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David Wilkinson (theologian)

David Adam Wilkinson, FRAS (born 16 May 1963[1]) 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.[2] He is the author of several books on the relationship between science and religion,[3][4] and a regular contributor to Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4.[5] 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 56)
OccupationTheological college principal
TitlePrincipal of St John's College, Durham
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Academic work
DisciplineAstrophysics and theology
InstitutionsUniversity of Liverpool
University of Durham


Wilkinson began his career as a scientist. He studied theology at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge[6] as part of his training as a Methodist minister. After ordination, he worked at Elm Hall Drive Methodist Church in Liverpool and acted as chaplain at the University of Liverpool.

Selected bibliographyEdit


  • ... (1993). God, the big bang, and Stephen Hawking. Tunbridge Wells, England: Monarch. ISBN 9781854242075.
  • ... (1997). Alone in the universe?: aliens, the X-files & God. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. ISBN 9780830819386.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ... (2013). Science, religion, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-1996-8020-7.
  • ... (2015). When I pray what does God do. Oxford, UK: Monarch. ISBN 978-0-8572-1604-5.


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


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2014. the Rev Prof David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College, University of Durham, 50
  2. ^ "St John's College". St John's College. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  3. ^ "Theology and Religion Department Staff". Durham University. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  4. ^ Tallentire, Mark (16 September 2013). "Is God an alien? Science, religion and the search for extraterrestrial life". Durham Times. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Thought for the Day". BBC. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  6. ^ "Engaging with awe". Fitzwilliam College. Archived from the original on 2014-03-02. Retrieved 2014-02-23.

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