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Ingraham Professor of Theology at Claremont School of Theology (CST) where he formerly served as dean and senior vice president, Philip Clayton is also the former provost and executive vice president of Claremont Lincoln University. His research and writing focus primarily on the interface between science and religion, most recently in the realm of ecological economics and politics, and include such attendant areas of inquiry as philosophical theology, constructive theology, and the history of modern metaphysics. A summa cum laude graduate of Westmont College, he received his M.A. at Fuller Theological Seminary and, after further graduate study at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich, he earned a Ph.D. in religious studies and in philosophy at Yale University in 1986. He began his teaching career at Williams College as an assistant professor of philosophy. In 1991, he joined the philosophy faculty of Sonoma State University and was named a full professor in 1999. He accepted his present position four years later. Dr. Clayton has been a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at LMU as well as the visiting Alexander von Humboldt Professor there, a visiting faculty member at Haverford College, a visiting professor at Cambridge University, where he was also a visiting fellow at St. Edmund’s College, a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s Center for the Study of World Religions, a visiting professor of science and religion at the Harvard Divinity School, and a visiting professor at Shanxi University in China. He is a recipient of a Teacher of the Year Award from CST, University Best Professor Award of Sonoma County Chamber of Commerce, a University Merit Award from Sonoma State, a Templeton Foundation Science and Religion course program grant, and research grants from both the Templeton Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Founder of the Systematic Theology Group at the American Academy of Religion, Dr. Clayton was the principal investigator of the Science and Spiritual Quest Program, an initiative of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) in Berkeley, California, and he has served on the board of advisors of the John Templeton Foundation and the board of directors of Metanexus Institute for Religion and Science. He is currently president of Toward Ecological Civilization and of the Institute for Postmodern Development in China and a board member of Pando Populus. Co-editor of the New Studies in Constructive Theology Series for Wm. B. Eerdmans, he has published some 140 papers in academic journals and is the editor of twelve books, including (with Arthur Peacocke) In Whom We Live and Move and Have Our Being: Panentheistic Reflections on God’s Presence in a Scientific World (2004), (with Paul Davies) The Re-Emergence of Emergence (2006), (with Zachary Simpson) The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science (2006), (with Loriliai Biernacki) Panentheism Across the World’s Traditions (2013), and (with James W. Walters and Steven Knapp) Confronting the Predicament of Belief: The Quest for God in Radical Uncertainty (2014). Dr. Clayton is also the author of eleven other books. Among them are: Explanation from Physics to Theology: An Essay in Rationality and Religion (1989); God and Contemporary Science (1997), which won a Templeton Foundation Award for the Best Book in Religion and Science; The Problem of God in Modern Thought (2000); Mind and Emergence: From Quantum to Consciousness (2004); In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World (2009); Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society (2009); Religion and Science: The Basics (2011); (with Steven Knapp) The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith (2011); and (with Justin Heinzekehr) a study written expressly for Chinese audiences and published in 2014 by Process Century Press, Organic Marxism: An Alternative to Capitalism and Ecological Catastrophe. It is a postmodern and critical appropriation of Marx’s revolutionary thought that uses the framework of process thought to challenge class reductionism and offer a more open-ended, relational, and pluralistic pathway to bringing about changes necessary for the health of the planet and for the fair and just distribution of wealth, power, and authority in the face of the global environmental crisis. Recently translated into Spanish, the book has been noted for strengthening the voices of advocates of environmental reform within the Chinese government and in China’s universities. Dr. Clayton’s latest edited volume, (with Andrew Davis) The Immanence of the Sacred: Tales of Spiritual Return, is forthcoming from Monkfish Publishing next year.