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Robert John Russell

Robert John Russell

Founder and director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences

Interview
Science and the Three Monotheisims: A New Partnership?
Physical Cosmology and Christian Eschatology
Evolution and Providence
Physics and Theology
Theology and Science: Current Issues and Future Directions
Faith and Reason

Degrees

B. S., Stanford University, 1968 (physics)
M. S., University of California, Los Angeles, 1970 (physics)
B. D., Pacific School of Religion, 1972 (theology)
M. A., Pacific School of Religion, 1972 (magna cum laude)
Ph. D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1978 (physics)

Ordination

United Church of Christ (Congregational), 1972 to ministry in higher education

Positions

Assistant Professor of Physics, Carleton College, MN. 1978-1981
Assistant Professor of Theology and Science, in Residence, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, 1981-1986 Associate Professor of Theology and Science in Residence, GTU, 1986-1992
Professor of Theology and Science in Residence, GTU, 1992-present
Founder and Director, The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley, 1981-present

Books co-edited

Physics, Philosophy and Theology: A Common Quest for Understanding
(Vatican Observatory / University of Notre Dame Press, 1988)
John Paul II on Religion and Science: The New View from Rome
(Vatican Observatory / University of Notre Dame Press, 1990)
Quantum Cosmology and the Laws of Nature: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action
(CTNS & Vatican Observatory/UNP, 1993)
Chaos and Complexity (CTNS & Vatican Observatory/UNP, 1995)
Evolutionary and Molecular Biology: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action
(CTNS & Vatican Observatory/UNP, 1998)
Neuroscience and the Person: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action
(CTNS & Vatican Observatory/UNP, 1999)
Quantum Mechanics: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action
(CTNS & Vatican Observatory/UNP, 1993)
Resurrection: Theological and Scientific Perspectives (2002)

Primary research areas

  • Creation and cosmology/evolution
  • Divine action and the laws of nature (quantum physics, relativity, chaos/complexity)
  • Theological anthropology and human genetics/artificial intelligence
  • Resurrection, eschatology and the far future of the universe
  • Ecology/environmental values and human need (ecojustice)
  • Christian spirituality and nature
  • Philosophical elements in scientific theories.

Courses Taught

  • Evolution and Christian Theology
  • Introduction to Science and Religion
  • Christian Theology and Contemporary Science
  • Technology, Environment and Human Values
  • Human Genetics, Ethics and Theology
  • Quantum Mechanics and Divine Action
  • Resurrection, Eschatology and Scientific Cosmology
  • Science, Spirituality and theology

Member: First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Spouse: Community Minister at First Congregational Church of Berkeley
Children: Two daughters
Born Los Angeles, CA., August 23, 1946.
Hobbies: Piano, sports, astronomy.

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Topic Sets Available

AAAS Report on Stem-Cells

AstroTheology: Religious Reflections on Extraterrestrial Life Forms

Agency: Human, Robotic and Divine
Becoming Human: Brain, Mind, Emergence
Big Bang Cosmology and Theology (GHC)
Cosmic Questions CD-ROM Preview...
Cosmic Questions Interviews

Cosmos and Creator
Creativity, Spirituality and Computing Technologies
CTNS Content Home
Darwin: A Friend to Religion?
Demystifying Information Technology
Divine Action (GHC)
Dreams and Dreaming: Neuroscientific and Religious Visions'
E. Coli at the No Free Lunchroom
Engaging Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence: An Adventure in Astro-Ethics
Evangelical Atheism: a response to Richard Dawkins
Ecology and Christian Theology
Evolution: What Should We Teach Our Children in Our Schools?
Evolution and Providence
Evolution and Creation Survey
Evolution and Theology (GHC)
Evolution, Creation, and Semiotics

The Expelled Controversy
Faith and Reason: An Introduction
Faith in the Future: Religion, Aging, and Healthcare in the 21st Century

Francisco Ayala on Evolution

From Christian Passions to Scientific Emotions
Genetic Engineering and Food

Genetics and Ethics
Genetic Technologies - the Radical Revision of Human Existence and the Natural World

Genomics, Nanotechnology and Robotics
Getting Mind out of Meat
God and Creation: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives on Big Bang Cosmology
God, Humanity and the Cosmos: A Textbook in Science and Religion
God the Spirit - and Natural Science
Historical Examples of the Science and Religion Debate (GHC)
History of Creationism
Intelligent Design Coming Clean

Issues for the Millennium: Cloning and Genetic Technologies
Jean Vanier of L'Arche
Nano-Technology and Nano-ethics
Natural Science and Christian Theology - A Select Bibliography
Neuroscience and the Soul
Outlines of the Science and Religion Debate (GHC)

Perspectives on Evolution

Physics and Theology
Quantum Mechanics and Theology (GHC)
Questions that Shape Our Future
Reductionism (GHC)
Reintroducing Teleology Into Science
Science and Suffering

Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action (CTNS/Vatican Series)

Space Exploration and Positive Stewardship

Stem-Cell Debate: Ethical Questions
Stem-Cell Ethics: A Theological Brief

Stem-Cell Questions
Theistic Evolution: A Christian Alternative to Atheism, Creationism, and Intelligent Design...
Theology and Science: Current Issues and Future Directions
Unscientific America: How science illiteracy threatens our future
Will ET End Religion?

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