School of Divinity

Science and Religion

Mondays 4.10 to 5.30pm, Baillie Room, unless otherwise noted

All are welcome. For enquiries, please contact Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie. Email

Semester 2: Spring 2020

Date Speaker Topic
13 January

 Dr Ron Petrick


Artificial Intelligence: Should We Really Be Worried About the AI Takeover? 

20 January

 Dr Jonathan Jong


Experimenting with Religion: Can Scientists Study Gods, Souls, and Rituals? 

27 January

Dr Bethany Sollereder


Restoration Ecology: A Science in Search of a Theology 

3 February

Dr Megan Loumagne


The Nature of Beauty: Sexual Selection and Theologies of Nature

10 February

Dr Tobias Tan

(Ripon College Cuddesdon)


17 February No seminar

Flexible Learning Week


24 February


Dr Sarah Rugheimer



Astrobiology, Metaphysics, and Why I Get Out of Bed in the Morning

26 February

Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie (Edinburgh) and Panel

Book Launch: Divine Action and the Human Mind

9 March

Dr Christopher Cotter


The Over-Emphasis on Science and Meaning-Making in the Study of the Non-Religious 

16 March



Dr Tripp Fuller



Consciousness and the Bifurcation of Nature

Semester 1: Autumn 2019

Date Speaker Topic
16 September

Prof Mark Harris


Introducing the Landscape of Science and Religion for MSc students

23 September

Dr Mike Fuller


 Introducing the History of Science and Religion for MSc students

30 September

Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie


Introducing the Philosophy of Science for MSc students

7 October

Dr Glaire Anderson

(Edinburgh College of Art)

Wonders that Prove the Wisdom of the Merciful: Instruments of Science & Visual Culture in the Age of the Great Caliphs

14 October

Dr David Brown

(Independent Scholar)      

Evolution as Ontology

21 October Book panel

Divine Action in the Human Mind, by Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie     

***Co-hosted by Science & Religion and Theology & Ethics***

11 November

Ingrid Malm Lindberg


The Cognitive Role of Imagination in Science and Religion

18 November

Dr Liam Fraser

Church of Scotland Campus Minister


Opposites Attract: New Atheist and Six-Day Creationist Approaches Toward Science and Scripture