Evolution, Creation and Semiotics

Investigating the emergence of signs, interpretations and meaning
from the origin of life to the incarnation of the Word


Principal Investigators

Christopher Southgate Spacer Andrew Robinson

University of Exeter


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An interdisciplinary project in philosophy, science and religion developed with the support of the Science and Transcendence Advanced Research Series (STARS) programme of the Centre for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS), funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The project was originally entitled 'Information and the Origin of Life' and was funded by the CTNS-STARS programme from 2007-2011.


Our project seeks to develop a philosophical framework within which science and religion may both find a home. The philosophical framework draws on the semiotics (theory of signs) of American philosopher Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914). Our exploration of this framework as a mediator between science and religion has given rise to new hypotheses in

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Images above: Hubble Space Telescope image of NGC 3324, courtesy of NASA, ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team (STSci/AURA), N. Smith (University of California, Berkeley); Cave painting, Lascaux, France; The Last Supper, Fra Angelico, Museum of San Marco, Florence, Italy, courtesy of The Yorck Project.
Evolution Creation Semiotics