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Research Professor

The Revd Professor Nancey Murphy

BA (Creighton), PhD (Berkley), Th.D (Berkley)

Professor Nancey Murphy is Senior Professor of Christian Philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA.  Her first book, Theology in the Age of Scientific Reasoning (Cornell, 1990) won the American Academy of Religion award for excellence.  She is author of  nine other books including Bodies and Souls, Or Spirited Bodies? (Cambridge University, 2006), and Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will (Oxford University, 2007; co-authored with Warren Brown).  She has co-edited thirteen books, as well. 

Professor Murphy's research interests focus on the role of modern and postmodern philosophy in shaping Christian theology; on relations between theology and science; and relations among neuroscience, philosophy of mind, and Christian anthropology.  

Book Chapters

2010 (with C. Knight, ed.) Human Identity at the Intersection of  Science, Technology, and Religion, Ashgate.

2009 (with L. Schultz and R.J. Russell, eds.) Philosophy, Science, and Divine Action, Brill.

2009 (with G.F.R. Ellis and T. O’Connor, eds.) Downward Causation and the Neurobiology of Free Will, Springer.

2008  (with R.J. Russell and W.R. Stoeger, eds.) Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action: Twenty Years of Problems and Progress, Vatican Observatory Press.

2007 (with W. S. Brown) Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will, Oxford University.

2007 (with W. R. Stoeger, ed.) Evolution and Emergence: Systems, Organism, Persons, Oxford University.

2007  (with R.J. Russell and W.R. Stoeger, eds.) Physics and Cosmology: Scientific Perspectives on Suffering in Nature,Vatican Observatory Press.

2006 Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies? Cambridge University.                    

2002 Religion and Science: God, Evolution, and the Soul (ed. Carl S. Helrich) Pandora Press.

1997 Reconciling Theology and Science: A Radical Reformation Perspective, Pandora Press.

2014   “Mind, Soul, and the Cognitive Neurosciences,” in M. Fuller, ed., The Concept of the Soul: Scientific and Religious Perspectives. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2013 “Cognitive Neuruoscience, Moral Responsibility, and Punishment,” in T.A. Nadelhoffer, ed.,The Future of Puniishment. Oxford University.

2013 “Wind and Spirit,” in D.R. Nelson, et al., eds., Theologians in Their Own Words. Fortress.

2013 “Attaching Attachment Theory to Anabaptist Theology,” in C.E. Early and A.L. Early, eds., Integrating the New Science of Love and A Spirituality of Peace, Cascade Books.

2011 “Avoiding Neuorbiological Reductionism: The Role of Downward Causation in Complex Systems,” in J. J. Sanguineti et al, eds, Moral Behavior and Free Will: A Neeurobiological and Philosophical Approach, IF Press.

2011 “Anti-Cartesianism and Downward Causation: Reshaping the Free-Will Debate,” in R.Y. Chiao et al., eds., Visions of Discovery: New Light on Physics, Cosmology, and Consciousness, Cambridge University.

2011 "Nature and Human Nature: The Elephant in the Room,” in P.J. Kirbas, ed., This Sacred Earth: Scientific and Religious Perspectives on Nature and Humanity’s Place Within It, Wyndam Hall Press.

2011 “Supervenience and the Downward Efficacy of the Mental: Nonreductive Physicalism and the Christian Tradition,” in B.L. Gordon and W.A Dembski, eds., The Nature of Nature: Examining the Role of Naturalism in Science, ISI Books.   

2011 “Cosmopolis: How Astronomy Affects Philosophies of Human Nature and Religion,” In A.T. Tymieniecka and A. Grandpierre, eds., Analecta Husserliana: Yearbook of Phenomenological Research,  vol. CVII, Springer. 

2010 "From Neurons to Politics—Without a Soul,” in M. Farah, ed., Neuroethics: An Introduction with Readings, MIT Press.

2011 “Nonreductive Physicalism,” in A. Runehov, ed., Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions, Springer.

2010  “Divine Action, Emergence, and Scientific Explanation,” in Peter Harrison, ed., Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion..

2010  "Reduction and Emergence: A Critical Perspective” in N. Murphy and C. Knight, eds., Human Identity at the Intersection of Science, Technology, and Religion, Ashgate.

2010 "Theology and Science in a Postmodern Context”; “Science and Divine Action”; and “Theology, Science and Human Nature,” in M. Stewart, ed., Science and Religion in Dialogue, vol. 2, Wiley-Blackwell (also published in Chinese).         

2009 "Adolf Grünbaum on Religion, Cosmology, and Morals,” in A Jokic, ed., Philosophy, Religion, Physics, and Psychology: Essays in Honor of Adolf Grünbaum, Promethius Books.

2009 “Non-reductive Physicalism and Free Will, in E. Weislogal, ed., Transdisciplinarity in Science and Religion, Curtea Veche Publishing House.

2009 “The Cognitive Science of Religion: A Theological Appropriation,” in J. Schloss, and M. J. Murray, eds., The Spiritual Primate: Scientific, Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on the Origin of Religion. Oxford University.

2009 “Agape and Nonviolence,” in Craig Boyd, ed., Visions of Agape, Ashgate.


2013   “When Jesus Said ‘Love your Enemies’ I think He Probably Meant Don’t Kill them,” Perspectives in Religious Studies.            

2013  “Do Humans Have Souls: Perspectives from Philosophpy, Science, and Religion,” Interpretation.

2011 “Constructing an Anabaptist Vision of Ideal Psychological Functioning,” Edification: The Transdisciplinary Journal of Christian Psychology.

2010 “Robert Russell versus the New Atheists.” Zygon.

2010 "Christianity and Modern Science in the West: An Overview, Omega: Indian Journal of Science and Religion.

2009 “How to Keep the ‘Non’ in Nonreductive Physicalism,” Journal of European Baptist Studies.

2008 “Miks Teadus Vajab Teologiat?” (Estonian translation of “Why Science Needs Theology”) Usuteaduslik Ajakiri.

2008 “On the Role of Philosophy in Theology-Science Dialogue,” in J. J. Vila-Cha, ed., Filosofia e Ciencia: Science in Philosophy, Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia.                   

2006 "Scientific Perspectives on Christian Anthropology," Reflections: Center of Theological Inquiry.

2003 “Whatever Happened to the Soul?: Theological Perspectives on Neuroscience and the Self,” in J. LeDoux et al., eds., The Self: From Soul to Brain, vol. 1001 of Annals of the New York Academy of Science.

2003 “On the Role of Philosophy in Theology-Science Dialogue,” Theology and Science.

2002 “Divine Creation and Cosmology,” Acta Philosophia: Rivista Internazionale de Filosofia.

2002 “The Problem of Mental Causation: How Does Reason Get Its Grip on the Brain?” Science and Christian Belief, October.