Lectures & Presentations

2010 Onwards

“Slipping,” presentation to Boston Theological Society, Newton, MA, November 11, 2010.

“Religious and Spiritual Experiences,” presentation to Boston University School of Theology Faculty, September 25, 2010.

“Modeling Religiously Inspired and Rationalized Violence,” presentation to the Boston University Religion Fellows Program, Boston University, September 20, 2010.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Describing Religious and Spiritual Experiences,” keynote address to Wisdom of the Ages IV Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, July 23, 2010

Wesley J. Wildman, “The State of Research on Religious and Spiritual Experiences,” keynote address to Wisdom of the Ages IV Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, July 23, 2010

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Development of the Scientific Study of Religion,” to Conference on Religion and Science for Visiting Chinese Scholars, Walker Center, Newton, Massachusetts, July 9, 2010

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Ambiguous Heritage and Perpetual Promise of Liberal Theology,” keynote lecture to annual conference of the Highlands Institute for North American Religion, Philosophy, and Theology, Boulder, Colorado, June 17, 2010.

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Future of Philosophy of Religion,” Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday April 22, 2010.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Multidisciplinarity in Philosophy of Religion,” Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday April 22, 2010.

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Life and Work of Claude Welch,” to the American Theological Society, Princeton Theological Seminary, March 26, 2010”

2005-2009

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Argument from Neglect and the Nature of God,” Science, Technology, and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion, Montreal, November 9, 2009.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Habitat and Religious Anthropology,” Boston Theological Society, November 6, 2008.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Cognitive Error and Contemplative Practices: The Cultivation of Discernment in Mind and Heart,” Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, American Academy of Religion, Chicago, October 31, 2008.

Wesley J. Wildman, “A Neglected Type of Character Transformation,” to Research Group, Religious and Psychological Well-Being Project, Boston, October 27, 2008.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Sex and Religious Anthropology,” New Haven Theological Discussion Group, October 18, 2008.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Make it Start, Make it Stop! Religious and Spiritual Experiences and the Longer-Range Future,” public lecture at Boston University, Boston, MA, April 14, 2008.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Ultimacy Images Arising from the Microbial Ocean,” to the American Theological Society, April 5, 2008.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Peeking Behind the Ideological Curtain: The Social Embedding of Religious and Spiritual Experiences,” public lecture at Boston University, Boston, MA, March 17, 2008.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Can You Trust Your Instincts? Cognitive Reliability and an Ecological-Semiotic Theory of Religious Engagement,” public lecture at Boston University, Boston, MA, February 25, 2008.

Wesley J. Wildman, “A Smorgasbord of Dangers and Delights: The Phenomenology of Religious and Spiritual Experiences,” public lecture at Boston University, Boston, MA, December 10, 2007.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Theology, Ethics, and the Biology of Sex Differences,” to Science, Technology, and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion, San Diego, November 17, 2007.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Radical Ethics and a Polarized World,” Willson Lecture to Oikos Scholar’s program, Oklahoma City University, October 26, 2007.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Radical Empathy and a Polarized Nation,” Willson Lecture to Oikos Scholar’s program, Oklahoma City University, October 25, 2007.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Radical Inclusiveness and a Polarized Church,” Willson Lecture to Oikos Scholar’s program, Oklahoma City University, October 25, 2007.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Spirituality and the Brain: A Revolutionary Scientific Approach to Religious and Spiritual Experiences,” public lecture at Boston University, Boston, MA, October 1, 2007.

Wesley J. Wildman, “What Do We Think We Are Doing? A Framework for Interpreting Religious and Spiritual Experiences,” public lecture at Boston University, Boston, MA, September 17, 2007.

Wesley J. Wildman, Consultation on Buddhism and Science, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA, April 20-21, 2007.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Behind, Between, and Beyond Anthropomorphic Models of Ultimate Reality,” keynote address to the "Models of God" pre-conference, Pacific Coast Division of the American Philosophical Association, San Francisco, CA, April 4-5, 2007.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Naturalizing Ritual,” response to H. Paul Santmire, “Ritualizing Nature,” Boston Theological Society, December 7, 2006.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Hand in Glove: Evaluating the Fit of Method and Theology in van Huyssteen’s Interpretation of Human Uniqueness,” to Science, Technology, and Religion group, American Academy of Religion, Washington DC, November 18-21, 2006.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Kaufman on Creativity,” to American Journal of Philosophy and Theology Group, American Academy of Religion, Washington DC, November 18-21, 2006.

