I teach philosophy, theology, religion, and ethics at Boston University in the United States. I direct Boston University’s unique religion and science PhD program. I also work in the religious thought program within Boston University’s graduate school, and a variety of graduate degree programs in Boston University’s School of Theology. With Patrick McNamara, I founded the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion, a research institute dedicated to the scientific study of religion. I participate in numerous research projects related to the study of religion using the sciences of cognition and culture.
My personal goals include communicating with diverse audiences about religion in all of its aspects. It is a complicated, wonderful, dangerous set of human phenomena, and we need to understand it to exercise responsible control over it. I use my web sites and publications to reach out to non-academic audiences about religion and spirituality.
For example, one of my outreach programs involves explaining to the general public what scientists and other intellectuals have to say about religion and spirituality. Resources of this kind are collected at ScienceOnReligion.org, ExploringMyReligion.org, and the ScienceOnReligion blog at Patheos.com.
Another of my outreach programs is the Liberal Evangelical Project. This project aims to empower Christians who see themselves as intentional moderates and to offer resources to Christian congregations who intend to be both Christ-centered and creatively inclusive. These Christians and congregations have both liberal and evangelical instincts, they find polarized political and religious debates alienating, and they are inspired by Jesus’ example of radical inclusiveness and by his preaching of a love that transcends ideological and theological divisions. Resources are collected at LiberalEvangelical.org, including news articles and Dr. Brandon Daniel-Hughes’ perceptive and eccentric Le Blog.
I live with my family in the Boston area, having emigrated from Australia. I am fond of cricket, Vegemite, and Australian Rules Football.
You can contact me at wwildman-at-bu.edu (replace the “-at-” with @).
The photographs on this site are meaningful to me. I believe each of them is in the public domain. If anyone knows otherwise, please contact me and I will remove the picture immediately.