Warren Kay

Academic Title

Professor, Religious and Theological Studies

  • Interaction of Science and Religion
  • Systematic Theology

Over the last 20 years, my research interests have developed in three areas: the interaction of science and religion, the contributions of Eberhard Nestle (1851-1913) to New Testament textual scholarship, and Christian spirituality.

During my first sabbatical, I was able to secure a position teaching theology in the Czech Republic as visiting professor, and I developed a course on science and religion that won an award from the John Templeton Foundation. Since then, my continued research on science and religion has concentrated on historical episodes of this interaction related to biological evolution and expressions of this interaction in popular culture.

Also, while teaching in Europe, I was able to travel to Germany and other cities in the Czech Republic to research primary sources related to the life and work of Eberhard Nestle, as well as Gregor Mendel, which has resulted in publications and presentations at academic conferences. My work in spirituality has mainly revolved around sports and spirituality, especially the spiritual aspects of running. My 2007 book, “Running: The Sacred Art,” was translated into German in 2009.

  • D.Th., Systematic and Historical Theology, University of Zürich
  • B.D., Theology, Baptistische Theologische Hochschule
  • M.A., Theology, Villanova University
  • B.A., Biology and Philosophy, Villanova University

  • Biological Evolution and Christian Theology
  • Nineteenth- and 20th-Century Protestant Theology
  • Running and Spirituality

Kay, W. (2016). “Laufen und die Begegnung mit Gott: Laufen als Heiligtum.” Theologisches Gespräch. Freikirchliche Beiträge zur Theologie, 40(2), pp.59-69.

Kay, W. (2015). “Running as Sanctuary,” in “Grieving With Your Whole Heart: Spiritual Wisdom and Practice for Finding Comfort, Hope and Healing After Loss.” Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths, pp.71-79.

  • Athletic Faculty Member of the Year, LEAD Awards, Merrimack College, 2017.
  • Science and Religion Course Program Award, John Templeton Foundation, 1997.
  • Edward G. Roddy Outstanding Teacher Award, Merrimack College, 1996.