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Nancey Murphy

Senior Professor of Christian Philosophy

As senior faculty at Fuller, this professor primarily mentors students and only occasionally, if ever, teaches courses.

BA, Creighton University
PhD, University of California at Berkeley
ThD, Graduate Theological Union

Courses Taught

ET849/549: Theology and Science of Virtue
PH514: Topics in Philosophy of Religion
PH530: Anglo-American Postmodernity
PH543: Philosophical Issues in Theology and Science
PH560: Philosophical Ethics
PH802: Portraits of Human Nature
PH833/533: Sources of Modern Atheism
PH835/535: Science, Philosophy, and Christian Anthropology
PH852/552 Methods in Philosophy
PH861/561: Readings in Alasdair MacIntyre
ST829: Theological Method
TH806/PH548: Theological Uses of Postmodern Philosophy

Campus Affiliations

Center for Advanced Theological Studies

Areas of Expertise

Anglo-American postmodern philosophy, Christian anthropology, theology and science, philosophy of mind, neuroscience

“The nonreductive physicalist account of human nature needs to be completed by a theological account in which descriptions of divine action supervene on descriptions of natural and historical events, but without being reducible to them.”


Dr. Murphy, in her book Whatever Happened to the Soul?


Nancey Murphy joined the Fuller faculty in 1989 and serves as senior professor of Christian philosophy. She is highly sought as a speaker at national and international conferences on philosophy and the relationship between theology and science. Dr. Murphy is on the International Editorial Board of the Journal of Philosophical Theological Research, published in Qom, Iran, and is a member of the Planning Committee for conferences on science and theology sponsored by the Vatican Observatory. 

A prolific writer, Murphy has published numerous articles in journals of theology, philosophy, and science. Her first book, Theology in the Age of Scientific Reasoning, received the 1992 Award for Excellence From the American Academy of Religion. She was selected as the year’s Alumnus of The Year by both Creighton University and the Graduate Theological Union. In addition to her Philosophy of the Christian Religion, her other books include Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will (coauthored with Warren S. Brown, 2007); Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies? (2006); Anglo-American Postmodernity: Philosophical Perspectives on Science, Religion, and Ethics (1997); and On the Moral Nature of the Universe: Theology, Cosmology, and Ethics (coauthored with George Ellis, 1996). Her coedited books include Downward Causation and the Neurobiology of Free Will (with G. F. R. Ellis and T. O’Connor, 2009); Evolution and Emergence: Systems, Organisms, Persons (coedited with W. Stoeger, 2007); and Physics and Cosmology: Scientific Perspectives on the Problem of Natural Evil (coedited with R. Russell and W. Stoeger, 2007).

Murphy serves as an editorial advisor for numerous publishers and journals. She has served as a research professor at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague; and as an adjunct professor at UCLA. She is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren.

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