An Evolutionary Biologist Searches for God

Experience the divine

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Jeff Schloss is an evolutionary biologist. He’s also Christian. As a scientist, he’s trying to develop an evolutionary theory for the origins of religion. But he says science can’t explain everything about religion — including his own profound experiences of the numinous, which he regards as moments of spiritual revelation. 

An extended version of this interview can be found here, as well as in our podcast feed.

This episode was produced in partnership with the Center for Humans and Nature, an organization that brings together scholars from a diversity of disciplines to think creatively about our relationships with nature and each other. What do you think evolution can tell us about love and morality? Share your thoughts at This episode was made possible through the support of the John Templeton Foundation.