David Lauber, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology
On Faculty since 2000

Office: BGC 518
Phone: (630)752-5055


Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary (Systematic Theology, 1999)

M.A.R. Yale Divinity School (Theology, 1992)

B.A. Wheaton College (Philosophy, 1989)

About David Lauber

As a graduate of Wheaton I have a strong affection for the college.  I love teaching Wheaton students.  I find the study and teaching of theology in the setting of a Liberal Arts college invigorating.  Where else can one listen to Miles Davis, read Flannery O’Connor and Graham Greene, discuss the paintings of Piero della Francesca, all the while reading Athanasius, Thomas Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, and Barth?

As a theologian friend of mine likes to say, "The task of the teacher of theology is to make his or her students better readers of Holy Scripture." By helping students wrestle with difficult and complex theological, philosophical, historical, and hermeneutical issues, it is always my goal that they will approach Scripture with open and searching eyes and open and receptive ears.

The more I study and teach theology, the more I see that theology must be practiced with love, gratitude, joy and wonder.  And this is something that I strive to instill in students.  I count it a great privilege to assist students in the ongoing pursuit of thinking and living Christianly in the contemporary world. 

I am married to a soprano and writer, Dawn Holt Lauber, and we have three children, Caroline, Andrew, and Bradley.  We are members of the Glen Ellyn Evangelical Covenant Church. 

I enjoy playing golf, cooking, listening to all types of music, and reading the essays, short stories, and novels of John Updike.

Courses Taught

  • BITH 111 Gospel, Church and Culture
  • BITH 315/316 Christian Thought
  • BITH 372 Historical Theology
  • BITH 374 Systematic Theology
  • BITH 375 Christian Ethics
  • BITH 377 The Love of God
  • BITH 382 Theology of the Church
  • BITH 388 Christology
  • BITH 391 Doctrine of Salvation
  • BITH 396 Roman Catholic Theology
  • BITH 485 Theology of Martin Luther
  • BITH 488 Theology of Karl Barth
  • BITH 489 Black Theology
  • BITH 494 Senior Seminar: Global Christianity
  • BITH 565 Christian Theology
  • BITH 567 The Nature and Ministry of the Church
  • BITH 656 Historical Theology: Contemporary Theology
  • BITH 673 Christian Ethics
  • CORE 101 First Year Seminar: Enduring Questions - What is Love?

Membership in Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Karl Barth Society of North America


  • Modern and Contemporary Theology
  • Divine and human love
  • Divine and human patience
  • The person and work of Christ



The People’s Book: The Reformation and the Bible, co-edited with Jennifer Powell McNutt (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2017).

T&T Clark Companion to the Doctrine of Sin, co-edited with Keith L. Johnson (London:Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2016)

Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language, co-edited with Gary M. Burge (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2014).

Trinitarian Theology for the Church: Scripture, Community, Worship, co-edited with Daniel J. Treier (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2009).

Barth on the Descent into Hell: God, Atonement and the Christian Life (London: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2004).


"Who are Human Beings," Burge and Lauber, ed. Theology Questions Everyone Asks: Christian Faith in Plain Language. (Downers Grove: IVP Academics, 2014), 143-155.

"Hell" in Richard Burnett, ed. The Westminster Companion to Karl Barth (Louisville: WJKP, 2013), pp. 93-94.

“’For the sake of this One, God has patience with the many’:  Czeslaw Milosz and Karl Barth on God’s Patience, the Incarnation and the Possibility of Belief” Christian Scholar’s Review XL (2011), 155-171.

“The Redeeming Patience of Jesus.” Theology Today 67 (2010), 320-334.

“Review Article:  Response to Alyssa Lyra Pitstick, Light in Darkness:  Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Catholic Doctrine of the Descent into Hell.”  Scottish Journal of Theology 62 (2009), 185-191.

“Yale School”, in Vanhoozer, Wright and Treier, eds. Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2005, pp. 859-861).


Volf, Miroslav and Katerberg, William eds. The Future of Hope: Christian Tradition Amid Modernity and Postmodernity (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004).  In Scottish Journal of Theology 63 (2010), 226-229.

Thompson, Deanna A.  Crossing the Divide: Luther, Feminism, and the Cross. (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).  In Modern Theology, 22 (2006), 317-319.

Burnett, Richard. Karl Barth's Theological Exegesis. Mohr Siebeck, 2001. In Zeitschrift für dialektische Theologie 18, no. 1 (2002), 106-107.

Lewis, Alan. Between Cross and Resurrection: A Theology of Holy Saturday. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001. In The Cresset LXV, no. 4 (2002), 40-41.

DeHart, Paul. Beyond the Necessary God: Trinitarian Faith and Philosophy in the Thought of Eberhard Jüngel. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1999. In Theology Today 58 (2002), 590-593.

Farrow, Douglas. Ascension and Ecclesia. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1999. In Modern Theology 16 (2000), 549-552. Welker, Michael and Willis, David eds.

Toward the Future of Reformed Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1999. In The Princeton Seminary Bulletin XXI new series (2000), 241-243.

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