• Building bridges


    theology and science


The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) promotes the creative mutual interaction between theology and the natural sciences through research, teaching and public service.

Founded in 1981 as an Affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley by Robert John Russell, CTNS became a program of the GTU in 2016.

CTNS’s central scientific focus is on physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, and genetics, with additional topics in the neurosciences, technology, environmental sciences and mathematics. CTNS’s central theological focus is on Christian theology, ethics, and spirituality, with an additional focus on science and the world religions.

Internationally, CTNS offers the scholarly journal Theology and Science, a membership program, a wide variety of publications in the field, and more. At the GTU, CTNS offers seminary and doctoral courses, student advising, two annual fellowships, and events and lectures for the GTU community and the general public. We invite you to explore what CTNS has to offer.


Please consider becoming a member of CTNS, widening your knowledge and deepening your impact in the field of science and religion.

Members receive:

  • A subscription to the journal Theology and Science (four printed issues from the current year), published by Taylor and Francis, Routledge.
  • Online access to current and all previous issues of Theology and Science.
  • Online access to The CTNS Bulletin, published 1983-2002.
  •  A subscription to the members’ version of the CTNS E-News.
  • Discounts on CTNS conferences.


Academic Resources

Public Service


The annual Russell Family Research Fellowship brings internationally distinguished scholars in religion and science to the Graduate Theological Union for a period of research, teaching and public events.

The Charles H. Townes Graduate Student Fellowship helps support doctoral students at the Graduate Theological Union working in science and theology.

Current Programs

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