Celia Deane-Drummond

Celia Deane-Drummond

Professor of Theology
Moral Theology/Christian Ethics
Systematic Theology


Deane-Drummond graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and obtained a doctorate in plant physiology at Reading University prior to two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of British Columbia and Cambridge University. She subsequently took up a lectureship in plant physiology at Durham University prior to turning her attention more fully to theological study, obtaining an honors degree in theology and then a doctorate in systematic theology from Manchester University.

Research and Teaching Interests

Research Interests: Constructive systematic theology informed by Roman Catholic contemporary and historical sources (particularly Thomas Aquinas and Hans Urs von Balthasar) in its relationship with creation and the natural world as understood by science; bioethics, particularly environmental ethics, genetics and ethics, animal ethics, global development, end of life questions, and transhumanism.

Recent Publications


Main editor, with Sigurd Bergmann and Bronislaw Szerszynski. 2015. Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred: Transdisciplinary Perspectives, eds. Celia Deane-Drummond, Sigurd Bergmann and Bronislaw Szerszynski. Basingstoke: Ashgate.

2014. The Wisdom of the Liminal: Evolution and Other Animals in Human Becoming. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.

Contributing editor, main editor Ernst Conradie, with co-editors, Sigurd Bergmann and Denis Edwards. 2014. Christian Faith and the Earth: Current Paths and Emerging Horizons. London: T & T Clark/Bloomsbury.

Editor, with David Clough and Becky Artinian Kaiser. 2013. Animals as Religious Subjects: Transdisciplinary Perspectives. London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark.  

Co-edited with Heinrich Bedford Strohm. 2011. Religion and Ecology in the Public Sphere. London: Continuum, 2011. 

Book Chapters:

2015. “The Wisdom of Fools: A Theo-dramatic Interpretation of Deep Incarnation.” in Deep Incarnation: Is God Incarnate in All That Is? Edited by Niels Gregersen. Minneapolis: Fortress.

2015. ‘Beyond Separation or Synthesis: Christ and Evolution as Theodrama’, in Darwin in the 21st Century: Nature, Humanity and God, edited by Phillip R. Sloan, Gerald McKenny, and Kathleen Eggleson. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press.

2015. “The Technologization of Life. Theology and the Trans-human and Trans-Animal Narratives of the Post-Animal”, in Technofutures, Nature and the Sacred: Transdisciplinary Perspectives, eds. Celia Deane-Drummond, Sigurd Bergmann and Bronislaw Szerszynski. Basingstoke: Ashgate.

2015. “Re-Making Human Nature: Transhumanism, Theology and Creatureliness in Bioethical Controversies”, in Religion and Transhumanism: The Unknown Future of Human Enhancement. Edited by Calvin Mercer and Tracy Trothen, 245-254. Santa Barbara: Praeger.

2015. “The Amnesia of Modern Universities: An Argument for Theological Wisdom in the Academe,” in Educating for Wisdom in the Twenty First Century. Edited by Darin Davis. St Augustine’s Press.

2015. “Contemplating Nature: Wonder and Religious Sense in Chimpanzees”, in The Jane Effect: Celebrating Jane Goodall, eds. Dale Petersen and Marc Bekoff. San Antonio:Trinity University Press. 

2014. “In God’s Image and Likeness: From Reason to Revelation in Humans and Other Animals” in Questioning the Human: Perspectives on Theological Anthropology for the 21st Century, edited by Lieven Boeve, Yves De Maeseneer & Ellen Van Stichel, 60-75.  Fordham University Press.

2014. “Creation,” in Systematic Theology for a Changing Climate, eds. Peter Scott and Michael Northcott. 69-89 London: Routledge.

2014. “Believing Deeply in Creation: Christ and Evolution as Theodrama’, in, Evolutionshtheorie und Schopfungsglaube: Neue Perspektiven de Debatte, Hubert Philipp Weber and Rudolf Langthaler, pp. 187-200. Vienna: Vienna University Press.

