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Christian Early

DEPARTMENT: Bible & Religion Dept

POSITION: Professor

DEPARTMENT: MA in Biomedicine

POSITION: Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | RLN 304

PHONE: (540) 432-4456


Christian Early is professor of philosophy & theology. His research areas are in philosophical anthropology, ethics, and religion.


Ph.D., University of Wales
M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary and Graduate Schools


“Philosophy of Religion and Theology after the Scientific Revolution: The Significance of Nancey Murphy’s Contribution,” Theology and Science. Forthcoming.

“Friendship, Love, and Politics: Ecclesial and Natural Ethics after Darwin,” Syndicate Symposium. Forthcoming.

Review of David Griffin, The Word Became Flesh (Wipf and Stock, 2016), Mennonite Quarterly Review. Forthcoming.

“Resisting Empire: Evaluating the Possibilities for Pacifism,” Christian Studies in Ethics. Forthcoming.

“The Risky Adventure of Homo Caritas: The Evolutionary Story of Adaptive Cooperation and Love,” Conrad Grebel Review, vol. 35 no. 2 (Spring 2017):182-200.

“Philosophical Anthropology, Ethics, and Love: Towards a New Dialogue,” Zygon, vol. 52 no. 3 (September 2017):847-863.

“The Lived Economics of Love: Wealth Inequality, Anthropology, and Motivational Theory after Harlow’s Monkeys,” Conrad Grebel Review, vol. 34 no. 3 (Fall 2016): 218-235.

“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):125-145.

“Dreaming of Life in Babel: Towards an Anabaptist Philosophy of Religion,” Mennonite Quarterly Review, vol. 89 no. 4 (October 2015): 573-98.

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

“Emotion and Religion: A Response to Cognitive Science of Religion,” The 2nd International Conference on the Evolution of Religion, Santa Ana, New Mexico, November 12-15. 2017.

“Evaluating Nancey Murphy’s Contribution to Philosophy of Religion.” American Academy of Religion annual conference, San Antonio, Texas, November 19. 2016.

“Emotion, Ethics, and Anthropology: Towards a New Dialogue in Science and Religion.” Institute of Religion in an Age of Science annual conference, Star Island, New Hampshire, June 25-July1. 2016.

“To Empire or Not To Empire: Investigating Pacifism,” University of Zürich, November 14. 2015.

“Peace, Justice, and the Emotion Revolution: What’s Love Got To Do with It?,” annual Peace and Justice Studies Association conference, James Madison University, October 16. 2015.

“Motivational Theory after Harlow’s Monkeys: The Chain of Love,” James Madison University, November 18. 2014.

“Not By Wealth: Human Nature, the Economics of Love, and a Spiritual Ethics for Every Day,” Qom, Iran, May 31. 2014.

“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.