Andrew P. Porter
email app -at- jedp.com
- Philosophy of Religion
- World Religions
- Beginning Bible
- Systematic Theology
- Mathematical Logic
- History of Philosophy
- Planetary Astronomy
- Evolution and Philosophy of Religion
- H. Richard Niebuhr
1998-present: Adjunct Faculty in philosophy of religion, Graduate Theological
Union, Berkeley, CA.
Teaching has been occasional.
- 2007: Adjunct Faculty in philosophy, Dominican University, San Rafael, CA
- 2001: Adjunct Faculty in philosophy and religious studies,
Dominican University, San Rafael, CA.
1996-1998: Instructor, philosophy and religious studies,
Las Positas College, 3033 Collier Canyon Road, Livermore, CA 94550
1994-2006: Physicist, part-time, Physics and Space Sciences Division,
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, P. O. Box 800, Livermore CA 94550
1968-1994: Physicist, Special Studies Group, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
1992 Spring: Instructor in Philosophy, Los Medanos College, Pittsburg, CA
1980-1987: Instructor in Theology, The School for Deacons
of the Episcopal Church, Diocese of California, Castro Valley, CA
1983 Teaching Assistant, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA
1991 PhD, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley CA;
thesis: "H. Richard Niebuhr's Doctrine of Providence
in the Light of Martin Heidegger's Phenomenology"
1980 Master of Theological Studies, Church Divinity School, Berkeley;
thesis: "Meeting God in History, Relativity, and Pluralism"
1976 PhD, University California, Davis, Department of Applied Science;
thesis: "The Method of Independent Timesteps in the Numerical
Solution of Initial Value Problems"
1968 MS, University California, Davis, Applied Science
1968 BA, Harvard College, Physics and Chemistry
GTU Comprehensive Examinations:
H. Richard Niebuhr
The Doctrine of Creation and the Philosophy of Nature
Publications and Presentations:
Living in Spin: Narrative as a Distributed Ontology of Human Action
Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse, 2011.
``Distributed Ontologies and Systems Ontologies,'' Pacific Coast Theological Society Journal,
``Are You Pro-Life When Life Hurts?''
In Life and Learning XV; Proceedings of the Fifteenth University
Faculty for Life Conference at Ave Maria Law School, 2005,
ed. Joseph W. Koterski, SJ.
Published by University Faculty for Life, at Georgetown University.
Where, Now, O Biologists, Is Your Theory?
Intelligent Design as Naturalism By Other Means,
Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2006.
Porter, Andrew P., ``The Barbour-Smith-Gilkey Paradox: Historical Relativity
in Natural Science and Historical Religion,''
Theology and Science Vol. 4 no. 1 (2006/04) 87-99.
Unwelcome Good News: Providence in Human Life,
Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2004.
``On Being an Inkblot: Disability Meets Euthanasia,''
Dialog: A Journal of Theology, 43 no. 4 (2004/Winter) 338.
``Material Differences Between History and Nature,''
International Philosophical Quarterly,
44 no. 2, issue 174 (2004/06) 185-200.
``Naturalism, Naturalism by Other Means, and Alternatives to Naturalism,''
Theology and Science, 1 no. 2 (2003/Oct) 221-237.
``Physik,'' Die Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 4th edition.
1998 ff.; ca. 2004. Tuebingen, Mohr-Siebeck.
``History, Relativity, and Pluralism''
Budhi (Manila) VI, nos. 2 and 3 (2002) 223-234.
Elementary Monotheism (I): Exposure, Limitation, and Need, and
Elementary Monotheism (II): Action and Language in Historical Religion,
Lanham, MD, University Press of America, 2001
By the Waters of Naturalism: Theology Perplexed Among the Sciences,
Eugene, Oregon, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2001.
A pdf sample of a few pages of the book.
With Edward C. Hobbs,
The Trinity and the Indo-European Tripartite Worldview,
Budhi III nos. 2-3 (1999) pp. 1-28.
"Critical and Confessional Responsibility in Theology,"
Pacific Coast Theological Society, Fall Meeting, November 1996.
"The Logic of Confessional Speech Acts",
American Academy of Religion Western Regional Meeting, Spring 1996
"Extending Merold Westphal's Typology of Basic Religious Options,"
Society of Christian Philosophers Meeting, Memphis, April 1995
"The Fertility of Niebuhr's Idea of Monotheism",
Pacific Coast Theological Society, Spring Meeting, April 1994.
"When Failure is Success: Counter-Performative Speech Acts",
American Academy of Religion Western Regional Meeting, March 1994;
available by anonymous ftp from phil-preprints.L.chiba-u.ac.jp
"Science, Religious Language, and Analogy," Faith and Philosophy 13#1 (1996/01) 113
"Iterative Hermeneutics," American Academy of Religion,
Western Regional Meeting, April, 1992.
review of David Basinger and Randall Basinger, Philosophy and Miracle,
in Bulletin of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Spring 1992.
review of Dennis Overbye, Lonely Hearts of the Cosmos, CTNS Bulletin Summer 1992
"The Method of Independent Timesteps in the Numerical Solution of Initial Value Problems,"
PhD diss., University of California, Davis, CA, 1976.
Teaching and Research Interests:
Phenomenological philosophy, especially 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;
science and religion.
Work in progress:
An inquiry into the philosophical preliminaries of biblical religion,
world-affirming historical religion: what kind of basic life orientation is it?
References are available from the Graduate Theological Union Placement Office