Wesley J. Wildman is an associate professor of theology and ethics
at the Boston University School of Theology, where he chairs the
philosophy, theology, and ethics department and the core faculty
group in science, philosophy, and religion, which hosts an
interdisciplinary doctoral program. His writing has focused on
comparative and constructive theology, and his reflections on a
variety of philosophical and ethical topics draw from disciplines in
the natural and social sciences. After taking a first-class honors
degree in mathematics at Flinders University in Australia, he earned
a bachelor of divinity degree at the University of Sydney, where
he was a fellow and resident mathematics tutor of Wesley College.
Dr. Wildman was ordained a minister in the Uniting Church of
Australia in 1986 and served for two years as a minister of the
Parramatta Uniting Church in Sydney. He continued his studies at
the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, while serving as
associate pastor of Piedmont Community Church in Piedmont,
California, and received his Ph.D. in theology in 1993. He taught
at Stanford University as an acting assistant professor of religious
studies before joining the Boston University theological faculty.
He was named to his present position in 1999. Dr. Wildman is the
recipient of two John Templeton Foundation Course Program grants
and a teaching grant from the Association of Th eological Schools.
In addition to nearly fifty articles published in scholarly
journals and chapters in volumes of collected works, he is the
co-editor (with W. Mark Richardson) of Religion and Science:
History, Method, Dialogue (1996), which was recently translated
into Russian, and (with Niels Gregersen and Nancy Howell
under chief editor Wentzel van Huyssteen) of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Science and Religion (2003). His book, Fidelity with Plausibility: Modest Christologies in the Twentieth Century, which was
published by SUNY Press in 1998, argues that the contemporary
sciences set plausibility conditions for theological interpretations
of Jesus Christ that should be taken with great seriousness.