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

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

Recent Courses Taught

  • Medical Ethics for Pastors
  • Introduction to Systematic Theology
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Christianity and Evolution
  • Ethics and Technology of Human Enhancement


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

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