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Dr. Brian G. Edgar

Dr. Brian G. Edgar

Professor of Theological Studies

Expertise:

  • Public Theology
  • Theology of friendship and play
  • The relationship of science and faith
  • The Trinity and theological anthropology
  • The integration of biblical principles with other disciplines

Education:

  • Diploma of Theology, Bible College of Victoria, 1979
  • B.Th., Australian College of Theology, 1979
  • Th.M., Australian College of Theology, 1987
  • Ph.D., Deakin University, 1993

Dr. Brian Edgar is professor of Theological Studies. He has been a full-time faculty member at Asbury Theological Seminary since July 2007, primarily teaching through online courses and on-campus intensives.

Dr. Edgar has B.Th. and M.Th. degrees (Australian College of Theology) and a Ph.D. (Deakin University). He is an ordained minister of the Word in the Uniting Church in Australia and has pastored several churches. He lectured for 18 years in theology and ethics at the Bible College of Victoria at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels. He was also Academic Dean for 7 years and was closely involved with the introduction of the MDiv degree onto the Australian theological scene.

He was Director of Public Theology for the Australian Evangelical Alliance for 4 years before joining the faculty at ATS. He has received two Templeton awards for teaching on science and faith and one writing award for a journal article on scientific and theological notions of immortality. He has written a number of books, the major ones being “The Message of the Trinity” (IVP) and “God is Friendship: a theology of spirituality, community and society” (Seedbed). He has also published numerous articles and produced reports on matters of faith in the public arena most of which are available on his web page/blog.  

Dr. Edgar and his wife, Barbara, have two adult daughters. They live in Australia but Dr. Edgar travels each year to Wilmore or Orlando to teach intensive courses. He also conducts on-line courses from Australia. He is a Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Christianity in an Age of Science and Technology, a Fellow of the Australasian Wesley Research Centre, a board member of Ethos: EA Centre for Christianity and Society – Australia, and editor of Crucible: an on-line, peer-reviewed journal of ministry and theology. He has been a member of the Australian Federal Government advisory committee on the ethics of gene technology and is a former member of the executive of the World Evangelical Alliance. His theological interests include numerous issues in the realm of public theology, especially everyday issues such as friendship and play – as metaphors for a relationship with God – as well as Trinitarian theology and the theology of the person.

 

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