Professor of Theology
Straker Chair of Historical Theology
Werner Hall 222
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1986
Doctoral studies, Graduate Theological Union, 1979-80
M.C.S., Regent College, 1978
B.A., American University, 1968
Areas of expertise
Constructive theology; theology and culture; faith and film; addiction recovery; gender/race/ethnicity; interreligious dialogue; trinity; trauma/victimization; spiritual memoir; spiritual geography, spiritual but not religious movement.
Selected published works
Belief Without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious (Oxford University Press, 2014)
“Theology of Trauma,” Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology (Cambridge Univ. 2011).
“Italian-Immigrants and Religious Conversions,” Pastoral Psychology, Spring 2010.
“Religious and Theological Roots of Alcoholics Anonymous,” Vol. 1, The Praeger International Collection on Addictions, Praeger Perspectives on Abnormal Psych., 2009.
“Using Film to Teach Theology,” Theological Education, Association of Theological Schools, 42:2, 2007
Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl’s Spiritual Journey (Cowley, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, 2006).
In the media
“Conversations About Faith,” hosted by Fred Andrle, WOSU 89.7 NPR News, December 2012. Listen.
“The Seeker Next Door,” Christian Century, May 2012. Read.
“Spirituality or Religion?” WOSU 820 AM, All Sides with Ann Fisher, August 2010. Listen.
“To church or not to church: PC(USA) researcher studies the ‘spiritual but not religious,’” Jerry Van Marter, Presbyterian News Service Online, October 2008.
“What Does it Mean to Say You’re Spiritual but Not Religious?” WOSU 820 AM, Open Line with Fred Andrle, June 2008.
Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology, 2010-11: “Unfettered Belief, Untethered Practice: Thinking Theologically about ‘Spiritual but not Religious.’”
American Academy of Religion and Luce Foundation, “Theologies of Religious Pluralism,” Research Cohort II, 2010-11.
Theological Research Grant, Association of Theological Schools, for “I’m Spiritual But Not Religious: Addressing the Current ‘Cultured Despisers’ of Religion,” 2007-08.
Collaborative Project Grant, Louisville Institute, 1998-02, “Hope Deferred: Theological Reflections on Reproductive Loss”