Dr Lisa Goddard is an Associate Lecturer at Spurgeon’s Theological College, where she teaches a science and theology module. She received her second doctorate from Liverpool University in 2008; her postgraduate study was based at the Centre of Religion and the Biosciences, Chester, and was supported by a Gladstone Fellowship. Her thesis was a critical response to the idea of selfishness which pervades some evolutionary accounts of the natural world and human nature, particularly its explanations of altruism and religion. Lisa’s work engages with some of the key aspects in the current dialogue between evolutionary biology, the New Atheism and Christian theology.

Lisa originally trained as a scientist and did her first PhD in the Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge University, with the support of a Cambridge Commonwealth Scholarship.  Some of this work was published with her supervisor Sir Hans Kornberg. She then went on to pursue theological studies at Oak Hill Church of England College in London where she gained a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and was awarded a letter of commendation for academic achievement.


  • Orchard, L. M. D. & Kornberg, H. L. (1990) Sequence similarities between the gene specifying 1-phosphofructokinase (fruK), genes specifying other kinases in Escherichia coli K12, and lacC of Staphylococcus aureus. Proc. R. Soc.. Lond. B. 242, 87-90.

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