DepartmentTalbot School of Theology
Biola AffiliationsFaculty



  • Ph.D., Wheaton College
  • M.Th., University of Edinburgh
  • M.A., Biola University
  • B.A., Moody Bible Institute

Member of


Ryan Peterson’s research interests lie in the areas of theological anthropology and theological method. He teaches systematic and historical theology, and particularly enjoys working with students on the doctrines of God, humanity, sin, Christology, and the atonement. He is deeply interested in the growth of his students in the knowledge and love of God and the way such growth motivates Christian worship, wisdom, friendship, and stewardship. He and his wife Christy have four children. They are members of Redeemer Church, La Mirada.


  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Evangelical Theological Society

Publications (Selected)


  • The Imago Dei as Human Identity: A Theological Interpretation. Journal of Theological Interpretation Supplement 14. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns (Penn State University Press), 2016. Reviewed in the International Journal of Systematic Theology 19.1 (2017): 117-120, Bulletin for Biblical Research 27.1 (2017): 92-94, and Theologische Literaturzeitung 143 (2018): 823-825.

Book Chapters

  • “Created and Constructed Identities in Theological Anthrpology.” In The Christian Doctrine of Humanity. Edited by Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018, pp. 124-143.
  • “Atonement and the Imago Dei.” In the T&T Clark Companion to the Atonement. Edited by Adam J. Johnson. New York: T&T Clark, 2017, pp. 557-562.
  • “For the Love of God: Scripture and the Formation of Human Identity.” In The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture. Edited by Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2016, pp. 181-196.
  • “Genesis 1.” In Theological Commentary: Evangelical Perspectives. Edited by R. Michael Allen; New York: T&T Clark, 2011, pp. 10-24.

Journal Article

  • “Theological Predication, Doctrinal Location, and Method in Analytic Theology,” DeGruyter’s Open Theology 3:1 (2017): 458-470.


  • “Human Identity in the Image of God: In Scripture, Systematic Theology, and the Church.” Six keynote lectures presented at Copenhagen Lutheran School of Theology/Fjellhaug International University College, January 23-24, 2020, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • “Human Identity in Theological and Scientific Anthropologies.” Presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 13-15, 2018, Denver, Colorado.
  • “Response to ‘Genesis and the Challenges of a Twenty-First Century Reading’ by Bill Arnold.” Presented at the 2018 Dabar Conference, June 14, 2018, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois.
  • “Created and Constructed Identities in Theological Anthropology.” Presented at the 5th annual Los Angeles Theology Conference, January 18, 2018, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.
  • “The Trinity and the Ends of God-Talk.” Presented at the 69th Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, November 16, 2017, Providence, Rhode Island.
  • “Speaking of God with Humility.” Presented at the Society of Christian Philosophers Pacific Regional Meeting on “Faith and Humility,” March 31, 2017, La Mirada, California.


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