Michael J. Sleasman, PhD, is the Managing Director and Research Scholar for The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity (CBHD). He is an affiliate professor of bioethics for Trinity Graduate School and has served as an adjunct instructor and online course tutor at the college and graduate level in the areas of philosophy, theology, ethics, and cultural engagement.
Michael completed his doctorate in theological studies with a concentration in systematic theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His doctoral research explored the theological and ethical dimensions of eschatological hope in light of virtue theory. His areas of research specialization include the theological engagement of bioethical issues with particular emphasis on biotechnology, other emerging technologies, and human futures, as well as the intersection of technology, ethics, and culture in general.
He has co-edited and contributed several essays to the volume Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends, edited by Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Charles A. Anderson, Michael J. Sleasman, which also has been distributed in Korean, Chinese traditional script, and English-language for Indonesia editions. He co-authored "Exploitation in the Global Medical Enterprise: Bioethics and Soical Injustice" in Social Injustice: What Evangelicals Need to Know about the World, edited by William Moulder and Michael Cooper (Timothy Center Press, 2011). He recently contributed the entry on "Bioethics" to the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Baker Academic, Forthcoming), as well as two previous entries ("Post-Conservative Theology" and "New Technology and Christianity") for the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (Blackwell, 2009/2012). He also has written a number of book reviews for various journals. Michael serves on the Board of Reference for the Christian Institute on Disability for Joni & Friends, International.
He has been interviewed on a range of bioethical issues by such media sources as ABC News Radio, Atlanta Magazine, CNS News, Family News in Focus, Medill News, Northwestern College Media, and SRN News, and has delivered workshops and lectures for CBHD, Lincoln Christian University, Joni & Friends, International, the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, and the American Scientific Affiliation. He and his wife Cindy reside in the northern suburbs of Chicago with their three children.
Michael can be reached at: email@example.com.
Essays & Other Publications by Michael Sleasman:
- "Bioethics" in Evangelical Dictionary of Theology 3rd ed. (ed. Walter Elwell and Daniel Treier, Baker Academic, Forthcoming).
- "Bioethics in Transition" Dignitas 21, no. 2 (Summer 2014): 1, 4-5, 9
- "Who Will Be the Last Human? Or, Are We Even Still Human?" Dignitas 19, no. 2 (Summer 2012): 1, 3.
- Co-author, Paige Comstock Cunningham and Michael Sleasman "Exploitation in the Global Medical Enterprise: Bioethics and Social Injustice" in Social Injustice: What Evangelicals Need to Know About the World (ed. William Moulder and Michael Cooper; Timothy Center Press, 2011).
- “Bioethics Past, Present, and Future: Important Sign Posts in Human Dignity” in Beyond Suffering Study Guide (Joni & Friends, Intl, 2011).
- “New Technology and Christianity” in The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (ed. George Kurian; Blackwell, 2009/2012).
- “Post-Conservative Theology” in The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization (ed. George Kurian; Blackwell, 2009/2012).
- "Biotechnology Meets Primetime" Dignitas 16, no. 2 (Summer 2009): 4-5.
- "Beyond Perfectionism" Dignitas 15, no. 1&2 (Spring/Summer 2008): 5.
- Co-editor, Kevin Vanhoozer, Charles Anderson, Michael Sleasman, eds. Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends. (Baker Academic, 2007).
- “Swords, Sandals and Saviors: Visions of Hope in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator” in Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends. (Baker Academic, 2007).
- Co-author, Jeremy Lawson, Charles Anderson & Michael Sleasman “The Gospel according to Safeway: The Checkout Line and the Good Life” in Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends. (Baker Academic, 2007).
- Co-author, Charles Anderson & Michael Sleasman “Putting it into Practice: Weddings for Everyday Theologians” in Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends. (Baker Academic, 2007).
Reviews by Michael Sleasman:
- “Marilyn E. Coors: The Matrix: Charting an Ethics of Inheritable Genetic Modification” Ethics and Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics 23:1(2007), 57.
- “Edwin C. Hui: At the Beginning of Life: Dilemmas in Theological Bioethics” Ethics and Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics 22:2 (2006), 120-121.
- “Sam Van Eman: On Earth as it is in Advertising? Moving from Commercial Hype to Gospel Hope” Reviews in Religion and Theology 13:4 (2006), 524-526.
- “Oliver O’Donovan: The Ways of Judgment” Reviews in Religion and Theology 13:3 (2006), 409-10.
- “Stan Nussbaum: American Cultural Baggage” Reviews in Religion and Theology 13:2 (2006), 252-53.
- “Derek Jeffreys: Defending Human Dignity” Trinity Journal 26:2 (2005), 346-348.
- “Dennis Hollinger: Choosing the Good” Trinity Journal 25:1 (2004), 127-29.
- “Quentin Schultze: Habits of the High-Tech Heart” Trinity Journal 24:2 (2003), 313-14.