Laura Schmidt Roberts, Ph.D.

Education

  • Ph.D., Systematic and Philosophical Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, 2003
  • M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, 1994
  • B.A., English, University of California at Berkeley, 1988

Additional Information

Raised primarily in Fresno, Dr. Roberts returned in 1994 to begin teaching in Fresno Pacific’s Biblical and Religious Studies division. While administrative roles have often accompanied her work in the classroom, she currently enjoys teaching theological and biblical studies fulltime. Areas of academic and research interest include Anabaptist-Mennonite theology, ecotheology and environmental ethics, theological anthropology, and applications of Paul Ricoeur’s philosophical hermeneutics.

Publications & Presentations

  • “Practical Formation: Teaching Critical Thinking via Ricoeur’s Hermeneutical Model,” in The Just University: Paul Ricoeur and the Hope of Higher Education, eds. Jeff Keuss and Daniel Boscaljon, Lexington Books, forthcoming.
  • “Addressing Sexual Violence in Mennonite Communities: The Case of John Howard Yoder,” Journal of Buddhist-Christian Studies 36, 2021.
  • Essays in Eco-Discipleship, co-editor, Direction 49, No. 1, Spring 2020.
  • “‘Reconceiving Human Creatureliness,” Direction 49, No. 1, Spring 2020.
  • Recovering from the Anabaptist Vision: New Essays in Anabaptist Identity and Theological Method, Lead Editor, T&T Clark Studies in Anabaptist Theology and Ethics, February 2020.
  • “Refiguration, Configuration: Tradition, Text, and Narrative Identity,” in Recovering from the Anabaptist Vision: New Essays in Anabaptist Identity and Theological Method, ed. Laura Schmidt Roberts, et al., T&T Clark, February 2020.
  • “Cataloguing FPUs Theological Identity: Evangelical, Anabaptist, Ecumenical?” Pacific Journal 14, 2019, 131-157.
  • “A comfort that leaves no room for grief,” in A Road Too Short for the Long Journey, ed. Quentin Kinnison. Wipf & Stock, 2019.
  • “The Theological Place of Land: Watershed Discipleship as Re-placed Cultural Vision,” in Rooted and Grounded: Essays on Land and Christian Discipleship, eds. Ryan D. Harker and Janeen Bertsche Johnson. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2016.
  • “Toward a Theological Anthropology: A Study of Genesis 1-3,” Direction 45, no. 2, Fall 2016.