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Jonathan Lett

Assistant Professor of Theology

Phone: (903) 233-3376
Email: JonathanLett@letu.edu

 

My research and teaching interests arise out of my conviction that theology is performed in service of the church and its mission to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. In particular, I seek to think through the political and ecclesial nature of traditional theological claims in conversation with contemporary philosophical and social concerns. My current research project explores the relationship between the doctrines of creation and incarnation for understanding creation’s order, purpose, and goodness. I also show what ethical and political difference it makes that Christians call this world “creation” rather than the secularized term “nature.”

As a theologian and teacher, I want to challenge students to wrestle with the claims that the Christian gospel makes on every aspect of their lives. I try to help students develop a theological imagination—a habit of mind shaped by Scripture, theology, and Christian practices—in order to live faithfully.

Before coming to LeTourneau, I worked as a hospital chaplain, a campus minister in New England and at a Catholic university in Ohio, and served in pastoral ministry in several different denominations. I’m currently a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church. My wife, Amy, and daughter, Hazel, and I live in Longview.

 

Education

  • Ph.D. (ABD), Theology, University of St. Andrews
  • M.Div., Duke Divinity School
  • B.A., Marketing; Finance, Cedarville University

 

 

Publications

2016 "'God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity!': Pneumatology and Participation in the Theology of John Calvin," in Calvinus Pastor Ecclesiae. Papers of the Eleventh International Congress on Calvin Research, eds. Herman J. Selderhuis and Arnold Huijgen, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, forthcoming
2016 "Football and Faith: On the Religious Formation of the Fan," in The Other Journal, Issue 26: Theology of Sport, forthcoming
2016 From Nature to Creation: A Christian Vision for Understanding and Loving Our World, by Norman Wirzba. Book review forthcoming in Theology
2016 "The Divine Identity of Jesus as the Reason for Israel's Unbelief in John 12:36-43", in Journal of Biblical Literature, vol 135, no. 1 (March 2016): 159-173
2015 Music, Modernity, and God: Essays in Listening, by Jeremy S. Begbie. Book review for Transpositions: Theology, Imagination, and the Arts, (March 2015) http://www.transpositions.co.uk/17993/
2014 "Dogmatics as Apologetics", Syndicate Theology, Book Symposium on "Karl Barth on Theology and Philosophy" by Kenneth Oakes, vol 1, issue 2 (July-August 2014): 22-29

 

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