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Religion Faculty

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Ronald C. Highfield

Professor of Religion

Division: Religion and Philosophy Division
Office: Appleby Center (APC) 276
Phone: (310) 506-4511
Fax: (310) 506-6907
E-mail: ronald.highfield@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., Rice University, 1988
  • M.A., Rice University, 1988
  • M.Th., Harding Graduate School of Religion, 1979
  • B.A., Harding University, 1975


  • Christianity and Culture
  • The Christian Faith
  • Systematic Theology I: God and Providence
  • Systematic Theology II: Christ, the Church, the Spirit, and Eschatology

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Christian Theological Research Fellowship

Academic Interests:

  • Divine Self-Limitation in Contemporary Theology

Selected Works:

  • Great is the Lord: Theology for the Praise of God. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Barth and Rahner: Toward an Ecumenical Understanding of Sin and Evil. New York: Peter Lang, 1989.
  • "God's Commands and Christian Ethics: A Theology of the Christian Life," in Christian Ethics: The Issues of Life and Death, eds. Larry Chouinard, David Fiensy, and George Pickens, Joplin, MO: College Press, 2004, 7-28.
  • "The Problem with the "Problem of Evil" A Response to Gregory Boyd's Open Theist Solution," Restoration Quarterly (Summer, 2003).
  • "Does The World Limit God? Assessing the Case for Open Theism," The Stone-Campbell Journal (Winter, 2002)
  • "Divine Self-limitation in the Theology of Jurgen Moltmann: A Critical Appraisal," Christian Scholars Review (Fall 2002) 49-71.
  • "The Function of Divine Self-Limitation in Open Theism: Great Wall or Picket Fence?" Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (June 2002) 279-99.
  • "Man and Woman in Christ: Theological Ethics After the Egalitarian Revolution," Restoration Quarterly, (Fall 2001) 129-146.

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