Dr. Niamh Middleton
Atheist Turned Theology Professor
Author of HOMO LAPSUS: Sin, Evolution, and the God Who Is Love.

Dr. Middleton will be sharing the message of HOMO LAPSUS at events throughout the U.S. this Summer.

Often, science and Christianity are at-odds with one another, refusing to find a common thread in their arguments. As a result, Christians as well as atheists and agnostics are largely unaware that the challenges posed to Christianity by theories of evolution are easily countered when confronted from a theological perspective that respects the autonomy of science and tackles the scientific arguments on their own terms. HOMO LAPSUS was written for all who are interested in the controversies between religion and science, especially in relation to human origins. Contrary to what is often discussed within scientific communities, evolutionary biology provides empirical evidence for Christian teachings on the issues of human origins, the origin of evil, and the existence of a beneficent Deity.

Niamh M. Middleton is a former primary school teacher who now lectures about theology at Dublin City University. When she met her teenage sweetheart and future husband Gerry, she was an atheist and he was considering becoming a Roman Catholic priest. Despite their disagreement on the subject of religion, he changed his mind and they married, becoming the parents of two daughters. Niamh remained an atheist for over a decade after her marriage, until a challenging life event caused her to explore faith and draw comfort from it. She became a born-again Christian and in 1994 began a study of theology, which culminated with being awarded a PhD in 2003. She lives in the seaside suburb of Clontarf, Dublin, where she is involved in an ecumenical Bible study group. She enjoys reading, writing, music, and traveling.

NOTE: Niamh is pronounced “Neeve.”

1. Evolutionary science pointing toward God, not away from God
2. The Role of Women in the Church.
3. What can be done to revive the church – in a post-modern culture where many young adults see the church as irrelevant, due to issues like science, women, etc.
4. Evangelicals and science. Why many people of faith stay away from science.
5. How parents can help their children navigate an education system that often disregards religion, specifically in the science classroom. Science and religion should compliment each other!
6. The state of Christianity in Ireland, the UK, and Europe as a whole.

1. You were an atheist for many years – What brought you to Christianity?
2. What can Christians learn from the things science has discovered about our origins, and what can science learn from the teachings of Christianity?
3. How do you see science and Christianity working together?
4. How does science explain the problem of evil?
5. What are specific examples of the ways evolutionary biology provides evidence for Christian teachings on the issue of human origins?
6. What are specific examples of the ways evolutionary biology provides evidence for Christian teachings on the issue the existence of God?
7. Your next book is “Jesus and Women: Beyond Feminism”, examining the role of women in the church. Why do you feel that this is still an issue that denominations are struggling with around the world?

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