Hefner, The Rev. Philip

The Rev. Philip Hefner


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The Rev. Philip Hefner is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and has spent his entire career teaching in Lutheran seminaries in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Chicago (where he retired in 2001). He has attempted to balance a concern for the theology of the Christian tradition, and of Lutheranism, with attention to contemporary culture, particularly the arts and the natural sciences. He is the former editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science and he served as the director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science from 1988–2003. His published writings include six books and more than 150 scholarly articles, about half of which deal with religion and the natural sciences, while the other half deal with traditional historical and theological issues. His most recent book is Technology and Human Becoming. He also translated and edited Three Essays by Albrecht Ritschl and contributed two essays (“Creation” and “Church”) to the two-volume work, Christian Dogmatics. He has also held dozens of visiting teaching and lecturing appointments at seminaries, colleges, and universities in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and he has represented his church on a number of ecumenical commissions.