Robert Larmer

Biographical Sketch

Robert LarmerI was born and grew up in Ontario. I attended Carleton University as an undergraduate, where I received my B.A, and the University of Ottawa as a graduate, where I received my M.A. and Ph.D.

My hobbies include chess, reading, gardening and fishing. I also enjoy playing tennis and squash.

Research Areas

My primary research area is in philosophy of religion, especially the interface between religion and science.  I have published widely on philosophical issues surrounding the concept of miracle.  In addition, I have published in the areas of applied ethics and philosophy of mind.


Refereed work is indicated by an (R)


  • The Legitimacy of Miracle (Lanham:MD: Lexington Books, 2013)
  • “Divine Intervention and the Conservation of Energy: A Reply to Evan Fales” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion. Published online 2013. Forthcoming in print.
  • (R) Ethics in the Workplace: Selected Readings in Business Ethics, 2nd edition, (Los Angeles:  Wadsworth Publishing, 2001)
  • (R) Water Into Wine?  An Investigation of the Concept of Miracle (Montreal: McGill-Queen's Press, 1988; rpt. 1996).
  • (R) Ethics in the Workplace: Selected Readings in Business Ethics (New York:  West Educational Publishing, 1996)
  • Questions of Miracle (Montreal:  McGill-Queen's Press, 1996)

Chapters in Books

  • (R) "The Meaning of Miracle" (Forthcoming in Companion to Miracle, ed. Graham Twelftree, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
  • (R) "Miracles as Evidence for the Existence of God" in God and Argument, ed. William Sweet (Ottawa:  University of Ottawa Press, 1999)
  • (R) "Improper Payments and Gifts" in Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, Vol. 2, (Academic Press, 1998)
  • (R) "Whistleblowing and Employee Loyalty" in Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Business Ethics and Society, edited Lisa H. Newton/Maureen M. Ford, 3rd-9th editions (Guilford, Connecticut: Dushkin, 1994-2007)

Articles in Academic Journals

  • (R) "Interpreting Hume on Miracle" Religious Studies. Vol. 45, No. 3, 2009, 325-338.
  • (R) "Divine Agency and the Principle of the Conservation of Energy" Zygon. Vol. 44, No. 3, 2009, 543-557.
  • (R) "Miracles, Physicalism and the Laws of Nature", Religious Studies, Vol 44, No. 2, 2008, 149-159
  • (R) "C.S. Lewis' Critique of David Hume's 'Of Miracles'", Faith and Philosophy, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2008, 154-171.
  • (R) "Theistic Evolution and Intelligent Design: A Reply to Denis Lamoureux Christian Scholars’ Review, Vol 37, No. 1, 2007, 91-100.
  • (R) "Intelligent Design as a Theistic theory of Biological Origins and Development" Christian Scholars’ Review, Vol 36, No. 1, 2006, pp. 47-61.
  • (R) "Theistic Complementarianism and Ockam's Razor", Philosophia Christi, Vol 7, No. 2, 2005, pp. 503-514.
  • (R) "Miracles: An Apology for Atheism?"  Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, Vol. XLIII, No. 3, Summer 2004, 555-568.
  • (R) "Is Methodological Naturalism Question Begging?" Philosophia Christi, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2003, pp. 113-130.
  • (R) "Miracles, Evidence and God" Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review,  XLII, 2003, pp. 107-22.
  • (R) "Is There Anything Wrong with 'God-of-the-Gaps' Reasoning?" International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Vol 52, 2002, pp. 129-142.
  • (R) "Mind, Miracles and Intelligent Design" Origins and Design, Vol 39, Fall 2002, pp. 22-30.
  • (R) "Christian Anthropology: Saving the Soul?" Philosophia Christi, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2000, pp. 211-226.
  • (R) "Miracles, Evil and Justified Belief:  Some Final Comments" Sophia Vol. 36, No. 2, September-October 1997, pp. 79-87.
  • (R) "The Ethics of Investing:  A Reply to William Irvine" Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 16,  1997, pp. 397-400. (This article received the Anbar citation for excellence.)
  • (R) "Corporate Executives:  Disasters and Moral Responsibility" Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 15, No. 7, 1996, pp. 785-788.
  • (R) "Abortion, Personhood and the Potential for Consciousness" Journal of Applied Ethics, Vol. 12, No. 3, 1995, pp. 241-251.
  • (R) "Miracles, Evidence and Theism:  A Further Apologia" Sophia Vol. 33, No. 1, March 1994, pp. 51-57.
  • (R) "Does a Beginningless Universe Imply an Actual Infinity of Past Events?" Lyceum, Vol. 5, No. 2, Fall 1993, pp. 11-18.
  • (R) "Anthropologie chrétienne:  à reconsidérer de nouveau" Carrefour, Vol. XV, No. 1, 1993 (La Philosophie de la Religion à la Fin du XXe Siécle) pp. 13-25.
  • (R) "Miracles and Conservation Laws:  A Reply to Professor MacGill", Sophia, Vol. 31, 1992, pp. 89-95.
  • (R) "Goodness & God's Will", Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Vol. 35, No. 2, (June 1992) pp. 193-198.
  • (R) "Whistleblowing and Employee Loyalty", Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 11, 1991, pp. 125-28.
  • (R) "Miracles and Natural Explanations: A Rejoinder", Sophia, Vol. 28, #3, (Oct. 1989) pp. 7-12.
  • (R) "Against 'Against Miracles'", Sophia, Vol. 27, #1, (April 1988), pp. 20-25.
  • (R) "Mind-Body Interaction and the Conservation of Energy", International Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 26, 1986, pp. 277-285.
  • (R) "Free Will, Hegemony and Neurophysiological Indeterminism", Philosophia, Vol. 16 (August 1986), pp. 177-189.
  • (R) "Miracles and the Laws of Nature", Dialogue, Vol. 24 (Summer 1985) pp. 227-235.
  • (R) "Miracles and Criteria", Sophia, Vol. 23 (1984), pp. 4-10.

