Gilbert Meilaender


Gilbert Meilaender Senior Research Professor of Theology 219.462.6984


Gilbert Meilaender is Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University and the Paul Ramsey Fellow at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture.  He taught at the University of Virginia (1975-78), at Oberlin College (1978-96), and at Valparaiso University (1996-2014), where he held the Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics.  


Ph.D., Princeton University (1976)

M.Div., Concordia Seminary (1972)


Professor Meilaender is the author of many books and articles in the field of Christian ethics.  Among his books are:

  • Friendship: A Study in Theological Ethics 
  • Bioethics: A Primer for Christians  
  • The Way that Leads There: Augustinian Reflections on the Christian Life 
  • Should We Live Forever?: The Ethical Ambiguities of Aging
  • Not by Nature but by Grace: Forming Families through Adoption

Edited volume of readings:

  • Working: Its Meaning and Its Limits 

Additionally, he is co-editor (with William Werpehowski) of the Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Christian Ethics, as an Associate Editor of Religious Studies Review, as a Consultant Editor of Studies in Christian Ethics, and as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Religious Ethics.

Professor Meilaender’s work in the area of bioethics is well known.  He is a Fellow of the Hastings Center and was a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2002 to 2009.