Distinguished Professor Emeritus, English & Religious Studies, English
School of Humanities
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1971, Near Eastern Languages & Literatures
University of California, Irvine
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697
Religion, literature, and international relations. Western scriptures (Jewish, Christian, Muslim) as literature. Religious poetry and music. Religion, science, and the environment.
Pulitzer Prize, 1996.
Honorary doctorate: Meadville-Lombard Theological School.
Honorary doctorate: American Jewish University of Los Angeles.
Honorary doctorate: Hebrew Union College
Fellow, Committee on the Conceptual Foundations of Science, University of Chicago.
Regents Lecturer, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Mellon Fellow, California Institute of Technology.
Scholar in Residence, Getty Research Institute
God in the Qur'an (forthcoming).
Norton Anthology of World Religions, 2014.
Christ: A Crisis in the Life of God ( Knopf, 2001)
God: A Biography (Knopf, 1995)
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1991;
MacArthur Fellowship, 2003-2007
American Academy of Religion
Pacific Council for International Policy
Society of Biblical Literature
Academy of American Poets
Editor and Writer
Los Angeles Times 1985—1995
University of California Press 1978—1985
Senior Advisor to the President
J. Paul Getty Trust 1999—2006
Newkirk Center for Science and Society