Presentations

2010 Onwards

“The Importance of the Scientific Study of Religion for Theological Reflection,” American Theological Society, March 22, 2013

“Cultivating Compassion: Challenges and Choices for a Public Theology of Universal Love,” Boston Theological Society, December 6, 2012.

Author’s Response to Panel on Religious and Spiritual Experiences (Cambridge, 2011), American Academy of Religion, November 17, 2012.

“Science and Religion,” LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY, November 6, 2012.

“The Three Domains of Science and Religion: Scientific Study of Religion, Spirituality and Health Research, and Religion-Science Dialogue,” LeMoyne College, Syracuse, NY, November 5, 2012.

Response and Discussion Panel on Virginia Sapiro Lowell Lecture on American Civil Discourse, Boston University, October 25, 2012.

“Managing Ideological Conflict through Understanding-Based Empathy,” Boston University School of Theology, September 28, 2012.

“Training Religious Leaders in Religious Ideology Awareness,” Boston University School of Theology, September 27, 2012.

“Make it Start! Make it Stop! Technology and the Future of Religious Experience,” Mynadnock Lyceum and New Hampshire Public Radio, Peterborough, NH, August 19, 2012.

“Çatalhöyük and Processes of Civilizational Transformation” (joint presentation with F. LeRon Shults), Çatalhöyük Research Team, Çatalhöyük, Turkey, July 12, 2012.

“Spectrums Research: Building Relationships through Understanding-based Empathy,” Boston University School of Theology, March 26, 2012.

“Western Atheism from the Enlightenment to the Present,” College of the Holy Cross, March 19, 2012.

“Why Does Science Matter for Theological Anthropology?” New Haven Theological Discussion Group, March 17, 2012.

“Response to Amesbury, Knepper, and Schillbrack on Religious Philosophy as Multidisciplinary Comparative Inquiry,” Society for Philosophy of Religion, Savannah, GA, February 25, 2012.

“Scientific Approaches to Violent Religious Extremism,” Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University, February 6, 2012.

“The Scientific Study of Religion as a Vital Component of the Academic Study of Religion,” Arizona State University, February 6, 2012.

“The Future of Secular Humanism,” lecture to Boston University Atheists and Secular Humanists, Boston, December 8, 2011.

“Dennett on the Value and Future of Religion,” keynote lecture to Center for Inquiry conference on “Daniel Dennett and the Scientific Study of Religion: A Celebration of the Fifth Anniversary of Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon,” Amherst, New York, December 2-3, 2011.

“Reframing Transcendence: Conditions for the Compatibility of Ground-of-Being Theism and Religious Naturalism,” Boston Theological Society, Boston, MA, December 1, 2011.

“Biology and Theology,” Capital Region Theological Center, Albany, NY, November 5, 2011.

“Cosmology and Theology,” Capital Region Theological Center, Albany, NY, November 5, 2011.

“Violent Religious Extremism in Scientific Perspective,” Union College, November 4, 2011.

“Religious Philosophy and Theology of Religion,” University of Agder, September 20, 2011.

“What would Luther do? Religious Extremism and Violence in the Reformation and Today,” University of Agder, September 21, 2011.

“Religion and Secularism,” University of Agder, September 20, 2011.

“Introduction to the Multidimensional Religious Ideology Scale,” presentation to the Second Conference of the Spectrums Project, May 17, 2011.

“Reframing Transcendence: Conditions for the Compatibility of Ground-of-Being Theism and Religious Naturalism,” paper presented in absentia to conference on Naturalism and Transcendence, Copenhagen   University, Denmark, April 29, 2011.

“Compassion in Buddhist-Christian Comparative Perspective,” lecture to Drepung Loseling Monastery, April 25, 2011.

“Cultivating Compassion: Challenges and Choices,” lecture to conference on Compassion Meditation, Emory University, April 25, 2011.

“Corrington’s Ecstatic Naturalism in Light of the Scientific Study of Religion,” lecture to First Annual Conference on Ecstatic Naturalism, Drew University, Madison, NJ, April 1, 2011.

“The Resilience of Religion in Secular Contexts in Light of the Cognitive Science of Religion,” lecture to conference on “Secularism in the Late Modern Age: Between New Atheisms and Religious Fundamentalisms,” Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia, January 28, 2011.

“Slipping,” presentation to Boston Theological Society, Newton, MA, November 11, 2010.

“Religious and Spiritual Experiences,” presentation to Boston University School of Theology Faculty, September 25, 2010.

