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James M. Brandt

Professor of Historical Theology
and Director of Contextual Education

Phone: 913-253-5018

  • PhD, University of Chicago
  • MDiv, Luther Theological Seminary
  • BA, St. Olaf College
Dr. James Brandt
I understand theology to be disciplined, critical reflection on the Christian faith. Theology is "faith seeking understanding."  This means that theology begins from faith and seeks for deeper understanding of the dynamics of faith.


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Ordained Minister

Discipline or Specialty
  • Primary: Historical Theology and Ethics, Church History
  • Secondary: Practical Theology, Contextual Education, Spirituality, Social Ministry
Representative Courses Taught
  • Preparing for Local Ministries
  • Ministry in Context
  • 19th Century Protestant Theology
  • Luther and Schleiermacher
  • Immersion: Guatemala
Recent Publications
"Historical Theology," in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology, Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, ed. (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
Schleiermacher's Christian Ethics: Selections, translator (Louisville: Westminister John Knox Press, 2011).
"Interpretation of Culture in Schleiermacher's Christian Ethics," in Schleiermacher, the Study of Religion, and the Future of Theology (Berlin: deGruyter, 2010).

Articles on the Enlightenment, Immanuel Kant, Gottfried Wilhelm Lessing, Wilhelm Dilthey, Atheism Controversy, Siegmund Jakob Baumgarten, Ferdinand Kattenbusch, Johann August Wilhelm Neander, Wilhelm Abraham Teller, Friedrich August Gottreu Tholuck, Julius August Ludwig Wegscheider in New Westminster Dictionary of Church History, Volume 2, Robert Benedetto, ed. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming).

"Theological Reflections," Lectionary Homiletics (May 2006).

All Things New: Reform of Church and Society in Schleiermacher's Christian Ethics (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001).
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