Curriculum Vitae


Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion

Roanoke College

Salem, VA 24153

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Ph.D. University of Iowa, 1989

M.R.E Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, 1982

B.S. in History and Education, North Dakota State University, 1982

B.A. in New Testament and Early Christian Literature, University of Chicago, 1974.



Research Associate at the Jonathan Edwards Centre Africa, University of the Free State, South Africa.  Appointed 2013

Fellow, Institute for Theological Inquiry, Efrat, Israel. Appointed 2010.

Nominated for Exemplary Teaching Award, 2009.

Appointed as Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion, July 2008

Distinguished Senior Fellow, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. Appointed as Fellow 2006.  Co-Directors: Rodney Stark and Byron Johnson.  Varying grants to support scholarly work.

Copenhaver Visiting Scholar Grant, to bring Hungarian literary critic Tibor Fabiny to Roanoke College for the fall of 2006, $15, 500.

Institutional Renewal Grant, for 4-part lecture series on "The Lutheran Tradition" at Roanoke College, Rhodes Consultation, 2004-05, $4000.

Resident Fellow, Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Studies, Collegeville Minnesota, 2002-03.

Louisville Institute, 2002-03, for sabbatical at Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Studies. $5400.

Member, Rhodes Consultation on the Future of Church-Related Colleges, 2000-03, $3500.

Member, Lutheran Academy of Scholars in Higher Education, Harvard University, June 1999, $2000.

Roanoke College, "Professional Achievement Award," 1999, $1000.

Member, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey, Aug. 1995-July 1996, $32,800.

Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, Mednick Fellowship, 1995, $800, for research trip to Yale's Beinecke Library.

Presbyterian Historical Society, 1993 Woodrow Wilson Award for outstanding scholarly article: "Jonathan Edwards, the City on a Hill, and the Redeemer Nation: A Reappraisal," $100.

Selected by Roanoke College student body to give the "Last Lecture" December 1993 (first professor selected)

Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Fellowship for Young Scholars in American Religion, 1992-93, $1000 plus expenses for four trips to Indianapolis to work with Catherine Albanese and William Hutchison.

Roanoke College, Faculty Enrichment Grant, $600

Roanoke College, Faculty Professional Advancement, $600

Roanoke College, Summer Research Award, 2007, $2325

Roanoke College, Summer Research Award, 2006, $2000.

Roanoke College, Summer Research Award, 1999, $2000.

Roanoke College, Summer Research Award, 1998, $2000.

Roanoke College, Summer Research Award, 1997, $2000.

Roanoke College, Summer Research Award, 1994, $2000.

Roanoke College, Research Grant, 1994, $750.

Roanoke College, Summer Research Award, 1993, $2000.

Roanoke College, Summer Research Award, 1992, $2000.

National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1990, $3500

Roanoke College, Roanoke Faculty Scholar, 1991-1994; 1994-1997; 1997-2000, 2001-2004. Three-year awards that reduce teaching load and grant $500 per year for research expenses.

Roanoke College, Faculty Research Starter Grant, 1991, $1419.

Roanoke College, Faculty Research Starter Grant, 1990, $1762.

University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, Ada Louise Ballard Dissertation-Year Fellowship, 1988-89, $7000.

University of Iowa School of Religion, Teaching Research Fellowship, 1985-88, four years of funding worth $40,000.

University of Iowa, Research Grant, 1987, $450.

Honors Assistant, University of Iowa, 1984-85.

Graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago, 1974.





 (with Michael McClymond) The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press, 2012). First-ever comprehensive survey (46 chapters) of the religious thought of America's theologian. Winner of  Christianity Today's Book Award in Theology/Ethics for 2103.

(with Harold Netland) A Trinitarian Theology of Religions: An Evangelical Proposal  (Oxford University Press, 2014). Programmatic evaluation of evangelical and other Christian theologies of the religions, charting boundaries and ways forward.

The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology (Oxford University Press, October 2010). I edited this collection of 32 essays by the world's top evangelical thinkers.

Understanding Jonathan Edwards: Introducing America's Theologian (Oxford University Press, 2008). A collection of essays by Edwards scholars, and responses to each by European scholars from a variety of disciplines, pitched at a level that is accessible to the general reader.

Jonathan Edwards Confronts the Gods: Christian Theology, Enlightenment Religion, and Non-Christian Faiths (Oxford University Press, 2000).  Study of Edwards's battles with deism over reason, revelation and the religions.  One of the "Top 100 Books from 2000 - 2007," in cover story, World magazine, June 30/July 7, 2007.

World Religions: An Indispensable Introduction (Thomas Nelson, 2011). A concise overview of how most of the people in the world think about what is most important to them.  (new, adapted version of The Baker Pocket Guide to World Religions)

The Great Theologians: A Brief Guide (InterVarsity Press, 2010). Introduces non-specialists to eleven of the most influential thinkers in the history of Christian thought.

