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Bruce, Matthew J.

Assistant Professor
Butler Hall 321
(636) 949-4651
MBruce@lindenwood.edu

Course Information

Term Course Course Name

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




Biography

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.

 




Educational and Professional Experience

Education

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)

           

Professional Experience

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 Legacy
 

 
 
2008-2009   Lecturer, Princeton University
 
2007-2011   Teaching Fellow, Princeton Theological Seminary   
2005-2006   Teaching Assistant, Princeton Theological Seminary



Memberships

American Academy of Religion

Karl Barth Society of North America

Hegel Society of North America

Barth Translators Seminar

Charles S. Peirce Society




Selected Publications

For my CV with a list of publications please see my academia.edu page: https://lindenwood.academia.edu/MatthewBruce




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