Book Reviews:

  • Denis O. Lamoureux, Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution, Christian Scholars' Review (Forthcoming)
  • Peter van Inwagen, ed., Christian Faith and the Problem of Evil, Philosophy in Review, Vol XXV, No. 4, pp. 306-307.
  • William Sweet, Religious Belief: The Contempory Debate, 2001 Dharma Endowment Lectures, Sophia, Vol. 43, No. 2, 2004, p. 73.
  • Leo Groarke, The Ethics of the New Economy Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, Vol. XL, No. 1, Winter 2001, pp. 193-194.
  • "Mysticism and Vocation" Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review, Vol. 37, No. 3, 1998, pp. 367-369.
  • "The Moral Maze" Canadian Philosophical Reviews, Vol. 15, No. 5, October, 1996 pp. 335-337)
  • "Forever Faithful:  The Unfolding of God's promise to Creation", The Canadian Catholic Review, Vol. XII, No. 7, July/August 1994, pp. 24-25)
  • "Universe and Creed" The Canadian Catholic Review, Vol. XI, No. 7, July/August 1993, pp. 27-28)
  • "The Irony of Theology and the Nature of Religious Thought" Canadian Philosophical Reviews, Vol. XII, No. 2, pp. 148-150.
  • "Wisdom and Humanness in Psychology:  Prospects for a Christian Approach" The Canadian Catholic Review, Vol. 10, No. 6, June 1992, pp. 26-7.
  • "Body, Soul and Life Everlasting:  Biblical Anthropology and the Monism-Dualism Debate" The Canadian Catholic Review, Vol. 10, No. 4, April 1992, p. 29.
  • "God, Scepticism and Modernity" The Canadian Catholic Review, Vol. 9, No. 2, February 1991, pp. 70-1.
  • "Return To Reason" Canadian Philosophical Reviews, Vol. 11, No. 2, April 1991, pp. 96-7.
  • "Miracles and Physics" The Canadian Catholic Review, Vol. 8, No. 5, 1990, pp. 185-6.
  • "The Reconstruction of the Christian Revelation Claim", Theological Students Fellowship Bulletin, Vol. 10, No. 5, 1987, p. 37.
  • Metaphysics: Constructing a World-View, Channels, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1985, p. 17.
  • Miracles and Modern Thought", Theological Students Fellowship Bulletin, Vol. 6, No. 4, 1983, p. 22.


  • Keynote Address: “Miracles, Divine Agency, and the Laws of Nature” Canadian Theological Society Jay Newman Memorial Lecture, May 30, 2011. St. Thomas University, Congress of Learned Societies, Fredericton, New Brunswick.
  • Keynote Address: “ Methodological Naturalism and Christian Scholarship” Canadian Society of Christian Philosophers, May 29, 2012. University of Waterloo, Congress of Learned Societies, Waterloo, Ontario.


Contact Information:

Robert Larmer

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Phone: (506) 458-7500

Office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 or by mutual convenience.