Hi. My name is Paul and I’m the author of psnt.net.
The site is pretty much me thinking out loud. Not every thought makes the cut—for this we can all be grateful—so the frequency of posts is irregular. When something noteworthy comes along I write it quickly and put out there for feedback (critical and otherwise) and for anyone who might enjoy it. Also I love art and one of my favorite things to do is to match ideas and images, and this format allows me to do that.
A science nerd since childhood, I received my PhD in experimental nuclear physics from Duke University in 1996. After this I switched to gamma-ray astronomy and was a professor of physics and astronomy at Berry College in Rome, Ga from 1998-2008. At that point I returned with my family to my hometown of Atlanta where I started the Master of Divinity program at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. I graduated with a concentration in historical theology in May 2011. In November 2014 I was ordained at First Baptist Church of Decatur, Ga., a congregation of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
I teach physics and astronomy at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. I also occasionally teach at Candler and Columbia Theological Seminary. Though a Christian, I have a soft spot for Buddhism and have twice served on the faculty of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative in Dharamshala, India. In an earlier life I spent three fun-filled summers in Greenbelt, Md. as a Faculty Fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
My first book, Stars Beneath Us: Finding God in the Evolving Cosmos, was released by Fortress Press on March 1, 2016. You can order it here.
I am married to Elizabeth Sides Wallace and we have three children. We live in Atlanta and like it fine.
I speak regularly at churches, church meetings, colleges, and events of all kinds. If you’d like me to speak for your organization, please refer to my speaking page.
I hope you enjoy my tiny corner of the Internet. Please contact me here if you have any questions, comments, radical remarks, shouts of joy, or other observations.