The Rev. Dr. Ted Peters

Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Organization: Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA


TED PETERS (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is Research Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary at California Lutheran University and the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California.

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY. Ted Peters' teaching portfolio includes the field of theology in the 20th and 21st centuries for both doctoral level students and for students preparing to serve in the ordained clergy. He is a Lutheran theologian-an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America--teaching in an ecumenical and inter-religious institution with students from an array of differing denominations and religious traditions. He is author of GOD-The World's Future: Systematic Theology for a Postmodern Era (Fortress, 3rd edition 2015) and Sin Boldly! Justifying Faith for Fragile and Broken Souls (Fortress, 2015). He served as editor-in-chief of Dialog, A Journal of Theology from 1993 to 2007.

SCIENCE AND RELIGION. Ted Peters serves now as co-editor with Robert John Russell of the journal, Theology and Science, published by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) at the GTU. He worked as area editor for "Science and Religion" for the 4th edition of Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Volumes IV-VIII, and for the 2nd edition of The Encyclopedia of Religion (Macmillan 2005). He is author of Anticipating Omega (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2006) and Science, Theology, and Ethics (Ashgate 2003). Peters edited Science and Theology: The New Consonance (Westview, 1998). He co-edited with Gaymon Bennett and Kang Phee Seng Bridging Science and Religion (SCM and Fortress, 2003) which has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, and Indonesian Bahassa. He co-edited with Nathan Hallanger, God's Action in Nature's World: Essays in Honor of Robert John Russell (Ashgate 2006). His frontier area of research is Astrotheology, reflections on space exploration.

THE EVOLUTION CONTROVERSY. For a decade Ted Peters has sought to clarify the issues surrounding the evolution controversy and advocate "theistic evolution." He is author of The Evolution of Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Life (Pandora 2008). With Martinez Hewlett he co-authored Evolution from Creation to New Creation (Abingdon 2003) and Can You Believe in God and Evolution? (Abingdon 2006), followed by A Scientific and Theological Commentary on Darwin's Origin of Species, (Abingdon 2008) marking the 150th anniversary edition of Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species. Along with Gaymon Bennett, Martinez Hewlett, and Robert John Russell, Peters is co-editor of The Evolution of Evil (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008).

GENETICS AND SOCIETY. Ted Peters served as Principal Investigator for a research project funded by the National Institutes of Health on "Theological and Ethical Questions Raised by the Human Genome Initiative" hosted at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, 1990-1994. Based on his research he has written Playing God? Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom  (Routledge, 2nd ed., 2002). He edited the findings of the CTNS-NIH project for publication in a multi-author book titled, Genetics: Issues of Social Justice  (Pilgrim 1998); and  he authored The Stem Cell Debate (Fortress 2007). Along with Karen Lebacqz and Gaymon Bennett, he is co-author of Sacred Cells? Why Christians Should Support Stem Cell Research  (Roman and Littlefield, 2008). He currently serves on the Scientific and Medical Accountability Standards Working Group for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CRIM) and the Genetics Task Force of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).

BIOETHICS. As a member of the research team on the "Religion, Culture, and Family" project sponsored by the University of Chicago, he wrote For the Love of Children: Genetic Technology and the Future of the Family (Westminster John Knox Press, 1996). He served as a member of the Ethics Advisory Board for the Geron Corporation, 1998-2002.

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Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. Ted Peters

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God and Cosmos - Faith & Science Series Part 2

Tuesday September 29, 2015
In his sermon for our Faith & Science series, Dr. Ted Peters explores the realities behind Psalm 8, which reveals that regardless of how large our cosmos might be, God still loves each one of us individually and intimately.

Articles by The Rev. Dr. Ted Peters

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Greg Cootsona: A Conversation with Ted Peters on Theology and Science

Tuesday July 19, 2022
Ted Peters is Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, which is a part of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) and affiliated with the world-renowned Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. He also serves as a Lutheran pastor. In other words, he brings together both pastoral ministry and academic theology.

Dr. Ted Peters: Science in Pastoral Ministry - Faith & Science Series

Tuesday October 06, 2015
The revolutionary new rapprochement between science and theology provides the parish pastor with a treasure chest of intellectual jewels that could enrich his or her preaching, teaching, and perhaps even counseling ministries. To leave this treasure chest unopened would be to deny oneself a wealth of resources for parish ministry.

Resources by Dr. Ted Peters - Faith & Science Series

Tuesday September 29, 2015
Explore the work of the Rev. Dr. Ted Peters through these linked resources on Faith, Science, and Theology.