Porter, Andrew P. 1946-

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PORTER, Andrew P. 1946-


October 5, 1946, in Boston, MA; son of Phil, Jr. (a priest) and Joan (Peabody) Porter. Education: Harvard University, A.B., 1968; University of California—Davis, M.S., 1968, Ph.D. (applied science), 1976; Church Divinity School of the Pacific, M.Th., 1980; Graduate Theological Union, Ph.D. (philosophical theology), 1991. Religion: Roman Catholic.


Home—774 Joyce St., Livermore, CA 94550. E-mail—[email protected].


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, physicist in Special Studies Group, 1968-94, physicist in Physics and Space Sciences Division, 1994—. School for Deacons of the Episcopal Church, instructor, 1980-87; Los Medanos College, instructor, 1992; Las Positas College, instructor, 1996-98; Graduate Theological Union, adjunct member of theology faculty, 1998—; Dominican University, adjunct member of philosophy faculty, 2001—.


American Academy of Religion, Society of Christian Philosophers, Mathematical Association of America.


By the Waters of Naturalism: Theology Perplexed among the Sciences, Wipf & Stock Publishers (Eugene, OR), 2001.

Exposure, Limitation, and Need: Elementary Monotheism, University Press of America (Lanham, MD), 2001.

Contributor of articles and reviews to scholarly journals, including Faith and Philosophy and Budhi.


Unwelcome Good News, "a semi-popular exposition of the thesis that the heart of biblical religion consists in blessing human life in this world in full view of its pains, and in affirmation of the blessing in those pains"; a historical reflection on "how biblical religion came to its current perplexities"; a book on the theology in creation-evolution controversies; research on radical monotheism and historical religion.


Andrew P. Porter told CA: "My motive for writing is the pleasure of clear statement and a felt obligation to pass on what was given to me and is not already in the published literature. Who influenced my work? Teachers Jim Vendettuoli and Edward Hobbs; writers R. G. Collingwood, Ernst Troeltsch, H. Richard Niebuhr, and other who are cited in my bibliographies. Friends and neighbors? They are entitled to anonymity."

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