|FA SEM 14||REL 15000 11||World Religions (GE-Phl-Rel/CrsClt)|
|FA SEM 14||REL 15000 12||World Religions (GE-Phl-Rel/CrsClt)|
|FA SEM 14||REL 20100 12||History of Christianity (GE-Phl-Rel)|
|FA SEM 14||REL 31000 21||Islam and the West (GE-Phl-Rel/CrsClt)|
|FA SEM 14||REL 40000 ARMB||Senior Project|
I joined the Religion Department at Lindenwood in 2012. I completed my Ph.D in the History of Doctrine from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2014.My research is motivated by problems unique to modern (post-Enlightenment) life posed to the Christian faith and its theology, and also to the other major religious traditions. In this regard my work has a double focus: the history of Christianity and modern theology. My areas of specialization are modern and medieval Christian thought (both theology and philosophy). I have special interest in the post-Kantian trajectory of Protestant theology (Schleiermacher, Hegel, Schelling, Dorner, Ritschl, Barth, Jüngel, and Jenson), contemporary theology (particularly World Christianities, liberation theology, and feminist thought), and western thought following in the wake of Augustine (Thomas Aquinas and Post-Reformation Reformed theology in particular). I am especially concerned to address the theological poverty that characterizes contemporary philosophy on the one hand and the philosophical weakness of much contemporary theology on the other. I contend that contemporary theologians would do well to still listen to pre-modern thought forms (Platonic, Aristotleian, and Stoic and Christian development of these philosophical systems in the Patristic and medieval periods) without ignoring the lessons that are to be learned from modern idealist and analytic philosophy.
Being part of a non-confessional religion department affords me the opportunity to engage in what is one of the most pressing issues that characterizes the contemporary world, the continuing dialogue and conflict between the world's major religious traditions. I have a particular interest in the history of the relationship between Islam and the Christian and Post-Christian West and also dialogue between Christianity and other religions, especially Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism. I regularly teaches classes in these subjects at Lindenwood. Moreover, I seek to learn from the ways in which other religious traditions address the problems of modernity so as to inform contemporary Christian theology.
My teaching mirrors the double focus of my research. I aim to provide students a learning environment in which they can develop the skills necessary for understanding theological, religious, and philosophical texts in their historical context and to use this understanding to make interpretive and constructive arguments by means of well-reasoned prose and oral communication.
I am currently revising my dissertation as a book tentatively titled “Trinity, Love, and Freedom: Theology without Voluntarism” in which I construct an account of divine freedom drawing primarily on Karl Barth and Thomas Aquinas. I have also begun work on a second book which intervenes in the debate concerning “pure nature” in modern Roman Catholic theology following Henri de Lubac from a Reformed Protestant perspective.
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2014. Emphasis: History of Doctrine
M.Th., University of Edinburgh, 2007. Emphasis: Theology in History
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2006.
B.A., Wheaton College (IL), 2003. Major: Ancient Languages (Classical and Koine Greek, Latin, Biblical Hebrew)
2012- Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, Lindenwood University
Courses taught include:
REL 15000: World Religions
REL 20100: History of Christianity
REL 29901: Religion and the Problems of Modernity via Film
REL 29904: Women in Religion (Jewish and Christian Feminist Theology)
REL 31000: Islam and the West
REL 32000: Christian Doctrine
REL 33500: Christian Ethics and Modern Society
REL 38002: The Trinitarian Renaissance
REL 38005: The Buddha: His Life and Legacy2008-2009 Lecturer, Princeton University2007-2011 Teaching Fellow, Princeton Theological Seminary2005-2006 Teaching Assistant, Princeton Theological Seminary
American Academy of Religion
Karl Barth Society of North America
Hegel Society of North America
Barth Translators Seminar
Charles S. Peirce Society
For my CV with a list of publications please see my academia.edu page: https://lindenwood.academia.edu/MatthewBruce
|1827-2014 Lindenwood University • 209 S. Kingshighway • St. Charles, MO 63301|
|Switchboard (636) 949-2000
Undergraduate Admissions (636) 949-4949
Evening & Graduate Admissions (636) 949-4933