Faculty Profile

Gilbert C. Meilaender, Senior Research Professor

College of Arts and Sciences - Room 322
(219) 464-6958


Professional Activity

Before coming to Valparaiso in 1996 I taught at the University of Virginia (1976-78) and at Oberlin College (1978-96).  I have served on the Editorial Board and as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Religious Ethics.  I have also served as an Associate Editor for Religious Studies Review, on the Editorial Board of the Annual of the Society of Christian Ethics, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of First Things.  My published work falls generally into the area of religious ethics.  Most recently I have edited (together with William Werpehowski) The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics (2005).  I have a special interest in bioethics, am a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and have been a member of the President's Council on Bioethics since its inception in January, 2002.


B.A. - Concordia Senior College 1968
M.Div. - Concordia Seminary (St. Louis), Washington University 1972
Ph.D. - Princeton University 1976

Courses Taught

  • The Christian Tradition (THEO 200)
  • Christian Theology and the Moral Life (THEO 332)
  • Topics in Religious Ethics (THEO 349)
  • Bioethics (THEO 341)

Research Interests

Christian Ethics


  • NEITHER BEAST NOR GOD: The Dignity of the Human Person
    -  Encounter Books, New York, Hardcover: 118 pages 2009
  • The Way That Leads There: Augustinian Reflections on the Christian Life
    -  Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Paperback: 172 pages July 5, 2006
  • The Freedom of a Christian: Grace, Vocation, And the Meaning of Our Humanity
    -  Brazos Press, Paperback: 192 pages September 2006