(with Robert Millet) Evangelicals and Mormons: Exploring the Boundaries (Regent College Publishing, 2010); formerly Claiming Christ: A Mormon-Evangelical Debate  (Brazos, 2007).  Frank but friendly dialogue about what separates evangelicals and Mormons on Jesus, with one of the most prominent LDS theologians.

God's Rivals: Why God Allows Different Religions-Insights from  the Bible and the Early Church (InterVarsity Academic, January 2007).  Explorations of the Bible and early Greek theologians on the meaning of religious pluralism.

Can Evangelicals Learn from Non-Christian Religions? Jesus, Revelation and the Religions. (InterVarsity Press, 2000). First book-length evangelical reflection on the possibility of revelation in non-Christian religions.

   **Winner of Christianity Today's 2001 Book Award for Missions & Global Affairs.

One Holy and Happy Society: The Public Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Penn State Press, 1992). The first comprehensive study of Edwards's socio-political theory.

Seeing God: Jonathan Edwards and Spiritual Discernment (Regent College Publishing, 2000; first edition. InterVarsity Press, 1995). A rewriting of Edwards's Religious Affections, drawing on the masters of Christian spirituality and lessons from church history.

 (with William A. Fintel, M.D.) Cancer: A Medical and Theological Guide for Patients and Their Families (Baker Books, June 2004). Contains updated medical chapters and new chapters on alternative medicine and the mind-body connection.

(with William Fintel, M.D.) Dear God, It's Cancer (Word Books, 1997). 2d ed. of Living With Cancer. Contains updated medical chapters and new chapters on skin and ovarian cancer, hospice, and physician-assisted suicide.

(with William Fintel, M.D.) A Medical and Spiritual Guide to Living with Cancer (Word Books, 1993). In-depth answers to both the medical and theological questions surrounding cancer.



Articles and Chapters

 "Jonathan Edwards, John Henry Newman, and Karl Barth: Is a Typological View of Reality Legitimate?" in Kyle Strobel, ed. The Ecumenical Edwards: Jonathan Edwards and the Theologians (Ashgate Publishing, forthcoming).

"Jonathan Edwards on the Affections and the Spirit," in Amos Yong and Dale Coulter, eds., The Spirit, Affectivity, and the Christian Tradition (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming).

(with Michael McClymond) "Jonathan Edwards and the Future of Global Christianity," in Theology Today 69:4 (January 2013), 478-85.

 "Aquinas: How He Can Help Evangelicals," Gospel Coalition 7 November 2012

(with Robert Benne) "Romney's Mormonism is a Positive in Campaign," Philadelphia Inquirer (Oct. 15, 2012), Op-ed section.

"The Real Differences Between Mormons and Orthodox Christians," Christianity Today Online (Oct. 12, 2012)

 "The Uniqueness and Universality of Jesus Christ," in Carl Braaten, ed., No Other Name: Salvation Through Christ Alone (Delhi, NY: American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, 2012), 19-37.

 "Mormonism and the Christian Tradition," in Carl Mosser and Richard Sherlock, eds., The Mormon World (Oxford: Routledge, forthcoming).

"Jesus, Paul, and Israel's Covenant: What Can Christians and Jews Learn from One Another?" in Robert Jenson and Eugene Korn, eds., Covenant and Hope: Christian and Jewish Reflections (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), 19-40.

"Nathanael Emmons and the Decline of Edwardsean Theology," in Doug Sweeney and Oliver Crisp, eds.,  After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of the New England Theology (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 118-29.

 "Evangelicals Divided," First Things 212 (April 2011), 45-50.

"Revelation as Divine Communication Through Reason, Scripture and Tradition," in Don Schweitzer, ed., Jonathan Edwards as Contemporary: Essays in Honor of Sang Hyun Lee  (New York: Peter Lang, 2010), 187-206.

"God, the Devil, and the King's Speech," First Things Online, March 15, 2011

 "Israel and the Vatican," First Things Online, November 11, 2010,

 "From the Ancient to the Contemporary: What We Can Learn from the Church's Earliest Theologians About Responding to New Religious Movements," in Michael T. Cooper, ed., Perspectives on Post-Christendom Spiritualities: Reflections on New Religious Movements and Western Spiritualities (Macquarie Park, Australia: Morling Press, 2010), 39-56.

"Is Sola Scriptura Really Sola? Edwards, Newman, Bultmann and Wright on the Bible as Religious Authority," in Robert Millet, ed., By What Authority? The Vital Place of Religious Authority in American Christianity (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2010), 66-95.

 "On the Jesus Trail: What we learned from Jews, Muslims and Arab Christians as we traveled the footsteps of Christ in Galilee," Christianity Today (April 2010), 30-35.

