Faculty Directory

Ted F. Peters

Distinguished Research Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics;
CTNS Affiliated Faculty

Core Doctoral Faculty
At the GTU since
(510) 649-2564

Ted Peters arrived at the GTU in 1978 and has taught in the doctoral program continuously into his present emeritus stage. His systematic theology, God--The World's Future, now in its 3rd edition, has been used as a text book in numerous seminaries around the world. For more than a decade he edited Dialog, A Journal of Theology. Along with Robert John Russell he is the co-founder and co-editor of the journal, Theology and Science, at the GTU's Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. From 1990 to 1994 he served as Principal Investigator for a US NIH/ELSI grant to study the "Theological and Ethical Implications of the Human Genome Project." From 1998 to 2003 he directed the CTNS Science and Religion Course Program which fostered the development of new courses in science and religion around the world. Ted Peters has served both as interim dean of the GTU and interim president of PLTS. He is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

When preparing for a career in Ministry of Word and Sacrament, chaplaincy, higher education, community leadership, or scholarship, today's student must pursue public theology--that is, theological reflection in public on the existential questions rising out of the contemporary worldview(s) and the anxieties it produces.

Click here to read Dr. Peters' column on public theology on Patheos.

Click here for "Ted's Timely Take."

Degrees and Certifications

PhD, University of Chicago
MDiv, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
MA, University of Chicago
BA, Michigan State University

Click here for Dr. Peters' curriculum vitae. (Updated March 2022)

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Natural Science and Theology
  • Contemporary Systematic Theology
  • Bioethics and Astroethics
  • Lutheran Theology
Selected Publications
  • God in Cosmic History, Anselm Academic, 2017
  • God--the World's Future, Fortress, 3rd ed., 2015
  • Sin Boldly! Justifying Faith for Fragile and Broken Souls, Fortress, 2015
  • Science, Theology, and Ethics, Ashgate, 2003
  • Playing God? Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom, Routledge, 2nd ed., 2003
Courses Taught
  • STCE 9400 Sin and Grace
  • STCE 9840 God and Cosmos
  • STCE 4634 Moltmann and Pannenberg
  • STCE 5104 Christian Theology and Natural Science
  • Cert. Science in the Interreligious Context (coming 20SP)