Dr. Michael L. Peterson

Professor of Philosophy of Religion


  • Philosophy of Religion
  • The Problem of Evil and Suffering
  • Theistic and Atheistic Arguments on the Existence of God
  • Philosophy and Christian Theism
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Science and Religion Relationship
  • C.S. Lewis (philosophical and theological themes)


  • B.A. Asbury University, 1972 (cum laude)
  • M.A. University of Kentucky, 1974 (summa cum laude)
  • Ph.D.  State University of New York at Buffalo, 1976 (summa cum laude)
  • D.H.L.  Trinity Western University, 2010 (honoris causa)

Dr. Michael L. Peterson is Professor of Philosophy of Religion.  He has written or been senior author in a number of books: Reason and Religious Belief (Oxford University Press; 5 editions); God and Evil: An Introduction to the Issues (HarperCollins/Westview); With All Your Mind: A Christian Philosophy of Education (University of Notre Dame Press); Evil and the Christian God (Baker Books); Philosophy of Education:  Issues and Options (InterVarsity Press); Science, Evolution, and Religion: A Debate about Atheism and Theism (with Michael Ruse, Oxford University Press); Biology, Religion, and Philosophy: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press); and C. S. Lewis and the Christian Worldview (Oxford). He has edited Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings (Oxford 5 editions); Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Religion (Blackwell of Oxford, 2nd edition); and The Problem of Evil: Selected Readings (Notre Dame, now in 2nd edition). Monotheism, Suffering, and Evil (Cambridge, forthcoming). He is General Editor of the Wiley-Blackwell scholarly monograph series “Exploring Philosophy of Religion,” which currently contains five books.  He is currently working on three books: Monotheism, Suffering, and Evil (Cambridge, forthcoming), Christian Theism and the Problem of Evil (Wiley-Blackwell Publishers of Oxford, forthcoming) and The Problem of Suffering in the Book of Job. Both of Dr. Peterson’s current Oxford books in philosophy of religion are long-time leading textbooks which are now in fifth editions.

Dr. Peterson has contributed chapters to many reference books and scholarly works, including The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity: Contemporary Challenges, Global ResponsesThe Oxford Handbook of EschatologyBlackwell Companion to Philosophy of ReligionThe Chronicles of Narnia and PhilosophyC. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness, and BeautyThe Continuing Relevance of Wesleyan Theology: Essays in Honor of Laurence W. WoodPhilosophy and the Christian Worldview:  Analysis, Assessment, and DevelopmentBasketball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Paint; Handbook on Science and ReligionThe History of Evil (6 volumes); The Oxford Handbook of Atheism; and The Cambridge Handbook on Evolutionary Ethics, and the Cambridge Companion to Religious Experience (forthcoming).

Dr. Peterson has received both research grants and programmatic grants from various major foundations:  Lilly Endowment, Pew Charitable Trust, the John Templeton Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Christian Scholarship.  Dr. Peterson launched and continues as the Managing Editor of the prestigious scholarly journal Faith and Philosophy, published at Asbury Theological Seminary and now available free and open access worldwide at faithandphilosophy.com.  He has lectured widely and conducted a large number of seminars and workshops on topics in his areas of expertise.

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