Atle Ottesen Søvik, PhD


Systematic Theology

Special fields:

  • Philosophy of religion
  • The existence of God
  • The problem of evil
  • Free will
Office: 325B


My research areas are to a large extent the classical questions in analytic philosophy of religion: The existence of God, the problem of evil, theology and science, etc. I have an interdisciplinary approach, including physics, neuroscience and evolutionary biology. Currently, I am interested in the topics of responsibility, time and consciousness/thinking. See more on my personal webpage:


An overview of total production (

Newest scientific publications

  • Søvik, A. O. (2018). A fundamental problem for skeptical theism. Theofilos, 10(1), s. 4 - 11. ISSN: 1893-7969
  • Søvik, A. O. (2018). Actualizing unique type and token values as a solution to the problem of evil. Religions, 9(1), s. 1 - 8. ISSN: 2077-1444
  • Søvik, A. O. (2018). Mer er det sant? : et bredt forsvar for at man kan og bør diskutere sannhetsinnholdet i religioner og livssyn. Prismet, 69(2-3), s. 219 - 233. ISSN: 0032-8847
  • Søvik, A. O. (2017). Can theism be debunked by philosophical reflection grounded in the findings of CSR?. Studia Theologica, 71(2), s. 199 - 208. ISSN: 0039-338X
  • (2016). Talking Seriously About God : Philosophy of Religion in the Dispute between Theism and Atheism. LIT Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-643-90741-7
  • Søvik, A. O. (2016). A Theoretical Framework for Talking Seriously about God. Talking Seriously About God : Philosophy of Religion in the Dispute between Theism and Atheism, s. 55 - 76. LIT Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-643-90741-7
  • Søvik, A. O. (2016). Free Will, Causality and the Self. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN: 978-3-11-047431-2
  • Søvik, A. O. (2015). Om forskjellen på dyr og mennesker i lys av evolusjonen. Teologisk Tidsskrift, 4(3), s. 253 - 261. ISSN: 1893-0263
  • Søvik, A. O. & Eikrem, A. (2015). A critique of Samuel Shearn's moral critique of theodicies. Religious Studies: An International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion, 51(2), s. 261 - 270. ISSN: 0034-4125
  • Søvik, A. O. (2014). No confusion in my solution - reply to Sebastian Rehnman. Theofilos, 6(3), s. 445 - 449. ISSN: 1893-7969

Education and professional practice

1999Religionshistorie grunnfag, UiO
2000Engelsk grunnfag, UiB
2002 - 2005Timelærer MF
2002Kristendom hovedfag, MF
2003Idehistorie grunnfag, UiO
2004Kandidatstipend, MF
2005 - 2009Stipendiat MF
2010 - 2013Postdoktor, MF
2010Delemner filosofi, UiO


2000Redaktør Mellom Søsken
2016Styremedlem Norgesuniversitetet