Byard Bennett, Ph.D.

Professor of Historical and Philosophical Theology

Faculty Positions:

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary - Bible, Religion & Ministry

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Bennett teaches Historical Theology classes and Moral Issues in Christian Life and Ministry. In 2008, he was tenured after five years of service. Bennett won the Student Senate Excellence in Teaching Award in 2005, 2006 and 2017.

Currently, Bennett serves on Grand Rapids Theological Seminary's Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Appeals (academic and non-academic), Self-Study Review of Degree Programs, and Assessment and Planning committees.


  • 2009 |"The Conversation of John the Orthodox with a Manichaean," in New Light on Manichaeism: Papers from the Sixth International Congress on Manichaeism, Organized by the International Association of Manichaean Studies. (an eBook) (ed. BeDuhn, Jason.) Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies; 64. Leiden ; Boston: Brill.


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto—St. Michael's College
  • M.Div., Duke Divinity School
  • B.A., Duke University


—Early Christian responses to the problem of evil
—Perspectives on suffering and emotions in Christian spirituality
—Historical interactions between philosophy and Christian doctrine
—Christian responses to other Middle Eastern missionary religions
—Psychology of temptation
—Role played by emotions in the Christian life