“Modeling Religiously Inspired and Rationalized Violence,” presentation to the Boston University Religion Fellows Program, Boston University, September 20, 2010.

“Describing Religious and Spiritual Experiences,” keynote address to Wisdom of the Ages IV Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, July 23, 2010

“The State of Research on Religious and Spiritual Experiences,” keynote address to Wisdom of the Ages IV Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, July 23, 2010

“The Development of the Scientific Study of Religion,” to Conference on Religion and Science for Visiting Chinese Scholars, Walker Center, Newton, Massachusetts, July 9, 2010

“The Ambiguous Heritage and Perpetual Promise of Liberal Theology,” keynote lecture to annual conference of the Highlands Institute for North American Religion, Philosophy, and Theology, Boulder, Colorado, June 17, 2010.

“The Future of Philosophy of Religion,” Drake University, Des   Moines, Iowa, Thursday April 22, 2010.

“Multidisciplinarity in Philosophy of Religion,” Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday April 22, 2010.

“The Life and Work of Claude Welch,” to the American Theological Society, Princeton Theological Seminary, March 26, 2010

2005-2009

“The Argument from Neglect and the Nature of God,” Science, Technology, and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion, Montreal, November 9, 2009.

“Habitat and Religious Anthropology,” Boston Theological Society, November 6, 2008.

“Cognitive Error and Contemplative Practices: The Cultivation of Discernment in Mind and Heart,” Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, American Academy of Religion, Chicago, October 31, 2008.

“A Neglected Type of Character Transformation,” to Research Group, Religious and Psychological Well-Being Project, Boston, October 27, 2008.

“Sex and Religious Anthropology,” New Haven Theological Discussion Group, October 18, 2008.

“Make it Start, Make it Stop! Religious and Spiritual Experiences and the Longer-Range Future,” public lecture at Boston University, Boston, MA, April 14, 2008.

“Ultimacy Images Arising from the Microbial Ocean,” to the American Theological Society, April 5, 2008.

“Peeking Behind the Ideological Curtain: The Social Embedding of Religious and Spiritual Experiences,” public lecture at Boston University, Boston, MA, March 17, 2008.

“Can You Trust Your Instincts? Cognitive Reliability and an Ecological-Semiotic Theory of Religious Engagement,” public lecture at Boston University, Boston, MA, February 25, 2008.

“A Smorgasbord of Dangers and Delights: The Phenomenology of Religious and Spiritual Experiences,” public lecture at Boston University, Boston, MA, December 10, 2007.

“Theology, Ethics, and the Biology of Sex Differences,” to Science, Technology, and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, November 17, 2007.

“Radical Ethics and a Polarized World,” Willson Lecture to Oikos Scholar’s program, Oklahoma    City University, October 26, 2007.

“Radical Empathy and a Polarized Nation,” Willson Lecture to Oikos Scholar’s program, Oklahoma    City University, October 25, 2007.

“Radical Inclusiveness and a Polarized Church,” Willson Lecture to Oikos Scholar’s program, Oklahoma City University, October 25, 2007.

“Spirituality and the Brain: A Revolutionary Scientific Approach to Religious and Spiritual Experiences,” public lecture at Boston University, Boston, MA, October 1, 2007.

“What Do We Think We Are Doing? A Framework for Interpreting Religious and Spiritual Experiences,” public lecture at Boston University, Boston, MA, September 17, 2007.

Consultation on Buddhism and Science, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, April 20-21, 2007.

“Behind, Between, and Beyond Anthropomorphic Models of Ultimate Reality,” keynote address to the “Models of God” pre-conference, Pacific Coast Division of the American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, CA, April 4-5, 2007.

“Naturalizing Ritual,” response to H. Paul Santmire, “Ritualizing Nature,” Boston Theological Society, December 7, 2006.

“Hand in Glove: Evaluating the Fit of Method and Theology in van Huyssteen’s Interpretation of Human Uniqueness,” to Science, Technology, and Religion group, American Academy of Religion, Washington DC, November 18-21, 2006.

“Kaufman on Creativity,” to American Journal of Philosophy and Theology Group, American Academy of Religion, Washington DC, November 18-21, 2006.

“The Import of Physical Cosmology for Philosophy and Theology,” to research conference on “Cosmology and Process Philosophy in Dialogue: Fundamental Philosophical Issues in Recent Cosmology and their Religious Significance,” Center for Process Studies, Claremont, CA, October 7, 2006.

“Wildman on Griffin on Process Cosmology,” to research conference on “Cosmology and Process Philosophy in Dialogue: Fundamental Philosophical Issues in Recent Cosmology and their Religious Significance,” Center for Process Studies, Claremont, CA, October 5, 2006.

