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Luther, The Flawed Giant, Brent A. R. Hege Nov 2017

Luther, The Flawed Giant, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Presentation given in part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the First Lutheran Church on October 21, 2017 in Columbus, Indiana.


Europe At The Time Of The Reformation, Brent A. R. Hege Nov 2017

Europe At The Time Of The Reformation, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Presentation given in part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the First Lutheran Church on October 21, 2017 in Columbus, Indiana.


Luther’S Life And Thought, Brent A. R. Hege Nov 2017

Luther’S Life And Thought, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Presentation given in part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the First Lutheran Church on October 21, 2017 in Columbus, Indiana.


Luther Goes Viral: Mass Communication In The Lutheran Reformation, Brent A. R. Hege Mar 2017

Luther Goes Viral: Mass Communication In The Lutheran Reformation, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Presentation given at the Indiana Association of Historians Annual Meeting on February 18, 2017 in Lafayette, Indiana.


What Is Religious Freedom?, Brent Hege Feb 2016

What Is Religious Freedom?, Brent Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Last year's passage of Indiana's Religious Freedom Act set off a storm of controversy about the nature of religious freedom and the status of LGBT rights in Indiana. In this presentation, Dr. Brent Hege from the Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classics will discuss the meaning of religious freedom, offer some historical context for understanding the RFRA, and challenge the theological assumptions supporting this new law.


The 'Make Your Own Religion' Project: Design And Analysis, Chad Bauman, Brent Hege Jan 2016

The 'Make Your Own Religion' Project: Design And Analysis, Chad Bauman, Brent Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

The “Make Your Own Religion” class project was designed to address a perceived need to introduce more theoretical thinking about religion into a typical religion survey course, and to do so in such a way that students would experience the wonder of theoretical discovery, and through or because of that discovery hopefully both better retain knowledge gained from the project and nurture within themselves the practice of thinking more analytically about religion (and other social and cultural things). Despite a number of challenges and unresolved questions associated with the project, it has proven relatively successful at introducing and provoking theoretical ...


Hobby Lobby’S ‘Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs’: The Problem Of Theological Terminology In American Politics And Jurisprudence, Brent Hege Feb 2015

Hobby Lobby’S ‘Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs’: The Problem Of Theological Terminology In American Politics And Jurisprudence, Brent Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Abstract of Brent Hege's conference paper presented at: Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Annual Meeting Albuquerque, NM, Feb. 2015.


Contesting Faith, Truth, And Religious Language At The Creation Museum: A Historical-Theological Reflection, Brent A. R. Hege Aug 2014

Contesting Faith, Truth, And Religious Language At The Creation Museum: A Historical-Theological Reflection, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, attempts to demonstrate the flaws in contemporary science and to offer an alternative explanation of human origins and biological complexity rooted in a specific reading of the biblical narrative. This effort, however, is paradoxically rooted in the worldview of modern science and the Enlightenment. This article will examine the Creation Museum’s definitions of faith, truth, and religious language and will compare these definitions to those of mainline Protestant Christianity to uncover the historical and theological presuppositions of Creationist and mainline Protestant engagements with contemporary science.


Theology, Politics, And Antimodernism In Nazi Germany: Problematizing Theological Rhetoric And Political Theology, Brent A. R. Hege Apr 2014

Theology, Politics, And Antimodernism In Nazi Germany: Problematizing Theological Rhetoric And Political Theology, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

A review essay of: Hitler’s Theology: A Study in Political Religion. By Rainer Bucher. Translated by Rebecca Pohl. Edited and with an introduction by Michael Hoelzl. London: Continuum, 2011. xx+140 pp. $120.00 Cloth, $34.95 Paper Theological Tractates. By Erik Peterson. Edited, translated, and with an introduction by Michael J. Hollerich. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2011. xxx + 256 pp. $75.00 Cloth, $24.95 Paper


Review Of "Thinking Christ: Christology And Contemporary Critics", Brent A. R. Hege Apr 2014

Review Of "Thinking Christ: Christology And Contemporary Critics", Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

A review of Thinking Christ: Christology and Contemporary Critics by Jane Barter Moulaison.