 "The Emerging Divide in Evangelical Theology," in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society (March 2013).

"Jonathan Edwards and the Christian Life," Journal of Lutheran Ethics (November 2009),

 "The Global Pursuit of God," in Map: A Travel Lifestyle Magazine (July 2008, online)

 "Is Mormonism Christian?" First Things 18 (October 2008), 38-41.

"Gerald R. McDermott replies," First Things 19 (February 2009), 7-9.

"'Wir lieben ihn alle!': Auch unter Anglikanern und Baptisten gibt es viele, die dem Besucher aus Rom freundlich und aufmerksam zuhören werden," RheinischerMerkur (10 April 2008), 9.

 (with Carol Swain), "The Abortion Industry: Planned Parenthood and the machine of death," Washington Times (26 March 2008), Op-Ed page.

 "Did Romney's Speech Reach Evangelicals?" Roanoke Times (December 16, 2007), Horizon 3.

"The Great Divider: Jonathan Edwards and American Culture," Books and Culture 16:1 (January/February 2010), 19-23.

"Jonathan Edwards and Justification-More Protestant or Catholic?" Pro Ecclesia 17:1 (Winter 2007), 92-111.   

 "Who Are These Evangelicals?" Roanoke Times (October 25, 2007), Virginia 9.

"A Coming Abortion Earthquake?" Roanoke Times (June 26, 2007), Virginia 9.

"Mitt Romney and Evangelicals," Christianity Today Online (May 23, 2007).

"Three Myths About Israel," Roanoke Times (May 20, 2007), Horizon 3.

"Persuasion and Indoctrination in Lutheran Colleges," in Michael Shahan, ed., A Report from the Front Lines: Conversations on Public Theology-A Festshrift in honor of Robert Benne (Eerdmans, 2009), 120-40.

"Suffering, Courage and Theological Conflict: Learning from the Cappadocians," Theology Matters (November 2006), 6-7.

 "Evangelicals and Israel," in Alan Mittelman, Byron Johnson, and Nancy Isserman, eds., Uneasy Allies?  Evangelical and Jewish Relations  (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, Rowman and Littlefield, 2007), 127-54.

 "Testing Stark's Thesis: Is Mormonism the First New World Religion Since Islam?" in John W. Welch, ed., The Worlds of Joseph Smith (Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 2006), 271-92.

"Reviving Disputation: Right and Wrong Ways to Think About Other Religions," Pro Ecclesia XIV:4 (Fall 2005), 487-93

"Will Mormonism Become the Next Great World Religion?" Books and Culture 12:1 (Jan-Feb 2006), 9-11, 42-46.

 "The Eighteenth-Century Culture War: Thomas Jefferson and Jonathan Edwards on Religion and the Religions," Litteraria Pragensia 15:29 (2005), 48-63.

"Kein primitiver Glaube: Evangelikale widerlegen ein Vor-urteil und warden einflussreicher," Confessio Augustana I (2005), 48-51.

"Jesus and the Religions: My Response to Leicester Longden," in Reformation and Revival 15:2 (2006), 147-51.

"Homosexuality: A Theological Analysis," in Reformation and Revival 15:2 (2006), 67-80.

 "Does Doctrine Matter?" The Anglican Digest 47:1 (Lent 2005), 47-48.

 "Missions, and Native Americans," in Sang Hyun Lee, ed.,The Princeton Companion to Jonathan Edwards (Princeton: Princeton University Press, January 2005), 258-73.

"Jonathan Edwards on Justification: Closer to Luther or Aquinas?" Reformation and Revival Journal 14:1 (2005), 119-38.

"Franklin, Jefferson and Edwards on Religion and the Religions," in Kenneth Minkema and Harry Stout, eds., Jonathan Edwards at 300: Essays on the Tercentenary of His Birth (Lanham, Md., University Press of America, 2005), 65-85.     

"The Tension Between Land and Peace: Evangelical Christians, Israel, and the Jews," in Center Conversations 25 (Washington, DC: Ethics and Public Policy Center, November 2003), 1-13.

"Jonathan Edwards Responds to Deism," Theology Matters 9:6 (Nov/Dec 2003), 9-12.

              "Jonathan Edwards, Theologian for the Church," Reformation and Revival 12:3 (Summer 2003), 11-23.

"Which Palestine?  Whose Land? A Response to Doug Howard," Fides et Historia XXXV:2 (Summer/Fall 2003), 79-84.

 "Jesus and the Religions: A New Paradigm for Christian Engagement?" Books and Culture (Jan./Feb. 2004), 9-11.

"Jonathan Edwards, The American Mind," The Weekly Standard (Oct. 20, 2003), 37-41.

