Pete Jordan

Research Fellow

Academic Summary

BEng (Queensland University of Technology)

PhD (Cornell University)

MDiv (Duke University)

PhD (University of Queensland)

Pete Jordan is a Research Fellow of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at the Faculty of Theology and Religion in the University of Oxford. He is the primary researcher on the Intellectual World of John Templeton project, sponsored by the Templeton World Charity Foundation.


Pete was previously a Research Coordinator in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford, in which role he served as an external Program Adviser to the Templeton World Charity Foundation. He helped applicants to develop grant proposals for funding by the Foundation, and supported various active funding initiatives.


Research Interests

History of Christian thought



History of science and religion

Early modern history


Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR)

Member of the Steering Committee of the Science, Technology, and Religion Unit at the American Academy of Religion

Member of the Science and Religion Forum


“Legitimacy and the Field of Science and Religion.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, forthcoming.

“Penultimate Curiosity in the Pre-Modern Era.” Science and Christian Belief 30 (2018): 147-58.

“John Spencer and the Limits of Natural Causation in Early Modern England.” In Are There Limits to Science? edited by G. F. Straine, 121-30. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.

“Meaning in Nature.” Cosmologics: A Magazine of Science, Religion, and Culture Fall 2017.

“Science and the Reformation: Historiographical Soundings.” Science and Christian Belief 29 (2017): 142-60.

“Minimalist Engagement: Rowan Williams on Christianity and Science.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 51 (2016): 387-404.