Robert John Russell is the current Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science at the Graduate Theological Union in
Berkeley, CA. 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.”

In this episode we discuss…

  • his journey from physics to theology
  • the challenge of bio-ethics
  • the impact of science on Christian theology
  • creation and the fall from a scientific perspective
  • methodological naturalism
  • does God do anything?
  • the historical emergence of scientific inquiry from monotheistic traditions
  • fine tuning and the anthropic principle
  • why the debate between the many-worlds and a fine-tuned universe is metaphysical and not science
  • the divine action debate & non-interventionist objective divine action
  • moving beyond the conservative and liberal divide on divine action
  • assessing the nature of divine action in the scriptures
  • Big Bang Cosmology and a general resurrection?
  • how Easter could shape metaphysics
  • the ontological priority of the future
  • the connection between the resurrection and the plausibility of God
  • “Did Jesus witness to Chewbacca or was there a Wookie Christ figure?”
  • the cosmic horizon of the gospel
  • the incarnation as God’s self-investment
  •  if your Christology isn’t cosmic you are doing it wrong
  • prolepsis… we talk about it so you can impress your friends
  • a tear-jerking story… “is this how the Father felt when the Son died?”
  • Tripp quotes the last chapter of his next book… “God has refused to be God without us.”


Texts By Dr. Russell

Favorite Books to Teach