Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics
Dr. Wildman’s research and teaching interests are in philosophical theology, philosophy of religion, philosophical ethics, and comparative theology. He also works in religion and science, and is convener of the Graduate School’s doctoral program in Religion and Science. His publications pursue a multidisciplinary, comparative approach to important topics within religious and theological studies, and he has lectured on these themes in many parts of the world. His programmatic statement of the theory of rationality underlying this type of integrative intellectual work is Religious Philosophy as Multidisciplinary Comparative Inquiry: Envisioning a Future for the Philosophy of Religion(State University of New York Press, 2010). His scholarly books cover a wide variety of topics, some theoretical and some practical, all pursuing a multidisciplinary, comparative approach. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Society for Science and Religion.
Dr. Wildman is Co-Founder of the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion. The Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion was founded by Patrick McNamara and Wesley Wildman to conduct scientific research into the biological and cultural functions of religion. He is founding co-editor of the institute’s Taylor & Francis journal Religion, Brain & Behavior, one of the Institute’s publications. With Dr. McNamara, Dr. Wildman edited Science and the World’s Religions, 3 volumes (Praeger, 2012).
Dr. Wildman is the Founding Director of LiberalEvangelical.Org. LiberalEvangelical.org aims to empower Christians who see themselves as radical moderates and to offer resources to Christian congregations who intend to be both Christ-centered and creatively inclusive. These Christians and congregations have both liberal and evangelical instincts, they find polarized political and religious debates alienating, and they are inspired by Jesus’ own example of radical inclusiveness and by his preaching of a love that can transcend ideological and theological divisions. His pair of books with BUSTH alum Rev. Dr. S. Chapin Garner lay out the case: Lost in the Middle? Claiming and Inclusive Faith for Christians Who Are Both Liberal and Evangelical (Alban Institute, 2009); and Found in the Middle! Theology and Ethics for Christians Who Are Both Liberal and Evangelical (Alban Institute, 2009).
Dr. Wildman’s publications are listed on his website, along with descriptions of his books and links to many of his articles and book chapters. On this site, Dr. Wildman also maintains numerous invaluable resource web sites for the study of philosophy, theology, ethics, religion, religion and science, ecological ethics, and the scientific study of religion. Those sites contain a wealth of information, from reviews and bibliographies to web links and pictures.