Nelson Rivera

Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera
Address7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Associate Professor, Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry; Director, Latino Concentration, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

B.A., Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1981
M.Div., LTSP, 1987
M.A., Temple University, 1997
Ph.D., Temple University, 2006

Dr. Nelson Rivera regularly teaches courses on God, Creation, Christology, Theological Anthropology, and Liberation Theology. His research and teaching also include courses that explore the relationships between theology and the natural sciences, and the traditions of Western philosophy and culture. Among Dr. Rivera’s strong interests is the exploration of the social and theological dimensions of important scientific ideas. Recently, his research has focused on the meanings and implications of evolutionary theory, and on the possibilities for a theology of evolution. As part of his responsibilities with the Latino Concentration, Dr. Rivera teaches courses in Latino Theology and Ministry. As a Lutheran, he has been involved, with other members of the Latino community, in a critical reassessment of Luther’s theology as a source for their own ecclesial reflection. As a theologian and a Latino scholar, as someone committed to the perspectives brought by liberation theology, Dr. Rivera normally moves within an interdisciplinary intellectual landscape.

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