A member of the executive committee of the Faith and Global Engagement initiative, Dr. Ohlers heads the Faith and the History and Philosophy of Science project and supports FGE’s sister initiative, The Faith and Science Collaborative Research Forum. His research and writing focuses on the historical and philosophical relationship between science and Christianity and the place of Christianity in the development of science and the concept of regular natural laws on which science depends. Currently, he is finishing his first book, The Birth of the Conflict Between Science and Religion, invited for review for publication by the University of Chicago Press. In addition to several related articles, this research has also led to a second book project, on the development of the concept of scientific laws of nature in the seventeenth century. Dr. Ohlers teaches HKU’s highly popular “Life Worth Living” course, based on the course at Yale, which introduces students to thinking deeply about what it means to live a life worth living, religiously and philosophically.
A scholar and experienced public speaker, Dr. Ohlers has delivered papers at the annual meetings of the History of Science Society, the International Research Network on Science and Belief in Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the American Society of Church Historians and has been an invited speaker at conferences nationally. He excels in bridging the gap between academia and the public by making information of a specialized and complex nature engaging and meaningful to a broad audience.
Dr. Ohlers came to HKU after a year as Research Fellowship with the Creation Project at the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding, a $3.4 million initiative funded by the Templeton Foundation, with the purpose of better understanding divine creation and modern science.
He received PhD and MA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in History, where he specialized in American and European intellectual history and the history of science. He also earned an MA in the History of Christian Thought from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has held the titles of Benjamin Franklin Fellow and Roy F. and Jeanette P. Nichols Fellow, at Penn, and Leadership History Fellow at Leaders’ Portfolio, Washington D.C.’s CEO Interview Show, where also served as Senior Producer.
Dr. Ohlers serves on the boards of the International Human Development Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and R. C. Cord, Inc., a commercial real estate development company.