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Import of Physical Cosmology for Philosophy and Theology,” to research conference on “Cosmology and Process Philosophy in Dialogue: Fundamental Philosophical Issues in Recent Cosmology and their Religious Significance,” Center for Process Studies, Claremont, CA, October 7, 2006.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Wildman on Griffin on Process Cosmology,” to research conference on “Cosmology and Process Philosophy in Dialogue: Fundamental Philosophical Issues in Recent Cosmology and their Religious Significance,” Center for Process Studies, Claremont, CA, October 5, 2006.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Causation-Based Relational Metaphysics,” to the research conference on “Relationality and Fundamental Physics,” Queens College, Cambridge; discussed in my absence, September 2-3, 2006.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Radical Embodiment and Theological Anthropology,” to the Annual Meeting of the Highlands Institute for American Religion, Philosophy, and Theology, Highlands, NC, June 15, 2006.

Wesley J. Wildman, “Wildman on Rolston on God,” response to Holmes Roston, followed by panel discussion, Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Boston University, January 24, 2006

Wesley J. Wildman, “Neuroscience and Religious Experience,” at Core Curriculum Science Forum, Boston University, December 7, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, “New Natural Theology,” to New Haven Theological Discussion Group, Yale University, New Haven, CT, October 29, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, “A Causal Theory of Relationality,” to research conference on “Relationality and Fundamental Physics,” Academy of Sciences, Athens, October 14, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, “Liberal Evangelicals in the United States,” presentation and retreat leader, Young Clergy Group, West Newbury, MA, September 23-24, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, “Ultimacy and Suffering,” to Research Conference on Natural Evil sponsored by the Vatican Observatory and the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, Castel Gandolfo, Rome, September 15, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, “Suffering in Nature,” to Research Conference on Natural Evil sponsored by the Vatican Observatory and the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, Castel Gandolfo, Rome, September 15, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, “Science and Religion in the Contemporary American Scene,” to Summer Institute of the Chinese Christian Scholars Association in North America, Newton, MA, June 29, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, “A Commentary on Gordon Kaufman’s In the Beginning…Creativity,” Highlands Institute for American Religion, Philosophy, and Theology, Highlands, NC, June 24, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, “The New Natural Theology: Tracing the Path from Nature to Ultimate Reality,” Highlands Institute for American Religion, Philosophy, and Theology, Highlands, NC, June 23, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, “Introduction to the Science-Religion Specialization,” Invited Lecture, Zhe Jiang University, Hang Zhou, China, January 8, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Value of the Science-Religion Specialization,” Invited Lecture, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, January 6, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, member of panel on “Prospects for Religion in Modern China,” Jilin University, Chang Chun, China, January 5, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Resilience of Religion in Secular, Scientific Environments,” Jilin University, Chang Chun, China, January 5, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, “Beyond Scientism, Superstition, and Fundamentalism: Harmonizing Science and Religion,” Invited Lecture, Jilin University, Chang Chun, China, January 4, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, “Harmonizing Science and Religion,” Invited Lecture, Heilong Jiang University, Harbin, China, January 3, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, “Two Great Mistakes in the History of Science and Religion in the West,” Invited Lecture, Harbin College, Harbin, China, January 2, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, member of panel on “The Future of Science and Religion in China,” Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, January 2, 2005

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Inevitability of Religion and the Wisdom of Cooperation with Science,” Invited Lecture, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China, January 2, 2005

2000-2004

Wesley J. Wildman, “Science and Religion,” Keynote Address to Sino-American Exchange on Science and Religion, Harbin Normal University, Harbin, China, December 31, 2004

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Value of the Science-Religion Specialization,” Keynote Address to First Annual Conference on Science and Religion, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, December 28, 2004