2013.“Discerning Creation in a Scattering World: Questions and Possibilities”, To Discern Creation in a Scattering World, edited by F. Depoortere and J. Haers, 565-568. Leuven: Peeters, 2013.

2013. “Christ and Evolution: A Drama of Wisdom?” in Science and Religion in the Twenty-First Century: The Boyle Lectures, 2004–2013, edited by Russell Re Manning and Michael Byrne, 141-157. London: SPCK. 

2013. “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Wonder, Awe and Paying Attention to Nature,” Aesth/ethics in Environmental Change, ed. S. Bermgmann and Irmgaard Blindow. pp. 71-84. LIT Verlag, 2013.  

2012. ‘Homo divinis: myth or reality?’ in Darwinism and Natural Theology: Evolving Perspectives, ed. A. Robinson. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press. 

2012. “Degrees of Freedom: Humans as Primates in Dialogue with Hans Urs von Balthsar” in Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism, eds. Charlie Blake, Claire Molloy and Steven Shakespeare, pp. 180-200. London: Continuum.

2011. “Trans-human or trans-animal? The theological and ethical implications of transhuman projects,” in Transhumanism and Transcendence: Christian Hope in an Age of Technological Enhancement, edited by Ron Cole-Turner. pp. 115-130. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press.

2011. “Deep Incarnation and Eco-Justice as Theodrama: A Dialogue between Hans urs von Balthasar and Martha Nussbaum,” In Ecological Awareness: Exploring Religion, Ethics and Aesthetics, edited by S. Bergmann and Heather Eaton, LIT.

2011. “Public Theology as Contested Ground: Arguments for Climate Justice’, in Religion and Ecology in the Public Sphere, edited by C.Deane-Drummond and H. Bedford-Strohm, pp. 189-210. London: Continuum/T & T Clark.

2011. “Does Sustainable Development Have a Future?’ in Transforming Exclusion: Engaging Faith Perspectives, edited by Hannah Bacon and Wayne Morris, pp. 63-75. Continuum/T & T Clark. 

2011. “Chapter 15, ‘Biotechnology: A New Challenge for Theology and Ethics,” in God, Humanity and the Cosmos, 3rd edn, ed. by C. Southgate. pp. 390-419. London: Continuum.

2011. Chapter 16, ‘Climate Change: Engaging Theology with Science and Society’ ibid.

2010. “Bodies in Glass: A Virtue Approach to Ethical Quandaries in a Cyborg Age Through a Recovery of Practical Wisdom,” in A Glass Darkly; More Discussions in Medicine and Theology. Edited by John Eldford and Gareth Jones, pp. 61-80. Bern: International Academic Publisheres.

2010. “Beyond Humanity’s End: An Exploration of a Dramatic versus Narrative Rhetoric and its Ethical Implications.” In Future Ethics: Climate Change and Apocalyptic Imagination, edited by Stefan Skrimshire, pp. 242-59. London: Continuum.

2010. “Ecology: A Dialogue,” in Grounding Religion: A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology, ed. by W. Bauman. Routledge.


2015. “Technology, ecology and the divine: a critical look at the rising tide of new technologies through a theology of gratuitousness.” Contribution to Volume III, Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, Just Sustainability, pp 145-156. Maryknoll: Orbis.

2014.‘How is Theology Inspired by the Sciences?’, in Conceptions of Truth and the Unity of Knowledge, ed. Vittorio Hosle, 300-323. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press. 

2014. ‘Who on Earth is Jesus Christ? Plumbing the Depths of Deep Incarnation’, in Christian Faith and the Earth: Current Paths and Emerging Horizons in Ecotheology, eds. Ernst Conradie, Sigurd Bergmann, Celia Deane-Drummond and Denis Edwards, pp 31-50. London: T & T Clark, Bloomsbury.

2014. “What are the Resources for Building a Christian Ethos in a Time of Ecological Devastation?” In Christian Faith and the Earth, eds. Ernst Conradie, Sigurd Bergmann, Celia Deane-Drummond and Denis Edwards, 157-176. London: T & T Clark, Bloomsbury.

