John Henry Morgan

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John Henry Morgan
Born February 9, 1945
Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Occupation Professor and theologian
Known for Former President of Graduate Theological Foundation

John Henry Morgan is the Karl Mannheim Professor of the History and Philosophy of Social Sciences[1] at the Graduate Theological Foundation, where he also served as President until 2013. A prolific author, his academic work has explored the intersection of theology, philosophy, psychology[2] and culture.

Early life and education[edit]

Morgan was born in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Feb. 9, 1945 to B.A. Morgan, Sr. and Kate Evelyn Morgan. He grew up in Texas but received his undergraduate education in New England.

Morgan earned his bachelor's degree from Berkshire College in 1968, and his master's from Hartford Seminary in 1970. He was also awarded a Ph.D. from Hartford Seminary in 1972, a Doctor of Science degree from the London College of Applied Science in 1986 and a Doctor of Psychology degree from Foundation House, Oxford in 2000.

Academic career[edit]

Morgan was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Yale University from 1972 to 1974, and a Postdoctoral Resident Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1977-1978. He was a National Science Foundation Science Faculty Fellow at the University of Notre Dame from 1979-1980.

He also was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar the University of Chicago from 1985-1986, and held posts as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University in 1998 and 2011.

Morgan is a Senior Fellow of Foundation House/Oxford[3] and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Centre for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Oxford University.[4] He currently serves as a Senior Fellow at All Saints Cathedral College in Alberta, Canada.[5]

From 1998 to 2011, he taught at the Oxford Theology Summer School, part of the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, where he was appointed to the program’s Board of Studies in 1995.

Founding of Graduate Theological Foundation[edit]

The Graduate Theological Foundation was founded in 1962 in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. The Conference on Religious Development was commissioned to foster growing ecumenical relationships between Catholic and Protestant communions. The Foundation emerged from a variety of residential programs held by the Conference in Madison, Connecticut.

Initially formed as a traditional continuing education center for practicing clergy, the Foundation gradually evolved into a self-directed education model where most of the students and faculty reside around the globe. Faculty come from a broad spectrum of faith backgrounds, and many also serve on the faculty of established colleges and universities, including the University of Oxford, with which the Foundation has a continuing education affiliation through the Oxford Theology Summer School.[6]

Morgan served as president of the Foundation from 1982 to 2013.

Published works[edit]

Morgan is the author of more than 30 books and numerous scholarly articles. His religious affiliation is Quaker, and he has written extensively about the Quaker experience in America.[7] His writing has appeared in a wide range of periodicals, including Contemporary Islamic Studies,[8] the Journal of Religion & Society[9] and Psychological Thought.[10]

Partial Bibliography[edit]


External links[edit]

  • Graduate Theological Foundation faculty profile, [1]
  • "Imams need to be trained right here in America," Chicago Crescent [2]