Dr. Eugene Rogers will receive the Senior Research Excellence Award for his scholarship on Christian theology. Since joining UNCG in 2005, the religious studies professor has become one of UNCG’s most productive humanities scholars. He is also a national and international leader in the field of Christian thought. In recommending Rogers for the award, colleagues named him “one of the very best scholars of Christian theology” and “among the five best theologians working in the world today.”
Rogers is one of two Research Excellence Award winners. Dr. Nicholas Oberlies, in last week’s Campus Weekly, is the 2014-2015 Junior Research Excellence Award winner.
Rogers is acclaimed for the grace and intelligence of his writing, which captures audiences well beyond academia and the church. His books include Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth: Sacred Doctrine and the Natural Knowledge of God; Sexuality and the Christian Body: Their Way Into the Triune God; and the upcoming Analogy of Blood. Colleagues call the first book “a classic” and the second “the most important Christian defense of same-sex marriage” and “one of the best books on same-sex marriage and Christian marriage in general.”
Rogers was educated at Princeton, Tübingen, Rome, and Yale. He was a Eli Lilly Visiting Associate Professor of Christian Thought and Practice in the Religion Department at Princeton University and has held fellowships or residencies from the Fulbright Commission, the Mellon Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the Lilly Foundation, the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton Seminary, the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, Tantur Ecumenical Research Institute in Jerusalem, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Templeton Foundation.
The campus-wide Research Excellence recognition program was established in 1988 on the principle that creating and diffusing knowledge is a formal obligation of the university. Awardees are selected based on the importance of their contributions to the field, the originality of their work, the execution of their research, the pattern of their research productivity, and the academic reputation of the journals, publishing houses, exhibitions and professional presentations in which their work has appeared.
By Sangeetha Shivaji
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