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Jeffrey McPherson, Ph.D.

Professor of Christian Theology; Director of the Honors Program


Jeffrey McPherson received his Ph.D. from McMaster University (Ontario, Canada) in 2006. He joined the faculty at Roberts Wesleyan University in 2011 and has served as Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy since 2015. His doctoral dissertation was a theological and philosophical study of the worldviews of Jonathan Edwards (famous American Puritan theologian) and Alfred North Whitehead (well-known mathematician and philosopher—Founder of Process Philosophy).

Current Research interests include:

Theological implications of Dementia
Justified War and Pacifism
Platonism and Christianity

Recent Presentations:

  • July 2018 “Violence and the Cross: the Affinity between Theories of Atonement and Christian Attitudes Towards War and Peace” Sacred Texts and Human Contexts Conference, Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue at Nazareth College, Rochester NY.
  • October 2017 “Evangelical Panentheism: Contradiction or Possibility?” Special Meeting of the Canadian American Theological Association, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester NY
  • March 2017 “Social Holiness: The Problem of Dementia for the Doctrine of Christian Perfection” Annual Meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore KY
  • September 2016 “Religious Reform in Western New York: B.T. Roberts and Walter Rauschenbusch on Revival and Social Change” Earnest Christian Conference, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester NY