Michael Burdett

Dr Michael Burdett

Research Fellow in Religion, Science and Technology

BA, BS, MPhil(Oxon), DPhil(Oxon)

Email: michael.burdett@wycliffe.ox.ac.uk


Before becoming an academic, Michael worked in the aerospace and robotics industries for several years working with a firm that had contracts with NASA and JPL. He holds degrees in engineering, physics, and theology and has been given academic and professional awards in each field. His academic interests lie at the intersection of science and technology, theology and philosophy. He has published and presented internationally on continental philosophy, transhumanism, the technological society and Christian theology. He is a Commissioning and Review Editor for The Marginalia Review in the area of Science, Technology and Religion and is author of the books Beyond Genetic Engineering: Technology and the Religion of Transhumanism (Grove Books, 2014) and Eschatology and the Technological Future (Routledge, 2015). He was recently awarded a grant by The John Templeton Foundation entitled ‘Co-creating Ourselves?: Deification and Creaturehood in an Age of Biotechnological Enhancement’ that will fund a closed symposium in summer 2017, a research monograph and a special issue of a theological journal.


Classes Taught:

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Religion and Science
  • Post-Kantian Philosophy
  • Modern Christian Doctrine
  • God, Christ and Salvation


Research Interests:

  • Christian doctrine (creation, eschatology and theological anthropology)
  • Theological ethics (political theology and bioethics)
  • Science and technology studies (philosophy of science and philosophy of technology)
  • Philosophy of religion (phenomenology and atheism/secularism)
  • Evolutionary theory
  • Aesthetics and the imagination


Select publications:

-Eschatology and the Technological Future. Routledge, 2015.

-Technology and the Rise of Transhumanism: Beyond Genetic Engineering. Grove, 2014.

-Finding Ourselves After Darwin: Conversations about the Image of God, Original Sin, and the Problem of Evil, assoc. ed., Baker Academic, Forthcoming 2017

-“Ideological and Religious Motivations in the Gene Editing Debates: Why Proximate Ethical Concerns is Not Enough” In Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing, eds. Parens and Johnston, Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2017

-“Technology and Information” In The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology, 2nd ed., eds. Scott and Cavanaugh, Blackwell, Forthcoming 2017.

-“A Political Theology of Technological Failure” In Theologies of Failure, ed. Sirvent, Palgrave Macmillan, Forthcoming 2017.

-“Past, Present and Future: Thoughts on Science and Religion from the Next Generation” In Forty Years of Science and Religion: Looking Back and Looking Forward, eds. Hickman and Spurway, Cambridge Scholars, 2016.

-“The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis: New Conversations and Theological Questions at the Frontiers of Modern Science” God and Nature, Winter 2016.

-“The Image of God and Human Uniqueness: Challenges from the Biological and Information Sciences” The Expository Times 127, no. 1 (2015): 3-10.

-“The Religion of Technology: Transhumanism and the Myth of Progress” In Religion and Transhumanism: The Unknown Future of Human Enhancement, eds. Mercer and Trothen, Praeger, 2014.

-“Atheism 3.0: From New Atheism to Secular Transhumanism”  The Marginalia Review of Books, Oct 2013

-“Teilhard de Chardin: From Nature to Supernature” In Darwinism and Natural Theology: Evolving Perspectives, ed. Robinson, Cambridge Scholars, 2012.

-“Contextualising a Christian Perspective on Transcendence and Human Enhancement: Francis Bacon, N.F. Fedorov and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin” In Transhumanism and Transcendence: Christian Hope in an Age of Technological Enhancement, ed. Cole-Turner, Georgetown, 2011.  


Further links: http://oxford.academia.edu/MichaelBurdett