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Johannes S. (Hans) Reinders, a professor of ethics and the Bernard Lievegoed Professor of Ethics and Mental Disability at the Free University of Amsterdam, has written extensively on the theological and philosophical foundations of caring for cognitively impaired persons. Through participation in international colloquia and lectures on three continents, he has contributed to the academic and public discussion of ethical issues related to disability in light, especially, of advances in genetic understanding and technologies for intervention in human development. After initially preparing for a career in education and teaching at the primary level, Dr. Reinders took up the study of theology at the Free University of Amsterdam. He held a research fellowship at the Dutch Organization of Advanced Scientific Research for four years and earned his Ph.D. in theology cum laude in 1988. Appointed a lecturer in ethics at the Free University of Amsterdam, he was promoted to full professor in 1995 and named to the Willem van den Bergh Chair in Ethics and Mental Disability. Dr. Reinders assumed the Lievegoed chair last year. He has been a visiting scholar in philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and a resident scholar at the Center for Theological Inquiry in Princeton. A former member of the board of directors of the Dutch Society of Ethics, the institutional review board of the Royal Institute for Cancer Research, the Heath Council of the Netherlands, and the board of advisors of Heliomare (Dutch Center for Medicine and Rehabilitation), he presently serves on the scientific council of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities. He is the author of some sixty-five articles published in academic journals. His book, The Future of the Disabled in Liberal Society: An Ethical Analysis, was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2000 to wide acclaim as a powerful critique of contemporary bioethics. Dr. Reinders’s latest study, Receiving the Gift of Friendship, which is forthcoming from Wm. B. Eerdmans, focuses on the humanity of persons with profound intellectual disabilities, discusses the work of Henri Nouwen and Jean Vanier among others, and claims that only when Christians know how to accept God’s friendship can they learn how to be the friends of people with severe cognitive impairment because what is not received cannot, in turn, be given. He is currently working on a new book, Providence and the Mentally Disabled (with Stanley M. Hauerwas).