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Gregory Love   
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary



Biographical Information
Gregory Love's focus is the question of how God acts in the world. "If God is all-powerful and loves us like a parent loves her or his child, why do horrific things happen to us, to those we love, or to whole communities of peoples? How are we to talk intelligently about God acting in a world which science perceives is ruled by natural laws, chance, and human free will, and which is patently filled with tremendous suffering?" Questions of divine agency and human suffering are also present in his new book on Christology. In Love, Violence, and the Cross: How the Nonviolent God Saves Us through the Cross of Christ, Love brings the best of classical and Reformed theologies into conversation with recent feminist theologies. A demanding professor, Love's passionate teaching style and weekly "beer and theology" discussion groups earned him the SFTS Teacher Appreciation Award from the student body in 2008. A member of the Graduate Theological Union's Core Doctoral Faculty and a frequent presenter at the American Academy of Religion's annual conference, Love is also a popular speaker and preacher. Because of his passion for the local church, Love, a Presbyterian pastor, makes theology accessible to laity by teaching hundreds of classes in Bay Area Presbyterian churches. He has also been keynote speaker at eight all-church retreats and conferences, and contributes frequently to homiletical journals. A recipient of The Templeton Science–Religion Course Award in 1997–98, Love's two current book projects investigate Karl Barth's doctrine of providence, and the effects of anthropologist René Girard's mimetic theory upon victims of trauma.

 
 
 

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