Science and Theology in Dialogue
March 20, 2017

LACEY, Wash. – Celia Deane-Drummond, who has doctorates in both plant physiology and systematic theology, sees no conflict between science and theology. Instead, Deane-Drummond, who is a professor of theology and director of the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing at the University of Notre Dame, views the two disciplines as interrelated and compatible.

Deane-Drummond will talk about her research in a free public presentation, “Science and Theology in Dialogue: What Does Evolutionary Anthropology Contribute to Theology?” The presentation will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Saint Martin’s University’s Norman Worthington Conference Center, 5300 Pacific Ave SE.

Deane-Drummond will be on campus March 28 and 29 as part of the University’s Year of Reason, a year-long period of reflection and discussion focusing on reason. Along with faith, service and community, reason is one of four core values that guide the Catholic, Benedictine University. As Saint Martin’s readies for its 125th anniversary in 2020 and as part of its strategic plan, it is dedicating a year to strengthen and share the importance of each of the values central to the University’s life and mission.

While at Saint Martin’s, Deane-Drummond will talk to students about what she reasons to be a harmonious relationship between science and theology. Her visit also will include a noon seminar for the University community based on one of her books, “The Wisdom of the Liminal: Evolution and Other Animals in Human Becoming. (Grand Rapids: Eardmans, 2014).

“I can think of no better way to celebrate our University’s core themes than to bring Dr. Deane-Drummond to campus to talk about the necessary interrelationship between faith and reason and the incredible scholarly gains to be made through rigorous, interdisciplinary research,” says Katie Bugyis, Ph.D., an assistant professor of religious studies and the leader of Year of Reason activities. “From the disciplinary vantage points of evolutionary anthropology and theological anthropology, she will show that advances in the natural and social sciences need not necessarily be viewed as contradictory to theology. Instead, properly pursued, these disciplines can and should enrich one another.”

Deane-Drummond earned her degree in natural sciences from Cambridge University and her doctorate in plant physiology at Reading University prior to completing two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of British Columbia and Cambridge. She was a lecturer in plant physiology at Durham University in Great Britain prior to beginning theological studies. At Manchester University in Great Britain, she earned an honors degree in theology, then a doctorate in systematic theology. She is the author of several books, the most recent being “Religion in the Anthropocene.”

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,243 undergraduate students and 277 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campus at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:

Katie Bugyis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Deanna Partlow
Interim Media Relations Manager