"Holy Pagans," Christian History XXII:1 (February 2003), 38-39.

"Poverty, Patriotism, and National Covenant: Jonathan Edwards and Public Life," Journal of Religious Ethics 31:2 (Summer 2003), 229-51, 316-18.

 "Jonathan Edwards and the National Covenant: Was He Right?" in D.G. Hart et al, eds., The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards: American Religion and the Evangelical Tradition (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, June 2003), 147-57.

"Jonathan Edwards, John Henry Newman, and Non-Christian Religions," in Oliver Crisp and Paul Helm, eds., Jonathan Edwards, Philosophical Theologian (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2003), 127-37.

"Christ vs. Many Gods," in Uwe Siemon-Netto, ed., One Incarnate Truth: Christianity's Answer to Spiritual Chaos (St. Louis: Concordia, 2002), 57-62.

"The Land: Evangelicals and Israel," Books and Culture 9:3 (March/April 2003), 8-9,40-42.

"What Is Fear of God?" The Anglican Digest 44:4 (Transfiguration 2002), 8-10.

"Response to Gilbert: 'The Nations Will Worship: Jonathan Edwards and the Salvation of the Heathen,'" Trinity Journal 23NS (2002), 77-80.

 "What If Paul Had Been From China? Reflections on the Possibility of Revelation in Non-Christian Religions," in John G. Stackhouse, ed., No Other Gods Before Me? Evangelicals and the Challenge of World Religions (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2001), 17-35.

            **This book won Christianity Today's 2002 Book Award for Missions and Global Affairs.

 "Jesus Christ, Postmodern Pluralism and World Religions," part of United Press International's on-line "Christ and Postmodernity" series, January 2001,

"Deism" (5000 words) in Hans J. Hillerbrand, ed., The Encyclopedia of Protestantism (New York: Routledge, 2004), 568-74.

 "What if Paul Had Gone to China? Reflections on the Possibility of Revelation in the Religions" in John G. Stackhouse, Jr., No Other Gods Before Me? Evangelicals and the Challenge of World Religions (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2001).

"A Possibility of Reconciliation: Jonathan Edwards and the Salvation of Non-Christians," in Sang Lee and Alan Guelzo, eds. Edwards in our Time: Jonathan Edwards and Contemporary Theological Issues (Eerdmans, 1999), 173-202.

"Jonathan Edwards and American Indians: 'The Devil Sucks Their Blood,'" in The New England Quarterly 72:4 (Dec. 1999), 539-57.

"The Tongue is a Witch: Speech and Power," in Books and Culture 7:4 (July/August 2001), 37-8.

"Jonathan Edwards and the Salvation of Non-Christians," in Pro Ecclesia IX:2 (Spring 2000), 208-27.

"Jonathan Edwards, Deism, and the Mystery of Revelation," Journal of Presbyterian History 77:4(Winter 1999), 211-24.

"Jonathan Edwards," "Charles Chauncy, "John Clarke," and "John Cotton" in Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart (4th ed.), forthcoming.

"Jonathan Edwards on Revival, Spiritual Discernment, and God's Beauty," in Reformation and Revival 6:1 (Winter 1997), 103-14.

Syllabus and rationale for "Religion in America" published in Course Outlines: Young Scholars in American Religion. Indianapolis: Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, February 1993.

"Edwards and Islam: The Deist Connection," in Jonathan Edwards's Writings: Text, Context, Interpretation, ed. Stephen J. Stein (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 1996), 39-51.

"Jonathan Edwards and the Culture Wars: A New Resource for Public Theology and Philosophy, in "Pro Ecclesia IV: 3 (Summer 1995), 268-80.

"A Deeply Concealed Kinship: Heidegger and Zen," in Journal of Religious Studies 18, nos. 1&2 (1992), 114-24.

"Jonathan Edwards, the City on a Hill, and the Redeemer Nation: A Reappraisal," in American Presbyterians/Journal of Presbyterian History 69: 1 (Spring 1991), 33-47.

"Karma and Rebirth as Christian Pedagogy: Geddes MacGregor's Attempt to Synthesize Reincarnation and Christianity," in Journal of Religious Studies 16: 1-2 (1990), 157-73.

"Civil Religion in the American Revolution: An Historiographic Analysis," in Christian Scholar's Review XVIII: 4(June 1989), 346-62.

"What Jonathan Edwards Can Teach Us About Politics," Christianity Today 38: 8 (July 18, 1994), 32-35.

(with William Fintel, MD.) "Cancer: This threatening word can teach us a great deal about life," Today's Better Life 3:1 (Fall 1993), 88-91.

"Esther Burr," "William Robinson," and "John Smalley" in Donald Lewis, ed., A Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (Oxford: Blackwell, 1995).

