(April 28, 1948 to November 30, 2008)
William C. Placher was the 2008-2009 Kilian McDonnell Writer-in-Residence. Bill served as the Charles D. and Elizabeth S. LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana. He wrote thirteen books, including A History of Christian Theology, Unapologetic Theology, Narratives of a Vulnerable God, The Domestication of Transcendence, Jesus the Savior, and The Triune God. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and served on national committees to write a new statement of faith and a series of new catechisms for that denomination. Bill was a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton and a senior fellow of the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago Divinity School. He was also an editor-at-large of Christian Century, chair of the Advisory Committee of the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, and, with Amy Plantinga Pauw, an editorial consultants for Westminster John Knox Press’ 36- volume Theological Commentary on the Bible.