Arthur F. Holmes Professor of Faith and Learning
On Faculty since 1978
Ph.D. in English - University of Connecticut, 1979
M.A. in English - University of Connecticut, 1976
M.A. in Theological Studies - Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 1974
B.A. in Literature - Wheaton College (Illinois), 1971
Research and Professional Activity
My research and writing interests focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, the relationship of religion to literature, modern intellectual history, and the history of Christian thought.
I currently serve as the President of the Conference on Christianity and Literature. In the spring of 2014, I served as a Visiting Fellow in Theology and the Arts at the Duke Divinity School.
Complete CV (PDF)
Beginning with the Word: Modern Literature and the Question of Belief. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2014.
Selected as finalist for the 2015 Lilly Fellows Program Book Award, sponsored by the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts.
Christ Across the Disciplines: Past, Present, Future, ed. Includes essays by David Bebbington, John Schmalzbauer, David N. Livingstone, John Webster, Eleonore Stump, Stephen M. Barr, Jeremy S. Begbie, Katherine Clay Bassard, and Sujit Sivasundaram. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2013.
Invisible Conversations: Religion in the Literature of America, ed. Includes essays by Denis Donoghue (NYU), Lawrence Buell (Harvard), Elisa New (Harvard), Barbara Packer (UCLA), Mark Noll (Notre Dame), Albert Raboteau, Jr. (Princeton), Katherine Bassard (Virginia Commonwealth), John Stauffer (Harvard), Andrew Delbanco (Columbia), Alan Wolfe (Boston College), Ralph Wood (Baylor), Stanley Hauerwas (Duke), and Roger Lundin. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2009.
Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
Times Literary Supplement, “Best Books of 2009”
Christian Century, “Top Ten Books of Theology for 2009”
There Before Us: Religion, Literature, and Culture from Emerson to Wendell Berry, ed. Includes essays by Barbara Packer, Michael Colacurcio, Roger Lundin, John Gatta, Katherine Bassard, Harold Bush, Jr., Mark Walhout, Gail McDonald, Lawrence Buell, and Andrew Delbanco. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2007.
From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority (American Intellectual Culture series). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005; paperback edition, 2007.
Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief. Second edition, revised and expanded. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2004.
Recent Articles in Books and Journals
“Simon, are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour?” What Did Jesus Ask? Christian Leaders Reflect on His Questions of Faith. Edited by Elizabeth Dias. New York: Time Books, 2015. 151-54.
Guest editor, Religion and Literature Forum on “Dickinson and Religion.” Includes commissioned essays by James McIntosh, Roger Lundin, Richard Brantley, Jane Donahue Eberwein, Victoria Morgan, Linda Freedman, Miho Nonaka, and Thomas Gardner. Religion and Literature 46.1 (Spring 2014). 138-203.
“Belief and Doubt in Literature.” The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts. Edited by Frank Burch Brown. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 433-49.
“King Lear.” Finding a Common Thread: Reading Great Texts from Homer to O'Connor. Edited by Robert C. Roberts, Scott H. Moore, and Donald D. Schmeltekopf. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine's Press, 2013.
“Religion and Literature, 1790-1945.” In The Cambridge History of Religions in America. 3 vols. Edited by Stephen J. Stein. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2012. 2: 751-69.
“Liberal Arts Education and the Doctrine of Humanity.” In Liberal Arts for the Christian Life. Edited by Jeffry C. Davis and Philip G. Ryken. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012. 71-79.
“The Cult and Culture of Interpretation.” In Taking Every Thought Captive: Forty Years of The Christian Scholar’s Review. Edited by Don W. King. Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, 2011. 227-48.
"The Arts.” In The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology. Edited by Gerald R. McDermott. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 418-33.
"Prospects and Retrospects: Religion and Literature in an American Context.” Religion and Literature 41.2 (2009): 289-96.
"Private Spheres: Poetry, Religion, and the Retreat from Public Life." In Religious Cultures – Communities of Belief. Edited by Jürgen Gerhardt. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag, 2009. 181-93.
"'As if God Were Dead’: American Literature and the Question of Scripture" In The Bible and the University. Edited by David Lyle Jeffrey and C. Stephen Evans. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2007. 253-83.
"The Beauty of Belief." In The Beauty of God: Theology and the Arts. Edited by Daniel Treier, Mark Husbands, and Roger Lundin. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2007. 184-208.
Over the past decade, I have given lectures on a number of topics (particularly modern literature, theology, and culture) at Azusa Pacific University, Baylor University, Calvin College, Duke University, Geneva College, Gordon College, Hillsdale College, Hope College, King University, Pepperdine University, Redeemer College, Regent College, Seattle Pacific University, St. Louis University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Minnesota, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Valparaiso University.