Prof. Ter Ern Andrew LOKE
Associate Professor, Department of Religion and Philosophy
- SYSTEM HEALTH and ETHICAL AND THEORETICAL AI
After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Dr Loke worked as a medical doctor for 7 years. He then completed his M.A in philosophy at Biola University and Ph.D. in Theology at King’s College London. He has published multiple books with world-leading academic publishers in the fields of science and religion, philosophy of religion, theology, and historical studies. These include The Origins of Divine Christology (Cambridge University Press), God and Ultimate Origins (Springer Nature), The Teleological and Kalam Cosmological Arguments Revisited (Springer Nature, forthcoming), The Origin of Humanity and Evolution: Science and Theology in Conversation (T&T Clark, forthcoming), A Kryptic Model of the Incarnation (Routledge), Investigating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Routledge), and Evil, Sin and Christian Theism (Routledge). In addition, he has published numerous articles in leading international peer-reviewed journals such as Religious Studies (Cambridge University Press) and Journal of Theological Studies (Oxford University Press).
With degrees in medicine, philosophy, and theology & religious studies, Dr Loke’s interdisciplinary background has contributed to his research publications, most of which are interdisciplinary in nature, and his teaching on science and religion courses. He has given talks at universities internationally. These include The Beijing-Hong Kong University Alliance Distinguished Lecture on ‘The prevention of Covid-19 and the discussion on the Problem of Evil in contemporary philosophy of religion’ where he addressed the objections to preventive measures (e.g. vaccination, wearing masks) by many religious believers in the US which are affecting some Christians in Asia. He is planning a research project (with Professor Guo Yi-Ke) titled ‘Artificial Intelligence: Philosophical and Theological Engagement in Asian Context’, part of which will contribute to machine ethics by formulating novel thought experiments in which different moral principles of different religions taught to AI (e.g. concerning medical practice) would produce different outcomes which can be compared and evaluated.