Philip Clayton

Ingraham Professor of Theology
B.A., Westmont College; M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary; M.A.,
M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

Dr. Clayton is a constructive Christian theologian, deeply engaged in dialogues with science, contemporary philosophy, and the world’s religious traditions. He is particularly interested in the evolving understanding of Christian faith in the 21st century. He studies emerging forms of Christian community, as the church responds to a rapidly changing world. He frequently speaks to clergy convocations and lay groups across the country on the future of the church. Keynote addresses on this topic include the 2013 UMC Quadrennial Training Event in Nashville, numerous conferences, and most of the major seminaries in the U.S. He served as co-PI for a Ford Foundation grant on “Rekindling Theological Imagination” in the church, ran the series with Brian McLaren, is active in social media, and frequently consults with denominations and Christian nonprofits on this topic. He currently serves on the Steering Committee for The Convergence Network, a national organization that is linking change leaders and organizations across the United States.

Dr. Clayton has authored or edited 24 books, including The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith (2011); Religion and Science: The Basics (2011); Adventures in the Spirit (2009), Transforming Christian Theology (2009); In Quest of Freedom (2009), Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective (2006), and The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science (2006). Earlier books include Science and the Spiritual QuestGod and Contemporary Science; and The Problem of God in Modern Thought.

Prior to joining the faculty at CST, Dr. Clayton has taught or held research professorships at Williams College, the California State University, Harvard University, Cambridge University, and the University of Munich


B.A. – Westmont College
M.A. – Fuller Theological Seminary
M.A. – Yale University
M.Phil. – Yale University
Ph.D. – Yale University

Recent Publications / Achievements

The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, and Christian Minimalism, (Oxford University Press, 2011)

Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society, (Fortress Press, 2010)

Adventures in the Spirit: God, World, Divine Action (Fortress Press, 2008)

The Re-Emergence of Emergence: The Emergentist Hypothesis from Science to Religion (Oxford University Press, 2008)

Signs of Solidarity: Mind and Emergence: From Quantum to Consciousness (Oxford University Press, 2006)