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Juuso Loikkanen, Postdoctoral Researcher








Contact information:

• School of Theology
Philosophical Faculty
University of Eastern Finland
PB 111, FI-80101
Joensuu, Finland
• email juuso.loikkanen (at)





Personal Information

  • Born: Savonlinna, Finland
  • In a relationship
  • Hobbies: literature (mostly academic), football – and other less important sports (mostly watching & betting), music (listening, mostly rock in all its forms), movies (mostly anything)

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Science and Theology
  • Intelligent Design
  • Philosophy of Science


Recent Publications (Selection)

  • 2019. A Bridge Between Science and Theology? William A. Dembski’s Theory of Intelligent Design. Publications of the University of Eastern Finland. Dissertations in Education, Humanities, and Theology 140. Joensuu: University of Eastern Finland

  • 2018. The Science-and-Religion Dialogue. Theological Reflections. — Ville Päivänsalo & Pamela Slotte (Eds.), Matters of Faith and Love. Nordic Perspectives on Transforming Social and Theological Challenges, Schriften der Luther-Agricola-Gesellschaft 72 (Helsinki: Luther-Agricola-Seura), 57–78

  • 2018. Todennäköisesti suunniteltu. Älykkään suunnittelun liikkeen suunnitteluargumentin arviointia [Probably Designed. An Assessment of the Intelligent Design Movement's Design Argument] — Matti Kotiranta (toim.), Luterilaisuuden ytimessä. Professori Antti Raunion 60-vuotisjuhlakirja, Suomalaisen Teologisen Kirjallisuusseuran julkaisuja 288 (Helsinki: Suomalainen Teologinen Kirjallisuusseura), 193–208

  • 2018. William A. Dembski's Project of Intelligent Design — Studia Theologica - Nordic Journal of Theology 72(1), 68–83

Complete list of publications

Publications in SoleCris



  • Master of Science, Economics and Business Administration, University of Eastern Finland, 2015
  • Master of Theology, Systematic Theology, University of Eastern Finland, 2013
  • Bachelor of Science, Economics and Business Administration, Lappeenranta University of Technology, 2009
  • Master of Science, Mathematics, University of Joensuu, 2006
    (incl. Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, University of Joensuu 2006)


  • Applied Studies for a Post of a Pastor at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
  • Main Subject Studies in Mathematics, Systematic Theology, and Accounting
  • Subject Studies in Philosophy, Business Management, and Computer Science
  • Basic Studies in Statistics, Literature, and Sociology of Art
  • Studies in Musicology, Economics, Education, German Language, and University Pedagogy

Language Skills

  • Finnish: native
  • English: fluent
  • Swedish: good
  • German: good
  • Russian: basics
  • Latin: basics
  • Hebrew: basics
  • Biblical Greek: basics


University of Eastern Finland

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Philosophical Faculty, School of Theology, 2019–
  • Junior Researcher, Philosophical Faculty, School of Theology, 2014–2019
  • International Affairs Coordinator, Philosophical Faculty, 2012–
  • Study Advisor, Philosophical Faculty, School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education, 2011–2012
  • Study Advisor, Philosophical Faculty, School of Theology, 2010–2011

University of Joensuu

  • Study Advisor, Theological Faculty, Orthodox Theology, 2009
  • University Trainee, Theological Faculty, Western Theology, 2008

Positions of Trust

  • Member, Working Group for Undergraduate and Graduate Education, University of Eastern Finland, Philosophical Faculty, 2018
  • Member, Working Group for Education Export, University of Eastern Finland, Philosophical Faculty, 2018
  • Member, Working Group on Curriculum Development, University of Eastern Finland, School of Theology, 2010–2011
  • Member, Faculty Council, Theological Faculty, University of Joensuu, 2006–2008
  • Vice Chairman, Council of Representatives, Student Union of the University of Joensuu, 2006–2007
  • Member, Council of Representatives, Student Union of the University of Joensuu, 2004–2007

