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Philip Clayton, Ph.D.
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Philip Clayton is a philosopher and theologian specializing in the entire range of issues that arise at the intersection between science and religion. Over the last several decades he has published and lectured extensively on all branches of this debate, including the history of modern philosophy, philosophy of science, comparative religions, and constructive theology.

Clayton received his Ph.D. jointly from the Philosophy and Religious Studies departments at Yale University and is currently Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Claremont Graduate University and Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology. In addition to a variety of named lectureships, he has held visiting professorships at the University of Cambridge, the University of Munich, and Harvard University.

Above all, Clayton’s books and articles address the cultural battle currently raging between science and religion. Rejecting the scientism of Dawkins and friends, he argues, does not open the door to fundamentalism. Instead, a variety of complex and interesting positions are being obscured by the warring factions whose fight to the death is attracting such intense attention today.

Clayton has drawn on the resources of the sciences, philosophy, theology, and comparative religious thought to develop constructive partnerships between these two great cultural powers. As a public intellectual he seeks to address the burning ethical and political issues at the intersection of science, ethics, religion, and spirituality (e.g., the stem cell debate, euthanasia, the environmental crisis, interreligious warfare). As a philosopher he works to show the compatibility of science with religious belief across the fields where the two may be integrated (e.g., emergence theory, evolution and religion, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and consciousness).

He blogs on the future of faith at

Entries by Philip Clayton, Ph.D.

Rebooting Theological Education

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 6:11 PM

Theological education is in crisis. By itself, that's not new news. What's newsworthy is exciting new progress on the problems that's now coming up with solutions -- real, viable solutions. Tinkering with the old structures isn't enough anymore.

Admittedly, such analyses are few and far between. Actually, that's not surprising:...

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Marcus Borg and the New Face of Christianity

(15) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 12:16 PM

The internet is packed with responses to the news that Marcus Borg died a few days ago. ABC carried the original news release. Marcus's colleagues at HarperOne wrote a beautiful piece to honor Marcus. Blogs by Barkley Thompson and The Naked Pastor

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Does the Higgs Boson Discovery Resolve the Religion-Science Debate?

(1424) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 11:36 AM

Yeah, right.

One important thing did happen this week: one of the most interesting searches in physics, launched 48 years ago, hit the jackpot. For fundamental physics as we conceive it today to stand the test, a certain kind of a force field (the Higgs field) had to exist; and...

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Science, Religion and Religious Minimalism

(1454) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 2:42 PM

No human phenomenon in this global age is more controversial or confusing than religion. But two things are clear: secular prophecies to the contrary, religion is not going away. And despite the hopes of certain nostalgic believers, religion will not regain, at least in the West, the social ascendancy it...

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Can Christians Survive the 'Threat' of a Multi-Faith World?

(453) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 9:23 PM

You know Christians who respond to an increasingly interreligious world by building walls around themselves. They have only Christian friends, hold others at arm's length and make sure what you know about "them" comes from reliable (read: Christian) sources. If you do get face to face with a Jew or...

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Is Stephen Hawking Right About God?

(606) Comments | Posted September 13, 2010 | 9:33 AM

Not only is Stephen Hawking one of the greatest physicists of the 20th century, he also enjoys a mystique perhaps rivaled only by Albert Einstein. As Time once commented, "Even as he sits helpless in his wheelchair, his mind seems to soar ever more brilliantly across the vastness of space...

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Seeking Common Ground in 'Big Tent' Christianity

(410) Comments | Posted September 1, 2010 | 9:11 PM

We know well what it means for people to be dissatisfied with Christianity, or to blurt out "I'm finished!" and publicly walk away. I've even heard people proclaim that the term "Christian" has been so torn apart in the battle-to-the-death between liberals and conservatives that there's...

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