Nancey Murphy

Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena

Professor Murphy, a native of Nebraska, earned her B.A. at Creighton University and has two doctoral degrees. Her Ph.D. is from the University of California at Berkeley and she has a doctorate in Theology from the Graduate Theological Union. She joined the Fuller faculty in 1989 and serves as professor of Christian philosophy. She is highly sought as a speaker at national and international conferences on philosophy and the relationship between theology and science. Murphy serves on the board of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley, and is a member of the Planning Committee for conferences on science and theology sponsored by the Vatican Observatory.

A prolific writer, Murphy’s first book, Theology in the Age of Scientific Reasoning, received awards from the Templeton Foundation and the American Academy of Religion. Her most recent publications are Physics and Cosmology: Scientific Perspectives on the Problem of Natural Evil (co-edited with Robert Russell and William Stoeger, SJ, Vatican Observatory Press, 2007), Evolution and Emergence: Systems, Organisms, Persons (co-edited with William Stoeger, SJ, Oxford University Press, 2007) and Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies? (Cambridge). She also has a book in press at Oxford University: Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will (co-authored with Warren Brown). Murphy serves as an editorial advisor for Theology and Science and Theology Today. She is an adjunct professor at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren.

Her areas of expertise, research, writing, and teaching include: Anglo-American postmodern philosophy, theology and science, and philosophy of mind.

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