Jason M. Rampelt

  • Lecturer

My research is primarily concerned with the relations between theology and the natural sciences, especially early-modern natural philosophy and Christian theology, though also in other periods ancient and modern. For me, these two domains of human knowledge present similar problems as human language is in both cases inadequate to articulate the nature of an incomprehensible God or practically incomprehensible world. My research methods are historical and have so far taken the form of intellectual biographies of noted natural philosophers and scientists. In 2006–2009 I was a research fellow at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge, UK. In 2011–2014, I worked in neuroscience labs at Pitt doing surgery, histology, and imaging and have been lecturing part-time in HPS since then.

Selected Courses Taught

  • Myth and Science
  • Magic, Medicine, and Science
  • Mind and Medicine
  • Science and Religion (University Honors College)

Education & Training

  • PhD, History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University, 2005
  • ThM, Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, 2001
  • MA, Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • MAR, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, 1997
  • BA, Philosophy, Case Western Reserve University, 1995

Representative Publications

Distinctions of Reason and Reasonable Distinctions: The Academic Life of John Wallis (1616–1703). Leiden: Brill, 2019.
“Polity and Liturgy in the Philosophy of John Wallis,” Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London. Special Issue: John Wallis at 400: Science, Mathematics, and Religion in Seventeenth-Century England, edited by Adam Richter and Stephen Snobelen, 72, no. 4 (October 2018): 505–525.
“Crick, Francis”; “Eccles, John C.”; “MacKay, Donald M.” In Dictionary of Christianity and Science, edited by  Paul Copan, Tremper Longman III, Christopher L. Reese, and Michael Strauss. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017.
“Res Publica Mathematica: One State or Many?” In Antiquarianism and Science in Urban Networks. Sciences et Techniques en Perspective, 2d ser., edited by Vittoria Feola, 16, no. 2 (2014): 1–32.
“Arthur Stanley Eddington (1882–1944).” In Eminent Lives in Science and Religion, Second Revised and Much Expanded Edition, edited by Nicolaas A. Rupke, 129–154. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2009.
“The Last Word: John Wallis on the Origin of the Royal Society.” History of Science 46, Part II, no. 152 (2008): 177–201.