Bergener Professor of Theology and Religion with Capital University; Professor of Church History
A theology which attempts to make sense of evil and human suffering must examine the experiences of both genders…. For centuries women have been part of the discussion of theodicy, but their voices have not always been heard… [T]he voices of women from our catholic tradition are able to broaden and transform our discussion of evil. Their very orthodox theology challenges both classical notions of the alignment between woman and Satan as well as certain feminist beliefs that evil is found only in human structures. Scripture and Christian tradition speak to our suffering with promises of healing and powerful images of hope. The resurrection of the body is God’s strong affirmation that our bodies are precious, and that they will be healed and restored in God’s own time.
--From “The Woman and the Dragon: Feminist Reflections on Sexual Violence, Evil, and Bodily Resurrection,” dialog 33 (1994).
B.A., Luther College, 1985; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1988; M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1997, 2000; Assistant Pastor, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Davenport, IA, 1990-94; Assistant Pastor, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, South Bend, IN, 1995-97; Assistant Professor of Religion, Luther College, 1999- 2000; Bergener Professor of Theology and Religion, Trinity and Capital University, 2000- ; Assistant Professor of Church History, Trinity, 2000-2006; Associate Professor of Church History, Trinity, 2006-. Acting Director of Graduate Studies, 2008-09; Professor of Church History, Trinity, 2011-.
- North American Patristics Society
- Sixteenth Century Society and Conference
- Society of Biblical Literature
- Society for the Study of Early Modern Women
- "Disrupting Sacred Time: Angela of Foligno’s Encounter with St. Bartholomew’s Demonic Imposter." Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures 37 (2011): 147-166.
- "Sexual Abuse and a Theology of Embodiment: Incarnating Healing." In The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused, ed. Andrew J. Schmutzer, 186-196. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2011.
- “Elizabeth Wilson, the Bible, and Legal Rights of Women in the Nineteenth Century.” Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Contemporary Worlds 5 (2009): 219-232.
- “Envying Jephthah’s Daughter: Judges 11 in the Thought of Arcangela Tarabotti (1604-1652).” In Strangely Familiar: Protofeminist Interpretations of Patriarchal Texts, ed. Nancy Calvert-Koyzis and Heather E. Weir, 75-91. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009.
- Dinah’s Lament: The Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007.
- “Dismembering the Adulteress: Sixteenth-Century Commentary on the Narrative of the Levite’s Concubine (Judges 19-21), Seminary Ridge Review 9/2 (2007): 5-24.
- “Wisdom’s Voice and Women’s Speech: Hrotswitha of Gandersheim, Hildegard of Bingen, and Rebecca Cox Jackson,” Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History 13 (2007): 41-70.
- “The Feast of the Purification in the Liturgical Mysticism of Angela of Foligno,” Mystics Quarterly 32 (2006): 35-67.
- “John Chrysostom’s Critique of Spousal Violence,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 12 (2004): 413-42.
- “A Fiery Heat: Images of the Holy Spirit in the Writings of Hildegard of Bingen,” Mystics Quarterly 30 (2004): 76-95.
- “Virgin and Martyr: Divine Protection from Sexual Assault in the Peristephanon of Prudentius.” In Miracles in Jewish and Christian Antiquity: Imagining Truth, ed. John Cavadini, 169-91. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1999.
- “The Rape of Dinah: Luther’s Interpretation of a Biblical Narrative.” The Sixteenth Century Journal 28 (1997): 775-91.
- “Spiritual Friendship in the Vita of Beatrice of Nazareth.” Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History 3:2 (1997): 99-140.
- “Revelation 12: Female Figures and Figures of Evil.” Word & World 15 (1995): 175-81.
- “The Woman and the Dragon: Feminist Reflections on Sexual Violence, Evil, and Bodily Resurrection.” dialog 33 (1994): 135-41.
- “Marguerite of Navarre Breaks Silence about Sixteenth-Century Clergy Sexual Violence.” Lutheran Quarterly 7 (1993): 171-90.
- “Toward a Feminist Eucharistic Theology and Piety.” dialog 30 (1991): 221-26.
- “Katherine, Morning Star,” Lutheran Woman Today, December 2008.
- “The Surprising Women in Jesus’ Family Tree.” Lutheran Woman Today, April 2008.
- “The 95 Theses Today: No Place for Purgatory.” The Lutheran, November 2007.
- “Traveling Back in Time: All Saints’ Day 1517.” Lutheran Woman Today, November 2007.