Known as “The Dude of Theology”, an appellation he wears as a mark of distinction, Michael Hardin is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Preaching Peace. Michael has had a passion for theology, church history and biblical studies since 1975. He has been a hospital chaplain and a failed pastor. His story is told in his book Walking with Grandfather.
Michael received his early training at Fresno Pacific College and graduated with an M. Div. in 1988 from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. He is currently a PhD candidate at Charles Sturt University in Australia. Michael has been a member of the AAR/SBL, the International Bonhoeffer Society and the Colloquium on Violence and Religion. In 2006 Michael co-founded the organization Theology and Peace and in 2007 Preaching Peace became an authorized 501(c)3 non profit in the United States.

Michael has loved and cherished his angel Lorri since they met in 1976 and together they have three daughters and two granddaughters. The Dude abides in Lancaster PA where he enjoys life at home, playing his guitar and plotting for peace.
Many of Michael’s presentations are featured on the Preaching Peace website. Michael is a recognized expert in the discipline of mimetic studies. His published essays and books include:

Books

Mimetic Theory and Biblical Interpretation (Cascade Companions, Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2017)
What the Facebook?: Posts from the Edge of Christendom Volume 3 (Lancaster: JDL Press, 2017)
What the Facebook?: Posts from the Edge of Christendom Volume 2 (Lancaster: JDL Press, 2016)
Reading the Bible with René Girard, edited and with an Introduction by Michael Hardin (Lancaster: JDL Press, 2016).
—Translated into Korean by Ellul Yongha Bae (Daejanggan: 2017).
—Translated into Spanish by Ricardo Garcia Reyes (Lancaster: JDL Press, 2016).
Walking with Grandfather: A Skeptic’s Journey to Spirituality (Lancaster: JDL Press, 2014)
What the Facebook?: Posts from the Edge of Christendom (Lancaster: JDL Press, 2014)
Compassionate Eschatology edited by Michael Hardin and Ted Grimsrud (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2011)
The Jesus Driven Life (Lancaster: JDL Press, 2010).
—Translated into Italian by Simone Ramacci (Rome: Il Solotto di Giano, forthcoming).
—Translated into Korean by Hyun Hur (Seoul: Daejanggan, 2015).
—Translated into Spanish by Ricardo Garcia Reyes (Lancaster: JDL Press, 2016).
Peace Be With You: The Church’s Benediction Amid Violent Empires edited by Sharon L. Baker and Michael Hardin (Telford: Cascadia Publishing, 2010). Published in South Africa by ANISA (ANISA: Pietermaritzburg, 2012).
Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ edited by Brad Jersak and Michael Hardin (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007)

Essays

“Entertaining Spiders Unawares” in Thomas Oord, ed. (forthcoming)
“Hell: The Final Refuge of Sacrificial Religion” in Kevin Miller, ed. Hellrazed! (forthcoming 2017)
“American Protestant Reception of Girard” in Belgrave-Macmillan Handbook on Mimetic Theory (forthcoming 2017)
“Practical Reflections on Nonviolent Atonement” in Violence, Desire and the Sacred Vol. 2: René Girard and Sacrifice in Life, Love, and Literature, edited by Joel Hodge, Scott Cowdell and Chris Fleming. Proceedings from the 2012 Australian Girard Seminar (South Bend: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014)
“Responses” in Understanding Spiritual Warfare, ed. by James Beilby and Paul Eddy (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012)
“Prophecy & Apocalypse: Native American Prophecy & the Mimetic Theory”, presented to the Colloquium on Violence and Religion, Riverside, CA June 2008; published in Compassionate Eschatology (Wipf & Stock 2011)
“Mimetic Theory & Christian Theology in the 21st Century” published in For Rene Girard: Essays in Friendship and Truth (Michigan State University Press, 2009)
“Out of the Fog: New Horizons for Atonement Theory” presented to the Conference on the Nonviolent Atonement, January 2007 published in Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ, ed. by Brad Jersak and Michael Hardin (Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 2007)
“Sacrificial Language in the ‘Letter to the Hebrews’” Invited Presenter to a symposium held at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN 1994, originally presented to the General Epistles section of the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting 1993. Published in Violence Renounced, edited by Willard Swartley (Pandora Press: 2000); republished in The Jesus Driven Life (2nd ed. 2013).
“Hellbound?: ‘Final Words’” Christianity without Religion, Fall 2016
Invited Article, “A Commentary on Mimetic Theory” in Solidarity and Sustainability Vol. 2, No. 8, August 2006
“Violence: Rene Girard and the Recovery of Early Christian Perspectives” presented to the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, 1988 and published in Brethren Life and Thought, Vol 37, No. 2
“Mimesis and Dominion: The Dynamics of Violence and the Imitation of Christ in Maximus Confessor” presented to the Colloquium on Violence and Religion at Stanford, 1992 published in St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly, Vol 36. No. 4
“Reflections on the Spirituality of Soren Kierkegaard” published in The Scottish Journal of Theology, Vol 45, 325-340.
“The Twelve Steps and Christian Spirituality” presented to the Christian Association of Psychological Studies, Detroit, 1992. Published in The Journal of Ministry in Addiction and Recovery, Vol 1, No. 1
“A Theological Justification for the Anonymity of God” The Journal of Ministry in Addiction and Recovery, Vol 1, No. 2
“Do Clergy Foster Co-Dependence?” The Journal of Ministry in Addiction and Recovery, Vol 2, No. 1
“The Trinity as Hermeneutic: A Pietist Perspective” The Covenant Quarterly, Vol 45, No. 1
“The Authority of Scripture: A Pietist Perspective” The Covenant Quarterly, Vol 49, No. 1
“Tracing the Roots of A Denomination: A Historical Exercise in Anachronism” Pietisten, Summer 1986