“Causation-Based Relational Metaphysics,” to the research conference on “Relationality and Fundamental Physics,” Queens College, Cambridge; discussed in my absence, September 2-3, 2006.

“Radical Embodiment and Theological Anthropology,” to the Annual Meeting of the Highlands Institute for American Religion, Philosophy, and Theology, Highlands, NC, June 15, 2006.

“Wildman on Rolston on God,” response to Holmes Roston, followed by panel discussion, Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Boston University, January 24, 2006

“Neuroscience and Religious Experience,” at Core Curriculum Science Forum, Boston University, December 7, 2005

“New Natural Theology,” to New Haven Theological Discussion Group, Yale University, New Haven, CT, October 29, 2005

“A Causal Theory of Relationality,” to research conference on “Relationality and Fundamental Physics,” Academy of Sciences, Athens, October 14, 2005

“Liberal Evangelicals in the United States,” presentation and retreat leader, Young Clergy Group, West Newbury, MA, September 23-24, 2005

“Ultimacy and Suffering,” to Research Conference on Natural Evil sponsored by the Vatican Observatory and the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, Castel Gandolfo, Rome, September 15, 2005

“Suffering in Nature,” to Research Conference on Natural Evil sponsored by the Vatican Observatory and the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, Castel Gandolfo, Rome, September 15, 2005

“Science and Religion in the Contemporary American Scene,” to Summer Institute of the Chinese Christian Scholars Association in North America, Newton, MA, June 29, 2005

“A Commentary on Gordon Kaufman’s In the Beginning…Creativity,” Highlands Institute for American Religion, Philosophy, and Theology, Highlands, NC, June 24, 2005

“The New Natural Theology: Tracing the Path from Nature to Ultimate Reality,” Highlands Institute for American Religion, Philosophy, and Theology, Highlands, NC, June 23, 2005

“Introduction to the Science-Religion Specialization,” Invited Lecture, Zhe Jiang University, Hang Zhou, China, January 8, 2005

“The Value of the Science-Religion Specialization,” Invited Lecture, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, January 6, 2005

Member of panel on “Prospects for Religion in Modern China,” Jilin University, Chang Chun, China, January 5, 2005

“The Resilience of Religion in Secular, Scientific Environments,” Jilin University, Chang Chun, China, January 5, 2005

“Beyond Scientism, Superstition, and Fundamentalism: Harmonizing Science and Religion,” Invited Lecture, Jilin University, Chang Chun, China, January 4, 2005

“Harmonizing Science and Religion,” Invited Lecture, Heilong Jiang University, Harbin, China, January 3, 2005

“Two Great Mistakes in the History of Science and Religion in the West,” Invited Lecture, Harbin College, Harbin, China, January 2, 2005

Member of panel on “The Future of Science and Religion in China,” Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, January 2, 2005

“The Inevitability of Religion and the Wisdom of Cooperation with Science,” Invited Lecture, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, January 2, 2005

2000-2004

“Science and Religion,” Keynote Address to Sino-American Exchange on Science and Religion, Harbin Normal University, Harbin, China, December 31, 2004

“The Value of the Science-Religion Specialization,” Keynote Address to First Annual Conference on Science and Religion, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, December 28, 2004

“A Review and Critique of ‘The Divine Action Project’—A Dialogue among Scientists and Theologians,” The Catherine and Henry J. Gaisman Annual Memorial Lecture, Tulane University, New Orleans, October 28, 2004

“Law, Chance, Nature, and God,” International Society for Science and Religion, Boston, Massachusetts, August 19, 2004

Member of panel roundtable on “Types, Virtues, and Liabilities of Religious Naturalism,” Highlands Institute for American Religious Thought Members’ Seminar, Highlands, North Carolina, June 25, 2004

Chair of panel session on “Corrington’s Aesthetic Naturalism,” Highlands Institute for American Religious Thought Members’ Seminar, Highlands, North   Carolina, June 24, 2004

“Science and Religion: What it is and how to teach it,” to conference of visiting Chinese professors sponsored by Chinese Christian Scholars Association in North America, Newton, Massachusetts, June 17, 2004

“The Resilience of Religion in Secular Social Environments,” Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, March 9, 2004

“Consensus and Divergence: A Review of the Divine Action Project, Castel Gandolfo, Italy, September, 2003

“Quantum Mechanics and Divine Action,” to Divine Action Project, Castel Gandolfo, Italy, September, 2003

“Religious Experience and the Church,” to one-day symposium devoted to my work on the topic, Boston University, August, 2003

