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Dr. Harold O. J. Brown, R.I.P. July 9, 2007

Posted by moverstreet in Bible & Theology, Family, Missions/Evangelism/Apologetics.

Joe Brown, professor and evangelical leader, went to be with the Lord on Sunday night, July 8, 2007. He was a powerful preacher, influential teacher and leader, and man of God that led one of the earliest effective pro-life movements in the post-Roe v. Wade era.

Click here for his Obituary.

Click here for his RTS faculty page.

Click here for the bio and c.v. of Dr. Brown.


  • Harvard University
    • A.B. in Germanic studies and biochemical studies
    • Ph.D. in Reformation studies (History)
  • Harvard Divinity School
    • B.D. in Theology
    • Th.M. in church history

Additional studies/honors:

  • University of Marburg, German
  • University of Vienna, Austria
  • Winner of Fulbright and Danforth scholarships


  • Ordained at Second Congregational Church in Beverly, MA
  • 1975 Co-founder with Dr. C. Everett Koop of the Christian Action Council, now Care Net
  • 1983-1987 Pastor of Evangelical Reformed Church in Klosters, Switzerland

Teaching Positions

  • 1971, 1975 Visiting professor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • 1976-1983 Associate professor of systematic theology, TEDS
  • 1987-1998 Forman Chair in Theology and Ethics, TEDS
  • 1998-present John R. Richardson Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary
  • 1998-present Professor emeritus of biblical and systematic theology, visiting professor, TEDS.
  • Professor of theology and human rights, International Seminar on Jurisprudence and Human Rights (Simon Greenleaf School of Law), Strasbourg, France.
  • Teaching positions held in Basel, Switzerland and Yeotmal, India

Other Positions

  • Director of the Center on Religion and Society at the Rockford Institute
  • Editorial staff-member, Human Life Review
  • Contributing editor, Christianity Today
  • Contributing editor, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture
  • Editor, Religion and Society Report
  • Theological Secretary, International Fellowship of Evangelical Students
  • Member, Stewards Enclosure of the Henley Royal Regatta
  • Member, Harvard Club of New York City
  • Member, American Theological Society
  • Member, Turnerschaft Saxonia Marburg


  • 1989 Faculty Member of the Year, TEDS
  • Many others, especially for his pro-life work

Published Works

  • Numerous articles over 40 years for National Review, Eternity, Themelios, Human Life Review, Christianity Today, Touchstone, the Times (London), Boston Herald, Chronicles, and many others.
  • Author of over 9 books including
    • Protest of the Troubled Protestant (1969)
    • Christianity and the Class Struggle (1970)
    • Death Before Birth (1977)
    • Reconstruction of the Republic (1977)
    • Before the Crash: A Biblical Basis for Economics (1978)
    • War: Four Christian Views (1981)
    • Heresies: The Image of Christ in the Mirror of Heresy and Othodoxy from the Apostles to the Present
    • Man & State: Religion, Society, and the Constitution (1989)
    • Sensate Culture (1996)

Areas of Expertise

  • Systematic theology
  • Right to life issues
  • Ethics (esp. medical and family values)
  • Journalism
  • Public Affairs
  • Political Philosophy

Family & Personal

  • Wife, Grace
  • 2 children
  • Resided in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Enjoyed crew, skiing, and mountaineering
  • Coached crew at Harvard
  • Member of Swiss Alpine Club and American Alpine Club


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