My books 


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We can look at science and religion and see conflict; or we can separate them into different worlds. This book helps the reader understand both sides of this 'conflict' and how they throw light on each other's approach. Of particular interest is what we are learning about personality, mind and psychology, and where consciousness comes from. This book suggests several different paths through the debates that surround science and religion. These paths offer ways of holding a rational interest in the world and scientific attempts to understand it and a lively and questioning faith in God which takes the Bible seriously.

''The science and religion debate is one of the most significant conversations going on in contemporary society. Gillian Straine has laid out the grammar of this conversation with remarkable clarity, enabling any of us to understand and engage with the issues at stake. We need interpreters of science and followers of religion who have good minds, a love of the language and an ability to speak fluently. Gillian Straine is all of these. We sit at the feet of a true linguist.'' --John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford


''Very few of those who contribute to the noisy debate between science and religion do so from a position of authority in both. Gillian Straine is one of the very few. Using her expertise in both physics and theology, Straine provides a carefully balanced and accessible guide to the big issues, and gives readers the tools they need to make up their own minds.'' --Dr Mark Harris, Lecturer in Science and Religion, University of Edinburgh

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A cancer diagnosis is a seismic event. It divides life into before and after, and propels the diagnosed into places of suffering, pain and isolation; life is turned upside down in the present while the future horizon clouds with uncertainty and fear. Despite someone getting diagnosed with cancer in the UK every two minutes, cancer is a disease that is often described as lonely as the sufferer sets out on a tough journey through waiting, treatment and recovery.

In this wise and compassionate book, cancer survivor Gillian Straine proposes that this journey through illness, pain and anxiety be reconceptualised as a pilgrimage of discovery. The Christian faith is that we are never abandoned by God, and this promise holds wherever we might find ourselves, whether that is in the doctor's waiting room, in a chair receiving chemotherapy or lying on the surgeons table. Following the journey of Jesus through the darkness of Gethsemane, to the cross and into the silent waiting of Holy Saturday, this book invites the reader to seek God in their experience of cancer and, by pointing to the glimmers of resurrection hope in remission and beyond, to find healing in their own story of illness.

A valuable and readable book of practical guidance and encouragement for fellow travellers. --Rt Revd James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle and Church of England's lead bishop on health


  • Are there limits to science? Gillian Straine (Ed.), CSP, 2017
  • Cancer: A pilgrim companion. Gillian Straine, SPCK, 2017
  • Introducing Science and Religion, Gillian Straine, SPCK, 2014

Academic papers, book chapters and other writing

  • Science, Religion and Healing Cancer, Gillian Straine, SEARCH, 41(2), 2018
  • Mental Wellbeing, Neuroscience and Religion, Gillian Straine and Mark Harris, Zygon, 53(2), 2018
  • "A Future for Science and Theology in Pastoral Hermeneutics: Equipping the Shepherds", Gillian Straine, in Forty Years of Science and Religion, CSP, 2016
  •  'For Creed and Creation', Gillian Straine and Nathan Oxley, published in the Diocese of London (2007) and Oxford (2011)
  • Far infrared radiation measurements from the TAFTS instrument during EMERALD 2001, in "Fourier Transform Spectroscopy", G. K. Straine, P. Green, J. Murray, A. Last, J. Pickering, and J. E. Harries. Sawchuk, ed., Vol. 84 of OSA Trends in Optics and Photonics (Optical Society of America, 2003)
  • Helande I Vildmarken, Gillian Straine, NOD [Tidskrift for tro, kultus och samhalle), NR 4, 2018 [Swedish magazine]
  • Book reviews for Theology and other theological journals

Other writing and communication

Gillian regularly writes for the Church Times:

She has written for a number of online magazines:

Radio appearances include:

She has also written educational materials for Common Awards, Durham University.