2014. “Discourse on Faith and the Earth”, in Christian Faith and the Earth, eds. Ernst Conradie, Sigurd Bergmann, Celia Deane-Drummond and Denis Edwards, pp. 1-10. London: T & T Clark, Bloomsbury.

2014. “What is Creation For?” in A Faith Encompassing All Creation: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Care for the Environment, eds. Tripp York and Andy Alexis-Baker, pp. 7-17. Eugene: Wipf and Stock/Cascade Books, 2014.

With Agustin Fuentes. 2014. “Human Being and Becoming: Situating Theological Anthropology in Interspecies Relationships in an Evolutionary Context”, Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences, 1(2).

2014. "Evolutionary Perspectives on Inter-Morality and Inter-Species Relationships Interrogated in the Light of the Rise and Fall of Homo sapiens sapiens, Journal of Moral Theology, 3, no. 2: 72-92.

With John Berkman. 2014. “Catholic Moral Theology and the Moral Status of Non-Human Animals,” Journal of Moral Theology, 3, no.2: 1-10.

With Barbara Rossing. 2013. “The Eco-theological Significance of John 10.10: Abundant Life Through the Sabbath, Trinitarian Vestiges and the Tree of Life.” The Ecumenical Review, 65, no. 1: 83-97.

2012. “Ecological Conversion in a Changing Climate: An Ecumenical Perspective on Ecological Solidarity.” International Journal of Orthodox Theology, 3, no. 1: 78-104.

2012. “Christ and Evolution: A Drama of Wisdom?’ Zygon 47 no. 3: 524-541. 

2012. “Joining in the Dance: Ecology in Roman Catholic Social Teaching.” New Blackfriars, 93, no.1044: 193-212. 

With Paul Wason. 2012. “Becoming Human in Theistic Perspective.” Zygon, 47, no. 4: 870-874. 

2012. “In God’s Image and Likeness in Humans and Other Animals: Performative Soul-Making and Graced Nature.” Zygon, 47, no. 4: 934-948.

2011. “A Case for Collective Conscience: Climategate, COP-15, and Climate Justice.” Studies in Christian Ethics, 24, no. 1: pp. 1-18. 

2011. “The Ethics of Assisted Dying: A Case for a Recovery of the Prudence among the Virtues.” Studies in Christian Ethics, 24, no. 4: 1-14.

2010. “The Breadth of Glory: A Trinitarian Eschatology for the Earth through Critical Engagement with Hans Urs von Balthasar.” International Journal of Systematic Theology, 12, no.1: 46-64.


Professor Celia Deane-Drummond is currently full Professor in Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She took up this position in August 2011 and her unique appointment is concurrent between the Department of Theology in the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Science. She was elected Fellow of the Eck Institute for Global Health at the University of Notre Dame in September 2011.  Deane-Drummond currently serves on the International Advisory Board of the John Templeton Foundation and is Co-Editor of the journal Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences. She is also the Director of Notre Dame's Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing.

During her scientific career, Deane-Drummond lectured both nationally and internationally and published over thirty scientific articles. Since then she has published numerous articles, books, edited collections and contributions to books, focusing particularly on the engagement of systematic theology and the biological sciences, alongside practical, ethical discussion in bioethics and environmental ethics. She has lectured widely both nationally and internationally on all areas relating theology and theological ethics with different aspects of the biosciences, especially ecology and genetics.

From 2000 to 2011 she held a professorial chair in theology and the biological sciences at the University of Chester, and was Director of the Centre for Religion and the Biosciences that was launched in 2002. In May 2011 she was elected Chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and Environment. She was editor of the international journal Ecotheology for six years from 2000 to 2006. From July 2009 to July 2010 she was seconded to the spirituality team at the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development (CAFOD), working explicitly in the area of environmental justice and climate change.

Her frequently taught classes include: Bioethics and Environmental Ethics.


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