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The Rev. Philip Hefner
2003–2004: By Nature Creators: Coming to Terms with Human Nature Today

The Rev. Philip Hefner is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and has spent his entire career teaching in Lutheran seminaries in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Chicago (where he retired in 2001). He has attempted to balance a concern for the theology of the Christian tradition, and of Lutheranism, with attention to contemporary culture, particularly the arts and the natural sciences. He is the former editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science and he served as the director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science from 1988–2003. His published writings include six books and more than 150 scholarly articles, about half of which deal with religion and the natural sciences, while the other half deal with traditional historical and theological issues. His most recent book is Technology and Human Becoming. He also translated and edited Three Essays by Albrecht Ritschl and contributed two essays ("Creation" and "Church") to the two-volume work, Christian Dogmatics. He has also held dozens of visiting teaching and lecturing appointments at seminaries, colleges, and universities in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and he has represented his church on a number of ecumenical commissions.

Varadaraja V. Raman
2004–2005: Indic Visions in an Age of Science

Varadaraja V. Raman has taught in a number of institutions, including the Saha Institute for Nuclear Physics, the Universite d'Alger, and the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he is now an emeritus professor of physics and humanities. He has a bachelor's and master's degree in physics and mathematics from the University of Calcutta and did his doctoral work on the foundations of quantum mechanics at the University of Paris, where he worked under Louis de Broglie. He was associated with UNESCO as an educational expert, and he has devoted several years to the study and elucidation of Hindu culture and religion. He is an associate editor for the Encyclopedia of Hinduism Project, and he has authored scores of papers on the historical, social, and philosophical aspects of physics/science and India's heritage, as well as eight books, including Scientific Perspectives, Glimpses of Ancient Science and Scientists, Nuggets from the Gita, and Varieties of Science History.

John F. Haught
2006–2007: Science and Christian Faith

John F. Haught is a senior fellow in science and religion at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. He was formerly a professor and the chair of the department of theology at Georgetown. His area of specialization is systematic theology, with a particular interest in issues pertaining to science, cosmology, evolution, ecology, and religion. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and reviews, and he lectures internationally on many issues related to science and religion. He won the Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion in 2002, the Sophia Award for Theological Excellence in 2004, and a “Friend of Darwin Award” from the National Center for Science Education in 2008. He testified for the plaintiffs in the 2005 Dover trial, and in 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Louvain in recognition of his work on theology and science.

Keith Ward
2008–2009: The Big Questions in Science and Religion

Keith Ward is an ordained priest in the Church of England and, until 2003, was a canon of Christ Church, Oxford. He is a fellow of the British Academy, holds an honorary doctorate from the Free University of Amsterdam, and is an honorary fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and the University of Wales. He is a member of the governing council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, and a member of the editorial boards of Religions Studies, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Studies in Inter-Religious Dialogue, and World Faiths Encounter. He has been a visiting professor at Drake University, Claremont Graduate School, the University of Tulsa, Cornell College, Hartford Seminary, and Virginia Theological Seminary. He also held the Regius Professorship of Divinity at the University of Oxford. He has delivered numerous prestigious public lectures and is the author of many books. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Wales, a master's degree from the University of Cambridge, a master's degree and bachelor of letters from the University of Oxford, and doctorates of divinity from Cambridge and Oxford.

Philip Clayton
2009–2010: With Science Beyond Science: The Human Quest for Meaning and Transcendence

Philip Clayton is a philosopher and theologian specializing in the entire range of issues that arise at the intersection between science and religion. He is the dean of the Claremont School of Theology and provost of Claremont Lincoln University. He also holds the Ingraham Chair at the Claremont School of Theology. He has a joint doctorate in religious studies and philosophy from Yale University, and in addition to a variety of named lectureships, he has held visiting professorships at the University of Cambridge, the University of Munich, and Harvard University. His books and articles address the cultural battle currently raging between science and religion. Rejecting the scientism of Richard Dawkins and friends, he argues, does not open the door to fundamentalism; instead, a variety of complex and interesting positions are being obscured by the warring factions whose fight to the death is attracting such intense attention today. He has drawn on the resources of the sciences, philosophy, theology, and comparative religious thought to develop constructive partnerships between science and religion.

Norbert Samuelson
2007–2008: Light and Enlightenment

Norbert Samuelson is the Harold and Jean Grossman Professor of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University. His scholarship focuses on Jewish philosophy and theology, and he is working on two major research and writing projects: an intellectual history of the developing concepts of light in physics and enlightenment in the Abrahamic religions, and a close philosophical commentary on the traditional rabbinic prayer book. He is the author of 13 books, including three recent books on Jewish philosophy: A Users' Guide to Franz Rosenzweig's Star of Redemption, Jewish Philosophy: An Historical introduction, and Jewish Faith and Modern Science: On the Death of Jewish Philosophy. He has also published three constructive philosophic-theological works: The First Seven Days: A Philosophical Commentary on the Creation of Genesis, Judaism and the Doctrine of Creation, and Revelation and the God of Israel. These works led Jewish thinkers to focus on the interplay between science and religion and showed how the biblical text could be better understood in the light of contemporary physics and the life sciences.

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