Religious Studies
Professor Kirk Wegter-McNelly

Kirk Wegter-McNelly

Job Title
Dona and Marshall Robinson Assistant Professor of Science, Philosophy and Religion Program in Religious Studies
Lamont 203
Religious Studies, SMTC

Areas of interest

I am a theologian who studies how cultural developments, especially those related to the sciences, affects religious beliefs and behaviors. I have taught previously at Manhattan College and Boston University. My courses typically tend to focus on the relationship between the religious dimensions of life, on the one hand, and some prevalent aspect of contemporary culture, such as science, food, or literature, on the other hand. I am currently a Research Associate at the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion, where I am working on a novel characterization of the relationship between religion and science through an investigation of the controverted nature of the discipline of economics.

Selected Publications

  • The Entangled God: Divine Relationality and Quantum Physics. Routledge, 2011.
  • “Fundamental Physics and Religion.” In The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science. Edited by Philip Clayton and Zachary Simpson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Science and the Spiritual Quest: New Essays by Leading Scientists. Routledge, 2002 (co-edited with Mark Richardson, Robert John Russell, and Philip Clayton).
  • Quantum Mechanics: Scientific Perspectives on Divine Action. Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences/Vatican Observatory, 2001 (Co-edited with Robert John Russell, Philip Clayton, and John Polkinghorne).

Academic credentials

B.A., Central College; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union