"The Eighteenth-Century Awakening: A Reminder to Evangelicals in the 1990s," National and International Religion Report 6: 26 Special Supplement (Dec. 14, 1992), 1-4.


Selected Reviews

Carl Braaten, Because of Christ, in Themelios 36:1 (April 2011), 146-47.

Philip Johnson and Gus diZerega, Pagans and Christians in Dialogue, in Sacred Tribes Journal 3.2 (2008):188-193.

William Danaher, The Trinitarian Ethics of Jonathan Edwards, in Journal of Religion 86:3 (July 2006), 483-84.

Philip F. Gura, Jonathan Edwards: America's Evangelical, in History: Reviews of New Books 34:2 (Winter 2006), 45-46.

Massimo Serretti, ed., The Uniqueness and Universality of Jesus Christ, in Dialogue and Alliance 18:2 (Fall/Winter 2005), 125-27.

George R. Sumner, The First and the Last: The Claim of Jesus Christ and the Claims of Other Religious Traditions in The Cresset LXVIII: 4 (Easter 2005), 51-54.

E. Brooks Holifield, Theology in America: Christian Thought from the Age of the Puritans to the Civil War in Pro Ecclesia XIII (Summer 2004), 359-61.

Jacques Dupuis, Christianity and the Religions: From Confrontation to Dialogue, in Monastic Interreligious Studies Bulletin 70 (March 2003), 13-15.

Minou Reeves, Muhammad in Europe: A Thousand Years of Myth-Making, in The Sixteenth-Century Journal 35:4 (Winter 2004), 1197-99.

Timothy Tennent, Christianity at the Religious Roundtable: Evangelicalism in Conversation with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, in Studies in World Christianity (2002), 8:2, 320-22.

Robert E. Brown, Jonathan Edwards and the Bible, in Catholic Historical Review (April 2003), 336-37.

Philip B. Secor, Richard Hooker: Prophet of Anglicanism, and Secor, Sermons of Richard Hooker: The Power of Faith, The Mystery of Grace in The Sixteenth-Century Journal XXXIII/3 (fall 2002), 827-29.

"True Pluralism," review essay of S. Mark Heim, The Depth of the Riches: A Trinitarian Theology of Religious Ends in The Cresset (Christmas/Epiphany 2001-02), 28-31.

David Noel Freedman and Michael J. McClymond, eds., The Rivers of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and Muhammad as Religious Founders in Princeton Seminary Bulletin XXIII:2 (July 2002), 248-51.

Stephen R. Holmes, God of Grace & God of Glory: An Account of the Theology of Jonathan Edwards in Pro Ecclesia XI:3 (Summer 2002), 369-71.

Wilson H. Kimnach, Kenneth P. Minkema, & Douglas A. Sweeney, eds. The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards: A Reader in American Religious Experience (on-line journal at, Dec. 1999.

Leon Chai, Jonathan Edwards and the Limits of Enlightenment Philosophy in Cross Currents 49:2 (Summer 1999), 270-74.

Stephen H. Daniel, The Philosophy of Jonathan Edwards in William and Mary Quarterly 53:3 (July 1996), 658-60.

Joseph A. Conforti, Jonathan Edwards  Religious Tradition., and American Culture in Cross-Currents 46, no. 3 (Fall 1996), 426-27.

Lawrence Foster, Women  Family, and Utopia: Communal Experiments of the Shakers. The Oneida Community. and the Mormons in Critical Review of Books in Religion 54 (1994), 537-39.

Francis J. Eremer, ed. Puritanism: Transatlantic Perspectives on a Seventeenth-Century Anglo-American Faith in American Historical Review (Dec. 1995), 1663-64.

Mason Lowance and Wallace Anderson, eds, Works of Jonathan. Edwards Vol. 11: Typological Writings in Church History 65: 1 (March 1996), 109-110.

Knud Haakonssen. ed. Enlightenment and Religion: Rational Dissent in Eighteenth-century Britain in Fides et Historia 29: 2 (Summer 1997): 115-16.

Allen C. Guelzo's Edwards on the Will: A Century of American Theological Debate in American Presbyterians/Journal of Presbyterian History 70:3 (Fall 1992), 195-200.

Anri Morimoto, Jonathan Edwards and the Catholic Vision of Salvation in Theology Today 53:2 July 1996), 278.


Conference Papers and Public Lectures        

"Drawn by Beauty: Jonathan Edwards and the Vision of God," Feb. 17, 2013, lecture for Christian Scholars Network, Blacksburg, Va.

"Jonathan Edwards and the Future of Global Christianity," lecture at Karoli Gaspar University in Budapest, Hungary, March 9, 2012.

"Pluralism and truth," lecture for students at the Martin Bible School, Martin, Slovakia, and later that day on the same subject to an open gathering of students and people from the community in Presov, Slovakia, March 7, 2012.

