Christian Early

Christian Early

Office Phone: (540) 432-4456


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: RLN 304

Christian Early, professor of philosophy & theology. Christian earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wales.


Ph.D., University of Wales
M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary and Graduate Schools
B.A., University of the Nations (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)


“The Risky Adventure of Homo Caritas: Love, Altruism, and Evolution,” Conrad Grebel Review, forthcoming.

“The Lived Economics of Love: Wealth Inequality, Anthropology, and Motivational Theory after Harlow’s Monkeys,” Conrad Grebel Review, forthcoming.

“Dreaming of Life in Babel: Towards an Anabaptist Philosophy of Religion,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 89:4, 573-98. 2015.

“Divine Action in a Dynamic World: Towards an Anabaptist Understanding of Active Matter and a God of Love,” in Practicing to Aim at Truth: Theological Engagements in Honor of Nancey Murphy (Wipf and Stock, 2015).

Review of Gordon Oyer, Pursuing the Spiritual Roots of Progress: Merton, Berrigan, Yoder, and Muste at the Gethsemani Peacemakers Retreat (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2014), Mennonite Quarterly Review.

Integrating the Science of Love and a Spirituality of Peace: Becoming Human Again, ed. Christian E. Early and Annmarie L. Early (Cascade, 2013).

A Pacifist Way of Knowing: John Howard Yoder’s Nonviolent Epistemology, ed. Christian E. Early and Ted Grimsrud (Wipf and Stock, 2010).

Review of God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens by John F. Haught. Conrad Grebel Review (2009).

Review of Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context by Glen Stassen and David Gushee. Mennonite Quarterly Review (July 2005): 411-414.

with Nancey Murphy. “Radical Reformed Christianity and Issues in Science and Religion.” Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, J. Wentzel Vrede van Huyssteen ed. Macmillan (2003): 135-136.

“We Must Also Talk About Truth.” In Reflecting on Faith in a Post-Christian Time by Daniel Liechty. Cascadia Pusblishing House, Telford, PA (2003): 139-141.

“On Learning How to Think: Why Coming Face to Face with Being Human Is to Begin the Dangerous Road to Truth.” In DreamSeaker Magazine: Voices From the Soul. Volume 3, Number 1:31-33. Winter 2003.

“Overcoming Evil and Acquiring a ‘Natural’ Desire for Peace.” In Coping with Evil: Perspectives from Science and Theology. Proceedings of the Danish Science-Theology Forum, vol. 2 (2003): 47-64.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

“From Darwin with Love: Ethics and the New Anthropology.” James Madison University, VA. March 27, 2013.

“Neuroscience and Ethics.” Virginia Affective Neuroscience Lab. University of Virginia, VA. January 27, 2012.

“Anabaptist Ecclesiology, Radical Democracy, and Philosophy of Religion: Elements of a New Conversation.” Understanding Conflict Conference. Århus University, Denmark. August 19-22, 2008.

“What We Can Learn From D. W. Winnicot: Response to Mary Clark.” Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society Forum. Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. February 23, 2007.

“Toward an Anabaptist Theology of Religions.” Tuesday Luncheon Faculty Presentation. Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. February 20, 2007.

“From Neurons to Ethics: Science, Philosophy, and Theology.” Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society Lecture. Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. September 19, 2006.

“Liberal Arts for the 21st Century: When and Where Are We?” Spring Faculty and Staff Conference Workshop. Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. May 4, 2006.

“Rethinking Ethics and the Practice of Medicine.” Virginia Humanities Conference. University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA. March 10-11, 2006.

“The Power to Be Heard: Considering the Christian Case Against Liberal Democracy and the Nation State.” Secularity and Globalization: What Comes After Modernity? Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. November 10-12, 2005.

“Towards a Pacifist Philosophy of Religion.” Occational Seminars in Theology and Philosophy. University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. June 16, 2005.

“Buber and Aristotle on the Doctor-Patient Relationship.” Shenandoah Valley Biotechnology Symposium. Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, VA. April 27, 2005.

“Doubt in Film: A Theological Perspective.” Conference of Christianity and Film. Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC. March 11-12, 2005.

“The Problem With Democracy: A View From the Margins.” December Graduates Recognition Reception. Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. December 9, 2004.

“Coming to America: Anabaptists in Pennsylvania.” Guest lecture in Religion in America. Saint Mary’s College, Saint Mary’s Historical City, MD. October 14, 2004.

Other Presentations

Physiology of Love. WMRA/WEMC Civic Soapbox. April 1, 2011.

“Wonder and Tragedy.” Baccalaureate. Eastern Mennonite University. April 26, 2008.

“Plato and Camus: Towards an Anabaptist Response to Tragedy.” Guest lecture in Plague Colloquium. February 10, 2008.

“Neuroscience, Anthropology, and Ethics.” Guest lecture in Passions Colloquium. November 11, 2007.

“Aristotle and the Virtues of Being a Student.” Guest lecture in Gold Colloquium. April 11, 2007.

“Philosophical Influences on Psychology.” Guest lecture in History of Psychology. September 12, 2006.

“Aristotle and the Golden Mean.” Guest lecture in Gold Colloquium. April 12, 2006.

“Ways of Knowing: The Craft Tradition.” Guest lecture in First Year Seminar. November 1, 2005.

“Current Issues in Philosophy and Theology.” Guest lecture in Bible and Religion Senior Capstone. October 6, 2005.

“Alasdair MacIntyre: Tradition and Rationality.” Guest lecture in Postmodernism. Eastern Mennonite Seminary. October 4, 2005.

Church, Community and Professional Service

Institutional Review Board, Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA, 2009-2016.

Chair, Shenandoah Anabaptist Society, 2013-present.

Professional Memberships

American Philosophical Association
American Academy of Religion
Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society

Professional Conferences Attended

Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self, Harrisonburg, VA, 2016.

Politics of Pacifism, Zürich, Switzerland, 2015.

Annual Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference, Harrisonburg, VA, 2015.

American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA, 2015.

Understanding Conflict, Århus, Denmark, 2008.

EMU Service

Information Systems Planning Committee. 2012-
Institutional Effectiveness Committee. 2008-2010.
Faculty Senate. 2007-9
Academic Committee of the Faculty Senate. 2007-2009.
Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society Committee. 2006-
Campus Ministries Committee. 2006-2008
Honors Committee. 2005-6.
Faculty Scholarship Committee. 2003-6.
Global Village Curriculum Committee. 2002-6.