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Michael Fuller

Senior Teaching Fellow in Science and Religion, University of Edinburgh

Michael Fuller studied chemistry at the University of Oxford and theology at the University of Cambridge. He served as a priest in the Anglican dioceses of Oxford and Edinburgh, and for 14 years oversaw ministerial training for the Scottish Episcopal Church. He is a teaching Fellow at New College, University of Edinburgh, and an Honorary Canon of Edinburgh Cathedral. He has written or edited seven books and many papers in the field of science and religion.

Selected Publications:


  • Atoms and Icons: A Discussion of the Relationships between Science and Theology (Mowbray, 1995).

Edited volumes

  • Matter and Meaning: Is matter sacred or profane? (ed.) (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010).

  • Inspiration in Science and Religion (ed.) (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012).

  • Is Religion Natural? (T&T Clark, 2012) (with Dirk Evers, Antje Jackelén and Taede Smedes).

  • The Concept of the Soul: Scientific and religious perspectives (ed.) (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014).

  • What is Life? (Springer, 2015) (with Dirk Evers, Antje Jackelén and Knut-Willy Saether).

  • Do Emotions Shape the World? (Springer, 2016) (with Dirk Evers, Anne Runehov and Knut-Willy Saether).

Some Recent Articles and Book Chapters

  • The far-shining sail: a glimpse of salvation in Britten’s ‘Billy Budd’, Musical Times, Vol.147 (Summer 2006), p. 17.

  • Did St Jerome have a Near-Death Experience?, Expository Times, vol. 120 no. 11 (August 2009), p. 530.

  • Reticence, Reason and Rhetoric: Some responses to Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, Expository Times, vol. 121 no. 10 (July 2010), p. 489.

  • Inspiration in Mathematics and Music, in M. Fuller (ed), Inspiration in Science and Religion (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), pp. 105-110.

  • Divine Action – Nothing more natural? in Louise Hickman (ed.), Religious Perspectives on Divine Action (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014), pp. 45-51.

  • Liturgy, Scripture and Resonance in the Operas of James MacMillan, New Blackfriars, vol. 96 no. 1064 (July 2015), pp. 381-390.

  • Big Data: New science, new challenges, new dialogical opportunities, Zygon, vol. 50 no. 3 (September 2015), pp. 569-582.

  • Some Practical and Ethical Challenges Posed by Big Data, in Jennifer Baldwin (ed.), Embracing the Ivory Tower and Stained Glass

  • Window: A Festschrift in Honor of Archbishop Antje Jackelen (Springer 2016), pp. 119-127.

  • Religion and the Brain: What can science tell us about God?, Modern Believing, vol. 57 no. 2 (2016), pp. 163-173.

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