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Uwe C. Scharf, Ph.D.
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Uwe C. Scharf, Ph.D.

Bio

Dr. Uwe Carsten Scharf was born in Cologne (Koeln), Germany. He is a dual German and American citizen since 2015, and an ordained minister since 1997. Scharf holds a Bachelor of Divinity, a Master of Sacred Theology and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies.

From 1997-2016, Scharf worked as a chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) supervisor in three major hospitals: Duke, Johns Hopkins and Sentara Norfolk General. In January 2017, he transitioned from full-time chaplaincy to part-time teaching within Regent University’s School of Divinity. Additionally, he serves as the full-time chaplain of a retirement community in Newport News, Virginia.

Scharf is the author of one book and several peer-reviewed articles on the theology of Paul Tillich. In his research, he continues to engage the thought of Paul Tillich and other 20th century, German, Protestant theologians and philosophers.

Scharf has been married to Andrea Brown Scharf since March 2016. His daughter, Uma Scharf, graduated with a B.A. in Neuroscience from Colorado College in 2019. Uma is currently doing neurological research at The Johns Hopkins University. Uwe and Andrea are enthusiastic grandparents to three granddaughters and two grandsons.

Scharf is a “Star Trek” fan of all generations. (He loves Capt. Picard.) He also enjoys driving “classical” Mercedes’ automobiles. Scharf loves people and their life stories, and he is excited to get to know his students and to accompany them on their road toward deeper theological and ministerial insights, and towards the integration of faith and reason.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Paul Tillich's Philosophical Theology
Theology of Juergen Moltmann and Wolfhart Pannenberg
Ludwig Wittgenstein's Analysis of Religious & Ethical Language
Legacy of Popular Apologists: Francis Schaeffer and Ravi Zacharias

Publications

Book:
The Paradoxical Breakthrough of Revelation: Interpreting the Divine-Human Interplay in Tillich's Work 1913-1964. Includes a translation and study of Tillich's previously unpublished 1913 Systematische Theologie. Theologische Bibliothek Töpelmann 83. Berlin & NY: De Gruyter, 1999. ISBN: 3-11-015577-X. 478 pages.

Selected Essays and Proceedings:
Five contributions under the title, Texts of Hope and Courage, in volume 4 of The Pastor's Bible Study series, a new, companion series to the New Interpreter's Study Bible. Ed. David A. Farmer. Abingdon, 2007.

"Dogmatics Between the Poles of the Sacred and the Profane: An Essay in Theological Methodology." In Etudes Sur La Dogmatique (1925) de Paul Tillich. Eds. J. Richard, A. Gounelle, R.P. Scharlemann. Québec: Les presses de l'Université Laval, 1999, pp. 273-291.

"The Breakthrough of Justification and Grace in History: Only in Jesus the Christ?" In Truth and History –A Dialogue with Paul Tillich. Ed. Gert Hummel. Berlin & NY: De Gruyter, 1998, pp. 140-160.

"The Concept of the Breakthrough of Revelation in Tillich's Dogmatik of 1925." In Paul Tillich's Theological Legacy: Spirit and Community: International Paul Tillich Conference, New Harmony, 17-20 June 1993. Ed. F.J. Parrella. Berlin & NY: De Gruyter, 1995, pp. 65-81.