Rev Dr Michael Fuller (MA, DPhil, FHEA)
Senior Teaching Fellow
I originally studied chemistry, taking a doctorate for work in the field of synthetic organic chemistry, before studying theology, and being ordained. I spent time in parish ministry, and in training candidates for ministry in the Scottish Episcopal Church, joining the Science and Religion team at New College in 2014.
I have published widely in this area, writing a book, journal articles and book chapters, and editing a number of volumes.
In addition to work in the field of science and religion I have a long-standing interest in exploring theological themes in literature, and in music.
MA, Chemistry (University of Oxford, 1989)
DPhil, Chemistry (University of Oxford, 1989)
BA, Theology (University of Cambridge, 1991)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2010
Responsibilities & affiliations
I am Vice-President for Publications of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology, a Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion, and a past Chair of the Science and Religion Forum. I am an Honorary Canon of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.
Science and Christian Theology
Theology and Contemporary Science
History of Science and Religion
Key Thinkers in Science and Religion
Science and Religion in Literature
Cosmos, Cell and Creator
Matter, Mind and Spirit
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
My current research interests range over topics in the history of science and religion, the phenomenon of ‘big data’ and its (mis)uses, and changing aesthetics in the staging of opera. Some recent papers and book chapters include:
‘Science and Religion in a Global Context’, Routledge International Handbook of Religion in a Global Society (in press).
'Redemption in Wagner: The case of Senta', The Wagner Journal, vol. 14 no. 1 (March 2020), pp. 4-15.
‘Sciences and Truths: A Theologian’s View’, in D. Jasper and J. Wright (eds.), Truth and the Church in a Secular Age (SCM Press 2019), pp. 162-176.
'Big Data and the Facebook Scandal: Issues and Responses', Theology, vol. 122 no. 1 (Jan-Feb 2019), pp. 14-21.
‘Why Should Anyone Care About the Science-and-Religion Debate?’, in Mark Harris and Duncan Pritchard (eds.), Philosophy, Science and Religion for Everyone (Routledge 2017), pp. 105-115.
'Big Data, Ethics and Religion: New dilemmas from a new science', Religions, http://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/8/5/88/ Vol. 8 (May 2017)
'Into Terra Incognita: Charting beyond Peter Harrison’s "The Territories of Science and Religion"’, Zygon, vol. 51 no. 3 (September 2016), pp. 729-741.
'Religion and the Brain: What can science tell us about God?', Modern Believing, vol. 57 no. 2 (2016), pp. 163-173.
'Big Data: New science, new challenges, new dialogical opportunities', Zygon, vol. 50 no. 3 (September 2015), pp. 569-582.
'Liturgy, Scripture and Resonance in the Operas of James MacMillan', New Blackfriars, vol. 96 no. 1064 (July 2015), pp. 381-390.
Recent books I have edited include:
Nature – and Beyond: Transcendence and Immanence in Science and Theology (Springer, 2020) (with Dirk Evers, Anne Runehov, Knut-Willy Saether and Bernard Michollet).
Are We Special? Human Uniqueness in Science and Theology (Springer, 2017) (with Dirk Evers, Anne Runehov and Knut-Willy Saether).
Do Emotions Shape the World? (Springer, 2016) (with Dirk Evers, Anne Runehov and Knut-Willy Saether).
What is Life? (Springer, 2015) (with Dirk Evers, Antje Jackelén and Knut-Willy Saether).