David Wilkinson (theologian)

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David Wilkinson

Born (1963-05-16) 16 May 1963 (age 55)
NationalityBritish
OccupationTheological college principal
TitlePrincipal of St John's College, Durham
Academic background
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Academic work
Discipline Astrophysics and theology
Institutions University of Liverpool
University of Durham

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.

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Career

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.

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Books

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References

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  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.
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  6. "Engaging with awe". Fitzwilliam College. Archived from the original on 2014-03-02. Retrieved 2014-02-23.