Gregory J. Laughery is an American / Swiss theologian. For the past twenty years he has been associated with L'abri Fellowship and is currently living and teaching at L'Abri in Huémoz, Switzerland.


Laughery was born in San Francisco, California. He spent the first twenty-six years of his life in “the city,” before moving on to new adventures in a variety of locations.

His nominally Catholic and then Lutheran family lived in an apartment just around the corner from the soon to become famous Haight-Ashbury district. In the days of 1952, the Haight, was a quiet, fairly traditional, racially mixed, family neighborhood. Some years later, the family moved to a small house some four or five blocks away.

Laughery was educated in a Lutheran school for eight years. After being thrown out he attended public schools, but eventually was again asked to leave before completing the eleventh grade. During the 1960s he took part in the tune in, turn on, drop out, cultural expressions that arose in San Francisco. Reading philosophy, taking drugs, and searching for reality were the educational directions he took to learn more about life.

Eventually making his way to Europe in 1980, Laughery studied with Dr. Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri Fellowship, before going on the take a theology degree at the London School of Theology, a license and a specialization diploma in New Testament at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and a PhD at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Selected publications

  • Living Spirituality: Illuminating the Path (2006). ISBN 0761823034
  • "Scripture, Science and Hermeneutics," European Journal of Theology (April 2006), 35-49.
  • "Ricoeur on History, Fiction and Biblical Hermeneutics," in "Behind" the Text: History and Biblical Interpretation (2003). ISBN 031023414X
  • "Evangelicalism and Philosophy," in The Futures of Evangelicalism (2003). ISBN 0825420229
  • Living Hermeneutics in Motion: An Analysis and Evaluation of Paul Ricoeur's Contribution to Biblical Hermeneutics (2002). ISBN 0761823034
  • "Language at the Frontiers of Language," in After Pentecost: Language and Biblical Interpretation, (2001). ISBN 0310234123
  • The Apocalypse: A Study Guide on the Book of Revelation (1997).
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