Wesley J. Wildman, “A Review and Critique of ‘The Divine Action Project’—A Dialogue among Scientists and Theologians,” The Catherine and Henry J. Gaisman Annual Memorial Lecture, Tulane University, New Orleans, October 28, 2004

Wesley J. Wildman, “Law, Chance, Nature, and God,” Internationaion, Boston, Massachusetts, August 19, 2004

Wesley J. Wildman, member of panel roundtable on “Types, Virtues, and Liabilities of Religious Naturalism,” Highlands Institute for American Religious Thought Members’ Seminar, Highlands, North Carolina, June 25, 2004

Wesley J. Wildman, chair of panel session on “Corrington’s Aesthetic Naturalism,” Highlands Institute for American Religious Thought Members’ Seminar, Highlands, North Carolina, June 24, 2004

Wesley J. Wildman, “Science and Religion: What it is and how to teach it,” to conference of visiting Chinese professors sponsored by Chinese Christian Scholars Association in North America, Newton, Massachusetts, June 17, 2004

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Resilience of Religion in Secular Social Environments,” Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, March 9, 2004

Wesley J. Wildman, “Consensus and Divergence: A Review of the Divine Action Project, Castel Gandolfo, Italy, September, 2003

Wesley J. Wildman, “Quantum Mechanics and Divine Action,” to Divine Action Project, Castel Gandolfo, Italy, September, 2003

Wesley J. Wildman, “Religious Experience and the Church,” to one-day symposium devoted to my work on the topic, Boston University, August, 2003

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Theological Project of Robert Cummings Neville,” to American Theological Society, Princeton Theological Seminary, April 5, 2003

Wesley J. Wildman, “Does God Direct Evolution? A Discussion of Purpose in Nature from Aristotle to the Intelligent Design Movement,” to Boston University Philosophy Club, November 12, 2002

Wesley J. Wildman, “A Pragmatic Approach to Rationality in Science and Religion,” to Goethe Institute Conference on Religion in Dialogue with Science, Tradition and Plural Cultures, Boston University, October 22-24, 2002

Wesley J. Wildman, “Solving Complicated Problems: A Pragmatist Philosophical Framework for Negotiating Competing Truth Claims,” to CTNS Science and Religion Conference, Harvard University, July 2, 2002

Wesley J. Wildman, “Wildman on Smith on Chemically-Assisted Religious Experience,” response to Huston Smith for Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Boston University, November 14, 2001

Wesley J. Wildman, “John,” dramatic presentation/lecture to Humanities Core Curriculum

Wesley J. Wildman, “Religious Diversity,” to Fall Info Blizzard, Boston University, October 2, 2001

Wesley J. Wildman, “Consciousness Expanded: Western Evolutionary Theory Meets South Asian Philosophy,” International Seminar on Science and Metaphysics: A Discussion on Consciousness and Genetics, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore, India, June 26, 2001

Wesley J. Wildman, “Metaphysical Implications of Modern Science,” Panel Chair and Presenter, International Seminar on Science and Metaphysics: A Discussion on Consciousness and Genetics, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore, India, June 25, 2001

Wesley J. Wildman, “A Theological Appraisal of the Neuropsychological Study of Religious Experience,” CTNS Science and Religion Course Program, Advanced Workshop, Montreal, June 1, 2001

Wesley J. Wildman, “Wildman on Ferré on Values,” American Theological Society, Princeton, NJ, April 21, 2001

Wesley J. Wildman, “Speaking of Ultimacy,” Boston Theological Society, April 5, 2001

Wesley J. Wildman, “Theology, Science, and Animals,” Tufts University, Veterinary School, March 30, 2001

Wesley J. Wildman, “Religion and Science in Action: Changing Education, Inquiry, and Practice,” Templeton Lecture, Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT, February 8, 2001

Wesley J. Wildman, “Wildman on Neville on Courage,” response to Robert Cummings Neville, “Courage: Heroes and Anti-heroes,” Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Boston University, January 24, 2001

Wesley J. Wildman, “Making Scholarly Expertise Count: Paths Toward Action,” Plenary Address to Future Visions Conference, State of the World Forum 2000, New York, September 7, 2000

