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Robert John RussellProfessor Robert J. Russell is the Founder and Director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS), and the Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science in Residence at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), Berkeley. 

He is the author of Time in Eternity: Pannenberg, Physics, and Eschatology in Creative Mutual Interaction (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012) and Cosmology from Alpha to Omega: Towards the Mutual Creative Interaction of Theology and Science (Fortress Press, 2008).  He has co-edited a multi-volume series of books focused on scientific perspectives on divine action through an international research conference program co-sponsored by CTNS and the Vatican Observatory, including such topics as quantum mechanics, chaos theory, evolutionary and molecular biology, the neurosciences, and quantum cosmology.  His current research topics include: resurrection, eschatology and scientific cosmology; quantum mechanics, biological evolution and divine action; evolution, theodicy and christology; philosophical assumptions in contemporary scientific cosmology and their theological roots; time and eternity from a Trinitarian perspective in relation to time in physics.

He has been the P.I. of several CTNS international programs, including "Science and the Spiritual Quest" (SSQ) and "Science and Religion Course Program," (SRCP), and he is currently the P. I. of "Science and Transcendence: Advanced Research Series" (STARS).  He has served on the John Templeton Foundation Board of Advisors since its inception and has been a judge for the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. Russell serves as Co-editor of Theology and Science journal. Dr. Russell co-edited Resurrection: Theological and Scientific Assessments, ( Eerdmans, 2002) and edited Fifty Years in Science and Religion: Ian G. Barbour and His Legacy (Ashgate, 2004). He is the winner of a PCRS/Templeton Grant for Research and Writing on the Constructive Engagement of Religions and Science for his proposed book, Time in Eternity: Theology and Science in Mutual Interaction.

He holds a Ph.D. in experimental physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an M.Div. and an M. A. in theology and science from the Pacific School of Religion (one of nine seminaries in the GTU consortium), an M. S. in physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and he triple- majored in physics, religion and music at Stanford University. He is ordained in the United Church of Christ. He is a member of the Society of Ordained Scientists. His wife, Charlotte, is a UCC minister and they have two grown daughters, Christie Lavigne and Lisa Galicia.

Dr. Russell's brief introductory article is available for viewing on-line, as is his article:
Bridging Science and Religion: Why it Must be Done.

 

CV of Robert John Russell (opens as a PDF file) Adobe Acrobat Reader needed.

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