Gordon D. Kaufman is Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Professor of Divinity, Emeritus, at Harvard Divinity School. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1955; and he taught at Pomona College in Claremont and at Vanderbilt Divinity School before coming to Harvard in 1963. He has published ten books and many articles. In his book, In Face of Mystery: A Constructive Theology (Harvard University Press, 1993) he works out a biohistorical conception of human beings to deal with problems of religious and cultural pluralism and contemporary ecological conceptions of our human situatedness in the world; the central Christian symbols of God and Christ are then deconstructed so as to present a thoroughly contemporary holistic picture of humanity in the world today. His last book is God--Mystery--Diversity: Christian Theology in a Pluralistic World (Fortress Press, 1996), he has worked out the implication of his theological standpoint for understanding the tasks in theology today.