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Butler, Timothy

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Course Information

Term Course Course Name

FA SEM 15 CMS 12000 10  Introduction to Christian Theology
FA SEM 15 LUL 10100 05  Freshman Experience
FA SEM 15 LUL 10100 12  Freshman Experience
FA SEM 15 LUL 10100 23  Freshman Experience
FA SEM 15 LUL 10101 H03 HON Honors Freshman Experience
JAN TRM 16 CMS 35000 JAN1  Apologetics
SP SEM 16 CMS 31500 10  Advanced Theology: Developments in the Church


Rev. Timothy R. Butler serves as University Chaplain at Lindenwood and teaches in the Christian Ministry Studies and Religion departments. He has served as chaplain since January 2013 and has taught at the university since 2011.

Educational and Professional Experience

Prof. Butler earned a BA in English Literature and Religion (with a minor in Philosophy) from Lindenwood University. He has an MDiv (Master of Divinity) from Covenant Theological Seminary and is presently pursuing a PhD in Reformation Studies from Concordia Seminary - St. Louis. He has served in a variety of ministry capacities and was ordained as Pastor of Discipleship at Grace Presbyterian Church in Cottleville, MO in 2012. He also worked as an online journalist from 2001-2012.


Prof. Butler is a member of the American Academy of Religion ( and is an ordained Teaching Elder in the Missouri Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (

Research Interests

Prof. Butler is a theologian and church historian with a particular focus on the period of the Reformation and Renaissance. His dissertation research is focused on the Strasbourg Reformer Martin Bucer; his research interests have also included the theological works of John Calvin, Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth. Prof. Butler is interested in the Conciliarist movements in the Medieval and Reformation periods; the interaction of literature and theology; and the application of literary criticism to Biblical interpretation.

Teaching Interests

Prof. Butler teaches a variety of subjects revolving around theology, religion and ethics, including CMS 12000, an introductory course on Christian Theology and REL 15000, a general education course on the World Religions. He also teaches LUL 10101H, an orientation course for honors students that employs an interdisciplinary approach and utilizes notable texts from figures such as Aristotle and John Henry Cardinal Newman.

Selected Publications

Book Review: “Robert Wright. The Evolution of God (2009).” Journal of International and

Global Studies. 1.2 (2010): 183-186.


Book Chapter: “Commanding Unix.” The Mac OS X Snow Leopard Bible. Indianapolis: John Wiley & Sons,



Forum Presentation: "The Mind of the Church and the Mind of Scripture: an Examination of the Development of Conciliar Theology." The Theological Fellowship at Covenant Seminary. Covenant Theological Seminary. 21 January 2014.

Working Paper: "Economics, Justice and the Quest for Sustainable Development.”"

Working Paper 1. Institute for the Study of Economics and the Environment. 1 May


Forum Presentation: "The Pluralism Project." Coffee Conversations in Philosophy and

Religion. Lindenwood University. 18 April 2006.

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