Nairobi, Kenya
Project: Influence of Scientism on Christian Faith in Africa: A Case Study of Kenyan Universities
Francisco O’Reilly
MA (Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino), PhD (Universidad de Navarra)
Dr Francisco O’Reilly is chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Montevideo, where he has been a faculty member since 2010. He lectures on ancient and medieval philosophy and the philosophy of religion. He is also Assistant Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy at the Universidad de la República (State University). He completed his undergraduate studies at Universidad del Norte Santo Tomás de Aquino (Argentina) and his PhD at the University of Navarra (Spain). Dr O’Reilly’s research interests are the philosophy of religion and medieval philosophy, and he has conducted an investigation into the initial reception of Islamic philosophy in the Latin West. He has also worked on Science and Religion, and especially on cosmology and the idea of creation; he is currently writing a book with the astronomer Gonzalo Tancredi about the science of the end of the world, including the problem of the new cosmology and the meaning of life. Among his recent articles are ‘Causality, flux and procession: an unexpected encounter between Proclus, Eriugena, and Avicenna’ (in press) and ‘La metafísica como perfección del deseo humano: comentario a Philosophia Prima (IX, 7) del Avicenna Latinus’, Quaestio: Journal of the History of Metaphysics, 15 (2015).
Chair of the Philosophy Department, University of Montevideo, and Assistant Professor of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay
Project: 
The end of the world and the meaning of life
Josh Reeves
 BA (Samford University), MDiv (Beeson Divinity School), PhD (Boston University)
Dr Josh Reeves is Assistant Professor of Science and Religion at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and Boston University’s Science and Religion programme. Upon graduation, he completed a two-year postdoctoral position in the Heyendaal Program for Theology and Science at Radboud University in the Netherlands. He is co-author of A little book for new scientists (with Steve Donaldson; InterVarsity Press) and Against methodology in science and religion: recent debates on rationality and theology (in the Routledge Science and Religion series). His next book project will address Christian scepticism towards scientific experts. Josh also serves as co-chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Science, Technology, and Religion Group.
Assistant Professor of Science and Religion, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Project: Why Trust Scientific Experts? Addressing Science Skepticism Among Christians
Mitchell Stokes
BS (University of Florida), MS (University of Central Florida), MA (Yale University), PhD (University of Notre Dame) 
Dr Mitchell Stokes is a Senior Fellow of Philosophy at New St Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. His primary areas of research are the history and philosophy of science and mathematics and the epistemology of religion. He received his PhD in philosophy from Notre Dame under the direction of Alvin Plantinga and Peter van Inwagen. At Yale, he earned an MA in religion under the direction of Nicholas Wolterstorff. He also holds an MS in mechanical engineering and, before his philosophy career, worked for an international engineering firm, where he earned five patents in aeroderivative gas turbine technology. His books include A shot of faith (to the head): be a confident believer in an age of cranky atheists (Thomas Nelson), How to be an atheist: why many skeptics aren’t skeptical enough (Crossway), and a forthcoming calculus textbook that places calculus in its historical and philosophical contexts.
Senior Fellow of Philosophy, New Saint Andrews College, Moscow, Idaho, USA
Project: Evolutionary explanations of the applicability of mathematics in contemporary physics 
James Van Slyke
BSc (Missouri State University), MSc (Fuller Theological Seminary), MA (Fuller Theological Seminary), PhD (Fuller Theological Seminary) 
Dr James Van Slyke is Associate Professor of Psychology at Fresno Pacific University. His first book was The cognitive science of religion (Ashgate Press, 2011), and he has also co-edited two books entitled Theology and the science of moral action: virtue ethics, exemplarity and cognitive neuroscience (Routledge Press, 2012) and The attraction of religion: a new evolutionary psychology of religion (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015). He has published articles in Zygon, Religion, Brain & Behavior, and Evolutionary Psychological Science.
Associate Professor of Psychology, Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, California, USA
Project: Why is religion attractive? Sexual selection theory, long-term mating strategies, and religion 
Héctor Velázquez Fernández
PhD (University of Navarra)
Dr Clayton Carlson is trained in biochemistry, works in molecular biology, and recognizes the need to help the Church engage challenging science well. He regularly teaches courses in genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, and the integration of science and faith. His research interests include studying the effect of the gut microbiota on expression of miRNAs in the brain, the frequency of different antibiotic resistance genes in urban waterways, and how the Church Fathers integrated their faith with the prevailing world views of the time. The goal of his current project is to learn how the Church Fathers practised cultural 
Full Professor, Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, Puebla, México
Project: The ‘Human perfecting’ concept, according to Science, Philosophy and Religion. Univocal or equivocal or analoguos approaches?
Channon Visscher
BA (Dordt College), MA (Washington University in St. Louis), PhD (Washington University in St. Louis)
Dr Channon Visscher received his PhD in earth and planetary sciences from Washington University in St Louis and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (Texas) and a research scientist at Southwest Research Institute (Colorado) before returning to Dordt College in 2013. His research interests involve modelling physical and chemical processes in planetary and astrophysical environments. The goal of this work is to better understand the underlying processes responsible for observed planetary properties, and to provide clues about the formation and evolution of planetary systems. Recent applications of this research include simulating cloud formation in exoplanetary atmospheres and modelling the chemical evolution of lunar material during the formation of the moon. Dr Visscher will be working on a project exploring how scientific descriptions of origins behave as creation stories, and how these theories interact with our cultural and religious views of creation. Particular attention will be given to the chaos and violence implied by a number of scientific formation theories, and how such events interact with Christian views of creation.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Planetary Sciences, Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, USA
Project: Creation Stories for Planetary Systems
Ronald Wright
BA (Mount Vernon Nazarene College), MA (Fuller Theological Seminary), PhD (Fuller Theological Seminary)
Dr Ronald Wright attended Fuller Theological Seminary, where he received a PhD in clinical psychology and a MA in theology. He has taught in the psychology departments at Southern Nazarene University (1997–2002) and Mount Vernon Nazarene University (2002–10). He also taught for a semester in 2007 as a Fulbright Scholar in the master’s programme of psychotherapy and psychodiagnostics at the University of Bucharest, Romania. He returned to Southern Nazarene University in 2010 as the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling.  Dr Wright’s research interests include the role of existential and attachment dynamics on spiritual development, as well as the integration of relational psychoanalysis and Wesleyan theology. He is a co-editor of Wesleyan theology and social science: the dance of practical divinity and discovery (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010). He also co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Psychology and Christianity in 2014 that focused on tradition-based integration. He is currently interested in the impact of security-focused and growth-focused religious orientations on faith development, particularly as they interact with the Science and Religion dialogue.
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology and Counseling, Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, Oklahoma, USA
Project: The existential weight and threat of evolution: Religious orientations, existential tradeoffs, and implications for the science and religion dialogue