Celia Deane-Drummond

Chair, theology and the biological sciences, University of Chester

Paper:  "Beyond Separation or Synthesis: Christ and Evolution as Theodrama" 

Professor Celia Deane-Drummond holds a chair in theology and the biological sciences at the University of Chester and is Director of the Centre for Religion and the Biosciences. She is currently Vice Chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment. From July 1st 2009 she is on a twelve-month secondment with the Roman Catholic development agency CAFOD as a theological accompanier to their strategic, advocacy and educational work connected with environmental justice and sustainability. She originally graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and obtained a doctorate in plant physiology at Reading University prior to two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of British Columbia and Cambridge University. She subsequently took up a lectureship in plant physiology at Durham University prior to turning her attention more fully to theological study, obtaining a degree and then a doctorate in theology from Manchester University. During her scientific career she lectured both nationally and internationally and published over thirty scientific articles. Since then she has published numerous articles, books, edited collections and contributions to books, focusing particularly on the engagement of theology and the biological sciences, but with a particular interest in exploring its usefulness in practical, ethical discourse. She is currently editor of a new book series entitled ‘Re-Visioning Ethics’ with SCM Press. Her more recent books include Creation through Wisdom (T & T Clark, 2000), Brave New World (Continuum, 2003) ReOrdering Nature (Continuum 2003), The Ethics of Nature (Blackwells, 2004) Wonder and Wisdom: Conversations in Science, Spirituality and Theology (Templeton Foundation Press, 2006), Genetics and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Future Perfect: God, Medicine and Human Identity, edited with Peter Scott (Continuum, 2006), Ecotheology (DLT/Novalis/St Mary’s Press, 2008), Christ and Evolution: Wonder and Wisdom (Fortress/SCM Press, 2009), Creaturely Theology: On God, Humans and Other Animals, edited with David Clough (SCM Press, 2009).