Office Phone: (540) 432-4456
Main Campus, Harrisonburg
Office Location: RLN 304
Christian Early, professor of philosophy & theology. Christian earned a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wales and he specializes in philosophy of religion and ethics.
B.A., University of the Nations (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)
M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Wales
Integrating the Science of Love and a Spirituality of Peace: Becoming Human Again, ed. Christian E. Early and Annmarie L. Early (Cascade, 2013).
A Pacifist Way of Knowing: John Howard Yoder’s Nonviolent Epistemology, ed. Christian E. Early and Ted Grimsrud (Wipf and Stock, 2010).
Review of God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens by John F. Haught. Conrad Grebel Review (2009).
Review of Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context by Glen Stassen and David Gushee. Mennonite Quarterly Review (July 2005): 411-414.
with Nancey Murphy. “Radical Reformed Christianity and Issues in Science and Religion.” Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, J. Wentzel Vrede van Huyssteen ed. Macmillan (2003): 135-136.
“We Must Also Talk About Truth.” In Reflecting on Faith in a Post-Christian Time by Daniel Liechty. Cascadia Pusblishing House, Telford, PA (2003): 139-141.
“On Learning How to Think: Why Coming Face to Face with Being Human Is to Begin the Dangerous Road to Truth.” In DreamSeaker Magazine: Voices From the Soul. Volume 3, Number 1:31-33. Winter 2003.
“Overcoming Evil and Acquiring a ‘Natural’ Desire for Peace.” In Coping with Evil: Perspectives from Science and Theology. Proceedings of the Danish Science-Theology Forum, vol. 2 (2003): 47-64.
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
“From Darwin with Love: Ethics and the New Anthropology.” James Madison University, VA. March 27, 2013.
“Neuroscience and Ethics.” Virginia Affective Neuroscience Lab. University of Virginia, VA. January 27, 2012.
“Anabaptist Ecclesiology, Radical Democracy, and Philosophy of Religion: Elements of a New Conversation.” Understanding Conflict Conference. Århus University, Denmark. August 19-22, 2008.
“What We Can Learn From D. W. Winnicot: Response to Mary Clark.” Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society Forum. Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. February 23, 2007.
“Toward an Anabaptist Theology of Religions.” Tuesday Luncheon Faculty Presentation. Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. February 20, 2007.
“From Neurons to Ethics: Science, Philosophy, and Theology.” Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society Lecture. Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. September 19, 2006.
“Liberal Arts for the 21st Century: When and Where Are We?” Spring Faculty and Staff Conference Workshop. Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. May 4, 2006.
“Rethinking Ethics and the Practice of Medicine.” Virginia Humanities Conference. University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA. March 10-11, 2006.
“The Power to Be Heard: Considering the Christian Case Against Liberal Democracy and the Nation State.” Secularity and Globalization: What Comes After Modernity? Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI. November 10-12, 2005.
“Towards a Pacifist Philosophy of Religion.” Occational Seminars in Theology and Philosophy. University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. June 16, 2005.
“Buber and Aristotle on the Doctor-Patient Relationship.” Shenandoah Valley Biotechnology Symposium. Eastern Mennonite High School, Harrisonburg, VA. April 27, 2005.
“Doubt in Film: A Theological Perspective.” Conference of Christianity and Film. Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC. March 11-12, 2005.
“The Problem With Democracy: A View From the Margins.” December Graduates Recognition Reception. Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA. December 9, 2004.
“Coming to America: Anabaptists in Pennsylvania.” Guest lecture in Religion in America. Saint Mary’s College, Saint Mary’s Historical City, MD. October 14, 2004.
Physiology of Love. WMRA/WEMC Civic Soapbox. April 1, 2011.
“Wonder and Tragedy.” Baccalaureate. Eastern Mennonite University. April 26, 2008.
“Plato and Camus: Towards an Anabaptist Response to Tragedy.” Guest lecture in Plague Colloquium. February 10, 2008.
“Neuroscience, Anthropology, and Ethics.” Guest lecture in Passions Colloquium. November 11, 2007.
“Aristotle and the Virtues of Being a Student.” Guest lecture in Gold Colloquium. April 11, 2007.
“Philosophical Influences on Psychology.” Guest lecture in History of Psychology. September 12, 2006.
“Aristotle and the Golden Mean.” Guest lecture in Gold Colloquium. April 12, 2006.
“Ways of Knowing: The Craft Tradition.” Guest lecture in First Year Seminar. November 1, 2005.
“Current Issues in Philosophy and Theology.” Guest lecture in Bible and Religion Senior Capstone. October 6, 2005.
“Alasdair MacIntyre: Tradition and Rationality.” Guest lecture in Postmodernism. Eastern Mennonite Seminary. October 4, 2005.
Church, Community and Professional Service
Chair, Adult Education Committee. Community Mennonite Church.
Parable of Wheat and Weeds. Sermon. Community Mennonite Church. June 22, 2008.
Apologetics. Course taught for Mennonite Youth Fellowship Sunday School. Community Mennonite Church. Spring 2006.
The God of Adventure: Bringing Resurrection Home. Sermon. Spring Mount Mennonite Church, Spring Mount, PA. April 23, 2006.
Temptation Sunday. Sermon. Community Mennonite Church. 2005.
Adult Education Committee, Chair. Community Mennonite Church. 2005.
Adult Education Committee. Community Mennonite Church. 2004.
Ad hoc committee on the Lord’s Supper. Community Mennonite Church. 2004.
American Philosophical Association
American Academy of Religion
Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society
Professional Conferences Attended
Understanding Conflict. Århus, Denmark. August 19-22, 2008.
American Academy of Religion. Chicago, IL. November 1-3, 2008.
American Academy of Religion. Washington, D.C. November 17-20, 2006.
Virginia Humanities Conference. University of Mary Washington. Fredericksburg, VA. March 10-11, 2006.
Secularity and Globalization: What Comes Next? Calvin College. Grand Rapids, MI. November 10-12, 2005.
Shenandoah Valley Biotechnology Symposium. Eastern Mennonite High School. Harrisonburg, VA. April 27, 2005.
New Courses Taught
Topics in Philosophy: Aesthetics. Fall 2007-8.
Introduction to Philosophy. Spring 2007-8.
Senior Seminar (with Cyndi Gusler). Spring 2007-8.
Information Systems Planning Committee. 2012-
Institutional Effectiveness Committee. 2008-2010.
Faculty Senate. 2007-9
Academic Committee of the Faculty Senate. 2007-2009.
Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society Committee. 2006-
Campus Ministries Committee. 2006-2008
Honors Committee. 2005-6.
Faculty Scholarship Committee. 2003-6.
Global Village Curriculum Committee. 2002-6.