Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

University of Chicago, Ph.D. (2000)
University of Chicago, M.Div. (1992)
California State University, Sacramento, B.A. (1988)

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

W. George Matton Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Centre College (2017-Present)
Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Centre College (2016-2017)
NEH Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Centre College (2010-2013)
Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Centre College (2007-2016)
Assistant Professor of Religion, Centre College (2002-2006)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University (2000-02)

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Theology, and Political Resistance, with Lori Brandt Hale (Lexington Books, 2020)
Paul Ricoeur and the Poetic Imperative: The Creative Tension Between Love and Justice (SUNY, 2007)
Paul Ricoeur and Contemporary Moral Thought, with William Schweiker and John Wall (Routledge, 2002)

Book chapters

“Political Meditations in Confessional Keys: The Political Theologies of Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer” in Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Theology, and Political Resistance. Eds. Lori Brandt Hale and W. David Hall (Lexington Books, 2020)
“Beyond the Friend-Enemy Distinction: Hospitality as a Political Paradigm”in Love and Justice, Consonance or Dissonance? Eds. Ingolf U. Dalferth and Trevor W. Kimball (Mohr Siebeck, 2019)
“Paul Ricoeur” in Bloomsbury Handbook of Literary and Cultural Theory. Ed. Jeffery R. Di Leo (Bloomsbury Press, 2018)
“The Human Form in the Phenomenon of Life” in Responsibility and the Enhancement of Life: Essays in Honor of William Schweiker. Eds. Guenter Thomas and Heike Springhart (Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2017)
“The Coming Community: Agamben, Benjamin, and the Hope for a Materialist-Messianic Redemption of the Present,” in Hope and the Longing for Utopia: Futures and Illusions in Theology and Narrative. Ed. Daniel Boscaljon (Pickwick Publications, 2014)
“The Practice of Memory: Vichian Imagination in Re-membering the Integrity of Life Before God,” in Theological Reflection and the Pursuit of Ideals: Theology, Human Flourishing, and Freedom. Ed. David Jaspers, et.al. (Ashgate, 2013)
“The Modern Day Followers of the Lamb: The Rhetoric of Suffering and the Politics of Identity in the Left Behind Series,” in Subverting Scripture: Contemporary Echos of the Bible. Ed. Beth Hawkins Benedix (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009)
“The Site of Christian Ethics,” in Paul Ricoeur and Contemporary Moral Thought. Ed. W. David Hall, William Schweiker, and John Wall (Routledge, 2002)

Articles

“The Seminar on God and the Human Future: A Report on the 2019 Spring Meeting.” The 4th R, vol. 32, no. 4 (July-August, 2019)
“On the Possibility of (Un)Naming God: Thinking Theologically Along the Lines of Literature.” Journal of Literature and Thelology, vol. 29, no. 2 (June, 2015)
“A Collusion of Tropes: Simile, Hyperbole, Metaphor, and Irony in the Work of Theology.” Intertexts: A Journal of Comparative and Theoretical Reflection, vol. 16. no. 2 (Fall, 2012)
“The Primacy of Rhetoric: Ernesto Grassi’s Recovery of Humanism and the Possibilities for Philosophy and Religious Studies.” The Religion and Culture Web Forum of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion (July, 2010)
“All American Messiah: The Death of Captain America and the Symbolism of American Messianic Aspiration.” Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds, vol. 3.2-3 (August-November, 2007, released April 2010)
“The Economy of the Gift: Paul Ricoeur’s Poetic Redescription of Reality.” Journal of Literature and Theology, vol 20, no. 2 (June, 2006)
“Does Creation Equal Nature: Confronting the Christian Confusion about Ecology and Cosmology.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, vol. 73, no. 3 (September, 2005); reprinted in Religion and the Environment, Roger S. Gottleib, ed. (Routledge, 2010), and in Religion and Science, Sarah Fletcher Harding and Nancy Morvillo, eds. (Routledge, 2010).
“Remembering Paul Ricoeur.” Sightings, June 16, 2005

