Get ready for a bunch of nerdy fun.

Sarah Lane Ritchie is Lecturer in Theology and Science at the University of Edinburgh. She has a PhD in Science and Religion from the University of Edinburgh, where her doctoral work focused on the question of divine action in the human mind. A Michigander by birth, Sarah also holds a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Spring Arbor University, an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an MSc in Science and Religion from the University of Edinburgh. Her published work focuses on questions arising from the intersection of theology, philosophy, and the various brain-related sciences. Sarah’s research interests include divine action, philosophy of mind, naturalism, cognitive science of religion, and the psychology of belief formation.

Dr. Sarah Lane Ritchie joins the podcast to discuss her upcoming book Divine Action and the Human Mind and a bunch of other topics including…

  • Her story of coming out of Southern Baptist Fundamentalism
  • spiritually integrated physicality
  • the Hard Problem of Consciousness
  • physicalists, dualists, panpsychism, and more
  • theologians should NOT be scared of scientific accounts
  • embodied cognition’s rejection of downloadable consciousness
  • why no more machine imagery, but organism!
  • the problem with the contemporary Divine Action debate
  • i proceed to offer Philip Goff’s Russellian Monism as an option
  • the combination problem and the zombie thought experiment
  • how the scientific study of religion has uncovered how natural it is
  • why Mainline Protestants are working against sharing their faith with their children
  • rethinking psychedelics for spiritual traditions (here’s the Rupert Sheldrake episode we mention)
  • i told a story of bourbon, fasting, ketosis, mindfulness, and getting consumed by a skull
  • we discuss divine action and why Sarah thinks Philip Clayton is almost right
  • the relationship of divine action, the problem of evil, and theory of mind
  • Sarah finished her Mdiv at Princeton without actually reading Karl Barth
  • the ethical quandary of sex-bots and Tripp’s high quality sanitation dodge
  • the relationship of religious traditions to spiritual practices