Prof Philip ClaytonProf Philip Clayton

Ingraham Professor
Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California

Claremont, United States


Dr. Philip Clayton holds a Ph.D. in both philosophy and religious studies from Yale University. Currently he is the Ingraham Professor of Theology at Claremont School of Theology as well as Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Claremont Graduate University. He has taught at Haverford and Williams Colleges and until 2001 was Professor and Chair of Philosophy at the California State University, Sonoma. He has been guest professor at the Divinity School, Harvard University, Humboldt Professor at the University of Munich, and Senior Fulbright Professor, again at the University of Munich. Clayton is a past winner of the Templeton Book Prize for best monograph in the field of science and religion and a winner of the first annual Templeton Research Prize. His primary research interest concerns the ethical, social and metaphysical issues that arise at the intersection of contemporary science and religion.
Clayton is the author of Adventures in the Spirit (Fortress Press, 2008), Mind and Emergence (Oxford University Press, 2004), The Problem of God in Modern Thought (Eerdmans, 2000), God and Contemporary Science (Edinburgh University Press, 1997); Explanation from Physics to Theology: An Essay in Rationality and Religion (Yale University Press, 1989; German edition, Rationalität und Religion, 1992); and Das Gottesproblem, vol. 1: Gott und Unendlichkeit in der neuzeitlichen Philosophie (Schöningh Verlag, 1996). He has edited and translated several other volumes (including All That Is, Practicing Science, Living Faith, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science, The Re-emergence of Emergence, Evolution and Ethics, Science and Beyond, In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being, Quantum Mechanics, and Science and the Spiritual Quest) and published some 50 articles in the philosophy of science, ethics, and the world's religious traditions. He is currently working on Beyond the Religion Wars: The Path from Reduction to Reenchantment, The Challenge of Ultimacy: An Essay in Critical Theism, and Panentheims East and West. Clayton is currently Principal Investigator of the "Science and the Spiritual Quest" project (SSQ) at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley, California.
As a public intellectual he seeks to address the burning ethical and political issues at the intersection of science, ethics, religion, and spirituality (e.g., the stem cell debate, euthanasia, the environmental crisis, interreligious warfare). As a philosopher he works to show the compatibility of science with religious belief across the fields where the two may be integrated (emergence theory, evolution and religion, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience and consciousness).

Honoraria Titles

Major Prizes


In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World,

Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2008 + German translation, 2007

Ed: All That Is: A Naturalistic Faith for the 21st Century, in honor of Arthur Peacocke,

Fortress Press 2007

Practicing Science, Living Faith: Twelve Scientists in the Quest for Reconciliation, (edited volume)

Columbia University Press 2007
Co-authors: Eds: P. Clayton & Jim Schaal,

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science,

Oxford University Press 2006; pbk edn April 2008

The Re-emergence of Emergence: The Emergentist Hypothesis from Science to Religion (edited volume)

Oxford University Press 2006
Co-authors: Eds: P. Clayton & Paul Davies

Mind and Emergence: From Quantum to Consciousness

Oxford University Press 2004. Pbk edn 2006

Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective (edited volume)

Eerdmans 2004
Co-authors: Eds: P. Clayton & Jeffrey Schloss,

Science and Beyond: Cosmology, Consciousness and Technology in the Indic Traditions (edited volume)

NIAS Publications 2004
Co-authors: Eds: P. Clayton, Roddam Narasimha, B. V. Sreekantan & Sangeetha Menon

In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being: Panentheistic Reflections on God’s Presence in a Scientific World (edited volume)

Eerdmans 2004
Co-authors: Eds: P. Clayton & Arthur Peacocke

Quantum Mechanics, vol. 5 of Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action (edited volume)

Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences 2002
Co-authors: Eds: P. Clayton, Robert J. Russell, John Polkinghorne et al.,

Science and the Spiritual Quest: New Essays by Leading Scientists (edited volume)

Routledge 2002
Co-authors: Eds: P. Clayton, Mark Richardson et al.,

The Problem of God in Modern Thought


God and Contemporary Science

Edinburgh University Press and Eerdmans 1997

Das Gottesproblem, vol. 1: Gott und Unendlichkeit in der neuzeitlichen Philosophie, my translation,

Ferdinand Schöningh Verlag 1996