Faculty Directory

Robert Russell

Director, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences;
Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science

Core Doctoral Faculty
At the GTU since
1981
(510) 649-2564

Robert John Russell is the current Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science. Since 1981, Dr. Russell has served as both founding director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) and professor of theology and science at the GTU. Holding a PhD in physics and an MDiv/MA in theology, Dr. Russell embodies the motto of the Ian G. Barbour Chair: “Where religion meets science.” He has mentored dozens of PhD and MA GTU students in theology and science, ethics, and Christian spirituality. Many of his former students hold tenured faculty positions at universities or seminaries and are teaching courses in faith and science to a new generation while others work in non-profit programs focusing on these important issues. Hundreds of divinity students have found Dr. Russell’s MDiv courses in theology and science, environmental ethics, and bioethics vitally important as they prepare for ministry in an age of scientific discovery and technological challenge.

Degrees and Certifications

PhD in Physics, University of California at Santa Cruz
MA, MDiv, Pacific School of Religion

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Methodology in Theology and Science
  • Doctrine of Creation and Modern Scientific Cosmology
  • Non-Interventionist Divine Action and Quantum Mechanics
  • Suffering in Nature / Natural Theodicy
  • Resurrection, Eschatology and Big Bang Cosmology
Selected Publications
  • Time in Eternity: Pannenberg, Physics and Eschatology in Creative Mutual Interaction, University of Notre Dame Press, 2012.
  • Cosmology, Evolution and Resurrection Hope, Pandora Press, 2006.
  • "Quantum Physics and the Theology of Non-Interventionist Objective Divine Action," Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science, 2006.
  • "Science and Spirituality," Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality, Blackwell Publishing, 2005.             
  • "Natural theodicy in an evolutionary context: the need for an eschatology of new creation," Theodicy and Eschatology, Australian Theological Forum Press; 2005.
  • Fifty Years in Science and Religion: Ian G. Barbour and His Legacy," Robert John Russell, ed, Ashgate Publications, 2004.