Michael J. Murray, Ph.D., John Templeton Foundation

TITLE:  Executive vice president of programs

FOCUS AREAS: Philosophy, religion, science.

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PROFILE: Michael Murray has been the foundation’s executive vice president of programs since 2011. He was previously a professor at Franklin & Marshall College for 25 years. Murray’s foundation bio shares:

Michael J. Murray oversees the program departments of the John Templeton Foundation.  Before joining the Foundation, he was the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Humanities Professor of Philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College.  Dr. Murray received his B.A. in philosophy from Franklin and Marshall and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of Philosophy of Religion: The Big Questions (with Eleonore Stump), Reason for the Hope Within, Philosophy of Religion (with Michael Rea), Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering, The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion(with Jeffrey Schloss), Divine Evil?: The Character of the God of the Hebrew Bible (with Michael Rea and Michael Bergmann), and On Predestination and Election.

His Evangelical Philosophical Society bio shared:

Michael Murray is the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor in the Humanities and Philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA). He received his BA from Franklin and Marshall and his MA and Ph.D from the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on two primary areas. The first is seventeenth century history of philosophy and theology, with a particular focus on the work of Gottfried Leibniz. The second is contemporary philosophy of religion. His most recent work focuses on the problem of evil and animal suffering, and cognitive and evolutionary accounts of the origin and persistence of religious belief and practice.

Areas of specialization: Evolution, Evolutionary Accounts of Religion, Psychology of Religion, Evil, Animal Rights, Hiddenness of God

You can watch him speak about the foundation’s role in science and religion on Ciencia y Religión en Lat-Am’s YouTube page.