Vigen Guroian

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Vigen Guroian is an Orthodox Christian theologian and teacher. He has been a member of the faculty of a number of colleges and universities including Loyola College of Baltimore, University of Virginia, and St. Mary's Seminary and University. He is an author of a number of books, many on morality and ethics based on Orthodox Christian teachings. He has served on many editorial boards.


In 1966, Vigen Guroian began his college education at the University of Virginia, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970. He then continued his education at Drew University, graduating in 1978 with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theology. From 1978 to 1981, Dr. Guroian was an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, Virginia and held a post in the Center for Russian and East European Studies.

Dr. Guroian has also been a visiting lecturer at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, New York. During the years 1990 to 1992, he was the Director of Academic Affairs at the seminary. He was also appointed a member of the Academic Council of Examiners of the Faculty of Theology at Yerevan State University in Yerevan, Armenia.

In 1986, Dr. Guroian joined the faculty of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore Maryland, where for the academic year 1995-1996 he was named the Distingished Lecturer in Moral and Religious Education. He also assumed the chair for many years as Professor of Theology and Ethics at Loyola College in Baltimore.

In 2009, Dr. Guroian was appointed Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia.


  • Senior Fellow of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal in Mecosta, Michigan.
  • Senior Fellow of the Center on Law and Religion at Emory University.
  • Permanent Senior Fellow of the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal.
  • Senior Fellow of the Center on Law and Religion at Emory University.
  • Richard M. Weaver Fellow.
  • Salvatori Fellow of the Heritage Foundation.
  • Senior Fellow of The Trinity Forum.
  • Board of Governors, The Washington Latin School in the City of Alexandria.



  • The Orthodox Reality: Culture, Theology, and Ethics in the Modern World. Baker Academic, 2018.
  • The Melody of Faith: Theology in an Orthodox Key. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.
  • The Fragrance of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006.
  • Rallying the Really Human Things: Moral Imagination in Politics, Literature, and Everyday Life. Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2005.
  • Incarnate Love: Essays in Orthodox Ethics, 2nd revised and expanded edition. South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2002.
  • Inheriting Paradise: Meditations on Gardening. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.
  • Tending the Heart of Virtue: How Classic Stories Awaken a Child's Moral Imagination. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Life's Living Toward Dying: A Theological and Medical-Ethical Study. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.
  • Faith, Church, Mission: Essays for a Renewal in the Armenian Church. Press of the Prelacy of the Armenian Church of America, 1995.
  • Ethics after Christendom: Toward an Ecclesial Christian Ethics. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.

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