Peter C. Phan

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The Reverend
Peter C. Phan
Born 1943 (age 74–75)
Nationality American
Alma mater
Occupation Theologian
Theological work

Peter C. Phan (Phêrô Phan Đình Cho, born 1943) is a Vietnamese-born American Catholic theologian and the inaugural holder of the Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University. He has previously taught at the Catholic University of America and Union Theological Seminary.[1] Dr. Phan is the first non-Anglo to be elected President of the Catholic Theological Society of America. In 2010 he was given the John Courtney Murray Award, the highest honor of the Catholic Theological Society of America, in recognition for outstanding and distinguished achievement in theology.[2]


Phan has earned three doctorates: Doctor of Theology from Salesian University in Rome (1978), Doctor of Philosophy from the University of London (1986), and Doctor of Divinity from the University of London (2000). Phan has also been awarded three honorary Doctorates: Doctor of Theology honoris causa, Catholic Theological Union (2001), Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa, Elms College (2007), and Doctor of Divinity, Virginia Theological Seminary (2017).

His many writings have been translated into Italian, German, French, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese. His writings have received many awards from professional societies.

On March 30-31, 2017, Georgetown University hosted an international symposium to discuss Dr. Phan's influence and legacy entitled "Theology without Borders: Celebrating the Legacy of Peter C. Phan." This meeting addressed Phan's scholarly work on aspects of theology, including patristics, ecclesiology, eschatology, mission, inculturation, interreligious dialogue, religious pluralism, and World Christianity.[3]


Books Authored

Books Edited

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Peter Phan". Retrieved 2017-11-19. 
  2. ^ Phan, Peter C. (2014). Living into Death, Dying into Life: Death and the Afterlife. Hobe Sound, FL: Lectio Publishing. ISBN 978-0989839778. 
  3. ^ "Theology Without Borders". Retrieved 2017-11-19. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Tan, Jonathan Y.; Tran, Anh Q., eds. (2016). World Christianity: Perspectives and Insights: Essays in Honor of Peter C. Phan. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. ISBN 978-1626981690.