 "A Theology of experience and its implications for dogmatics and ethics"; "Pluralism and truth"-two lectures at the University of Zilina, Slovakia, March 6, 2012.

"Christianity and the world religions: The uniqueness and universality of Jesus Christ," lecture to Lutheran pastors at the Martin Bible School in  Martin, Slovakia, March 5, 2012.

Jonathan Edwards and the Future of Global Christianity," Berry College, February 15, 2012.

"Jonathan Edwards, the Great Awakening,  and the Future of Global Christianity," invited lecture at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, February 14, 2012.

 "Jonathan Edwards and the Future of Global Christianity," keynote address to Jonathan Edwards conference in Wroclaw, Poland, 31 May 2011.

"The affections and the human person: Edwards on religious experience," paper at Edwards conference in Wroclaw, Poland, 1 June 2011.

"Sorting out the genuine from the counterfeit-Edwards and the spirits," concluding session at Edwards conference in Wroclaw, Poland, 1 June 2011.

"Literary Artistry in Edwards's Preaching," lecture to American Studies Department at the University of Krakow, 2 June 2011.

"Jonathan Edwards and Spiritual Discernment," May 27-29, 2011 three days of lecturing to 200 Protestant pastors from fourteen denominations in Camaguey, Cuba.

"Jesus, Paul, and Israel's Covenant: What can Christians and Jews  learn from one another?" at the International Conference on, Conversion, Covenant, and Hope in the Human Future," Van Leer Institute of Jerusalem, 13 February 2011.

 "The Great Theologians," featured speaker for Anglican Missional Pastor program, Chapel Hill, NC, January 21, 2011.

"The emerging divide in evangelical theology," invited lecture at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, 17 November 2010

"Jonathan Edwards as pivotal theologian for the 21st century," lecture to graduate seminar at St. Louis University, 17 November 2010.

 "Covenant, Mission, and the Other," invited paper at Yale conference on Jewish-Christian Dialogue, October 26, 2010.

 "Jonathan Edwards and Justification: A New Approach" at "Jonathan Edwards for the New Millennium" conference in Northampton, MA, Oct 1-2, 2010.

 "Faith and Pluralism: Christianity Among Other Religions," 2009 Faith and Life Lecture, Plymouth, MN, November 20, 2009.

"Jesus and the Religions," featured speaker for Anglican Missional Pastor program, Chapel Hill, NC, November 13, 2009.

"Covenant, Mission, and Relating to the Other," delivered for the Institute for Theological Inquiry at the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Efat, Israel, July 2009.

"Jonathan Edwards and World Religions," keynote address at Joint Initiation Ceremonies of the Philosophy and Religious Studies Honor Societies at James Madison University, 23 April, 2007.

"Gods, Principalities and Powers in the Bible, and Their Implications for Christian Theology of the Religions," paper delivered to the Special Topics Forum on Christian Theology of the Religions at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Washington, DC, 19 November, 2006.

"Rival Gods in the Old Testament, and Their Implications for an Evangelical Theology of the Religions," Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization's ongoing issue group on postmodern and alternative spiritualities, Hong Kong, September 30 - October 6, 2006.

"Is Sola Scriptura Really Sola? Edwards, Newman, Bultmann and Wright on the Bible as Religious Authority," conference on "Religious Authority in Christianity" at Brigham Young University, April 8, 2006.

 "Edwards on the Trinity," Evangelical Theological Society, Philadelphia, PA, 18 November 2005.

 "Yahweh and the Gods: The Old Testament's Surprising Approaches to Other Religions,"

Baylor University's 2005 Pruit Memorial Symposium: "Global Christianity: Challenging Modernity and the West," 12 November 2005.

 "Franklin, Jefferson and Edwards on Religion and the Religions," at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA, 4 November 2005.

 "Jonathan Edwards and Thomas Jefferson on Religion and the Religions," lecture sponsored by the English and American Studies Departments, Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic), 25 May 2005.

 "Jonathan Edwards and the World Religions," lecture co-sponsored by the Protestant Missionary Center and the Center for Hermeneutical Research, Budapest (Hungary), 30 May 2005. 

 "Testing the Stark Thesis: Is Mormonism the First New World Religion Since Islam?" "The Worlds of Joseph Smith" Conference, Library of Congress, 7 May 2005.

 "Evangelicals and the State of Israel," Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, D.C., 15 April 2005.  I was one of two featured speakers, addressing congressional staffers.

"An Analysis of the Evangelical Left," Institute on Religion and Democracy, Washington, DC, 4 April 2005.

"Psychic Abandonment, and How to Deal With It," five lectures delivered at the 2005 HPR III Training Institute, conference for behavioral healthcare employees and practitioners, 14 March 2005, Roanoke, VA.

