Ian Ramsey Centre

Dr Michael Burdett, Research Fellow in Religion, Science and Technology



Ian Ramsey Centre Associate from 1 October 2016
  • DPhil University of Oxford (Theology) (2013)
  • MPhil University of Oxford (Modern Doctrine) (2009)
  • BS California State University, Fullerton (Civil Engineering) (2007)
  • BA Azusa Pacific University (Math/Physics) (2007)
  • BA Azusa Pacific University (Theology) (2004)

Research Interests

  • Christian doctrine (creation, eschatology and theological anthropology)
  • Theological ethics (political theology and bioethics)
  • Science and technology studies (philosophy of science and philosophy of technology)
  • Philosophy of religion (phenomenology and atheism/secularism)
  • Evolutionary theory
  • Aesthetics and the imagination

Select publications

  • Eschatology and the Technological Future. Routledge, 2015.
  • Technology and the Rise of Transhumanism: Beyond Genetic Engineering. Grove, 2014.
  • Finding Ourselves After Darwin: Conversations about the Image of God, Original Sin, and the Problem of Evil, assoc. ed., Baker Academic, Forthcoming 2017
  • “Assessing the Field of Science and Religion: Advice From the Next Generation” Zygon, Accepted/Forthcoming 2017.
  • “Ideological and Religious Motivations in the Gene Editing Debates: Why Proximate Ethical Concerns is Not Enough” In Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing, eds. Parens and Johnston, Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2017
  • “Technology and Information” In The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology, 2nd ed., eds. Scott and Cavanaugh, Blackwell, Forthcoming 2017.
  • “A Moral Theology of Technological Failure” In Theologies of Failure, ed. Sirvent, Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming 2017.
  • “Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein: An Experiment in Self-Imaging” Transpositions: Journal of Theology, Imagination and the Arts, Winter 2016.
  • “Past, Present and Future: Thoughts on Science and Religion from the Next Generation” In Forty Years of Science and Religion: Looking Back and Looking Forward, eds. Hickman and Spurway, Cambridge Scholars, 2016.
  • “The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis: New Conversations and Theological Questions at the Frontiers of Modern Science” God and Nature, Winter 2016.
  • “The Image of God and Human Uniqueness: Challenges from the Biological and Information Sciences”The Expository Times 127, no. 1 (2015): 3-10.
  • “The Religion of Technology: Transhumanism and the Myth of Progress” In Religion and Transhumanism: The Unknown Future of Human Enhancement, eds. Mercer and Trothen, Praeger, 2014.
  • “Atheism 3.0: From New Atheism to Secular Transhumanism”  The Marginalia Review of Books, Oct 2013
  • “Teilhard de Chardin: From Nature to Supernature” In Darwinism and Natural Theology: Evolving Perspectives, ed. Robinson, Cambridge Scholars, 2012.
  • “Contextualising a Christian Perspective on Transcendence and Human Enhancement: Francis Bacon, N.F. Fedorov and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin” In Transhumanism and Transcendence: Christian Hope in an Age of Technological Enhancement, ed. Cole-Turner, Georgetown, 2011.   

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