- Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion
A.B., Miami University
M.A., Biola University
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Kirk MacGregor is a historian of religion, theologian, and philosopher of religion. An award-winning teacher, he was named the 2017-2018 Professor of the Year and received the 2017-2018 Non-Tenured Faculty Teaching Award at McPherson College. In addition, he was named the 2016 Outstanding Faculty of the Year at the College of Lake County. Before coming to McPherson, he also taught at James Madison University, Radford University, the University of Northern Iowa, Western Illinois University, and Quincy University.
Dr. MacGregor is the author of seven books – Paul Tillich and Religious Socialism: Towards a Kingdom of Peace and Justice (2021), A Historical and Theological Investigation of John’s Gospel (2020), Contemporary Theology: An Introduction—Classical, Evangelical, Philosophical, and Global Perspectives (2019), Luis de Molina: The Life and Theology of the Founder of Middle Knowledge (2015), A Comparative Study of Adjustments to Social Catastrophes in Christianity and Buddhism: The Black Death in Europe and the Kamakura Takeover in Japan as Causes of Religious Reform (2011), A Molinist-Anabaptist Systematic Theology (2007), and A Central European Synthesis of Radical and Magisterial Reform: The Sacramental Theology of Balthasar Hubmaier (2006). He is the co-editor of two books – Calvinism and Middle Knowledge: A Conversation (2019) and Perspectives on Eternal Security: Biblical, Historical, and Philosophical (2009). He is a contributor to several academic reference works, including Milestone Documents of World Religions, World History Encyclopedia, and The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity. He has written over thirty peer-reviewed journal articles, appearing in such forums as the Harvard Theological Review, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Church History and Religious Culture, Religious Studies and Theology, Philosophia Christi, the Westminster Theological Journal, Bibliotheca Sacra, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, and the Heythrop Journal.
“A hallmark of my teaching is communicating effectively the philosophical and religious concepts relevant to today’s world in ways that students find fun and easy to understand. Accordingly, I use a wide variety of learning techniques, creatively mixing lectures, discussions, games, group work, videos, and music to reinforce course material. Blending learning techniques ensures that whatever each student’s particular learning style is, that style is tapped, such that a diverse community of students learn the same material in different ways.”