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Michael J. Murray

  • Michael Murray


PhD in Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 1991

MA in Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 1988

BA in Philosophy, Franklin and Marshall College, 1985

Research Interests

Philosophy of Religion, Early Modern Philosophy

A complete CV can be found here.

Grants & Awards

  • 2010: Nissan Fellow, Oriel College, Oxford University
  • 2008-2010: Ian Ramsey Center, Oxford University for the project: “Scientific Accounts of the Origin of Religion” with Jeffrey Schloss (Westmont College), $89,000
  • 2008: Bradley R. Dewey Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Franklin and Marhsall College
  • 2004: Sabbatical Fellowship, American Philosophical Society
  • 2003-4: Alvin Plantinga Fellow, Center for Philosophy of Religion, University of Notre Dame
  • 1998: National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers
  • 1997-8: Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin Madison

Recent Publications 


  1. On Predestination and Election New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011
  3. Divine Evil?: The Character of the God of the Hebrew Bible (edited with Michael Rea and Michael Bergmann). Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2010
  4. Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal SufferingOxford: Oxford University Press. 2008.
  5. Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, with Michael Rea, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008


  1. “Looking Past vs. Overlooking Cognitive-Evolutionary Accounts of Religion: A Response to N. Barrett” with Jeffrey Schloss and Justin Barrett, Journal of the AAR. Forthcoming
  2. “Explaining and Explaining Away Religious Belief: Van Til’s Criticism of Barrett,” with Jeffrey Schloss, Theology and Science 8(1). 17-23
  3. Schloss, Jeffrey P. & Michael J. Murray. 2009. You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Evolution and True Beliefs. Behavioral and Brain Sciences32(06). 533-534
  4. “Costly Signalling Theories of Religion,” With Lyn Moore Journal of Cognition and Culture 9 (2009) 225–245.
  5. “The Evolution of Religion: Non-Adaptationist Accounts” in Science and Religion in Dialogue. Melville Stewart, editor. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 2010. Also to appear in Chinese in a volume with the same title, Melville Stewart and Fu Youde, editors. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2010
  6. “Science and Religion in Constructive Engagement,” in Analytic Theology: New Essays in Theological Method. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Michael Rea and Oliver Crisp, editors, 2009.
  7. “Theodicy” in Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion. Thomas Flint and Michael Rea, editors. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.