Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Ronald Cole-Turner

H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics
Year Started at PTS: 1996

Contact Info



  • Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary / Systematic Theology
  • M.Div, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Wheaton College / Literature


The Rev. Dr. Ronald Cole-Turner is the H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics, a position relating theology and ethics to developments in science and technology. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion (currently serving as vice president), and has served on the advisory board of the John Templeton Foundation and the Metanexus Institute. Cole- Turner is the author of Prayer in the Trinity (e-book),Transhumanism and Transcendence: Christian Hope in an Age of Technological Advancement,The New Genesis: Theology and the Genetic Revolution, the co-author (with Brent Waters) of Pastoral Genetics: Theology and Care at the Beginning of Life, the editor of Human Cloning: Religious Responses and of Beyond Cloning: Religion and the Remaking of Humanity, the co-editor of God and the Embryo: Religious Voices on Stem Cells and Cloning, editor of Design and Destiny: Jewish and Christian Perspectives on Human Germline Modification, and editor of Technology and Transcendence (in press). He is also the author of the popular baptism hymn, “Child of Blessing, Child of Promise.” His wife, Rebecca, is a spiritual director and retreat leader. They have two daughters, Sarah and Rachel.

Church Association

Ordination: United Church of Christ, Minister of Word and Sacrament

Professional Competencies

Areas of Expertise

  • Relation of theology and ethics to science and technology, such as the theological significance of human evolution and the technologies of human enhancement

Professional Service

Leadership for Professional Societies

  • Editorial Board, Zygon (Journal of Science and Religions)
  • Co-Convener, Transhumanism and Religion Group, American Academy of Religion
  • Advisory Board and Seminary Mentor Science for Seminaries, a project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association of Theological Schools
  • Vice President, International Society for Science and Religion

Selected Awards/Fellowships/Distinctions

  • 1997: Outstanding Books in Science and Religion, the john Templeton Foundation and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, for Pastoral Genetics: Theology and Care at the Beginning of Life
  • 1994-1995: Theological Scholarship and Research Award, Association of Theological Schools, for project titled “Science and the Soul: A Contemporary Theological Perspective on Human Consciousness”
  • 1992: Winner, John Templeton Foundation Call for Papers, for “An Unavoidable Challenge: Our Church in an Age of Science and Technology”
  • 1992: Honorable Mention (second place), Associated Church Press, for excellence in religious journalism for “Theological Care in a Technological Context"
  • 1971: First Prize, Mary Long Greer Prize for Speech, Princeton Theological Seminary

Additional Resources

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Personal Blog *


Chapel Audio 1
Chapel Audio 2


The Evolution of Evolution: A Changing Challenge for Christianity
Christianity’s Answers: The Amazing Variety of Christian Responses
Evolution and Christianity Today: Living Options for a Living Faith

* This material expresses the research and opinion of Cole-Turner and is not necessarily the opinion of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary faculty, staff, or Board of Directors.