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Memoir

George I. Mavrodes
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George I. Mavrodes, professor of philosophy, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 1995, after a distinguished career as one of the world's foremost philosophers of religion.

Professor Mavrodes received his B.S. degree (1945) from Oregon State College, his B.D. degree (1953) from Western Baptist Theological Seminary, and his M.A. (1960) and Ph.D. (1961) degrees in philosophy from the University of Michigan. He taught at Princeton University from 1960-61, after which he returned to the University of Michigan as assistant professor of philosophy. He was promoted to associate professor in 1967 and professor in 1973. He made important contributions to the Program on Studies in Religion, as well as to the Department of Philosophy.

Professor Mavrodes has been in the vanguard of an influential movement that has used the tools of contemporary analytic philosophy to elucidate the foundations of religion, and of Christianity in particular. He is the author of Belief in God: A Study in the Epistemology of Religion (1970) and Revelation in Religious Belief (1988) and has edited two anthologies: Problems and Perspectives in the Philosophy of Religion (1967) and The Rationality of Belief in God (1970). His nearly one hundred other publications cover such topics as revelation, divine omnipotence, resurrection, miracles, personal identity and survival of death, and faith and reason, as well as ethics and social policy issues that intersect with religion and morality-abortion, pacifism, the just war, and nuclear deterrence.

A leader in his field, Professor Mavrodes has served as president of both the Society for Philosophy of Religion and the Society of Christian Philosophers and as a member of the executive committee of the American Theological Society. He has served in editorial capacities for The American Philosophical Quarterly, Faith and Philosophy, and The Reformed Journal. He has been a fellow of the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship at Calvin College and of the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame and has held visiting positions at Carleton and Kenyon colleges.

Over the years, faculty colleagues came to rely on Professor Mavrodes' shrewd and incisive philosophical criticism, while students took advantage of his wide learning and scholarship in philosophy, religion, and theology, and staff appreciated his consideration and personal kindness.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member for his 33 years of service by naming George I. Mavrodes professor emeritus of philosophy.