John P. Burgess


Rev. Dr John P. Burgess

E-mailJBurgess@pts.edu
Address616 North Highland Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone412-362-5610
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James Henry Snowden Professor of Systematic Theology, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

The Rev. Dr. John P. Burgess is the James Henry Snowden professor of systematic theology. Burgess has taught at Pittsburgh Seminary since 1998 and was previously a member of the Office of Theology and Worship in the denominational offices of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He is an ordained Presbyterian minister and a member of Pittsburgh Presbytery. After receiving his M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary and his doctorate in Christian theology from the University of Chicago, he taught at Doane College in Crete, Neb., and served several congregations part-time.

From 1984-85, Burgess was a guest student at the Protestant seminary in East Berlin and has written extensively on religion and democratization, including a book on The East German Church and the End of Communism (Oxford 1997). In 2004-05, he lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he looked closely at the situation of the Orthodox Church since the fall of communism.

Burgess draws extensively from the Reformed tradition in his work, and is deeply committed to theological reflection in service of the church. His publications include an edited collection, In Whose Image? Faith, Science and the New Genetics (WJK 1998), and books on Why Scripture Matters: Reading the Bible in a Time of Church Crisis (WJK 1998) and After Baptism: Shaping the Christian Life (WJK 2005). He regularly speaks on a wide range of theological and ethical topics, including Christian views of wealth and poverty, Christian relations with members of other religions, sacraments and the life of the church, and what Protestants can learn from the Orthodox tradition.

Burgess is married, has three daughters, and lives in the city of Pittsburgh.

*James Henry Snowden, D.D., L.L.D., was professor of systematic theology at Western Theological Seminary (a predicator of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary) from 1911-1929. He was a 1875 graduate of Washington and Jefferson College and a 1878 alum of Western Seminary. Snowden authored 23 books and 16 volumes of Snowden’s Sunday School Lessons (1911-36). His best known books include The World and Spiritual System (1910) and Old Faith and Knowledge (1928).

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