Richard J. Mouw

Richard Mouw

  • Richard J.  Mouw 
  • American theologian and philosopher

 

Richard J. Mouw returned to teaching in the position of professor of faith and public life after 20 years as president of Fuller Theological Seminary (1993–2013). A philosopher, scholar, and author, he served as Fuller’s provost and senior vice president for four years prior to his presidency, and as professor of Christian philosophy and ethics beginning in 1985. Before coming to Fuller he served for 17 years as professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also served as a visiting professor at the Free University in Amsterdam.

A graduate of Houghton College, Dr. Mouw studied at Western Theological Seminary and earned a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Alberta. His PhD in philosophy is from the University of Chicago.

Mouw has a broad record of publication. He has been an editor of the Reformed Journal and has served on many editorial boards, including currently Books and Culture. He is the author of more than 20 books, including The God Who CommandsThe Smell of SawdustHe Shines in All That’s FairCulture and Common GraceUncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil WorldThe Challenges of Cultural DiscipleshipTalking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals, and, most recently, Adventures in Evangelical Civility: A Lifelong Quest for Common Ground.

Mouw served for many years as a panelist in the online forum “On Faith” offered by the Washington Post. In 2007, Princeton Theological Seminary awarded him the Abraham Kuyper Prize for Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Life. Mouw has also participated on many councils and boards, serving a term as president of the Association of Theological Schools. He served for six years as cochair of the official Reformed-Catholic Dialogue, and is a leader in interfaith theological conversations, particularly with Mormons and Jewish groups.

Mouw’s wife, Phyllis, is an art historian who is involved in seminary and community programs. Their son, Dirk, daughter-in-law, Christine, and grandsons, Willem and Peter, live in Arkansas.

Presentations at Calvin College:

He Shines in All That's Fair: Culture and Common Grace
Part of the: Stob Lecture Series

Wednesday, November 1, 2000  (7:00 PM–9:00 PM EST)
Calvin Theological Seminary

Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World
Part of the: January Series

Monday, January 24, 1994  (12:30 PM–1:30 PM EST)
Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium

Underwritten by: Lawrence D., Sr. & Dolores Bos

Featured publication

He Shines in All That's Fair: Culture and Common Grace

He Shines in All That's Fair: Culture and Common Grace
by Richard J.  Mouw 
Eerdmans (August 23, 2002)

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