Wesley J. Wildman, “The State of Scholarship in Science and Religion at the Turn of the Century,” Inaugural Keynote Address to the First Annual Boston Theological Institute Science and Religion Colloquium, Boston University, April 27, 2000

Wesley J. Wildman, “Religion and Ecology—Blending Research and Action,” panel with Mary Evelyn Tucker, Boston University, March 14, 2000

1995-1999

Wesley J. Wildman, “Moral Values from Scientific and Religious Perspectives,” visiting lecture, Simmons College, Boston, November 8, 1999

Wesley J. Wildman, “Relevance is the Question: Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory in relation to Theological Topics in the World’s Religions,” to the Pre-Conference of the Vatican Observatory-Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences Divine Action Project, Wye College, University of London, Kent, England, September 26, 1999

Wesley J. Wildman, “Rethinking the Ethics of Biotechnology,” to the Bioethics and Cloning Conference, Boston University, June 1, 1999

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Ethics of Fetal Cell Transplants,” dialogue with Susan Stafford, Simmons College, Boston, April 27, 1999

Wesley J. Wildman, “Wilson and Gould: When Scientists Let their Hair Down,” faculty lecture, Providence College, Connecticut, April 16, 1999

Wesley J. Wildman, “Does the Universe have a Purpose?” public lecture, Biology Lecture Series, Providence College, Connecticut, April 16, 1999

Wesley J. Wildman, “Religion and Science,” visiting lecture, Simmons College, Boston, March 23, 1999

Wesley J. Wildman, “Comparing Religious Ideas: A New Approach,” public lecture, Adelaide College of Divinity, Australia, March 16, 1999

Wesley J. Wildman, “Jesus Christ for Today,” public lecture, Adelaide College of Divinity, Australia, March 11, 1999

Wesley J. Wildman, “Comparing Religious Ideas: A New Approach,” interdisciplinary Social Science faculty lecture, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia, March 5, 1999

Wesley J. Wildman, “Integration in Theological Education,” to the faculty of United Theological College, Sydney, Australia, March 2, 1999

Wesley J. Wildman, “Adventures in Genetic Technology,” response paper to Highlands Institute for American Religion, Philosophy, and Theology, Orlando, November 23, 1998

Wesley J. Wildman, “Theology and Science in Global Philosophical Perspective,” to conference, “The Interplay between Philosophy, Science, and Religion: The European Tradition,” Leuven, Belgium, November 18, 1998

Wesley J. Wildman, “The State of Science and Religion Teaching,” to the Advisory Committee for the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences’ Science and Religion Course Program, November 1, 1998

Wesley J. Wildman, “What’s Happening in Recent Science and Theology?” lecture to Pastor’s Colloquium, September 14, 1998

Wesley J. Wildman, “A Neuropsychological-Semiotic Theory of Religious Experience,” with Leslie Brothers, Vatican Observatory and Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences meeting, Krakow, Poland, June, 1998

Wesley J. Wildman, chair of Plenary Session for Christianity and Ecology Conference, Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard, April 17, 1998

Wesley J. Wildman, presentation on “Church-Seminary Relations” to Faculty, Staff, and Student Retreat, Boston University, March 25, 1998

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Dynamics of the Cognitive Breakdown of Religious Symbols,” to Boston Theological Society, February 10, 1998

Wesley J. Wildman, “Pedagogy in the Theology and Science Classroom,” lecture to Templeton Science and Religion Workshop, Berkeley, January 17, 1997

Wesley J. Wildman, “What’s Happening in Recent Theology?” lecture to Pastors’ Colloquium, Boston University, October 6, 1997

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Problem of Suffering in Job,” lecture to Humanities Core Curriculum, Boston University, October 2, 1997

Wesley J. Wildman, “Coordinating Biological, Social, and Religious Visions of Humanity,” public lecture at Truman State University, Missouri, September 25, 1997

Wesley J. Wildman, “Theology and Science from a Pragmatic Philosophical Perspective,” lecture to the Philosophy and Religion Club at Truman State University, Missouri, September 25, 1997

