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The Rev. Dr. Marilyn McCord Adams

The Rev. Dr. Marilyn McCord Adams

The Rev. Dr. Marilyn McCord Adams

Dr. Marilyn McCord Adams is Distinguished Research Professor in the philosophy department at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. For many years, Marilyn McCord Adams taught philosophy of religion and medieval philosophy at UCLA. She was ordained an Episcopal priest in the diocese of Los Angeles and, in 1993, turned her teaching toward medieval and philosophical theology.

She spent ten years at Yale Divinity School, where she was Horace Tracy Pitkin professor of historical theology, and then five years at Oxford as Regius Professor of Divinity and canon of Christ Church Cathedral. Her medieval books include William Ockham (2 volumes), What Sort of Human Nature? The Metaphysics and Systematics of Christology, and Some Later Medieval Theories of the Eucharist: Aquinas, Giles of Rome, Scotus, and Ockham. Her systematic books are Horrendous Evils and the Goodness of God and Christ and Horrors: The Coherence of Christology. She has also published a book of sermons, Wrestling for Blessing, and a book of prayers, Opening to God: Childlike Prayers for Adults.

She earned an A.B. in philosophy at the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Cornell University. She also holds degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Oxford.

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