Reviews

Esther D. Reed, The Limit of Responsibility: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Ethics for a Globalizing Era. Theology, vol. 122, no. 6 (November 2019)
Peter DeVries, Paul Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics and the Discourse of Mark 13: Appropriating the ApocalypiticTheology Today vol. 74, no. 4 (January, 2018)
Michael Kirwan, Girard and TheologyDialog: A Journal of Theology, vol. 50, no. 4 (December, 2011)
William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland, eds, The Blackwell Companion to Natural TheologyDialog: A Journal of Theology, vol. 50, no. 2 (June, 2011)
Response to Cristina Bucur’s review, Conversations in Religion and Theology, vol. 8, no. 1 (May, 2010)
Peter C. Hodgson, Liberal Theology: A Radical VisionDialog: A Journal of Theology, vol. 49, no. 1 (Spring 2010)
Paul Ricoeur, Reflections on the JustJournal of Religion, vol. 89, no. 3 (July, 2009)
Arvind Sharma, To the Things Themselves: Essays in the Discourse and Practice of the Phenomenology of ReligionThe Journal of Religion, vol. 87, no. 2 (April, 2007)
Donald Fairbairn, Grace and Christology in the Early ChurchReligious Studies Review, vol. 32, no. 2 (April 2006)
Richard A. Layton, Didymus the Blind and His Cicrle in Late-Antique Alexandria: Virtue and Narrative in Biblical ScholarshipReligious Studies Review, vol. 31, nos. 1 & 2 (January & April, 2005)
Gianni Vattimo, After ChristianityThe Journal of Religion, vol. 83, no. 4 (October, 2003)
John D. Caputo, Mark Dooley, and Michael J. Scanlon, eds., Questioning GodThe Journal of Religion, vol. 82, no. 4 (October, 2002)
Tyler T. Roberts, Contesting Spirit: Nietzsche, Affirmation, ReligionThe Journal of Religion, vol. 80, no.2 (April, 2000)
Morny Joy, Paul Ricoeur and Narrative: Context and ContestationThe Journal of Religion, vol. 79, no. 3 (July, 1999)
Dawn McCance, Posts: Re Addressing the EthicalThe Journal of Religion, vol. 77, no. 4 (October, 1997)
Article manuscript reviews for Bulletin de la Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue FrançaiseThe Iowa Journal of Cultural StudiesThe Journal of Literature and TheologyThe Journal of ReligionThe Journal of Religious EthicsReligions, and ReVision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation.
Book manuscript reviews for Fordham University Press and Northwestern University Press.

PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

Refereed conference papers

“‘Make straight in the desert a highway. . .’: Relating Past and Future in Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Walter Benjamin” International Bonhoeffer Congress, Stellenbosch, South Africa (January, 2020)
“Student Perceptions of the Philosophy Classroom,” Hypatia/APA Committee on the Status of Women Conference, Villanova, PA (May, 2015)
“Plumbing the Pipeline Problem,” Perspectives on Gender, Irvine, CA (October, 2014)
“Enacting Traditions: Ricoeur and the Possibilities of an Aesthetic Religiosity,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago (November, 2012)
“Shades of Irony: Giambattista Vico’s ‘Barbarism of Reflection,’ the (Post)Modern Glorification of the Ironist, and the Possibilities for a Theological Appropriation of Irony,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, GA (November, 2010)
“The Practice of Memory: Vichian Imagination in Re-membering the Integrity of Life Before God,” Conference of the International Society for Religion, Literature, and Culture, Oxford, UK (September, 2010)
“The Primacy of Rhetorical Speech: Philosophy and Religion Among the Humanists,” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge, MA (March, 2009)
“All American Messiah: The Death of Captain America and the Symbolism of American Messianic Aspiration,” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Long Beach, CA (April, 2008)
“A Poetics of the Divine: God as Otherwise than Being.” Gods Absent and Present (two-day seminar), Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Princeton, NJ (March 2006)
“Visions of the End: Debates Over the Nature and Fuction of Apocalyptic Texts.” Roundtable on Literary (Mis)Readings of Religious Texts, Annual Meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Milwaukee, WI (November 2005)
“What’s God’s Story? The (American) Politics of Telling Tales about God.” International Conference on Narrative, Louisville, KY (April 2005)
“Who’s Left Behind? Christian Apocalypticism in Contemporary Culture Debates.” Seminar on the Rhetoric of Christian Fundamentalism and Empire, Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, State College, PA (March 2005), and Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Conference on the Study of Religion, Winston-Salem, NC (March 2005)
“The Economy of the Gift: Paul Ricoeur and the (Re)Generation of Religious Discourse.” Seminar on Literature and the Post-Secular, Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, San Marcos, CA (March, 2003)
“The Site of Christian Ethics: Love and Justice in the Work of Paul Ricoeur.” Ethics and Meaning in Public Life: A Conference on Paul Ricoeur and Contemporary Moral Thought, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (October, 1999)
“Love’s Justice: The Religious Dimensions of Paul Ricoeur’s Ethical Theory.” The Annual Meeting of the Western Conference on the Study of Religion, Claremont, CA (March, 1998)
“Identity and/or Subjectivity: Salvation or Bondage? The Debate Over Identity Between Alasdair MacIntyre and Michel Foucault.” The Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL (November, 1994)

