Academic religion and science journal Zygon appoints Arthur Petersen as its new editor

Professor Arthur Petersen (By UCL STEaPP/Flickr/CC 2.0)

Arthur C. Petersen of University College London will become Editor-in-Chief of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science in June.

He takes over for Willem B. Drees, who announced his retirement from the prestigious journal last year. The transition between the two editors is slated to be complete by the end of 2018.

Since 2014, Petersen has served as Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy in addition to playing various leadership roles within the University College London’s new Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy. He will continue in his role of Director of Doctoral Studies and Departmental Graduate Tutor (Research).

He has published a number of articles in Zygon as well as having been a long-time reader of the journal.

Petersen said in a press release, “I am honored and proud to be offered this role of Editor-in-Chief of Zygon. I think that religion-and-science is presently underthematized in thinking about the science–policy interface, or how to deal with uncertainty and value-ladenness of assumptions in science-heavy societal problems. With addition of this renewed editorial emphasis, I will dedicate my energies to continuing the existing profile of the journal.”

He is also currently working on his third doctorate (DPhil in Science and Religion) at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Alister McGrath, where he is writing a book on uncertainty in science and religion.Professor Willem B. Drees steps down after 10 years of editing Zygon. Zygon is a peer reviewed journal with over 50 years of world leadership in relating and exploring religion and science from multiple perspectives.

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