Prof. Ted PetersProfessor of Systematic and Philosophical Theology

    Research Profile

    Over the last decade I have pursued the theological and ethical implications of genomics, stem cells, the evolution controversy, cosmology, astrobiology, and transhumanism. For the near future I plan to extend my work in astro-theology and astro-ethics along with related areas. I have maintained a sustained interest in theodicy and eschatology, and I expect this to continue.

    Teaching Profile

    In Berkeley I will continue to teach basic systematic theology to seminarians as well as electives in Christology and eschatology. I teach doctoral seminars dealing with the ecological crisis and also the influence of the neurosciences on Christian anthropology.

    Selected Publications


    God the World’s Future: Systematic Theology for a Postmodern Era, Fortress Press, 1992; 2nd edition, 2000. 3rd edition, 2015. Korean translation by Se-Hyoung Lee, Concordia-Sa, Seoul, Korea 2006.

    Sin Boldly! Justifying Faith for Fragile and Broken Souls. Fortress, 2015.

    Anticipating Omega, Vandenhoedk & Ruprecht, 2006.

    Science, Theology, Ethics, Ashgate 2002.

    Playing God? Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom, Routledge, 1997, 2nd ed. 2002. Templeton Book of Distinction Award, 2003.

    with Muzafar Iqbal and Nomen Haq, eds., God, Life, and the Cosmos: Islamic and Christian Perspectives, Ashgate 2002. Tr. Indonesian Bahassa: Tuhan, Alam, Manusia: Perspektif Sains dan Agama. Bandung: Logo Mizan Kronik, 2005.

    with Robert John Russell and Michael Welker, eds., Resurrection: Theological and Scientific Assessments, Eerdmans 2002.

    with Gaymon Bennett and Kang Phee Seng, eds., Bridging Science and Religion. English: SCM Press 2002 and Fortress Press 2003. (Chinese, Portuguese, German, Indonesian and Spanish translations)


    “Der Dialog zwischen Schöpfungstheologie und Naturwissenschaften,” Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, edited by Hans Dieter Betz, Don S. Browning, Bernd Janowski, and Eberhard Jüngel. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2004. Band 7: 986-987. Peter Lang, 2004, 255-268.

    “The implications of the discovery of extra-terrestrial life for religion.” The Royal Society, Philosophical Transactions A, 369  (1936) February 13, 2011; 644-655.



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    Berkeley, California 94709 USA


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