Durham University visiting professor of Theology and Science Celia Deane-Drummond has received the Civitas Dei Medal at the University of Oxford this month.
The honor is awarded by Villanova University to Catholics who through their work have made “exemplary contributions to Catholic intellectual tradition and in the pursuit of truth, beauty and goodness.” Civitas Dei Medal takes its name from the Latin title of St. Augustine’s City of God. With her ability to blend secular and theological thought and imagine possibilities for a better world, Deane-Drummond personifies the ideal citizen envisioned in Augustine’s masterpiece, officials said in the announcement of the award.
Deane-Drummond is well-known for her work in bioethics, environmental ethics, genetics, animal ethics, global development and transhumanism. She holds two doctorates – one in plant physiology and the other in theology. Currently, she is the inaugural director of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute and is a senior research fellow in Theology at Campion Hall, University of Oxford. Previously she has served as the chair of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment from 2011 to 2018. She also serves on the executive committee and as a trustee of the International Society for Science and Religion.
She is also the inaugural co-editor of the journal Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences in addition to having been an author of numerous books. Recent book titles include Shadow Sophia (2021); Theology and Evolutionary Anthropology (2020); Theological Ethics Through a Multispecies Lens (2019); and Theology and Ecology Across the Disciplines (2018).