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Wayne Grudem

Nationality  American
Name  Wayne Grudem
Occupation  Professor, Theologian
Role  Professor
Years active  1981–present
Spouse(s)  Margaret (White)

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Born  1948 (age 67–68)Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Notable work  Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism, ESV Study Bible
Children  Elliot, Oliver, and Alexander
Residence  Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Education  Harvard University, Westminster Theological Seminary, University of Cambridge
Edited works  Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood
Books  Systematic Theology, Bible Doctrine, Christian Beliefs: Twenty B, Recovering Biblical Manhood, Politics ‑ According to the Bibl
Similar People  John Piper, John Frame, Charles Hodge, John Gresham Machen

Main interests  Systematic Theology

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Wayne A. Grudem is a prominent evangelical theologian, seminary professor, and author. He co-founded the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and served as the general editor of the ESV Study Bible.

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Academic life

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Grudem holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, an M.Div and D.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D in New Testament studies from the University of Cambridge. In 2001, Grudem became Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary. Prior to that, he had taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he was chairman of the department of Biblical and Systematic Theology.

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Grudem served on the committee overseeing the English Standard Version translation of the Bible, and from 2005 to 2008 he served as General Editor for the 2.1 million-word ESV Study Bible (which was named "2009 Christian Book of the Year" by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association). In 1999 he was the president of the Evangelical Theological Society. Grudem announced having been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease on December 22, 2015.

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On July 28, 2016, Grudem published an opinion piece on Townhall called "Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice". On October 9, the piece was retracted and replaced with one entitled "Trump's Moral Character and the Election". On October 19, the original piece was reinstated and another piece was published, entitled "If You Don’t Like Either Candidate, Then Vote for Trump's Policies"


He is the author of multiple books, including Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, which advocates a Calvinistic soteriology, the verbal plenary inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible, believer’s baptism, a plural-elder form of church government, and the complementarian view of gender relationships. Systematic Theology is a highly influential theology textbook that has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Grudem holds to noncessationist Charismatic beliefs and was at one time a qualified supporter of the Vineyard Movement and one of the main apologists and spokesmen for reuniting Charismatic, Reformed, and Evangelical churches.

Theology of gender

He is a co-founder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

Grudem also edited (with John Piper) Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (which was named “Book of the Year” by Christianity Today in 1992).

All of Grudem's research on gender-related issues is now contained in his major reference work Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth: an Analysis of over 100 Disputed Questions (Crossway, 2012, republication of 2004 Multnomah edition). (PDF)


In recent years, Grudem's publications have focused on the application of the ethical teachings of the Bible to broader areas of the culture including government and economics. His two most recent books are Politics According to the Bible (Zondervan, 2010), and The Poverty of Nations: a Sustainable Solution (Crossway, 2013; co-authored with Barry Asmus).

Grudem is the author of numerous books and a DVD discipleship course, including:

  • Biblical Foundations for Manhood and Womanhood (editor)
  • Bible Doctrine (edited by Jeff Purswell)
  • Business for the Glory of God: The Bible’s Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business
  • Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know
  • Christian Beliefs DVD Discipleship Course
  • Countering the Claims of Evangelical Feminism: Over 40 Biblical Responses
  • Evangelical Feminism: A New Path to Liberalism?
  • Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth: An Analysis of Over 100 Disputed Questions
  • Fifty Crucial Questions: An Overview of Central Concerns About Manhood and Womanhood (co-authored with John Piper)
  • Pastoral Leadership for Manhood and Womanhood (co-editor with Dennis Rainey)
  • Politics According to the Bible (2010)
  • Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism (co-edited with John Piper)
  • Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
  • The First Epistle of Peter
  • The Gender-Neutral Bible Controversy: Muting the Masculinity of God's Words (co-authored with Vern Poythress)
  • The Gift of Prophecy in 1 Corinthians
  • The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament and Today
  • The Poverty of Nations: a Sustainable Solution (2013; co-authored with economics professor Barry Asmus)
  • The TNIV and the Gender-Neutral Bible Controversy (co-authored with Vern Poythress)
  • Why Is My Choice of a Bible Translation So Important?
  • References

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