„Zurück Zu Schleiermacher! Und Von Schleiermacher Aus Vorwärts!“ Georg Wobbermin And The Legacy Of Schleiermacher In Weimar Liberal Protestantism, Brent A. R. Hege Apr 2014

„Zurück Zu Schleiermacher! Und Von Schleiermacher Aus Vorwärts!“ Georg Wobbermin And The Legacy Of Schleiermacher In Weimar Liberal Protestantism, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

As dialectical theology rose to prominence in the years following World War I, the new theologians sought to distance themselves from liberalism in a number of ways, an important one being a rejection of Schleiermacher’s methods and conclusions. In reading the history of Weimar-era theology as it has been written in the twentieth century one would be forgiven for assuming that Schleiermacher found no defenders during this time, as liberal theology quietly faded into the twilight. However, a closer examination of this period reveals a different story. The last generation of liberal theologians consistently appealed to Schleiermacher for support ...


Breaking Bad As Theological Text: A Process-Theological Reflection On Theodicy And Anthropodicy, Brent Hege Feb 2014

Breaking Bad As Theological Text: A Process-Theological Reflection On Theodicy And Anthropodicy, Brent Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

The recently-wrapped AMC megabit Breaking Bad (set and filmed in Albuquerque) has challenged viewers to reevaluate their assumptions about good and evil, freedom and determinism, and the possibility of redemption. Walter White, the protagonist and postmodern anti-hero, is a mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher and family man who is diagnosed with terminal cancer. To provide for his family after his death, he enters the crystal meth underworld, eventually securing for himself a vast underground empire and a new persona as "Heisenberg." Over the course of five seasons White makes a series of choices that implicate him in deception, betrayal, and ...


Review Of "Thinking With The Church: Essays In Historical Theology", Brent A. R. Hege Mar 2013

Review Of "Thinking With The Church: Essays In Historical Theology", Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

A review of "Thinking with the Church: Essays in Historical Theology" by B. A. Gerrish.


Review Of "An Introduction To Christian Theology", Brent A. R. Hege Mar 2013

Review Of "An Introduction To Christian Theology", Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

A review of "An Introduction to Christian Theology" by Richard J. Plantinga, Thomas R. Thompson, and Matthew D. Lundberg.


Review Of "What’S Wrong With Sin? Sin In Individual And Social Perspective From Schleiermacher To Theologies Of Liberation", Brent A. R. Hege Mar 2013

Review Of "What’S Wrong With Sin? Sin In Individual And Social Perspective From Schleiermacher To Theologies Of Liberation", Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

A review of "What’s Wrong with Sin? Sin in Individual and Social Perspective from Schleiermacher to Theologies of Liberation" by Derek R. Nelson.


Review Of "The Church Event: Call And Challenge Of A Church Protestant", Brent A. R. Hege Mar 2013

Review Of "The Church Event: Call And Challenge Of A Church Protestant", Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

A review of "The Church Event: Call and Challenge of a Church Protestant" by Vitor Westhelle.


Review Of "Take My Hand: A Theological Memoir", Brent A. R. Hege Mar 2013

Review Of "Take My Hand: A Theological Memoir", Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

A review of "Take My Hand: A Theological Memoir" by Andrew Taylor-Troutman.


Welcome To Bedrock: A Liberal Theologian Visits The Creation Museum, Brent Hege Feb 2013

Welcome To Bedrock: A Liberal Theologian Visits The Creation Museum, Brent Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

The Creation Museum, established by the conservative Christian organization "Answers in Genesis," purports to offer visitors a realistic and historically and scientifically accurate representation of the origins of life on Earth according to the Book of Genesis. By employing all of the features of modern museums of science and history and elaborate cutting-edge technology and special effects, the Creation Museum intends to convince visitors of the scientific validity of a hyperliteral reading of Genesis's creation accounts and, therefore, of the truth of their particular version of Christianity. In my paper I will reflect on my visit to the Creation ...


Political Theology In A Postsecularist Key, Brent A. R. Hege Oct 2012

Political Theology In A Postsecularist Key, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

A review of Clayton Crockett, Radical Political Theology: Religion and Politics after Liberalism. Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011. $50.00 216 pp. ISBN: 9780231149822


Review Of Introduction To Modern Theology: Trajectories In The German Tradition, Brent Hege May 2011

Review Of Introduction To Modern Theology: Trajectories In The German Tradition, Brent Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Review of Introduction to Modern Theology: Trajectories in the German Tradition.


Review Of Contemporary Christologies: A Fortress Introduction, By Don Schweitzer., Brent Hege May 2011

Review Of Contemporary Christologies: A Fortress Introduction, By Don Schweitzer., Brent Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Review of Contemporary Christologies: A Fortress Introduction, by Don Schweitzer.


