John Templeton Foundation Paul Wason Michael J. Murray

Michael Murray is vice president of philosophy and theology for the John Templeton Foundation. He is responsible for creating large-scale funding initiatives that engage Big Questions in philosophy, theology, and their intersection with the sciences. Before joining the Foundation, Michael was the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Humanities Professor for Philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Murray is currently a visiting fellow at Oriel College, Oxford. He has held fellowships from the Institute for Research in the Humanities (Madison, Wisconsin), the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion. In addition to numerous articles in the history of philosophy and the philosophy of religion, he has published Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions (with Eleonore Stump, Blackwell, 1999), Reason for the Hope Within (with Alvin Plantinga, Eerdmans, 1998), An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (with Michael Rea, Cambridge, 2008) Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering (Oxford, 2008), and The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion (with Jeffrey Schloss, Oxford, 2009). He has two additional books which are forthcoming, On Predestination (Yale, 2010) and Divine Evil (with Michael Rea and Michael Bergmann, Oxford, 2010).