Glen H. Stassen

Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics School of Theology

Contact Information
BA, University of Virginia
BD, Union Theological Seminary (New York)
PhD, Duke University

Glen H. Stassen joined Fuller Seminary’s theological faculty in Winter 1997 as Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics. He came to Fuller with 34 years of teaching experience at Duke University, Kentucky Southern College, Berea College, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Stassen graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in nuclear physics, and he studied systematic and historical theology, Christian ethics, and political philosophy during his graduate work at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and Duke University. He has done postgraduate study at Harvard University, the University of Heidelberg, Union Theological Seminary (New York), and the University of Notre Dame. Stassen’s primary research and teaching interests are theological ethics, incarnational discipleship, peacemaking, social justice, and our need for healing in what he calls an “Age of Interaction.” He has been recognized for his excellence in teaching with Fuller’s 1999 All Seminary Council Faculty Award for Outstanding Community Service to Students, as well as the Seabury Award for Excellence in Teaching at Berea College and the Weyerhaeuser Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Stassen’s book Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context (2003) received Christianity Today’s Award for Best Book of 2004 in Theology or Ethics. He has published several other books, including Just Peacemaking: The New Paradigm for Ethics of Peace and War (coedited, 2008, 3rd ed.), Peace Action: Past, Present, and Future (coedited, 2007), Authentic Faith: Bonhoeffer’s Ethics in Context (edited, 2007), Living the Sermon on the Mount (2006), Authentic Transformation: A New Vision of Christ and Culture (1996, with D. M. Yeager and John Howard Yoder), Just Peacemaking: Transforming Initiatives for Justice and Peace (1992), and he coedited John Howard Yoder’s War of the Lamb: The Ethics of Nonviolence and Peacemaking (Brazos Press, 2009). His most recent book is A Thicker Jesus: Incarnational Discipleship in a Secular Age (2012).

Stassen has served in leadership positions within the Council of the Societies for the Study of Religion, National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, American Academy of Religion, and Society of Christian Ethics. He is a member of the Nuclear Weapons Freeze Campaign and of the Strategy Committee of Peace Action, the largest grassroots U.S. peace organization.

Courses Taught

  • ET501: Christian Ethics
  • ET520: Biblical and Practical Peacemaking
  • ET525: Ethics of Bonhoeffer
  • ET533: Christian Discipleship in a Secular Society
  • ET542: Faith and Politics
  • ET824/524: The Recovery of Jesus in Current Christian Ethics
  • ET832/532: Method for Concreteness in Christian Ethics
  • ET848/548: Philosophy of Justice in An Age of Interaction

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Christian ethics, Sermon on the Mount, peacemaking, social justice, incarnational discipleship, method in Christian ethics, just peacemaking theory, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Howard Yoder, Michael Walzer, Reinhold Niebuhr, and H. Richard Niebuhr

Additional Information

Dr. Stassen’s website

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