“The Theological Project of Robert Cummings Neville,” to American Theological Society, Princeton Theological Seminary, April 5, 2003

“Does God Direct Evolution? A Discussion of Purpose in Nature from Aristotle to the Intelligent Design Movement,” to Boston University Philosophy Club, November 12, 2002

“A Pragmatic Approach to Rationality in Science and Religion,” to Goethe Institute Conference on Religion in Dialogue with Science, Tradition and Plural Cultures, Boston University, October 22-24, 2002

“Solving Complicated Problems: A Pragmatist Philosophical Framework for Negotiating Competing Truth Claims,” to CTNS Science and Religion Conference, Harvard University, July 2, 2002

“Wildman on Smith on Chemically-Assisted Religious Experience,” response to Huston Smith for Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Boston University, November 14, 2001

“John,” dramatic presentation/lecture to Humanities Core Curriculum

“Religious Diversity,” to Fall Info Blizzard, Boston University, October 2, 2001

“Consciousness Expanded: Western Evolutionary Theory Meets South Asian Philosophy,” International Seminar on Science and Metaphysics: A Discussion on Consciousness and Genetics, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore, India, June 26, 2001

“Metaphysical Implications of Modern Science,” Panel Chair and Presenter, International Seminar on Science and Metaphysics: A Discussion on Consciousness and Genetics, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore, India, June 25, 2001

“A Theological Appraisal of the Neuropsychological Study of Religious Experience,” CTNS Science and Religion Course Program, Advanced Workshop, Montreal, June 1, 2001

“Wildman on Ferré on Values,” American Theological Society, Princeton, NJ, April 21, 2001

“Speaking of Ultimacy,” Boston Theological Society, April 5, 2001

“Theology, Science, and Animals,” Tufts University, Veterinary School, March 30, 2001

“Religion and Science in Action: Changing Education, Inquiry, and Practice,” Templeton Lecture, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT, February 8, 2001

“Wildman on Neville on Courage,” response to Robert Cummings Neville, “Courage: Heroes and Anti-heroes,” Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Boston University, January 24, 2001

“Making Scholarly Expertise Count: Paths Toward Action,” Plenary Address to Future Visions Conference, State of the World Forum 2000, New York, September 7, 2000

“The State of Scholarship in Science and Religion at the Turn of the Century,” Inaugural Keynote Address to the First Annual Boston Theological Institute Science and Religion Colloquium, Boston University, April 27, 2000

“Religion and Ecology—Blending Research and Action,” panel with Mary Evelyn Tucker, Boston University, March 14, 2000

1995-1999

“Moral Values from Scientific and Religious Perspectives,” visiting lecture, Simmons College, Boston, November 8, 1999

“Relevance is the Question: Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory in relation to Theological Topics in the World’s Religions,” to the Pre-Conference of the Vatican Observatory-Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences Divine Action Project, Wye College, University of London, Kent, England, September 26, 1999

“Rethinking the Ethics of Biotechnology,” to the Bioethics and Cloning Conference, Boston University, June 1, 1999

“The Ethics of Fetal Cell Transplants,” dialogue with Susan Stafford, Simmons College, Boston, April 27, 1999

“Wilson and Gould: When Scientists Let their Hair Down,” faculty lecture, Providence College, Connecticut, April 16, 1999

“Does the Universe have a Purpose?” public lecture, Biology Lecture Series, Providence College, Connecticut, April 16, 1999

“Religion and Science,” visiting lecture, Simmons College, Boston, March 23, 1999

“Comparing Religious Ideas: A New Approach,” public lecture, Adelaide College of Divinity, Australia, March 16, 1999

“Jesus Christ for Today,” public lecture, Adelaide College of Divinity, Australia, March 11, 1999

“Comparing Religious Ideas: A New Approach,” interdisciplinary Social Science faculty lecture, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia, March 5, 1999

“Integration in Theological Education,” to the faculty of United Theological College, Sydney, Australia, March 2, 1999

“Adventures in Genetic Technology,” response paper to Highlands Institute for American Religion, Philosophy, and Theology, Orlando, November 23, 1998

“Theology and Science in Global Philosophical Perspective,” to conference, “The Interplay between Philosophy, Science, and Religion: The European Tradition,” Leuven, Belgium, November 18, 1998

“The State of Science and Religion Teaching,” to the Advisory Committee for the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences’ Science and Religion Course Program, November 1, 1998

“What’s Happening in Recent Science and Theology?” lecture to Pastor’s Colloquium, September 14, 1998

