Dr Tom Aechtner (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)
BSc (Alberta), MA (Calgary), DPhil (Oxford).
Tom Aechtner is a Canadian who recently finished his DPhil at the University of Oxford, where he investigated Darwin-sceptic mass media in the contemporary Evolution Wars. He is currently working on a project entitled ‘Evolution, Atheism, and Mass Persuasion,’ funded by a generous grant from the University of Cambridge’s Faraday Institute. Previous to this appointment he completed an MA in religious studies from the University of Calgary, and a BSc in biological sciences from the University of Alberta. While completing his DPhil Tom taught at the University of Victoria, he was the inaugural recipient of Oxford’s Arthur Peacocke Studentship in Science and Religion, and he was awarded a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship.
His publications include the book chapter ‘Standing at the Crux: Pentecostalism and Identity Formation in an African Diaspora Christian Community’ (Brill, 2012), as well as the article ‘Online in the Evolution Wars: An Analysis of Young Earth Creationist Cyber-Propaganda’ (ARSR, 2010). He is presently completing several journal articles and a book dedicated to the analysis of Evolution Wars propaganda.
Tom Aechtner is presently on secondment from the School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, and will take up a permanent position with that school in 2015.
Room: 515, Level 5, Forgan Smith Building
Telephone: (07) 336 52976
Recent articles and book chapters
- "Sannyasin," "Satori," and "Wahhabiya Islam," in The Baker Dictionary of Cults, Sects, and World Religions, ed. H. Wayne House (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic [forthcoming]).
- "Standing at the Crux: Pentecostalism and Identity Formation in an African Diaspora Christian Community," in Many Tongues: Globalization and the Transformation of Pentecostalism, ed. Michael Wilkinson (Boston: Brill, 2012), 171-194.
- Review of Science and the Spirit: A Pentecostal Engagement with the Sciences, ed. James K. A. Smith and Amos Young in Canadian Journal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity, 2:1 (2011): 166-170.
- "Online in the Evolution Wars: An Analysis of Young Earth Creationist Cyber-Propaganda," The Australian Religious Studies Review, 23:3 (2010): 277-300.
- Review of God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows that God Does Not Exist, by Victor J. Stenger in Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 4:3 (2010): 231-2.
- Review of Saving Creation: Nature and Faith in the Life of Holmes Rolston III, by Christopher J. Preston in Theological Book Review, 21:2 (2009): 62-63.
A full CV is available here