Dr Sharon Dirckx is a Senior Tutor at OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) and an RZIM Apologist. Originally from a scientific background, she has a Ph.D. in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge and has held research positions at the University of Oxford, UK and the Medical College of Wisconsin, USA.
Sharon is an OCCA Alumna, and completed the OCCA programme in 2005 during its founding year. She is invited to speak and lecture in a variety of contexts across the UK, including the 2014 Veritas Forum at the University of Oxford.
Sharon has also appeared on BBC Songs of Praise, Justin Brierley’s programme, Unbelievable, on Premier Christian Radio, BBC Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding and BBC Radio 4 Beyond Belief. Her topics of interest focus on the interaction of belief in God with Science, and with the problem of evil and suffering. Her book, Why?: Looking at God, Evil and Personal Suffering, won the prize for best book at the 2014 Speaking Volumes UK Christian Book Awards (presented by Pam Rhodes). Why? interweaves the stories of people who have suffered, with a practical look at some ‘Why?’ questions on suffering.
Sharon lives in Oxford with her husband and two young children.