The Theology of Evolution — Convergent, Contingent or Directed?

Edinburgh University – Conference: ‘The Theology of Evolution — Convergent, Contingent or Directed?’

Tuesday 13 December 2016

The conference, sponsored by the BTA, took place in Martin Hall, New College, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The speakers were Prof Simon Conway Morris (Cambridge), Dr Michael Burdett (Oxford), Dr Bethany Sollereder (Oxford), and Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker (Birmingham). The respondents included Dr David Lewin (Strathclyde), a longstanding BTA supporter.

This was a 1-day conference to encourage critical engagement with Teilhard’s evolutionary theology. It included presentations, respondents and discussion.


  1. to bring together key researchers with expertise on Teilhard and on evolutionary theory;
  2. to extend critical understanding of Teilhard’s evolutionary theology;
  3. to engage other theologians and scientists, especially those working at the University of Edinburgh;
  4. to engage postgraduate students on the Science and Religion MSc programme and Ph.D. students;
  5. to engage the wider public in the city of Edinburgh and surrounding region.

Some 65 people attended the conference, which was judged a great success.

Back to List