Rodney Dennis Holder Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Rodney Dennis Holder

Emeritus Course Director
The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

I was Course Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge, UK, before retiring in 2013, and am a Fellow Commoner of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. I have published widely in the fields of science and religion and natural theology including the book Big Bang, Big God: A Universe Designed for Life? (2013) and articles in peer reviewed journals such as The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Theology and Science, and Philosophia Christi.


I read mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge, and researched for a D.Phil. and Post-doctoral Fellowship in astrophysics at Christ Church, Oxford. Following 14 years working as an operational research consultant for the UK Ministry of Defence, I returned to Oxford to read theology and was ordained in the Church of England in 1997. After several years of parish ministry I was appointed Course Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. I held this post from the inception of the Faraday Institute until my retirement in January 2013. I have explored ways in which science and faith complement each other in a number of books and am a regular speaker on the relationship between religion and science, especially cosmology. I was Reviews Editor of Science and Christian Belief and was on the national committee of Christians in Science from 2006-2017. In addition, I am a Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion, and a member both of the Society of Ordained Scientists and of the Science and Religion Forum. I am also a trustee of The Faraday Institute.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Cosmology and design (especially fine-tuning); natural theology; science and religion; ramified natural theology.

Personal Interests

    Reading, walking, cycling, travel, theatre.


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