David Wilkinson (theologian)

David Adam Wilkinson, FRAS (born 16 May 1963) is a British Methodist minister, theologian, astrophysicist and academic. He is the current Principal of St John's College, Durham, and a professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University.[1] He is the author of several books on the relationship between science and religion,[2][3] and a regular contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4.[4] He has a PhD in astrophysics and is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.


David Wilkinson

Born (1963-05-16) 16 May 1963 (age 59)
NationalityBritish
OccupationTheological college principal
TitlePrincipal of St John's College, Durham
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
DisciplineAstrophysics and theology
InstitutionsUniversity of Liverpool
University of Durham
St John's College, Durham

Early life and educationEdit

Wilkinson was born on 16 May 1963.[5] An undergraduate at Grey College, Durham, he studied at the University of Durham, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1984.[6] He remained at Durham to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in theoretical astrophysics.[6][7] His PhD was awarded in 1987: his doctoral thesis was titled "Molecular hydrogen in galaxies" and related to the study of star formation.[8][9]

After completing his science doctorate, Wilkinson changed direction.[7] He studied theology at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge alongside his training as a Methodist minister at Wesley House, Cambridge.[6][10] He graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1989: as per tradition, his BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Cantab) degree.[6] He would later study for a PhD in systematic theology at the University of Durham, which he completed in 2004 with a doctoral thesis titled "Christian eschatology and the physical universe".[11]

CareerEdit

After ordination, he was a Methodist minister in Letchworth from 1990 to 1991.[6] He then took on two posts: as minister of Elm Hall Drive Methodist Church in Liverpool and a chaplain at the University of Liverpool.[6][7] In 1999, he moved to Durham where he had been appointed a fellow in Christian apologetics at St John's College, Durham.[6][7] Then, from 2004 to 2006, he was Wesley Research Lecturer in Theology and Science in the University of Durham's Department of Theology and Religion.[6][12] In December 2005, it was announced that he would be returning to St John's College, having been appointed its next principal in succession to Professor Stephen Sykes.[13] He had to be given permission by the Methodist Church for the appointment due to the college's Anglican foundation: St John's college is both a college of Durham University and an evangelical Anglican theological college.[1] He took up the post in 2006.[6] He was additionally made a professor in the Department of Theology and Religion in 2011.[6]

Wilkinson's academic interests focus on the interaction between theology and science.[13] He has also published on Stephen Hawking, spirituality in contemporary cinema and the doctrine of holiness.[14] He has been a council member of the Evangelical Alliance.[14]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1992, Wilkinson married Alison.[6] She is also a Methodist minister.[13] Together they have one son and one daughter.[6]

Selected bibliographyEdit

BooksEdit

  • ... (1993). God, the big bang, and Stephen Hawking. Tunbridge Wells, England: Monarch. ISBN 9781854242075.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  • ... (1997). Alone in the universe?: aliens, the X-files & God. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 9780830819386.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  • with Frost, Rob (1999). A new start?: hopes and dreams for the new millennium. London: Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 9780340713891.
  • ... (2002). The message of creation: encountering the Lord of the universe. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 9780830824052.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  • with Barton, Stephen (2009). Reading Genesis after Darwin. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195383362.
  • ... (2010). Christian eschatology and the physical universe. London: T & T Clark. ISBN 9780567045461.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  • ... (2013). Science, religion, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-1996-8020-7.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  • ... (2015). When I pray what does God do. Oxford, UK: Monarch. ISBN 978-0-8572-1604-5.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

ArticlesEdit

  • ... (2002). "The Art of Apologetics in the 21st Century". Anvil. 19: 5–17.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  • ... (2008). "(2008). Dawkins, the Simpsons and God: Public Theology and Pop Culture". Epworth Review. 35 (4): 6–20.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  • ... (2009). "The Work of a Friend: Theology in the Light of the Origin of Species". Epworth Review. 36 (2): 45–65.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  • ... (2009). "Christian Apologetics in a Post-Christian Culture". Catalyst. 35 (2): 1–3.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "St John's College". St John's College. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Theology and Religion Department Staff". Durham University. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  3. ^ Tallentire, Mark (16 September 2013). "Is God an alien? Science, religion and the search for extraterrestrial life". Durham Times. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Thought for the Day". BBC. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 16 May 2013. Archived from the original on 16 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014. the Rev Prof David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College, University of Durham, 50
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Wilkinson, Rev. Prof. David Adam, (born 16 May 1963), Principal, St John's College, since 2006, Professor, since 2011, University of Durham". Who's Who 2021. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d "Revd Professor D A Wilkinson". Durham University. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  8. ^ Wilkinson, David Adam (1987). Molecular hydrogen in galaxies. E-Thesis Online Service (Ph.D). The British Library. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  9. ^ "Revd Prof David Wilkinson". Faraday. The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Engaging with awe". Fitzwilliam College. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  11. ^ Wilkinson, David Adam (2004). "Christian eschatology and the physical universe". E-Thesis Online Service. The British Library. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  12. ^ "Durham double as theologian and scientist is awarded second PhD". Durham University. 6 January 2005. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  13. ^ a b c "New principal at St John's". Durham University. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 17 October 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Revd Professor David Wilkinson". Cranmer Hall Durham. Retrieved 17 October 2021.

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