Dr. Michael J. Murray is the President of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and former Arthur and Katherine Shadek Chair in Philosophy and the Humanities at Franklin & Marshall College and Senior Vice President of Programs at the John Templeton Foundation.

He received his BA from Franklin and Marshall and his MA and Ph.D from the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on two primary areas. The first is seventeenth century history of philosophy and theology, with a particular focus on the work of Gottfried Leibniz. The second is contemporary philosophy of religion. His most recent work focuses on the problem of evil and animal suffering, and cognitive and evolutionary accounts of the origin and persistence of religious belief and practice. In our wide-ranging conversation we discuss…

  • fine-tuning
  • gene-editing
  • climate change
  • the theological significance of science
  • cognitive science of religion
  • evolutionary psychology
  • cultivating vocations in science among the church
  • the origins of religion (thorough and clear description of the different options)
  • revelation’s relationship to history and religions
  • situated knowledge and contextual for religious truth
  • the historical Adam
  • the pain and suffering within nature
  • Extraterrestrial and Artificial Intelligence

Books by Dr. Murray

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