Kathryn Tanner

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Frederick Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology

CV | kathryn.tanner@yale.edu Denomination: Episcopal

Professor Tanner joined the Yale Divinity School faculty in 2010 after teaching at the University of Chicago Divinity School for sixteen years and in Yale’s Department of Religious Studies for ten. Her research relates the history of Christian thought to contemporary issues of theological concern using social, cultural, and feminist theory. She is the author of God and Creation in Christian Theology: Tyranny or Empowerment? (Blackwell, 1988); The Politics of God: Christian Theologies and Social Justice (Fortress, 1992); Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology (Fortress, 1997); Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity: A Brief Systematic Theology (Fortress, 2001); Economy of Grace (Fortress, 2005); Christ the Key (Cambridge, 2010); and scores of scholarly articles and chapters in books that include The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology, which she edited with John Webster and Iain Torrance. She serves on the editorial boards of Modern Theology, International Journal of Systematic Theology, and Scottish Journal of Theology, and is a former coeditor of the Journal of Religion. Active in many professional societies, Professor Tanner is a past president of the American Theological Society, the oldest theological society in the United States. For eight years she has been a member of the Theology Committee that advises the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops. In the academic year 2010–11, she had a Luce Fellowship to research financial markets and the critical perspectives that Christian theology can bring to bear on them. In 2015–16, she will deliver the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Read an article about Professor Tanner here: http://www.yale.edu/divinity/notes/111106/tanner.shtml


Quote

Enlightenment challenges to the intellectual credibility of religious ideas can no longer be taken for granted as the starting point for theological work now that theologians facing far more pressing worries than academic respectability have gained their voices here at home and around the globe. 

Theologians are now primarily called to provide, not a theoretical argument for Christianity’s plausibility, but an account of how Christianity can be part of the solution, rather than simply part of the problem, on matters of great human moment that make a life-and-death difference to people, especially the poor and the oppressed.


Education

B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Yale University


Books

  1. Christ the Key (Cambridge, 2010)
  2. Economy of Grace (Fortress, 2005)
  3. Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity: A Brief Systematic Theology (T and T Clark/ Fortress, 2001)
  4. Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology (Fortress, 1997)
  5. The Politics of God: Christian Theologies and Social Justice (Fortress, 1992)
  6. God and Creation in Christian Theology: Tyranny or Empowerment? (Blackwell,1988/ Fortress Reprint, 2005)