Marc Cortez, Ph.D.


Biblical and Theological Studies Department

Associate Professor of Theology
On Faculty since 2013

Office: BGC 529
Phone: (630)752-5914


Ph.D., University of St. Andrews, 2007

Th.M., Western Seminary, 2004

M.A., Western Seminary, 2002

B.A., Multnomah Bible College, 2000

About Marc Cortez

I’m a recent transplant to the Midwest, having lived much of my life on the West Coast (mostly near Portland) with a brief stint in Scotland. My teaching focuses mostly on theology and church history, though I’ve taught introductory Greek and philosophy as well. I love a good discussion, and my favorite classes are those in which I get to learn along with the students as we wrestle through difficult theological issues together and come to know and love God more deeply. And I particularly enjoy helping students reflect on how theology impacts everyday life and ministry. 

My research interests revolve largely around what it means to be human. I think that humans are fascinatingly weird creatures who raise all kinds of complex questions, so I enjoy studying us. More specifically, though, much of my research focuses on the significance of Christology for understanding humans in general. In other words, what does it really mean to say that Jesus reveals what it means to be truly human? And what difference does that make for how we understand specific issues like the image of God, embodiment, free will, sexuality, race, and more. 

Before teaching, I worked as a youth pastor, ministering to middle and high school students for almost ten years. I still love youth ministry and have continued to serve as a volunteer youth worker ever since. And my great delight now is doing youth ministry alongside my teenage daughter! 

Most of my spare time gets spent with my family, reading theology books, or doing chores around the house. But I also enjoy blogging, I read a lot of fiction (especially science fiction and fantasy), and I like TV far more than I should (with a tendency toward shows on the “dark” side). 

Courses Taught

  • Advanced historical theology seminars on Augustine, Greek Fathers, Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, and Karl Barth
  • Advanced seminar on theological anthropology
  • Introductory classes in systematic theology covering all the major doctrines
  • Church history survey
  • Introduction to philosophy for theologians and biblical scholars
  • Introductory classes on Greek grammar, syntax, and exegesis

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Evangelical Philosophical Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Academy of Religion


  • Theological Anthropology (esp. the image of God, the body/soul relationship, human sexuality, race/culture, and theologies of work)
  • Contemporary Christology (esp. the incarnation and the humanity of Christ)
  • Philosophical Theology (primarily the relationship between metaphysics and systematic theology)
  • Global and Contextual Theology (the nature of culture, the impact of cultural context on theology, particular expressions of contextual theology)
  • Theological studies on Geregory of Myssa, Karl Barth, and Jonathan Edwards


Books Published

Christological Anthropology in Historical Perspective (Zondervan, forthcoming).

A Theological Anthropology Reader (T&T Clark, forthcoming).

Theological Anthropology: A Guide for the Perplexed (T&T Clark, 2010).

Embodied Souls, Ensouled Bodies: An Exercise in Christological Anthropology and Its Significance for the Mind/Body Debate (T&T Clark, 2008).

Articles/Chapters Published

"The Madness of Our Method: Christology as the Necessary Starting Point for Theological Anghropology," in Ashgate Companion to Theological Anthropology (forthcoming).

"The Human Person as Communicative Event: Jonathan Edwards on the Mind/Body Relationship,” in Ashgate Companion to Theological Anthropology (forthcoming).

"A Spirit-ed Account of the imago Dei: Reconnecting Pneumatology and Christology in Contemporary Theological Anthropology,” in Third Article Theology: A Pneumatological Dogmatics (forthcoming).

“As Much as Possible: Essentially Contested Concepts and Analytic Theology; A Response to William J. Abraham,” Journal of Analytic Theology 1.1 (2013): 17-24. 

“Body, Soul, and (Holy) Spirit: Karl Barth’s Theological Framework for Understanding Human Ontology,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 10.3 (2008): 328-345.

“What Does It Mean to Call Karl Barth a Christocentric Theologian?” Scottish Journal of Theology 60.2 (2007): 127-143.

“The Law of Violent Intervention: Deuteronomy 25:11-12 Revisited,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 30.4 (2006): 431-447.

“Creation and Context: A Theological Framework for Contextual Theology,” Westminster Theological Journal 67.2 (Fall 2005): 347-362.

Westminster Theological Journal 67.1 (Spring 2005): 85-102.

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