Brad Gregory is a Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He studied at Catholic University of Leuven, Utah State University, and the University of Arizona before receiving his Ph.D. in history at Princeton University. His first book, Salvation at Stake: Christian Martrydom in Early Modern Europe (1999) garnered numerous awards. He has co-edited, with Alistair Chapman and J.R.D. Coffey, Seeing Things Their Way: Intellectual History and the Return of Religion (2009). In The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society, Gregory contends that the religious division of Europe in the sixteenth century was the first of many unintended but powerful consequences of the Reformation that have fundamentally shaped the modern condition over the following five centuries.
John Hare is the Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale University. He has his B.A. from Balliol College of Oxford University and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. His scholarship and teaching center on ethics and theology, especially the relationship of post-Kantian ethics and religion. His books include Plato’s Euthyphro (1981), Ethics and International Affairs (with Carey B. Joynt) (1982), The Moral Gap (1997), Why Bother Being Good? (2002), and God and Morality: A Philosophical History (2007). He delivered the Gifford Lectures at the University of Glasgow in 2005.
Susan Schreiner is Professor of the History of Christianity and Theology at the University of Chicago. Her B.A. is from Elmhurst College; she holds the M.Div. from Harvard University and Ph.D. from Duke University. Her research and teaching center on the Protestant Reformation, early modern Catholicism, and the Renaissance. Her book The Theater of His Glory (1991) is a study of Calvin’s understandings of creation and providence. Where Shall Wisdom Be Found? (1994), examines Calvin’s exegesis of the Book of Job in relation to contemporary and modern interpretations of that text. Her most recent book, Are You Alone Wise?: The Search for Certainty in the Early Modern Era (2010), traces debates about epistemology and theological knowledge from Ockham to Shakespeare, including Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Teresa of Avila, and Montaigne.
Francis Oakley is the Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of the History of Ideas, Emeritus, at Williams College, where he also served as President from 1985-1993. In 1999-2000 he was the Sir Isaiah Berlin Visiting Professor in the History of Ideas at Oxford University. Educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, and Yale University, from which he received his Ph.D, he has written extensively on late medieval and early modern religious and political thought. Among his books are: Omnipotence, Covenant, and Order: An Excursion in the History of Ideas, From Abelard to Leibniz (1984); The Conciliarist Tradition: Constitutionalism in the Catholic Church, 1300-1870 (2003); and Kingship: The Politics of Enchantment (2006). His most recent book is The Mortgage of the Past: Reshaping the Ancient Political Inheritance, 1050-1300 (2012). He has also written widely on issues in higher education and the liberal arts, and served both as Chairman of the Board and President of the American Council of Learned Societies.