Wesley J. Wildman, “Neurophysiology and Language about Ultimacy,” CTNS/Vatican Observatory Joint Preconference on Divine Action, Berkeley, September 14, 1997

Wesley J. Wildman, “Strategic Mechanisms within Religious Symbol Systems,” LAUD Symposium, University of Duisburg, Germany, April, 1997

Wesley J. Wildman, “Brain, Consciousness, and Theology,” FASET Lecture Series at Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord, Massachusetts, March 9, 1997

Wesley J. Wildman, “Notes on Lamentations,” program notes for Julian Wachner, “Lamentations,” December 31, 1996

Wesley J. Wildman, “God and Loneliness,” Boston Theological Society, December 10, 1996

Wesley J. Wildman, “Slipping into Horror: A Theological Approach to the Underside of Life,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, New Orleans, November 25, 1996

Wesley J. Wildman, “The Challenge of Theological Anthropology: Coordinating Biological, Social, and Religious Visions of Humanity,” at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, New Orleans, November 24, 1996

Wesley J. Wildman, “Science and Religion at CTNS: Retrospect, Prospect, Celebration,” public lecture with W. Mark Richardson for CTNS, Berkeley, November 11, 1996

Wesley J. Wildman, “In Praise of Loneliness,” Institute for Philosophy and Religion Lecture Series, Boston University, October 23, 1996

Wesley J. Wildman, “Evolution, Teleology, and Divine Action,” CTNS/Vatican Observatory Joint Conference on Divine Action, Castel Gondolfo, Rome, June 28, 1996

Wesley J. Wildman, “Religion and Science Update: Religious Anthropology and Evolutionary Theory,” to Lunchtime Seminar Series, Marsh Chapel, March 30, 1996

Wesley J. Wildman, “Hart on Fall or Fault in Human Nature,” response paper for Institute for Philosophy and Religion, Boston University, April 10, 1996

Wesley J. Wildman, “Evolution, Teleology and Metaphysical Ambiguity,” to Boston Theological Society, April 9, 1996

Wesley J. Wildman, “Religious Pluralism and Social Stability,” to Symposium on Theology, Philosophy, and Religion, Boston University, February 17, 1995

1991-1994

Wesley J. Wildman, “Christology and Cult, Faith and History: A Troeltschian Interpretation,” to Boston Theological Society, December 13, 1994

Wesley J. Wildman, participant in Boston Theological Institute’s “Theology of Life” Roundtable Conference (two meetings, October and December, 1994)

Wesley J. Wildman, “Introduction to Chaos Theory,” to meeting of US Delegates to Vatican Observatory Conference on Chaos Theory and Divine Action, September, 1994

Wesley J. Wildman, “Doing Metaphysics Properly,” to Colloquium of Faculty of the Sydney College of Divinity, United Theological College, Sydney Australia, August 9, 1994

Wesley J. Wildman, “Divine Action,” United Theological College, Sydney, Australia, August 9, 1994

Wesley J. Wildman, “God and the New Physics,” United Theological College, Sydney, Australia, August 9, 1994

Wesley J. Wildman, “Getting Clear About Similarities and Differences Between Theology and Science,” Public Lecture for Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, May 9, 1994

Wesley J. Wildman, panel member for Research Conference on Ellis, Before the Beginning, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, April 16, 1994

Wesley J. Wildman, “Modest Christology” at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Washington DC, November, 1993

Wesley J. Wildman, “What is Metaphysics Good For?” to the Boston University Society for Theology, Religion and Philosophy, Boston, MA, September 23, 1993

Wesley J. Wildman, “A Modest Christology,” Boston University School of Theology, Boston, MA, February, 1993

Wesley J. Wildman, “A Study of the Logistic Mapping: A Simple Deterministic Equation Showing Chaotic Behavior” at the Conference of US Delegates to the Vatican Observatory/Center for Theology and Natural Sciences Research Project on Chaos, Complexity and Self-Organization, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, October 23-25, 1992

Wesley J. Wildman, “Theology and Science in Contemporary Perspective,” Tenth Anniversary Lecture for Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, April 1992

Wesley J. Wildman, “Science and Theology in the Seminary,” Public Lecture for the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, 1991