Kevin M. Vander Schel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Dr. Kevin Vander Schel joined Gonzaga’s Religious Studies Department in the Fall of 2016, having previously taught at Villanova University, University of Houston, and Boston College. He specializes in modern Christian systematic theology, and has...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D, Systematic Theology, Boston College

M.A., Theology, Boston College

B.A., Religion and Theology, Calvin College

Courses Taught

RELI 220: Catholicism

RELI 240: Political Theology

RELI 240: Theological Anthropology

RELI 490: Special Topics

RELI 507: Systematic Theology II: Spirit, Church World


Dr. Kevin Vander Schel joined Gonzaga’s Religious Studies Department in the Fall of 2016, having previously taught at Villanova University, University of Houston, and Boston College. He specializes in modern Christian systematic theology, and has strong interests in theological anthropology and hermeneutics, political theology, theologies of sin and grace, and Christian ethics. Dr. Vander Schel is an active member of the American Academy of Religion and the Catholic Theological Society of America. His current research focuses on questions of grace and history, method and theory in the academic study of theology and religion, and social and political understandings of sin.

Monographs

Embedded Grace: Christ, History, and the Reign of God in Schleiermacher’s Dogmatics. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013.

Edited Books

The Fragility of Consciousness: Faith, Reason, and the Human Good. Essays by Frederick G. Lawrence. Edited, with an Introduction, by K.M. Vander Schel and R.S. Rosenberg. New York: University of Toronto Press, 2017.

Peer-reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

“Social Sin and the Cultivation of Nature,” A Theology for Ecological Living: Schleiermacher and Sustainability. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming 2017.

“Christ and the Perfection of Creation in Schleiermacher’s Dogmatic Theology.” Annals of Theology 67, no. 2 (2017): 47-67.

“Grace and Human Action: Distinctively Christian Action in Schleiermacher’s Christian Ethics.” The Journal of Religion 96, no. 1 (Jan. 2016): 3-28.

“Election in Christ in Schleiermacher’s Christian Faith and Christian Ethics.” Open Theology (De Gruyter Press) 1 (2015): 334-41.

“Reconsidering Schleiermacher’s Hermeneutical Thought: Ethics and Communicative Action,” Hermeneutics – Ethics – Education, ed. Andrzej Wierciński. Berlin: LIT Verlag, 2015. Pg. 77-96.

“Friedrich Schleiermacher,” T&T Clark Companion to the Doctrine of Sin, eds. David Lauber and Keith L. Johnson. New York: T&T Clark, 2016. Pg. 251-66.

“Redemption and the Outer Word: Reflections on Schleiermacher and Lonergan,” Grace and Friendship: Theological Essays. Marquette: Marquette Univ. Press, 2016. Pg. 301-18.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Grace in Christianity: Medieval Times and Reformation Era,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, v. 10, eds. D.C. Allison, Christine Helmer, et al. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015. Pg. 763-65.

“Grace in Christianity: Modern Europe and North America,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, v. 10, eds. D.C. Allison, Christine Helmer, et al. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015. Pg. 765-67.

“Lonergan, Bernard,” Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, v. 16, eds. Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, et al. Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming 2017.

“Taylor, Charles – Secularity,” Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, eds. M.N.S. Sellers, Stephan Kirste. Berlin: Springer Verlag, forthcoming, 2017.

“Habermas, Jürgen – Faith and Reason,” Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, eds. M.N.S. Sellers, Stephan Kirste. Berlin: Springer Verlag, forthcoming, 2017.

Book Reviews

Biblical Interpretation and Philosophical Hermeneutics. By B.H. McLean. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. In Heythrop Journal 58, no. 2 (March, 2017): 273-74.

The Differentiation of Authority: The Medieval Turn Toward Existence. By James Greenaway. Washington, D.C.: Catholic Univ. of America Press, 2012. In RSR 39, no. 4 (Dec., 2013): 279.

Introduction to Scholastic Theology. By Ulrich G. Leinsle. Translated by Michael J. Miller. Washington, D.C.: Catholic Univ. of America Press, 2010. In RSR 38, no. 1 (March, 2012): 26.

  • Christian Systematic Theology
  • Fundamental Theology
  • Theological Anthropology
  • Political Theology
  • Theologies of Sin and Grace
  • Method in the Academic Study of Religion
  • Christian Ethics
  • Friedrich Schleiermacher
  • Bernard Lonergan
  • Frankfurt School