A Little About Me
I am Peter Stork,
MSc, Mtheol, PhD
A wonderer awestruck by the immensity and inherent creativity opulently displayed in all that exists, convincing me beyond doubt of its divine origin. As a Christian I am also convinced that this cosmos of which I am part, was created in freedom and love.
First memories of encounters with this marvellous world come from my preschool years. For whenever fish, poultry or game were on the menu, my mother would ingeniously turn our kitchen table into a live laboratory setting my budding curiosity soaring towards heights of astonishment as she, in spontaneous anatomy lessons, opened my eyes to the wonders that lie hidden under the skin, a memory that should never leave me.
Yet, contrary to my mother’s expectations, the world outdoors was not what attracted me. Instead, as an eight-year-old, I was fascinated by my father’s engineering handbook, especially with pages of strange signs that seemed to hide obscure meanings, much like the hidden world beneath the soft underside of a fish or chicken.
Little did I understand that what aroused my curiosity back then was nothing less than the key to the functional coherence of the natural world – the language of mathematics. Later, during my high school years, physics turned out to be my favourite subject, while the search for coherence and wholeness became a lifelong, still ongoing quest.
Today, my aim is to inspire fellow Christians to befriend the new cosmic story that emerges from the data of modern science. Since God has created one world, these discoveries should enlarge our vision of the Creator and not diminish it. Rather, the opposite is true: neglecting them in our time can only diminish the public credibility of Christian truth claims.
As an independent researcher, my interests focus on three big-picture concerns:
- The challenge of modern scientific discoveries, especially in cosmology and evolutionary anthropology, for Christianity.
- The phenomenon of universal human violence, including the crisis of human rights.
- The application of René Girard’s mimetic theory in the above contexts.