Conrad Hyers

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Conrad Hyers
Merritt Conrad Hyers

(1933-07-31)July 31, 1933
DiedMarch 23, 2013(2013-03-23) (aged 79)
East Fallowfield Township, Pennsylvania, US
Spouse(s)Geraldine Hyers[1]
Ecclesiastical career
ReligionChristianity (Presbyterian)
ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)
Academic background
Alma materPrinceton Theological Seminary
Academic work
DisciplineReligious studies

Merritt Conrad Hyers (1933–2013) was an American writer, lecturer, and ordained Presbyterian minister.[2] Born July 31, 1933, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,[1] he received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in theology and philosophy of religion from Princeton Theological Seminary.[2] Before retiring he was a Professor of Religion at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, from 1977 to 1997.[2] He died on March 23, 2013, in East Fallowfield Township, Pennsylvania.[1]


  • Holy Laughter: Essays on Religion in the Comic Perspective (1969)
  • Once-Born, Twice-Born Zen: The Soto and Rinzai Schools of Japanese Zen (1971)
  • Zen and the Comic Spirit (1975)
  • The Comic Vision and the Christian Faith: A Celebration of Life and Laughter (1981)
  • The Meaning of Creation: Genesis and Modern Science (1984)
  • And God Created Laughter: The Bible as Divine Comedy (1987)
  • The Laughing Buddha: Zen and the Comic Spirit (1989)
  • The Spirituality of Comedy: Comic Heroism in a Tragic World (1996)


  1. ^ a b c Zimmerman, Debbie (March 25, 2013). "Merritt Conrad Hyers of East Fallowfield Township, Pennsylvania". St. Peter Herald. St. Peter, Minnesota: Southernminn. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Comparing Biblical and Scientific Maps of Origins (See bio at the foot of the page.)".