“A Neuropsychological-Semiotic Theory of Religious Experience,” with Leslie Brothers, Vatican Observatory and Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences meeting, Krakow, Poland, June, 1998

Chair of Plenary Session for Christianity and Ecology Conference, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard, April 17, 1998

Presentation on “Church-Seminary Relations” to Faculty, Staff, and Student Retreat, Boston University, March 25, 1998

“The Dynamics of the Cognitive Breakdown of Religious Symbols,” to Boston Theological Society, February 10, 1998

“Pedagogy in the Theology and Science Classroom,” lecture to Templeton Science and Religion Workshop, Berkeley, January 17, 1997

“What’s Happening in Recent Theology?” lecture to Pastors’ Colloquium, Boston University, October 6, 1997

“The Problem of Suffering in Job,” lecture to Humanities Core Curriculum, Boston University, October 2, 1997

“Coordinating Biological, Social, and Religious Visions of Humanity,” public lecture at Truman State University, Missouri, September 25, 1997

“Theology and Science from a Pragmatic Philosophical Perspective,” lecture to the Philosophy and Religion Club at Truman State   University, Missouri, September 25, 1997

“Neurophysiology and Language about Ultimacy,” CTNS/Vatican Observatory Joint Preconference on Divine Action, Berkeley, September 14, 1997

“Strategic Mechanisms within Religious Symbol Systems,” LAUD Symposium, University of Duisburg, Germany, April, 1997

“Brain, Consciousness, and Theology,” FASET Lecture Series at Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord, Massachusetts, March 9, 1997

“Notes on Lamentations,” program notes for Julian Wachner, “Lamentations,” December 31, 1996

“God and Loneliness,” Boston Theological Society, December 10, 1996

“Slipping into Horror: A Theological Approach to the Underside of Life,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, New Orleans, November 25, 1996

“The Challenge of Theological Anthropology: Coordinating Biological, Social, and Religious Visions of Humanity,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, New Orleans, November 24, 1996

“Science and Religion at CTNS: Retrospect, Prospect, Celebration,” public lecture with W. Mark Richardson for CTNS, Berkeley, November 11, 1996

“In Praise of Loneliness,” Institute for Philosophy and Religion Lecture Series, Boston University, October 23, 1996

“Evolution, Teleology, and Divine Action,” CTNS/Vatican Observatory Joint Conference on Divine Action, Castel Gondolfo, Rome, June 28, 1996

“Religion and Science Update: Religious Anthropology and Evolutionary Theory,” to Lunchtime Seminar Series, Marsh Chapel, March 30, 1996

“Hart on Fall or Fault in Human Nature,” response paper for Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Boston University, April 10, 1996

“Evolution, Teleology and Metaphysical Ambiguity,” to Boston Theological Society, April 9, 1996

“Religious Pluralism and Social Stability,” to Symposium on Theology, Philosophy, and Religion, Boston University, February 17, 1995

1991-1994

“Christology and Cult, Faith and History: A Troeltschian Interpretation,” to Boston Theological Society, December 13, 1994

Participant in Boston Theological Institute’s “Theology of Life” Roundtable Conference (two meetings, October and December, 1994)

“Introduction to Chaos Theory,” to meeting of US Delegates to Vatican Observatory Conference on Chaos Theory and Divine Action, September, 1994

“Doing Metaphysics Properly,” to Colloquium of Faculty of the Sydney College of Divinity, United Theological College, Sydney Australia, August 9, 1994

“Divine Action,” United Theological College, Sydney, Australia, August 9, 1994

“God and the New Physics,” United Theological College, Sydney, Australia, August 9, 1994

“Getting Clear About Similarities and Differences Between Theology and Science,” Public Lecture for Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, May 9, 1994

Panel Member for Research Conference on Ellis, Before the Beginning, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, April 16, 1994

“Modest Christology” at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Washington DC, November, 1993

“What is Metaphysics Good For?” to the Boston University Society for Theology, Religion and Philosophy, Boston, MA, September 23, 1993

“A Modest Christology,” Boston University School of Theology, Boston, MA, February, 1993

“A Study of the Logistic Mapping: A Simple Deterministic Equation Showing Chaotic Behavior” at the Conference of US Delegates to the Vatican Observatory/Center for Theology and Natural Sciences Research Project on Chaos, Complexity and Self-Organization, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, October 23-25, 1992

“Theology and Science in Contemporary Perspective,” Tenth Anniversary Lecture for Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, April 1992

“Science and Theology in the Seminary,” Public Lecture for the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, 1991