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Nancey Murphy

Senior Professor of Christian Philosophy

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

Areas of Expertise

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

“The nonreductive physicalist account of 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. We need to conceive of the hierarchy of the sciences as incomplete without theology, and especially to maintain the nonreducibility of theology to other disciplines.”


Dr. Murphy, in her book Whatever Happened to the Soul? Explore a variety of voices on the intersection of faith and science, available here.


Nancey Murphy joined the Fuller faculty in 1989 and now 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. Murphy has been a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley, and was 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 awards from the Templeton Foundation and the American Academy of Religion. Most recently she coedited Human Identity at the Intersection of Science, Technology, and Religion (with C. Knight, 2010), Downward Causation and the Neurobiology of Free Will (with G. F. R. Ellis and T. O’Connor, 2009), and contributed to The New Yoder (2010), Science and Religion in Dialogue (2010), and Philosophy of Religion, Physics and Psychology: Essays in Honor of Adolf Grunbaum (2009). Other recent publications include Philosophy, Science, and Divine Action (coedited with L. Schultz and R. J. Russell, 2009), Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action: Twenty Years of Challenge and Progress (coedited with R. J. Russell and W. Stoeger, SJ, 2008), Did My Neurons Make Me Do It? Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will (coauthored with W. S. Brown, 2007), Physics and Cosmology: Scientific Perspectives on the Problem of Natural Evil (coedited with R. Russell and W. Stoeger, SJ, 2007), Evolution and Emergence: Systems, Organisms, Persons (coedited with W. Stoeger, SJ, 2007), and Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies? (2006).

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

Download Dr. Murphy’s CV, which includes a list of her current publications, here.

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