Jennifer Powell McNutt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology and History of Christianity
On Faculty since 2008

Office: BGC 541
Phone: (630)752-5331


Ph.D. History, Reformation Studies Institute, University of St. Andrews, 2008

M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2003

B.A. Religious Studies, Westmont College, 2000

These degrees include additional studies at the University of Oxford, Jerusalem University College, Université de Genève, Institut Catholique de Paris, and Universität Heidelberg.

About Jennifer Powell McNutt

My work explores the early-modern era from the Reformation through the Enlightenment with a particular focus on the development of the clergy and church in its theological thought and practices withing the social, cultural, and political context of Europe.

My book, Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva in the Age of Enlightenment, 1685-1798, was recently published by Ashgate in its Eighteenth-Century Studies Series.This study of the clerical legacy of Calvin in the eighteenth century contributes to the revisionist understanding of the relationship between religion and the Enlightenment by re-examining secularization theory through a socio-historical, theological, and prosopographical methodological approach.

Furthermore, as the degree coordinator of the M.A. program in History of Christianity since 2009 and as an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 2010, I am committed to sharing my passion for the study of the history and theology of Christianity through the teaching and care of students as they develop intellectually and spiritually in their vocational pursuits.

Research & Professional Honors

Wheaton College – “Leland Ryken Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities” (2013)

American Society of Church History – “Sidney E. Mead Prize” (2005)

University of St. Andrews – “Overseas Research Student Award” (2003-2006)

Royal Historical Society – Member since May 2014 

Select Publications & Paper Presentations


Jennifer Powell McNutt, Calvin Meets Voltaire: The Clergy of Geneva during the Age of Enlightenment, 1685-1798, Eighteenth-Century Studies Series (Ashgate: Jan. 2014).

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Jennifer Powell McNutt and Richard Whatmore, “The Attempts to Transfer the Genevan Academy to Ireland and America, 1782-1795” in The Historical Journal, 56:2 (June, 2013), pp. 345-368.

Timothy Larsen and Jennifer McNutt, “The Reformation and Protestantism” in The Book of Books: Biblical Canon, Dissemination, and Its People, eds. Jerry Pattengale, Lawrence H. Schiffman, and Filip Vukosavović (Israel: Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, 2013), 102-105.

Jennifer Powell McNutt, “The Consolation of Criminals: Clergy and State Dynamics in Eighteenth-Century Geneva” in Bulletin de la Société d’histoire et d’archéologie de Genève, 40 (2010), pp. 55-66 [Submitted by invitation]

Jennifer Powell McNutt, “Hesitant Steps: Acceptance of the Gregorian Calendar in Eighteenth-Century Geneva” in Church History Journal, vol. 75, n.3 (Sept. 2006), pp. 544-564 – Awarded Sidney E. Mead Prize (2005), American Society of Church History

Ecclesiastical Articles

Jennifer Powell McNutt, “The Enduring Church” in Christianity Today (January 2011), 44-47.

Recent Paper Presentations

Jennifer Powell McNutt, “Replacing Calvin? Calvin's Catechism in Eighteenth-Century Geneva" – Plenary Paper, Calvin Studies Society Colloquium (April 2013)

Current Research

My current research focus seeks to explore the history of the French Bible of Geneva from the late sixteenth century to the early nineteenth century. Research will discern what precipitated revisions, what changes were instituted, the nature of the conflicts that sometimes surrounded those changes, and how social and political events shaped revisions. Furthermore, a study of the reception history will be conducted to explore how new Bible translations were received by the Company of Pastors as well as the church of Geneva and the larger Protestant community. Determining the significance of the Bible and its role and authority in Genevan life provides yet another opportunity toward further elucidating the bridge between the Reformation and the age of Enlightenment.

Courses Taught

  • BITH 372: Historical Theology
  • BITH 377: Theology & Science
  • BITH 485 / 558-3: The Theology of Martin Luther
  • BITH 486 / 558-2 / 793: Theology of John Calvin
  • BITH 558-3: Religion & Science: Galileo to Darwin
  • BITH 576: History of Christianity to 1900
  • BITH 581: The Reformation
  • BITH 655: Historical Theology: Reformation
  • BITH 677: Puritans

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