Conor Cunningham
University of Nottingham

Whither the Soul? The End of Death

Project Description:

Project will endeavour to offer an account of the soul, of the imago Dei, in light of evolution, and in so doing avoid epistemological scepticism, and ontological nihilism. Are we to think of the person in monistic, dualistic, or tripartite terms, or indeed as nonexistent? How do we really confront our materiality in light of modern science, but also in light of the Incarnation? And how do we provide an account of the soul and the person, or the person as a soul, that will be both orthodox and reasonable, indeed enlightening? That is the task that I wish to begin to carry out at the CTI. The volume that I will write will act as a companion piece to my previous work: Darwin’s Pious Idea. I will examine evolutionary theory, the Fathers, and Doctors of the church, contemporary philosophy and theology.

Conor Cunningham is Co-director of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. He is author of Genealogy of Nihilism (London: Routledge, 2002) and Darwin’s Pious Idea: Why the Ultra Darwinists and Creationists Both Get it Wrong (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2010), which is being translated into a number of languages, and has already won a prize.  Cunningham also wrote and presented the multi-award winning BBC documentary- Did Darwin Kill God?