Having moved to the United States from Sweden to join the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago faculty in 2001, Antje Jackelén is associate professor of systematic theology/religion and science. In May 2003, she became the director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science.
Jackelén’s theological studies began at the Kirchliche Hochschule Bielefeld-Bethel and the University of Tübingen in Germany. A scholarship from the German National Merit Foundation brought her to Sweden and Uppsala University where she earned a master’s degree in 1979. The doctor’s degree in theology and diploma in academic teaching were bestowed on Jackelén by Lund University, Sweden, in 1999.
Ordained by the Church of Sweden in 1980, she was a parish pastor for the diocese of Stockholm and the diocese of Lund for sixteen years. She held positions as a senior pastor of Gardstanga and served as a pastor at Lund Cathedral. In addition, she earned diplomas in leadership for women and church leadership from the Church of Sweden in 1990 and 1993, respectively.
Fluent in German, Swedish, English, and French, Jackelén has lectured at the University of Pisa, Italy, Oxford University, England, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia, and the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Science in Moscow.
A prolific writer, her most recent book The Dialogue between Science and Religion: Challenge and Future Directions was published in 2004. The German Zeit und Ewigkeit from 2002 appeared in English translation as Time and Eternity: The Question of Time in the Church, Science, and Theology. Her Swedish book Tidsinställningar was published in 2000. Additionally, she has written many articles on theology as well as religion and science.
From 1999 to 2001, Jackelén held the position of regional director for Europe in the Religion and Science Course Program of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences in Berkeley, California.
A founding member of the International Society for Religion and Science (ISSR), she serves on the board of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology (ESSSAT), the board of directors of the Metanexus Institute on Religion and Science, the editorial advisory board of the journal Theology and Science, and the editorial council of Dialog: A Journal of Theology.