The philosophical Christian theology of Eugene W. Lyman contributed significantly to the intellectual landscape of American religious thought. Lyman was born on 4 April 1872 in Cummington, Massachusetts. His parents reared him in a family environment of ethical fervor and religious piety, and the liberal orthodoxy of his Congregational pastors reinforced the teachings of his parents. Lyman earned a BA from Amherst College in 1894, studying under philosophical idealist Charles Garman, and a BD from Yale University in 1899, working with biblical theologian Frank Porter. In 1901 he was ordained in the Congregational Church. Lyman received further training in European universities, associating with prominent Ritschlian thinkers Max Reischle, Adolf von Harnack, and Wilhelm Hermann in Halle, Berlin, and Marburg, between 1899 and 1901; as well as eminent religious philosophers Ernst Troeltsch, Rudolf Eucken, and Henri Bergson at Heidelberg, Jena, and Paris, from 1911 to 1912.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.