Bachelor of Arts, Washington and Jefferson College, 1947; Master of Arts, Washington and Jefferson College, 1948; Bachelor of Divinity, Johnson C. Smith U., 1950; School of Theology and Ministry, Yale, 1954; Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard, 1967.
Martin Luther King. Junior professor social ethics, Boston University School Theology, 1970-1971; Houghton professor theology and contemporary change, Harvard University Division School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, since 1971; acting dean, Harvard University Division School, 1974-1975; acting director, W.E.B. DuBois Institute, 1975-1977.
Member American Academy Religion (president since 1975), American Society Christian Ethics (director, president 1974-1975), Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Constance Marie Willard, June 4, 1956. Children— Mark Gordon, David Bruce.