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Nathan Kerr

Adjunct Instructor of Religion and Philosophy

Year Started at GC: 2014
Email: nathan.r.kerr@gmail.com
Education:

Vanderbilt University, Department of Religion, Nashville, TN.

Ph.D. in Religion (Theological Studies).  2008. Dissertation Title: “Christ, History, and Apocalyptic:  The Politics of Christian Mission.” (Advisor: Paul J. DeHart; Readers:  M. Douglas Meeks, John Thatamanil, Melissa Snarr)

  • Doctoral examinations completed “with honors.”

Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL.

Master of Arts in Religion. 2002. Thesis title: “Gifted Again: On the Liturgical Retrieval of Time and Subjectivity in Søren Kierkegaard.” Summa Cum Laude.

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies with a Minor in Philosophy, 2000. Honors Thesis: “Hidden With God in the Other: Toward a Trinitarian Ethics of Love in Kierkegaard and Barth.” Summa Cum Laude.

Publications and Presentations

Books:

Christ, History, and Apocalyptic: The Politics of Christian Mission. SCM Press/Cascade Books, 2008.

Thinking Jesus Christ: Prolegomena to Any Future Theology. Cascade Books, forthcoming 2014.

Kingdom-World-Church: A Theological Manifesto (co-authored with Halden Doerge and Ry O. Siggelkow). Cascade Books, forthcoming 2014.

The End of the Ages Has Come: An Apocalyptic Turn in Theology? (co-authored with Philip Ziegler). SCM Press, forthcoming 2014.

God-Christ-Mission: Christian Dogmatics for a Missionary Church. InverVarsity Academic Press, forthcoming 2015.

Volumes Edited:

Craig Keen, The Transgression of the Integrity of God, and Other Essays. Edited with Thomas J. Bridges. Cascade Books, 2012.

Essays in Edited Volumes:

“St. Anselm: Theoria and the Doctrinal Logic of Perfection,” in Partakers of the Divine Nature: Deification/Theosis in the Christian Traditions, ed. James Pain, Michael Christensen, and Boris Jakim. Associated University Presses, 2006; BakerAcademic Press, 2008.

“Politics: How to be a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven and live in kingdoms of this world,” in Postmodern and Wesleyan: Exploring the Boundaries and the Possibilities, ed. Jay Akkerman, Thomas Jay Oord, and Brent Peterson. Beacon Hill Press, 2009.

Communio Missionis: Certeau, Yoder, and the Missionary Space of the Church,” in The New Yoder, ed. Peter Dula and Chris Huebner. Cascade Books, 2009.

“What Becomes of Jesus Christ the Lord?,” in The Peril and Promise of Process Theology, ed. Albert Truesdale. Beacon Hill Press, 2010.

“In Solidarity With the World: The Holiness of the Missionary Community,” in Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination, ed. Jamie Gates and Mark  H. Mann. Wipf & Stock, 2012.

“Apocalyptic and Immanence: A Response to Christianity’s Cultured Defenders,” in Apocalyptic and the Future of Theology: With and Beyond J. Louis Martyn, ed. Douglas Harink and Joshua Davis. Cascade Books, 2012.

“Radical Orthodox Theology,” “Theology of Religions,” and “Theopolitical Theology,” in Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology, ed. Albert Truesdale. Beacon Hill Press, 2013.

“On Prayer,” in The Future of Systematic Theology: Conversations with Sarah Coakley, ed. Benjamin Myers and Nathan R. Kerr. Forthcoming, 2013.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

“Transcendence and Apocalyptic: A Reply to Barber,” Political Theology 10.1. January 2009.

“From Necessity to Hope: A Continental Perspective on Eschatology Without Telos” (co-authored with J. Aaron Simmons), The Heythrop Journal. 50.6. November 2009.

“‘With Sighs Too Deep For Words’: On Praying With the Victims in Haiti,” The Other Journal, January 2010.

Book Reviews:

Review of Gale Heide, System and Story: Narrative Critique and Construction in Theology.  Commissioned book review for Religious Studies Review. Winter 2009.

Review of John Howard Yoder, Christian Attitudes to War, Peace, and Revolution. Commissioned book review for Modern Theology.  Summer 2011.

Conference Presentations:

Panelist, “Panel Discussion of James H. Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree,” presented to the Explorations in Theology and Apocalyptic Working Group at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL. November 17-20, 2012.

“On Prayer,” presented to the Systematic Theology Group at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Chicago, IL. November 17-20, 2012. 

Panelist, “Book Review Discussion of Joseph Mangina’s Revelation,” presented at the annual meeting for the Society of Biblical Literature. Atlanta, GA. November 20-23, 2010.

“On Prayer,” presented at the “Sarah Coakley and the Future of Systematic Theology” conference. Sydney, Australia. July 12-13, 2010.

Panelist, “Panel Discussion of William T. Cavanaugh’s The Myth of Religious Violence,” presented at the “Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination” conference. San Diego, CA. March 24-27, 2010.

“Peace as Apocalyptic Event: Towards a Prophetic Koinonia of Nonviolence,” presented at the “Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination” conference. San Diego, CA. March 24-27, 2010.

“On Teaching the Dead to Praise God” (with Craig Keen), presented at the annual meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society. Azusa, CA. March 5-6, 2010.

Respondent to the panel, “Whither Apocalyptic?  Critical Reflections in the Wake of Nathan R. Kerr, Christ, History and Apocalyptic: The Politics of Christian Mission, presented to the Explorations in Theology and Apocalyptic Group at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion.  Montreal, Quebec.  November 7-10, 2009.

Response to book panel on Christ, History and Apocalyptic: The Politics of Christian Mission, by Nathan R. Kerr, presented at the annual meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society. Anderson, IN. March 6-7, 2009.

“Singularity and Subversion: For an Anti-Metaphysics of Apocalyptic,” presented at the annual conference of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy. Rome, Italy. September 1-4, 2008. 

“Eschatology Without a Telos,” presented at the annual meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society. Durham, NC. March 15-16, 2008.

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion. Member. 2000- Present.

Wesleyan Theological Society. Member. 2001- Present.

Wesleyans in Theological Dialogue. Member 2002- Present.

North American Karl Barth Society. Member. 2000- Present.

The Centre of Theology and Philosophy. Member. 2005- Present.

The International Søren Kierkegaard Society. Member. 2008- Present.

Society of Biblical Literature. Member. 2010- Present.

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