Visiting Professor of Theology and Science at Durham University Celia Deane-Drummond received the Civitas Dei Medal at Oxford University this month.
Villanova University awards this honor to Catholics who have made “an exemplary contribution to the Catholic intellectual tradition and the search for truth, beauty and goodness.” The Civitas Dei medal was named after the Latin title of St. Augustine City of God. With her ability to combine secular and theological thought and imagine opportunities for a better world, Deane-Drummond personifies the ideal citizen imagined in Augustine’s masterpiece, officials said in a statement announcing the award.
Deane-Drummond is known for her work in bioethics, environmental ethics, genetics, animal ethics, global development and transhumanism. He has two doctorates – one in plant physiology and the other in theology. She is currently the inaugural director of the Laudato Si ‘Research Institute and is a senior research associate in theology at Campion Hall, Oxford University. She was previously President of the European Forum for the Study of Religion and the Environment from 2011 to 2018. She is also a member of the Executive Board and a trustee of the International Society for Science and Religion.
She is also the inaugural co-editor of the magazine Philosophy, theology and science except that he was the author of numerous books. The latest book titles include Shadow Sofia (2021); Theology and evolutionary anthropology (2020); Theological ethics through a lens of several kinds (2019); and Theology and ecology in all disciplines (2018).