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Dr Michael Burdett

Email: michael.burdett@theology.ox.ac.uk

Michael Burdett is Research Fellow in Religion, Science and Technology at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, is a Member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of St Andrews. Before becoming an academic, Michael worked in the aerospace and robotics industries for several years working with a firm that had contracts with NASA and JPL. He holds degrees in engineering, physics, and theology and has been given academic and professional awards in each field. His academic interests lie at the intersection of science and technology, theology and philosophy. He has published and presented internationally on continental philosophy, transhumanism, the technological society and Christian theology. He is a Commissioning and Review Editor for The Marginalia Review in the area of Science, Technology, and Religion and is author of the books Technology and the Rise of Transhumanism: Beyond Genetic Engineering (Grove Books, 2014) and Eschatology and the Technological Future (Routledge, 2015) which was awarded “must read book” by the ISSR in 2015. He recently secured a major grant by The John Templeton Foundation entitled “Co-creating Ourselves?: Deification and Creaturehood in an Age of Biotechnological Enhancement” that will fund a closed symposium in summer 2017, a research monograph, and a special issue of a theological journal.