Michael J. Sleasman

Michael J. Sleasman, PhD
Associate Professor of Bioethics

Michael J. SleasmanMichael J. Sleasman, PhD, is Associate Professor of Bioethics and the Director of Bioethics Degree Program for Trinity Graduate School. He previously served for 12 years as the the Managing Director and Research Scholar for The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity (CBHD), and has served as an affiliate professor, adjunct instructor, and online course tutor at the college and graduate level in the areas of philosophy, theology, ethics, and cultural engagement.

Michael completed his doctorate in theological studies with a concentration in systematic theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His doctoral research explored the theological and ethical dimensions of eschatological hope in light of virtue theory. His areas of research specialization include the theological engagement of bioethical issues with particular emphasis on biotechnology, other emerging technologies, and human futures, as well as the intersection of technology, ethics, and culture in general.

He is a co-editor of Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends with Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Charles A. Anderson, which also has been distributed in Korean, Chinese traditional script, and English-language for Indonesia editions. He has published a number of essays, book chapters, articles, and book reviews in the areas of theology, bioethics, and technology, including contributing the entry on "Bioethics" to the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Baker Academic, 2017), entries on "Nanotechnology" and "Robots" to the Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics, edited by Henk ten Have (Springer, 2016). Michael serves on the Board of Reference for the Christian Institute on Disability for Joni & Friends, International, as a consulting editor for the Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability, and is the editor for Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics published by the Bioethics Department of Trinity Graduate School.

He has been interviewed on a range of bioethical issues by such media sources as ABC News Radio, Atlanta Magazine, CNS News, Family News in Focus, Medill News, Northwestern College Media, and SRN News, and has delivered workshops, lectures, and presentations for CBHD, Crown College, Lincoln Christian University, Joni & Friends, the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, the International Academy for Bioethical Inquiry, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the American Scientific Affiliation. He and his wife Cindy reside in the northern suburbs of Chicago with their three children.

Essays & Other Publications by Michael Sleasman:


  • Filed a letter with Michael Sleasman on behalf of CBHD with the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues emphasizing the need to welcome religious values and perspectives in the public square (July 2015)

Reviews by Michael Sleasman:

  • “Marilyn E. Coors: The Matrix: Charting an Ethics of Inheritable Genetic Modification” Ethics and Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics 23, no. 1 (2007): 57.
  • “Edwin C. Hui: At the Beginning of Life: Dilemmas in Theological Bioethics” Ethics and Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics 22, no. 2 (2006): 120–121.
  • “Sam Van Eman: On Earth as it is in Advertising? Moving from Commercial Hype to Gospel Hope” Reviews in Religion and Theology 13, no. 4 (2006): 524–526.
  • “Oliver O’Donovan: The Ways of Judgment” Reviews in Religion and Theology 13, no. 3 (2006): 409–410.
  • “Stan Nussbaum: American Cultural Baggage” Reviews in Religion and Theology 13, no. 2 (2006): 252–253.
  • “Derek Jeffreys: Defending Human Dignity” Trinity Journal 26, no. 2 (2005): 346–348.
  • “Dennis Hollinger: Choosing the Good” Trinity Journal 25, no. 1 (2004): 127–129.
  • “Quentin Schultze: Habits of the High-Tech Heart” Trinity Journal 24, no. 2 (2003): 313–14.


Updated August 2019