Eugene Rogers

Eugene Rogers


Ph.D. Modern and Medieval Christian Thought, Yale University 1992

Areas of Academic Interest

  • Modern Western Religious Thought
  • Medieval Western Christian Thought
  • Modern Eastern Religious Thought
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • History of Christian Thought
  • Reformation Thought
  • Contemporary Religious Thought
  • Approaches to the Study of Religion
  • “Postmodern” Philosophy
  • Metaethics

Brief Biography

Educated at Princeton, Tübingen, Rome, and Yale, Rogers taught from 1993 to 2005 at the University of Virginia, where for several years he chaired the Program in Theology, Ethics, and Culture. In 2002-03, Rogers was the Eli Lilly Visiting Associate Professor of Christian Thought and Practice in the Religion Department at Princeton University. He has held fellowships or grants from the Fulbright Commission, the Mellon Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Lilly Foundation, the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton Seminary (twice), the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, Tantur Ecumenical Research Institute in Jerusalem, and the Templeton Foundation (twice). He is at work on his eighth book and has published over 50 articles and translations. In 2010, Christian Century named his book Sexuality and the Christian Body “essential reading” among books published in the past 25 years. In 2013-14 he sat on the Board of Electors for the Regius Professorship of Divinity at Cambridge, founded in 1540 by Henry VIII. He is bringing out two books in 2021: Blood Theology: Seeing Red in Body- and God Talk (Cambridge University Press, January 2021) and Elements of Christian Thought (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, May 2021).

Selected Publications

  • Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth: Sacred Doctrine and the Natural Knowledge of God (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1995).
  • Sexuality and the Christian Body: Their Way Into the Triune God (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1999).
  • Theology and Sexuality: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2002). Editor, contributor, and translator.
  • After the Spirit: A Constructive Pneumatology from Resources Outside the Modern West (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005). British edition (London: SCM, 2006).
  • The Holy Spirit: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).
  • Aquinas and the Supreme Court: Race, Gender, and the Failure of Natural Law in Thomas’s Biblical Commentaries (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).
  • Blood Theology: Seeing Red in Body- and God-Talk (Cambridge, 2021).
  • Elements of Christian Thought: A Basic Course in the Christianese of Principal Theologians, Transcribed in the Time of Virus (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2021).

Current Research

His current project, Be Ye Imitators of God: Aristotle, Neuroimaging, and Aquinas’s Critique of Imitation, shows how Aquinas criticizes the language of imitation even as he follows Aristotle and anticipates neuroscience.

Recent Courses Taught

  • Elements of Christian Thought
  • 20th C. Western Christian Thought
  • Salvation in the Middle Ages
  • Religion and the Body
  • Creation
  • God, the Body, and Sexual Orientation
  • Eastern Orthodox Thought
  • Time and Method in 20th C. Western Christian Thought
  • Incarnation and Election in Christian and Jewish Thought
  • God, Sex, and the Body
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Thomas Aquinas
  • Karl Barth
  • Twentieth Century Western Christian Thought
  • Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • The Trinity