Faculty Directory

Braden Molhoek

Director of CTNS, Ian G. Barbour Assistant Professor of Theology, Science, Ethics, and Technology

Core Doctoral Faculty
At the GTU since
Spring 2017
(510) 649-2566
Degrees and Certifications

Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union, Ethics and Social Theory, May 2016

M.T.S. Boston University School of Theology, May 2005

Certificate in Science and Religion (Bioethics Track), Boston Theological Institute, May 2005

B.A. Ohio Wesleyan University, Genetics and Religion, May 2003

Research and Teaching Interests

Virtue Ethics

Science and Religion 

Ethics and Technology


Theological Anthropology


Selected Publications
  •  "Intelligence, Empathy, and Memory: Exploring Moral Enhancement through Gene Editing, Training, and Computer–brain Interfaces." HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 77, no. 3 2021.
  • “Murder, Truth and Justice, and Religion: Altered Carbon and the Ambiguity of Real Death,” in Plante, Thomas G., and Gary E. Schwartz, eds. 2021. Human Interaction with the Divine, the Sacred, and the Deceased: Psychological, Scientific, and Theological Perspectives. London, England: Routledge.
  • "Possible consequences of AI and transhumanism: health concerns surrounding unemployment, second class citizenship, and religious engagement," in Hrynkow, C. (Ed.), Spiritualties, ethics, and implications of human enhancement and artificial intelligence, Vernon Press, 2020.
  • “Engineering Telos: Flourishing in the Context of AI and Transhumanism.” InterAgency Journal 10, no. 3 (August 28, 2019): 85–92.
  • “Raising the Virtuous Bar: The Underlying Issues of Genetic Moral Enhancement.” Theology and Science 16, no. 3 June.
  • “Sensuality and Altering Anthropology in Artificial Intelligence and Transhumanism.” Theology and Science 14, no. 1 Feb. 16 2016.
Courses Taught

Introduction to Bioethics (Spring 2019)

Science, Religion, Ethics: Bioethics in Light of Theology and Science (Spring 2017)