• Ph.D., M.A. University of Chicago
  • A.B. University of Pennsylvania


Before coming to Davidson, I taught at Union Seminary in Richmond, Virginia.  My scholarly interests include contemporary theology and ethics, as well as the history of theology and ethics in America.  I am a past president of the Society of Christian Ethics.

My recent books include Living Belief: A Short Introduction to Christian Faith, A Theology for the Twenty-First CenturyTheology for Liberal Presbyterians and Other Endangered Species, and Hopeful Realism: Reclaiming the Poetry of Theology.


  • Being Human
  • The Christian Faith
  • Prophetic Christianity in America During the Twentieth Century
  • Reformed Theology and Ethics
  • Major Figures in Theology and Ethics: Jonathan Edwards, H. Richard Niebuhr
  • Seminar in John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion
  • The Kingdom of God and a Good Society.