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Andrew P. Porter (1946-) has been a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and has taught in the department of philosophy of religion at Graduate Theological Union and in the department of philosophy and religious studies at Dominican College in San Rafael, California.

His education is an extensive combination of applied science and religion: a BA in Physics and Chemistry from Harvard College in 1968; a MS in Applied Science from the University of California-Davis in 1968; a PhD from the Department of Applied Science, University of California-Davis in 1976 (thesis: The Method of Independent Timesteps in the Numerical Solution of Initial Value Problems); a Master of Theological Studies  from  Church Divinity School, Berkeley, in 1980 (thesis: Meeting God in History, Relativity, and Pluralism); and a PhD from Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, in 1991 (thesis: H. Richard Niebuhr's Doctrine of Providence in the light of Martin Heidegger's Phenomenology).

His teaching and research interests include phenomenological philosophy, especially as applied to monotheism; Bible; the doctrine of providence; analogy in religious language, the via negativa; the theology of H. Richard Niebuhr; philosophy of Martin Heidegger; and science and religion.

Why the interest in religion after so much work in science? Porter writes, "The short version is that I learned about JEDP in 7th grade, and later, 1972-1976, realized there was more than I knew, and so came to CDSP to find out more.  What came out of it is in the sequence of books, but that sequence is not finished (God willing), and the hardest questions are yet to come."

The works here were assigned a Creative Commons license by Porter:  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). These include:

  • "Meeting God in History, Relativity, and Pluralism" (MTS thesis)
  • "H. Richard Niebuhr's Doctrine of Providence in the light of Martin Heidegger's Phenomenology" (PhD thesis)
  • Exposure, Limitation, and Need, the first volume of Elementary Monotheism
  • Action and Language in Historical Religion, the second volume
  • By the Waters of Naturalism
  • Unwelcome Good News
  • In the Beginning, Exodus: The Bible then and now
  • Where, Now, O Biologists, is Your Theory?
  • Living in Spin: Narrative as a Distributed Ontology of Human Action
  • Basic Concepts of Biblical Religion: A Prolegomenon
 
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