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John David Pleins
Philosophy & Religion
Ph.D., University of Michigan
  352 540 McCallie Avenue

DR. J. DAVID PLEINS holds a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan. He has taught at U of M, at the University of Detroit, and for the past three decades at Santa Clara University in California. He is the author of six books, including The Evolving God: Charles Darwin and the Naturalness of Religion (Bloomsbury, 2013) and In Praise of Darwin: George Romanes and the Evolution of a Darwinian Believer (Bloomsbury, 2014). The latter work brought to light Romanes’s extensive “Darwin Memorial Poem,” lost for over a century. Pleins has done archaeological work in near Petra, Jordan and toured student groups in the UK. When not at Santa Clara, Pleins teaches as an adjunct in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and serves as a faculty fellow for the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning, building programs related to faculty development and mentoring. When not debating philosophical or religious questions with his students, Pleins enjoys playing flamenco and classical guitar, doing the odd bit of gardening and hummingbird watching, and checking out Chattanooga’s restaurants.




The Social Visions of the Hebrew Bible: A Theological Introduction (Nashville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001).

When the Great Abyss Opened: Classic and Contemporary Readings of Noah’s Flood (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003).

The Evolving God: Charles Darwin on the Naturalness of Religion (Bloomsbury, 2013).

In Praise of Darwin: George Romanes and the Evolution of a Darwinian Believer (Bloomsbury, 2014).

Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories: A Student’s Guide to Nouns in the Old Testament (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017).


Edited works:

The Anchor Bible Dictionary, 6 volumes (New York:  Doubleday, 1992).  Editor-in-chief, David Noel Freedman.  Associate editors:  David F. Graf, Gary A. Herion, J. D. Pleins.