Other Engagements

Memberships in International Scientific Associations

Memberships in Other Notable Associations

Conference Presentations

  • Mitä tein väärin tutkimusprosessin aikana? — Teologian tohtoripäivä: Mikä tekee meistä teologeja? 22 October 2019, Joensuu, Finland
  • The Design Argument Salvaged? Assessing the Contemporary Argument from Improbability — Science–Philosophy–Theology: Dialogue Areas and Perspectives, 15–16 October 2019, Warsaw, Poland
  • A Crisis of Theology? Divine Action in the Age of Modern Science — European Academy of Religion Annual Conference, 5–8 March 2018, Bologna, Italy

  • Intelligent Design and Its Challenge to Naturalism — Religion, Society, and the Science of Life: 2017 IRC-ISSR Conference, 19–22 July 2017, Oxford, UK

  • A Crisis of Theology? Divine Action and the Challenge of Modern Science — Encountering the Other: A Symposium in Theology, 15–16 September 2016, Helsinki, Finland

  • On the Possibility of Retroactive Theodicy — 21st European Conference on Philosophy of Religion: Evil, 25–28 August 2016, Uppsala, Sweden

  • A Bridge Between Science and Theology? William A. Dembski's Theory of Intelligent Design — 18th Nordic Conference on Systematic Theology, 7–10 January 2016, Helsinki, Finland

  • Science, Theology and Intelligent Design: Towards a Multidimensional Model — Dialogo: The Second Virtual International Conference on the Dialogue between Science and Theology, 5–11 November 2015, Constanta, Romania

  • Intelligent Design: A Bridge Between Science and Theology? — Religion in a Global Age – Symposium in Theology, 17–18 September 2015, Helsinki, Finland

  • Theology and Science in the Public Sphere — Anglo-Nordic-Baltic Theological Conference, 13–17 August 2015, Turku, Finland

  • Intelligent Design, Methodological Naturalism and Scientific Reasoning — 15th Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science, 3–8 August 2015, Helsinki, Finland

  • Natural Law and Mosaic Law in Luther's Thought — The Ethics of Nature–The Nature of Ethics, 16 May 2015, Manchester, UK

  • Luther and Natural Theology — Martin Luther and Catholic Theology: Remembering the Reformation: What Have We Learned? What Have We Yet to Learn?, 15–17 May 2015, Maynooth, Ireland

  • Continuity and Discontinuity in Lutheran Views of Natural Knowledge of God — Continuity and Discontinuity in the Reformation, 8–10 April 2015, Cambridge, UK
  • Is God an Information Inputter? Complex Specified Information as Evidence for Divine Action — Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies, 8–10 December 2014, Oxford, UK

  • How Can God Act in the World? Modern Science and the Problem of Divine Causation — Dialogo: The First Virtual International Conference on the Dialogue between Science and Theology, 6–11 November 2014, Constanta, Romania

  • William A. Dembski’s Argument for Detecting Divine Action through Specified Complexity — Otherness and Difference Challenge Theology: The Annual Symposium of the Finnish Doctoral Programme of Theology, 23–24 October 2014, Turku, Finland

  • Lutheranism and Natural Theology in the 16th and 17th Centuries — Bible or Experience? Two Sources of Natural Knowledge in Early Modern Europe, 25 September 2014, Pilsen, Czech Republic

  • Intelligent Design and Methodological Naturalism – Are They Really Not Compatible? — Laws of Nature, Laws of God? Science and Religion Forum Conference, 4–6 September 2014, Leeds, UK

Complete list of conference participations

Grants and Awards

  • Finnish Cultural Foundation, research grant, 2018
  • Research Institute of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, research grant, 2015
  • Finnish Cultural Foundation, research grant, 2014
  • Olvi Foundation, research grant, 2014
  • Emil Aaltonen Foundation, conference grant, 2014
  • Runar Andersson's Fund, encouragement grant, 2008
  • Onnenmäki Foundation, encouragement grant, 2008




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