Biblical and Theological Studies Department
Ph.D., Marquette University, Religious Studies, 2002
M.A., Marquette University, Theology, 1998
M.A., Old Dominion University, English Literature, 1996
About Jeffrey Barbeau
“Literature emphasizes the playful freedom of imagination, while doctrine aims to create a consistent and coherent system of thought, putting into concepts the wholeness of reality that imagination is feeling after” (Paul Fiddes).
Early in my education I wondered how religion and literature might provide mutually enriching resources for theological reflection. This intuition led me to graduate studies in both theology and English literature. At Wheaton, I teach courses in historical and systematic theology, coordinate the M.A. degree in theology, and cofounded The Nineteenth Society. Three broad subjects are at the center of my writing and teaching: British Romanticism, pneumatology, and Wesleyan/Methodist studies. In addition to several books, my research has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Religion, Anglican Theological Review, Heythrop Journal, Methodist Review, Theological Studies, and The Wordsworth Circle. I am the Book Reviews Editor for the Coleridge Bulletin, serve on the Advisory Board of the Collected Letters of Hannah More, and participate in the community at Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville.
- Historical Theology (BITH 372)
- Romantic Literature and Theology (ENGL 433/BITH 489/BITH 558)
- Christian Theology (BITH 565)
- World Christianity (BITH 577)
- Historical Theology: Reformation (BITH 655)
- Historical Theology: Modern (BITH 656)
- Theology and the Liberal Arts (BITH 674)
- Advanced Systematic Theology: Holy Spirit (BITH 675)
- Theology in the Romantic Age (BITH 679)
- Wesley and the Methodists (BITH 679)
- Theology and Autobiography (BITH 679)
- Methods in Scholarship (BITH 684)
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Academy of Religion
- Conference on Christianity and Literature
- Friends of Coleridge
- Historical Society of the United Methodist Church
- International Conference on Romanticism
- Wesleyan Theological Society
- Wordsworth-Coleridge Association
- Theology and Literature
- British Romanticism
- Wesleyan Theology
- History of Methodism
- World Christianity
- Global Pentecostalism
- Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
The Spirit of Methodism: Discovering the Heritage of a Global Communion. Downers Grove: IVP Academic. Under contract.
Religion in Romantic England, 1760–1832. Documents of Anglophone Christianity. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press. In press.
The Image of God in an Image Driven Age: Explorations in Theological Anthropology. Co-edited with Beth Felker Jones. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.
Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith. Co-edited with Beth Felker Jones. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2015.
Sara Coleridge: Her Life and Thought. Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Coleridge, the Bible, and Religion. Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Coleridge’s Assertion of Religion: Essays on the Opus Maximum. Studies in Philosophical Theology, no. 33. Louvain: Peeters, 2006.
Select Journal Articles & Essays
"Romantic Religion, Life Writing, and Conversion Narratives." The Wordsworth Circle. 47 (2016): 32-39.
"D.T. Niles, the Church, and the Fellowship of the Spirit." Methodist Review: A Journal of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies 8 (2016): 43-75.
"Sara Coleridge on Love and Romance." The Wordsworth Circle 46 (2015): 36-44.
“Enthusiasts, Rationalists, and Pentecost: The Holy Spirit in Eighteenth-Century Methodism.” In Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith. Ed. Jeffrey W. Barbeau and Beth Felker Jones. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015.
“Come, Holy Spirit: Reflections on Christian Faith and Practice.” Coauthored with Beth Felker Jones. In Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith. Ed. Jeffrey W. Barbeau and Beth Felker Jones, 242–53. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015.
“Who is the Holy Spirit?” In Theology Questions our Students Ask: A Conversation between Students and Teachers. Ed. Gary Burge and David Lauber. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014.
“John Wesley and Christian Antiquity: History, the Spirit, and the Early Church.” In Evangelicals and the Early Church: Recovery, Reform, Renewal. Ed. George Kalantzis and Andrew Tooley, 52–76. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012.
“Coleridge, Christology, and the Language of Redemption.” Anglican Theological Review 93 (2011): 263–82.
“Suffering Servant: Grief and Consolation in Sara Coleridge’s Poems.” The Coleridge Bulletin: The Journal of the Friends of Coleridge n.s 33 (2009): 80–88.
“The Leadership of the Church in a Global Society.” Catalyst: Contemporary Evangelical Perspectives for United Methodist Seminarians 35.3 (2009).
“Science and the Depersonalization of the Divine: Pantheism, Unitarianism, and the Limits of Natural Theology.” In Coleridge’s Assertion of Religion. Ed. Jeffrey W. Barbeau, 163–85. Studies in Philosophical Theology, no. 33. Louvain: Peeters Press, 2006.
“The Quest for Truth: An Introduction to Coleridge’s Lifelong Dream.” In Coleridge’s Assertion of Religion. Ed. Jeffrey W. Barbeau, 1–32. Studies in Philosophical Theology, no. 33. Louvain: Peeters Press, 2006.
“Sara Coleridge, the Victorian Theologian: Between Newman’s Tractarianism and Wesley’s Methodism.” The Coleridge Bulletin: The Journal of the Friends of Coleridge n.s. 28 (2006): 29–36.
“Coleridge and the ‘Master-Key’ of Biblical Interpretation.” Heythrop Journal: A Quarterly Review of Philosophy and Theology 45 (2004): 1–21.
“Newman and the Interpretation of Inspired Scripture.” Theological Studies 63 (2002): 53–67.
“Scripture and Tradition at the Council of Trent: Reapplying the ‘Conciliar Hermeneutic.’” Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 33 (2001): 127–46.
“The Development of Coleridge’s Notion of Human Freedom: The Translation and Re-Formation of German Idealism in England.” Journal of Religion 80 (2000): 576–94.
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