 "Jonathan Edwards, the Prisca Theologia and Spiritual Discernment," three days of lectures for faculty at Brigham Young University, sponsored by the Richard Evans Chair for Religious Understanding.

"The Bible and Gay Marriage," at an "Interfaith Conference: Defending Marriage and Family," Family Action Council International, Washington, DC, 28 February 2004.

            "Franklin, Jefferson and Edwards on Religion and the Religions," for

     "Edwards at 300: A National Symposium on Jonathan Edwards"

Library of Congress, 3-4 October 2003.

 "Jonathan Edwards, Missions, and Native Americans," at "Jonathan Edwards the Theologian," international conference sponsored by Princeton Seminary, 12 April 2003.

"Why Did the Triune God Permit the Rise and Flourishing of the Great Non-Christian Religions?" public lecture at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, 12 December 2002.

"A Conversation with Gerald McDermott: Jonathan Edwards and World Religions," annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Toronto, Canada, 22 October 2002. Three theologians responded to my paper.

Delivered the 2002 Miller Lecture at Valparaiso University, "Beauty, Mysticism and Damnation: Jonathan Edwards as America's Theologian," February 11, 2002.

 "Evangelicals and Israel," at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC, 21 November 2002.  I was the featured speaker at a conference for twenty evangelical leaders from around the country, plus representatives from the White House, State and Defense Departments.

"The Tension Between Land and Peace: Fundamentalist and Evangelical Christians, Israel and the Jews," at the The Elijah School for the Study of Wisdom in the World Religions, Jerusalem, 24 July 2002.

 "Persuasion in the Lutheran Academy," at the Lutheran Academy of Scholars in Higher Education conference at Midland College in Nebraska, 1 August 2000

"Spiritual Discernment in an Age of Deception: Wisdom from America's Greatest Theologian (Jonathan Edwards)," series of addresses at conference sponsored by the C.S. Lewis Institute, Washington, D.C.:, November 3-5, 2000.

 "What if Paul Had Gone to China? Reflections on the Possibility of Revelation in the Religions," at Regent College's Fall Theology Conference, Vancouver, B.C., 13 October 2000.

Chaired session and responded to two papers on political economy at the International Jonathan Edwards Conference, Miami, March 10, 2000.

"Jonathan Edwards and Non-Christian Religions: Using the Ancient Theology to Recast the History of Religions," at the American Society of Church History meeting in San Diego, April 23, 1999.

"Jonathan Edwards and the Deists" at the American Society of Church History meeting in Nashville, TN, April 26, 1998.

"Hope for the Heathen: Jonathan Edwards on the Eschatological Destiny of Non-Christians" at the national conference, "Jonathan Edwards and Current Theological Issues," Philadelphia, PA, October 3-5, 1996.

"Why Doth Jonathan Rage? Understanding Edwards's Hostility to Islam," presented to the national Edwards conference at University of Indiana, June 4, 1994.

"The Privileges and Duties of Subjects: Jonathan Edwards's Theology of Patriotism," presented to the Organization of American Historians Annual Meetings, April 14-17, 1994, Atlanta.

"Jonathan Edwards and the Culture Wars: A New Resource for Public Theology and Philosophy," presented at "Jonathan Edwards in Historical Perspective" conference at the Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, October 31, 1993.

"Why Doth Edwards Rage? Understanding Eighteenth-century Orthodox Hostility to Islam," presented to the June 1993 meetings of Young Scholars in American Religion, Institute for the Study of Religion and American Culture, Indianapolis.

"The Public Theology of Nathanael Emmons: Continuing the Edwardsean Tradition of Dissent," given at the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, March 14, 1992, Atlanta, GA.



Other Scholarly and Professional Service

I co-taught a week-long seminar on church and state in early America at Princeton University in August for professors from around the country, under the auspices of the Witherspoon Institute.  My fellow teachers were Harry Stout (Yale University) and Mark Noll (Notre Dame).

I Serve as a director of the Messianic Theology working group, hosted each year by the SMU Theology Department.

On May 29, 2012,  I was interviewed by Mars Hill Audio, Charlottesville, hosted by Ken Myers, on my new book, The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

In April 2012, on behalf of the Alliance Defense Fund, I prepared a 20-page report as an expert witness in Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education 01-CV-08598-LAP. 

Co-produced 4-part TV series on Religion in America for WBRA, the public television station in Roanoke.  The four one-hour shows (religious experience, alternative religions, religion and politics, religion and science) aired in October 2000.

Delivered plenary lecture, "Do We Really Need to Be Healthy?" at the "Faith, Health and Community Life" symposium sponsored by Carilion Health System at Roanoke College October 13, 1999.

Served as Acting Director of Center for Church and Society, Roanoke College, 1999-2000.

