Philip Clayton is Provost of Claremont Lincoln University and Dean of Claremont School of Theology, where he is Ingraham Chair of Theology. He received a joint doctorate in philosophy and religious studies from Yale University. His previous teaching posts include Williams College and the California State University; he has also held invited guest professorships at the University of Munich (two years), the University of Cambridge, and Harvard University (also two years). Clayton has written or edited some twenty books on topics in religion and theology, constructive and comparative theology, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, history of philosophy, and the philosophy of religion.
Within the natural sciences, Clayton's research has focused on emergent dynamics in biology and on the neural correlates of consciousness in neuroscience. He has co-authored or edited a number of publications with physicists, chemists, and biologists, analyzing emerging natural systems and exploring their significance for the study of religion. He is perhaps best known for his work in exploring the philosophical and religious implications of emergence theory, published as Mind and Emergence: From Quantum to Consciousness; The Re-Emergence of Emergence; In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World; and Adventures in the Spirit: God, World, Divine Action.In addition to his own publications, Clayton has been a leading advocate for comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, and the internationalization of the science-religion dialogue. As Principal Investigator for the Science and the Spiritual Quest program and as senior advisor and judge for the Global Perspectives in Science and Spirituality program, both funded by the Templeton Foundation, he has been at the forefront of efforts to expand support for this field to Muslim and Jewish scholars, and to the dharma traditions of India.
His other book publications as author or editor include The Problem of God in Modern Thought; God and Contemporary Science; Explanation from Physics to Theology: An Essay in Rationality and Religion; Quantum Mechanics; Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective; Science and the Spiritual Quest; Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society; and The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith.