David Wilkinson (theologian)

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The Reverend Professor
David Wilkinson
Born (1963-05-16) 16 May 1963 (age 55)
Nationality British
Occupation Theological college principal
Title Principal 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.


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 a large church in Liverpool and acted as chaplain at the University of Liverpool.

Selected bibliography



  • ... (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. 

External links

  • Profile: Revd Professor David Wilkinson Durham University

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