Joel Shuman


Joel James Shuman is a native West Virginian who is Professor of Theology at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The eldest of six children of the late Ronald K. "Tony" Shuman and Shirley James Shuman, he was raised on his mother's family farm in Braxton County, WV. He attended Bethany College, where he received a degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. After practicing physical therapy for several years in Wisconsin, West Virginia and Virginia, he returned to school to develop his interests in Christian theology and moral and political philosophy. He earned the Master of Theological Studies from Duke University Divinity School, and a PhD in Religion, specializing in Theological Ethics, from the Graduate School of Duke University. Dr. Shuman works primarily at the intersection of theology--especially moral theology--with medicine and other applied biological sciences. An occasional public speaker and the author of numerous popular and scholarly articles, he has written four books: The Body of Compassion: Ethics, Medicine and the Church (1999), Heal Thyself: Spirituality, Medicine and the Distortion of Christianity (2003), Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine with Dr. Brian Volck (2006), and To Live is to Worship: Bioethics and the Body of Christ (2007). He co-edited (with L. Roger Owens) and contributed to the volume of essays, Wendell Berry and Religion: Heaven's Earthly Home (2009). A United Methodist, Joel has been married since 1981 to Christine Faber Shuman. They are the parents of three adult children. Joel enjoys carpentry, fly-fishing, gardening, and listening to good music in his spare time. He and Chris live in Kingston, PA.

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