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Ilia Delio, O.S.F.

Ilia Delio

Ilia Delio, O.S.F., is a senior fellow at Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University, dedicated to theological reflection on the human problems of today. With doctorates in pharmacology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and in historical theology from Fordham University, Delio is well-positioned for her work on the center’s project on religion and science. Her research focuses on transhumanism, the mystery of matter, and evolutionary theology, especially the writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

Delio served as professor and chair of spirituality studies at Washington Theological Union. In 2000, she received the 2000 Templeton Course Award in Science and Religion. She is the author of 11 books, including The Humility of God (2005), Christ in Evolution (2008), and Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth (2008), which won two Catholic Press Book Awards in 2009. Her newest publication, The Emergent Christ: Exploring the Meaning of Catholic in an Evolutionary Universe (2011), won a 2012 Catholic Press Book Award for Faith and Science.

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