Consulted with the George H. Gallup International Institute on an instrument to measure spiritual maturity in American congregations, 1996-1999.

Served as expert witness in "cult" case in San Francisco May 4-8, 1998.

Served on panel of four to plan a conference on religion and the arts sponsored by the Luce Foundation, Boston, June 11-13, 1993.

Served on the Brewer Prize Committee for the American Society of Church History, March-April 1998.

Lectured on Edwards and aesthetics at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA, on April 23, 1997.

Spoke on Edwards and spiritual discernment at a staff training retreat outside of Pittsburgh for the Coalition for Christian Outreach, April 24-25, 1997.

Lectured on Jonathan Edwards and non-Christian religions at Princeton Theological Seminary April 8, 1996, and at Robert Wuthnow's seminar for the history and sociology departments at Princeton University, April 26, 1996.

Lectured as the Ronald Nelson Visiting Scholar at Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, Oct. 11-13, 1995. Lectured on faith and medicine at Wartburg College, Oct. 19, 1995. Lectured on American religion at Pazmany Peter University and the Karoli Reformed University in Budapest, Hungary, May 2-12, 1995. Lectured on the affections and the world religions at Malone College, Canton, OH, Feb. 19-20, 2001.

Served as outside reader for masters theses at Virginia Episcopal Seminary (1994) and Liberty University (1995)

Reviewed book manuscripts for Penn State Press, 1992 and 1993, book proposal for Oxford University Press, 1999, and manuscript for Yale University Press, 2001.

Reviewed textbook manuscript for St. Martin's Press, 1994.

Lectured on Jonathan Edwards at the Brazilian Baptist Seminary in Sao Paulo, August 1992

Refereed 70 proposals for NEH Summer Stipend in November 1991

Served as editor for National and International Religion Report 1992-93.

Refereed articles for Church History and William and Mary Quarterly

Served as Acting Director of Center for Church and Society, Roanoke College, 1992-93, 1999-2000

Gave seminars (with William A. Fintel, M.D.) on faith and medicine at Roanoke Memorial Hospital (spring 1993), Chicago chapter of the Christian Medical and Dental Society (October 1993), the national conference of the ACTS cable-TV network in Jacksonville, FL (November 1993), and Allegheny Regional Hospital in Clifton Forge, VA, Oct. 8, 1994

Lectured on faith and palliative care at the Ethics Conference sponsored by Carilion Health Systems (Roanoke, Sept. 24, 1998) and at the Virginia Breast Cancer Education Conference sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health (Richmond, October 5, 1998), on faith and health at the Faith, Health and Community Symposium co-sponsored by Carilion Health Systems and Roanoke College (October 13, 1999), and on interdisciplinary knowledge with oncologist William Fintel for the graduate student chapter of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Virginia (Feb. 4, 2000).

Was featured speaker at the Graham Gilmer Memorial Bible Conference at Rivermont Presbyterian Church, Lynchburg, Virginia, Sept. 20-22, 2003.


Current service:

I am an editor of the online journal, Jonathan Edwards Studies.

I am a board member of the Evangelical Chapter of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy.

I serve on the Board of Advisors of  The Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC), located in Efrat Israel.

I am on the editorial board of the online journal Sacred Tribes.

I am a research fellow of the Western Institute for Intercultural Studies.

I was invited by the George H. Gallup International Institute to serve as a consultant for its "Spiritual Health of the Nation" project. Headed by John DiIulio and Byron Johnson, it offers a "State of Spiritual Health of the Nation" report each year at the same time as the President's "State of the Union" address, measuring the inner resources of the populace needed to move the nation ahead in a positive direction.

I am an Anglican priest who now serves as Teaching Pastor at St John Lutheran Church in Roanoke, Virginia.




Roanoke College, Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion, 2008-

Roanoke College, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, 2002-2008

Roanoke College, Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy, 1996-2002.

Roanoke College, Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy, 1989-95.

University of Iowa, Teaching Assistant, 1985-87.

Jonathan Edwards Sermons Project, Yale University, Transcriber,




American Academy of Religion

American Society of Church History



Theology of Jonathan Edwards; Christian Theology of World Religions; History of World Christianity I and II; Introduction to Islam; (with Paul Hinlicky) Born Again? Catholic and Protestant Perspectives on Baptism and New Birth; Religion in America (history and current manifestations of; focused primarily on history of theology); New Religions in America (non-traditional religious communities); Living Religions of the World; (co-taught) Religions and Philosophies of China; Religions of the Middle East (on site in Turkey, Egypt and Israel); Values and the Responsible Life (introduction to religious and philosophical ethics); the Reformation; the Development of Christianity (early church from the close of the canon to the dawn of the Reformation); New Testament; Introduction to Christianity; Religious Pluralism (exploration of the issues of truth and revelation); The Self in Autobiography.