Andy Tooley, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology and the History of Christianity
On Faculty since 2015

Office: BGC 525
Phone: (630)752-5479


Ph.D. University of Stirling, Scotland, 2013

M.Div. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2006

B.A. University of Nebraska, 2001

About Andy Tooley

Broadly conceived, my professional expertise is in the history of Christianity. More specifically, my research focuses on the intersection between history, culture, and theology, particularly within transatlantic evangelicalism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

My forthcoming book, Reinventing Redemption: Transatlantic Methodists and the Rise of Modernist Evangelicals, 1875-1914, explores one of the most hotly debated, yet largely unacknowledged, theological controversies among transatlantic evangelicals during the Victorian and Progressive Eras. Through an examination of the cultural-philosophical worldview evangelicals employed in support of their particular atonement theories, I argued that they, rather than jettisoning their faith or embracing a liberal form of Christianity, refracted the cultural and intellectual impulses coursing through transatlantic Protestantism, and in the process displayed a commitment to what they conceived as a modern evangelical atonement rooted in an “evangelical-Romantic synthesis.”

My wife Christa, who holds a joint appointment in the Urban Studies and Anthropology departments here at Wheaton, and I have three young children. When not working, we can be found playing (and watching) various sports, reading, or enjoying a walk outdoors.

Courses Taught

  • BITH 315 Christian Thought
  • BITH 565 Christian Theology
  • BITH 576 History of Christianity to 1900
  • BITH 577 Modern World Christianity
  • BITH 581 The Reformation

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Historical Association
  • American Society of Church History

Current Research

My next monograph, tentatively titled Modernist Evangelicals and American Culture, explores in greater depth and detail the nature of modernism as an intellectual and cultural movement and the ways in which it affected religious thought between its inauguration in the 1880s and its crystallization in the 1930s. In particular, it focuses on those evangelicals who challenge contemporary understandings of the period which place evangelicals within the fundamentalist/ protestant liberal binary paradigm while incorporating the beliefs and attitudes of African Americans into the larger story of evangelicalism at the turn of the twentieth century.

Select Publications


Reinventing Redemption: Transatlantic Methodists and the Rise of Modernist Evangelicals, 1875-1914 (Forthcoming, 2016).

Edited Book

Evangelicals and the Early Church: Recovery, Reform, Renewal, coedited with George Kalantzis (Wipf and Stock, 2012).

Articles/Essays/Book Chapters

“Theological Developments in Twentieth-Century Transatlantic Protestantism” in A History of Protestant Dissenting Traditions. Volume 5, ed. Mark Hutchinson, Timothy Larsen and Mark Noll. (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

“Methodists Since the Nineteenth Century,” in Encyclopedia of Religion in America, eds., Charles Lippy and Peter Williams (CQ Press, 2010).

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