Philip Clayton (theologian)

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Philip Clayton (born 1955) is a contemporary American theologian and philosopher who is the Ingraham Professor of Theology at Claremont School of Theology.[1][2] [3] He received dual PhDs from Yale in philosophy and theology, working with Louis Dupre. He also studied as a DAAD fellow under Wolfhart Pannenberg, eventually working as a translator of Pannenberg's theology.

Philip Clayton has held professorships at Williams College, California State University Sonoma, Harvard University, and Cambridge University. His research focuses on the relationship between religion and science, process theology, philosophy of religion, and contemporary issues in ecology, religion, and ethics. Clayton has received multiple research grants and international lectureships.[4]

Authored works[edit]

  • Explanation from Physics to Theology, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.
  • God and Contemporary Science, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdman’s, 1998.
  • The Problem of God in Modern Thought, Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdman’s, 2000.
  • Mind and Emergence: From Quantum to Consciousness, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2007 (English edition 2009).
  • Adventures in the Spirit: God, World, and Divine Action, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008.
  • Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2009.
  • The Predictament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, and Christian Minimalism, Oxford University Press, 2011.

Select edited works[edit]

  • Science and the Spiritual Quest: New Essays by Leading Scientists, London and New York: Routledge, 2002.
  • In Whom We Live and Move and Have our Being: Panentheistic Reflections on God's Presence in a Scientific World (with Arthur Peacocke), Eerdman’s, 2004.
  • Evolution and Ethics (with Jeff Schloss), Eerdman’s 2004.
  • The Re-Emergence of Emergence: The Emergentist Hypothesis from Science to Religion (with Paul Davies), Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science (with Zachary Simpson), Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Practicing Science, Living Faith: Interviews with Twelve Leading Scientists (with Jim Schaal), New York: Columbia University Press, 2007.
  • Panentheism across the World's Traditions (with Loriliai Biernacki), Oxford University Press, 2014.


  1. ^ "Claremont School of Theology Faculty Profile". Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Denli, Ihsan (26 December 2014). "Prominent theologian says Turkey in crisis with international community". Today's Zaman. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  3. ^ Piatt, Christian (12 November 2013). "CANA Initiative: A New “Network of Networks” (Philip Clayton)". Patheos. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Dietrich-Egensteiner, Will (3 June 2013). "A Brief History of Infinities". Popular Mechanics. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 

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