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Christopher L. Morse '68, '76

Christopher Morse

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Professor of Theology and Ethics


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B.A.    (Philosophy) Randolph-Macon College, 1959

Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

B.D.    [M.Div.] Yale University Divinity School, 1962

S.T.M.  Union Theological Seminary, NY, 1968

University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany, 1971

Ph.D.   Union Theological Seminary, NY, 1976


Christopher Morse received a B.A. in philosophy from Randolph-Macon College, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and an S.T.M. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary. Dr. Morse is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church. His field of research and teaching is systematic theology, with particular emphasis on developing the practice of dogmatics and ethics as a "testing of the spirits" in regard to formative Christian dogmatic traditions and to the contemporary significance and assessment of church doctrines.

Dr. Morse's research on the biblical and creedal references to heaven, and the present day significance of apocalyptic understandings of reality as a coming "kingdom of heaven," has been published by T&T Clark/Continuum in the book The Difference Heaven Makes: Rehearing the Gospel as News.

He is an active participant in church and academic associations, including the New Haven Theological Discussion Group, of which he is co-convenor, the American Theological Society, of which he is a past president, and the Duodecim Theological Society.

Prof. Morse's speaking engagements have included lectures on the theme of Bonhoeffer’s Theological Legacy at the United Theological College of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, in 2004, on Dogmatics and American Politics at Neskirkja Church in Reykjavik, Iceland, in 2006, and papers on Dogmatics, Hermeneutics, Metaphysics, and Ethics, in relation to apocalyptic themes, presented at the Scottish universities of Aberdeen, St. Andrews, Edinburgh, and Glasgow in 2007.

Among his recent publications are book chapters on former Union faculty members John Macquarrie, Paul Lehmann and Richard Norris. His major published work is a text on Christian doctrine, Not Every Spirit: A Dogmatics of Christian Disbelief, which continues to be used at a number of schools and seminaries. It is currently in its second edition, with a new prologue by the author, published by T&T Clark/Continuum.


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