You are here

IRC - Ian Ramsey Centre


The Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion (IRC) conducts research into religious beliefs and theological concepts in relation to the sciences. Research into beliefs focuses on the application of scientific tools to religious phenomena, such as in the Cognitive Science of Religion (CSR). Research into theological concepts focuses principally on those metaphysical principles, such as persons, that are important to theology and are being seen from new perspectives by current developments in science. Members of the Centre also carry out extensive work on the history of science and religion, often challenging simplistic accounts of what has been a complex and varied interaction.

Besides research, the Centre also runs a series of public seminars, generally once every two weeks during term time, attracting up to a hundred people.  Due to the extremely high level of public interest in matters connected with science and religion, members of the Centre are also frequently asked to give public presentations, provide comments to the media and give talks at schools. Such appearances contribute to the many ways in which the Theology Faculty has an impact in the wider community. In the last twelve months, members of the Centre have contributed to programmes and articles for the BBC, Channel 4, the Times Higher Education Supplement, the Church Times and the Catholic Times. In the international media, the Centre has also been consulted recently by Avvenire in Italy and NHK Japan Public Broadcasting.

Board of Directors

Alister McGrath, Andrew Pinsent (Directors); Paul Rezkalla, Jonathan Jong, Michael Burdett, Stanley P. Rosenberg, Ignacio Silva (Associates); Daniel De Haan, (Research fellow);  Claudia Vanney (Visitor).

University of Oxford, Gibson Building
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
Oxford OX2 6GG

Tel: +44 (0)1865 270 790

Services and Resources

The "Seminars" and "Conferences" sections include a list of upcoming and past seminars and conferences organized by the Ian Ramsey Center, providing a presentation with abstracts of the interventions and short biographies of the speakers. In "Videos" a selection of lectures is available. The "Publications" section contains information about the recent books and articles published by the researchers of the Centre. They are presented with a brief summary, a table of contents and eventual reviews.

Religious Confession

The orientation is of Christian confession.

Content quality review