John W. Cooper


 John W. Cooper

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Professor of Philosophical Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary

A.B., Calvin College, 1969
M.A., University of Toronto, 1974
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1978
M.T.S., Calvin Theological Seminary, 1983

John Cooper’s career began in the United States Army as a Chaplain’s Assistant. From there he continued his studies at the University of Toronto and then at Calvin Theological Seminary. He taught Philosophy at Calvin College from 1978 to 1985, when he joined the seminary faculty. As an ordained Christian Reformed Minister John appreciates the need for Calvin Theological Seminary to train students in traditional Scripturally-based theology, practical application and hands-on training. His goal is for students to be academically and Scripturally prepared to meet the challenges of Christianity through his teaching of philosophical theology and apologetics.

“I appreciate our tradition’s combination of academic excellence with faithfulness to Scripture. My job is to help students understand the most important theologies, religions, philosophies, and worldviews that challenge biblical Christianity. This enables students to defend the faith and press the claims of the gospel more effectively.”

John and his wife, Sylvia, have two grown children, John and Catherine. He enjoys current events, church activities, classical music, choral singing, sports and gardening.

John Cooper has written Body, Soul, and Life Everlasting: Biblical Anthropology and the Monism -Dualism Debate; A Cause for Division?: Women in Office and the Unity of the Church; Our Father in Heaven: Christian Faith and Inclusive Language for God; Panentheism—The Other God of the Philosophers: From Plato to the Present;, and dozens of articles.

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