“When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you set in place—What are humans that you are mindful of them, mere mortals that you care for them?”

Psalms 8:4-5



Chair

A professor of systematic theology at the University of Copenhagen where he serves as co-director of the Center for Naturalism and Christian Semantics, Niels Henrik Gregersen is also an ordained minister of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Denmark and serves as assistant pastor of Trinity Church (the ‘Round Tower’) in Copenhagen. He is widely known for his research and writing on the intersection of science and religion. Dr. Gregersen graduated from the Haderslev Cathedral School and the University of Copenhagen, where he earned his Ph.D. in theology in 1987. He had begun his academic career as an assistant professor in ethics and philosophy of religion at the University of Aarhus in 1986, became an associate professor of systematic theology in 1989, and was named research professor in science and theology in 2000 before accepting his present position at the University of Copenhagen in 2004. Formerly president of the Learned Society of Denmark and vice president of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology, Dr. Gregersen also served as chair of the Ecumenical Institute in Strasbourg from 2003 to 2010. He is a member of the board of advisors of the John Templeton Foundation, a board member of the Arepagos Foundation, and, from 1992 to 2003, he was the leader of the Danish Forum for Science and Theology. He has been a fellow of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton and a J.K. John Russell Fellow at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley. Dr. Gregersen is the recipient of a Templeton Foundation award for research and writing on the constructive engagement of science and religion. He has received research support from the Danish Research Foundation for the Humanities, the Research Foundation of the University of Aarhus, and the University of Copenhagen Star Research Program. Formerly the general editor of Studies in Science and Theology, he is editor-in-chief of the Danish Journal of Theology and associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, as well as a member of the editorial advisory board of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science and a member of the editorial boards of Dialog: A Journal of Theology and of Theology and Science. A former member of the editorial board of the Danish publisher ANIS, he inaugurated the new Issues in Science and Theology Series, which is published by Continuum/T&T Clark International. Dr. Gregersen has contributed more than 150 major articles in Nordic, German, and English to scholarly journals, a number of which have won prizes, and he has edited or co-edited ten volumes of collected works, including From Complexity to Life: The Emergence of Life and Meaning (2003), (with Bo Holm, Ted Peters, and Peter Wideman) The Gift of Grace: The Future of Lutheran Theology (2005), Wolfhart Pannenberg: The Historicity of Nature, Essays on Science and Theology (2008), and, most recently, (with Paul Davies) Information and the Nature of Reality: From Physics to Metaphysics, which was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press, and (with Troels Engberg-Pedersen) Essays in Naturalism & Christian Semantics, which was published by Copenhagen University last year. He is the co‑author of two books and the author of four others, including The Presence of God in Evolution (2006), which has been translated into Romanian. Dr. Gregersen’s forthcoming book, Moveable Orthodoxy: Essays in Historical Theology, will be published in Danish later this year by ANIS.