Blog Contributors

2018 Contributors

Jaime Wright is a doctoral candidate at the University of Edinburgh’s Divinity School. She studies the use of literary works, primarily speculative fiction and poetry, within the Science-and-Religion field. Her article ‘Emily Dickinson: a poet at the limits’ (published in Theology in Scotland) focuses on the epistemology of the nineteenth-century American poet as it pertains to the relation of theology and science in her writings. Jaime also tutors on Edinburgh’s new on-line MSc in Philosophy, Science and Religion.


adam marshallAdam Marshall is currently completing his PhD thesis in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. His research deals primarily with Khmer Evangelical Christians in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His research interests include ritual and religion, the anthropology of Christianity, Buddhism, spatiality and temporality, subjectivity and personhood, the anthropology of ethics, political anthropology, Cambodia, and Southeast Asia. Adam holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and an MSc with Distinction in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh. He currently and happily dwells in Edinburgh, Scotland with his wife and daughter.


AkuAku Visala, PhD (University of Helsinki) is a philosopher of religion whose work is located at the intersection of philosophy, theological anthropology and the cognitive sciences. He is currently an adjunct professor in philosophy of religion and Research Fellow of the Finnish Academy at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He has held postdoctoral positions at the universities of Oxford, Princeton and Notre Dame. His publications include Naturalism, Theism and the Cognitive Study of Religion (Routledge 2011), Conversations on Human Nature (with Agustín Fuentes, Routledge 2015) and Verbs, Bones, and Brain: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Nature (co-edited with Agustin Fuentes, University of Notre Dame Press 2017). Aku is currently working on a five-year project (2016-2021) on free will and science.


Sarah Lane Ritchie is Research Fellow in Science & Theology at the University of St Andrews. She holds a PhD and MSc in Science & Religion from the University of Edinburgh, an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a BA in Philosophy & Religion from Spring Arbor University. Sarah’s research interests involve points of contact between theology, neurobiology, cognitive science,  and philosophy of mind, with particular focus on theistic versions of physicalism.


Oct 2015.2Julia Feder is Assistant Professor of Theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska (USA).  She specializes in Theological Anthropology in the Christian tradition.  Her articles have been published in Theological Studies; Philosophy, Theology, and the Sciences; and the Journal of Religion and Society.  Her first book project is titled Trauma and Salvation: A Theology of Healing.  



Tom Uytterhoeven (Belgium, born 1972) graduated in 1993 as teacher in primary education. Since 2003 he combined a full-time job, first as a teacher and later on as a lecturer in religious education at Thomas More Mechelen University College, with the study of theology at KU Leuven. From 2012 to 2016, he was a doctoral researcher preparing a dissertation on evolutionary explanations of religion. He is currently a voluntary researcher and as such member of the Research Unit of Systematic Theology and the Study of Religions at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, KU Leuven. Since 2017, Tom serves as a pedagogical advisor for the organization of Catholic Education in Flanders, working on topics related to the institutional identity of Catholic schools (


2017 Contributors

nomiNomi Pritz-Bennett: PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh

Born and raised in Jerusalem to a Swiss mother and an American father, and as a part of the city’s Christian minority, I have a keen personal interest in the intersection between theology, politics, and history.  Currently, I am a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity.  My doctoral research examines the use of the mystico-ascetic tradition in the works of French philosopher, Maurice Blondel.  Prior to arriving in Edinburgh, I studied at Regent College (Vancouver), where I focused on the relationship between history, tradition, and the supernatural in modern French Catholic thought.


N. Gray Sutanto: PhD candidate in systematic theology at the University of Edinburgh and a theologian at Covenant City Church, Jakarta, Indonesia.

His research interest is primarily in neo-Calvinism, that branch of theology that identifies itself as rooted in the theological projects of Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck.  More Broadly, he is interested in constructive theological Prolegomena, 19th-20th-century continental philosophy and phenomenology, the relationship between contemporary continental and analytic philosophy, and the relationship between neo-Calvinism and 17th-century Reformed orthodoxy.  He has published numerous articles, and you can follow him on here:


George Walters-Sleyon: PhD candidate New College University of Edinburgh.

Research focus: Practical Theology and Criminal Justice Reform.  George holds a Master of Divinity and postgraduate Master in Sacred Theology in Philosophy, Theology and Social Ethics from Boston University.  His present PhD research is a Theo-comparative analysis of punishment, mass incarceration and death in US and UK penal systems (Scotland and England and Wales) focused on racially and economically marginalized individuals.

Besides his academic interests, George is also a gospel singer/songwriter with two recording albums. One of his original songs, God’s Been Good to Me was nominated Gospel Single of the Year in 2004.