recent faculty publications

Christopher Brown, Luther’s Works, Prefaces I

November 6th, 2012

  Never before in English, this volume presents Luther's prefaces from 1520-32 for the writings of both colleagues and opponents. In Luther's day, the preface was sometimes the most important part of the book. The preface used the most beautiful of language to praise the author, his work, and his arguments--and... More

Jennifer Wright Knust

November 6th, 2012

Examining the diverse religious texts and practices of the late Hellenistic and Roman periods, this collection of essays investigates the many meanings and functions of ritual sacrifice in the ancient world. The essays survey sacrificial acts, ancient theories, and literary as well as artistic depictions of sacrifice, showing that any... More

Andrew Shenton, The Cambridge Companion to Arvo Pärt

November 6th, 2012

Arvo Pärt is one of the most influential and widely performed contemporary composers. Around 1976 he developed an innovative new compositional technique called 'tintinnabuli' (Latin for 'sounding bells'), which has had an extraordinary degree of success. It is frequently performed around the world, has been used in award-winning films, and... More

Phillis Isabella Sheppard, Self, Culture and Others in Womanist Practical Theology

November 6th, 2012

Self, Culture, and Others in Womanist Practical Theology argues for a critical engagement between womanist theology and psychoanalytic Self Psychology. Sheppard’s position is that a psychoanalytically informed womanist practical theology will more fully account for the complexities of black women’s experiences of self and black embodiment as well as the role... More

Kirk Wegter McNelly

November 6th, 2012

In The Entangled God, Kirk Wegter-McNelly addresses the age-old theological question of how God is present to the world by constructing a novel, scientifically informed account of the God–world relation. Drawing on recent scientific and philosophical work in "quantum entanglement," Wegter-McNelly develops the metaphor of "divine entanglement" to ground the relationality... More

Wesley Wildman, Religious and Spritual Experiences

November 6th, 2012

What is the value of religious and spiritual experiences within human life? Are we evolutionarily programmed to have such experiences? How will emerging technologies change such experiences in the future? Wesley Wildman addresses these key intellectual questions and more, offering a spiritually evocative naturalist interpretation of the diverse variety of... More

Karent Westerfield Tucker, Die Taufe

November 6th, 2012

Für die ökumenische und liturgische Bewegung des 20. Jahrhunderts ist die Taufe eines der wichtigsten Themen und Anliegen gewesen. In jüngster Zeit wurden die zunehmende Bedeutung der sog. Limaerklärung zu Taufe, Eucharistie und Amt und ihre Konsequenzen in den Kirchen diskutiert. Zur gleichen Zeit vollzog sich in verschiedenen christlichen Gemeinschaften... More

Bryan Stone, A Reader in Ecclesiology

July 14th, 2012

This Reader presents a diverse and ecumenical cross-section of ecclesiological statements from across the twenty centuries of the church's existence. It builds on the foundations of early Christian writings, illustrates significant medieval, reformation, and modern developments, and provides a representative look at the robust attention to ecclesiology that characterizes the... More

Shelly Rambo, Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining

July 14th, 2012

  Rambo draws on contemporary studies in trauma to rethink a central claim of the Christian faith: that new life arises from death. Reexamining the narrative of the death and resurrection of Jesus from the middle day-liturgically named as Holy Saturday-she seeks a theology that addresses the experience of living in... More

Jennifer Knust, Unprotected Texts: The Bible’s Surprising Contradictions about Sex and Desire

July 14th, 2012

Bible scholar Jennifer Wright Knust addresses the big questions that dominate today's discussions and debates when it comes to sex and the Bible: Is premarital sex a sin? When, and in what contexts, is sexual desire appropriate? With whom can I legitimately have sex? Are same-sex relations permissible? In an... More