Invited lectures/participation

Respondant to Terence Martin, Truth and Irony: Philosophical Meditations on Erasmus, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Antonio, TX (November, 2016)
“Beyond the Friend-Enemy Distinction: Hospitality as a Political Paradigm,” Annual Philosophy and Religion Conference, Claremont CA (February, 2016)
Respondant to Matthew Pianalto, “Patience and/as Constancy: How Far Can We Go?” Spring Meeting of the Kentucky Philosophical Association, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY (March, 2013)
“A Collusion of Tropes: Analogy, Hyperbole, Metaphor, and Irony in Mark’s Parable of the Mustard Seed,” The Divinity School of the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (March, 2010)
“Rhetorical Theology,” Disciples Divinity House of the University of the Chicago, Chicago, IL (Feburary, 2010)
“Figuring Faith: A Literary-Rhetorical Approach to the Religious,” Annual Meeting of the Association of Disciples for Theological Discussion, Indianapolis, IN (October, 2009)
Lecture Chair, “Culturing Theologies and Theologizing Cultures: Overatures Toward Interdisciplinary Theories and Theologies of Cultures,” 2009 D.R. Sharpe Lectures, The Divinity School of the University of Chicago (April, 2009)
Respondant, Spring Meeting of the Kentucky Philosophical Association, Danville, KY (April, 2009)
Panel respondant, Consultation on Religion and Humanism, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL (November, 2008)
Panelist, New Books Panel, Spring Meeting of the Kentucky Philosophical Association, Lexington, KY (April, 2008)
“Narrating God: Rethinking Scripture and the Divine with Ricoeur and Blanchot,” Invited lecture, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY (April, 2008)
“Otherwise than Being: Speaking about God After Feuerbach and Nietzsche,” The Sophia Lecture, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY (March. 2008)
Panelist, “Forum on Sports and Religion,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Washington, DC (November, 2006)
“Followers of the Lamb: The Rhetoric of Suffering and the Politics of Identity in Contemporary Apocalypticism.” Religion and Nation: 2006 Nexus Interdisciplinary Conference, Knoxville, TN (April, 2006)
“Sports as Religion.” Second Wind (Wednesday Evening Fellowship), The Presbyterian Church of Danville, KY (October, 2004)
“People of the Book: Islamic People and History.” Guest Lecture, First Christian Church, Danville, KY (September, 2002)

TEACHING

Philosophy Courses

PHI160: Philosophy of Art
PHI170: Philosophy of Religion
PHI331: Nietzsche
PHI340: Phenomenology
PHI350: Existentialism
PHI355: The Philosophy of Pragmatism
PHI380: 20th Century Continental Philosophy

 Religion Courses

REL110: The Christian Experience
REL120: History of Christian Thought
REL140: Philosophy of Religion
REL150: Western Religious Traditions
REL220: Contemporary Moral Issues: Economic Justice
REL228: Business, Ethics, and Society
REL299: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
REL353: Existentialism
REL371: Feminist Theologies
REL374: Basketball as Religion

Study Abroad Courses

ARH310/REL310: The Art of Pilgrimage: Spain
REL311: The Holy Land: Israel
REL456: Life and Death in Varanasi: India
REL459: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Morocco and Spain: Morocco and Spain

OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY

Co-Chair, The Ricoeur Group/Program Unit, The American Academy of Religion (2018-present)
Conference organizer and convener, “‘Human, Truly Human’: Theological Ethics and the Integrity of Life,” The University of Chicago (November, 2012)
Chair, “Panel on Theological Humanism and Atheist Theology,” Biannual Meeting of the International Society of Religion, Literature and Culture, Copenhagen, Denmark (October, 2012)
Convener, “Panel Discussion on Religion and the Human Future: An Essay on Theological Discussion,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Montreal, QC (November, 2009)
Seminar Organizer, “Literary Meditations on Philosophy and Religion,” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Cambridge, MA (March, 2009)
Seminar Organizer, “Second Comings and Strange Goings (On): Versions of the Messianic.” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Long Beach, CA (April, 2008)
Seminar Organizer, “Religion, Literature, and the Political in Modernity,” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Long Beach, CA (April, 2008)
Organizer and convener, “Is Humanism a Dead Topic in the Study of Religion,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Diego, CA (November, 2007)
Chair, Permanent Section on Religion and Literature, Annual Meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Cleveland, OH (November, 2007)
Secretary, Permanent Section on Religion and Literature, Annual Meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, IL (November, 2006)
Seminar organizer, “Writing the Divine: Literary Meetings of Humans and Gods.” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Princeton, NJ (March 2006)
Seminar organizer, “Gods Absent and Present.” Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association, Princeton, NJ (March 2006)
Conference organizer, “Ethics and Meaning in Public Life: A Conference on Paul Ricoeur and Contemporary Moral Thought,” The University of Chicago (October 21-22, 1999)
Co-organizer, Student Ethics Conference, The University of Chicago (1994, 1995)

PROFESSIONAL HONORS AND DEVELOPMENT

W. George Matton Endowed Professorship, Centre College (2017-Present)
NEH Associate Professorship, Centre College (2010-13)
Senior Fellow, Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, Divinity School of the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2009-10)
Centre Scholar, Centre College (2007-09)
Stodghill Research Professorship, Centre College (2006-07)
Faculty Seminar, “Twenty-first Century Liberal Education: A Contested Concept.” Transylvania University, Lexington, KY (August, 2006)
Fellow, Teaching and Learning Workshop, Associated Colleges of the South, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL (June, 2005)
Fellow, Wabash Centre for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion: Study on Teaching Introductory Theology and Religion: Lessons from the Practices of Fifty Effective Teachers, Indianapolis, IN (2005)
The Kirk Award for Excellence in Teaching, Centre College (2005)

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

Continental Philosophy
Philosophical Theology
Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
Religion and Literature

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Academy of Religion (AAR)
International Society for Religion, Literature, and Culture (ISRLC)
Westar Institute