Stories The Religious Left Must Tell Itself, Brent A. R. Hege Nov 2010

Stories The Religious Left Must Tell Itself, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Reviews Changing the Script: An Authentically Faithful and Authentically Progressive Political Theology for the 21st Century, by Daniel Schultz. Ig Publishing (2010) $15.95


Stories The Religious Left Must Tell Itself, Brent A. R. Hege Nov 2010

Stories The Religious Left Must Tell Itself, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Reviews Changing the Script: An Authentically Faithful and Authentically Progressive Political Theology for the 21st Century, by Daniel Schultz. Ig Publishing (2010) $15.95


The Online Theology Classroom: Strategies For Engaging A Community Of Distance Learners In A Hybrid Model Of Online Education, Brent A. R. Hege Nov 2010

The Online Theology Classroom: Strategies For Engaging A Community Of Distance Learners In A Hybrid Model Of Online Education, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

The key to success in online education is the creation and sustenance of a safe and vibrant virtual community. In order to create such a community instructors must pay special attention to the relationship between technology and pedagogy, specifically in terms of issues such as course design, social presence, facilitation of sustained engagement with course material, specially tailored assignments, and learner expectations and objectives. Several strategies for accomplishing this goal are presented here based on the author’s experiences teaching second career students in hybrid introductory theology courses at a mainline denominational seminary.


Geschicte Und Historie: The Problem Of Faith And History, Brent A. R. Hege Sep 2010

Geschicte Und Historie: The Problem Of Faith And History, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Faith at the Intersection of History and Experience is the first study in English of the theology of the German Lutheran theologian, Georg Wobbermin (1869–1943), who has been called a “captain of the liberal rearguard.” Widely read and discussed in his own lifetime, Wobbermin’s theology fell into obscurity as dialectical theology rose to prominence in the years following the First World War. Hege presents the major themes of Wobbermin’s theology, particularly his analysis of the relationship between faith and history and his development of a religio-psychological theological method that places faith at the intersection of history and ...


Review Of Historicism: The Once And Future Challenge For Theology, By Sheila Greeve Davaney, Brent A. R. Hege Jun 2010

Review Of Historicism: The Once And Future Challenge For Theology, By Sheila Greeve Davaney, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Review of Historicism: The Once and Future Challenge for Theology, by Sheila Greeve Davaney


Review Of The Burial Of Jesus: History And Faith, By James F. Mcgrath, Brent A. R. Hege Jun 2010

Review Of The Burial Of Jesus: History And Faith, By James F. Mcgrath, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Review of The Burial of Jesus: History and Faith, by James F. McGrath


A Reforming Tradition Struggles With Change: The Evangelical Lutheran Church In America’S Historic Vote On Lgbt Ordination, One Year Later, Brent A. R. Hege Jun 2010

A Reforming Tradition Struggles With Change: The Evangelical Lutheran Church In America’S Historic Vote On Lgbt Ordination, One Year Later, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

For progressives in the ELCA, the wider Christian church and society at large, the vote was a thrilling victory after decades of struggle and setback. For conservatives, the vote signaled a decisive break with scripture and tradition and called the orthodoxy and orthopraxy of the this denomination into question. Almost one year later, we can take a step back to consider what happened in Minneapolis and to map some of the trajectories of this historic vote.


A Reforming Tradition Struggles With Change: The Evangelical Lutheran Church In America’S Historic Vote On Lgbt Ordination, One Year Later, Brent A. R. Hege Jun 2010

A Reforming Tradition Struggles With Change: The Evangelical Lutheran Church In America’S Historic Vote On Lgbt Ordination, One Year Later, Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

For progressives in the ELCA, the wider Christian church and society at large, the vote was a thrilling victory after decades of struggle and setback. For conservatives, the vote signaled a decisive break with scripture and tradition and called the orthodoxy and orthopraxy of the this denomination into question. Almost one year later, we can take a step back to consider what happened in Minneapolis and to map some of the trajectories of this historic vote.


The Suffering Of God? The Divine Love And The Problem Of Suffering In Classical And Process-Relational Theisms., Brent A. R. Hege Jun 2010

The Suffering Of God? The Divine Love And The Problem Of Suffering In Classical And Process-Relational Theisms., Brent A. R. Hege

Brent A. R. Hege

Not quite twenty-five years ago, theologian Ronald Goetz surveyed the landscape of late twentieth-century theology to find that “the ancient theopaschite heresy that God suffers has, in fact, become the new orthodoxy.”2 The shifting commitments and methodological assumptions contributing to this seemingly radical reorientation of Christian thought concerning the doctrine of God are varied and complex, but we might consider a few important questions to discern whether the theopaschite trend in contemporary theology powerfully and faithfully speaks good news in our time, and whether it does so more effectively than the classical doctrine of divine impassibility.