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Faculty Sabbatical Notes

“During my sabbatical, I made substantial progress on my book project, Sin and Sectarianism: An Augustinian Theology of Dissociation, which will draw on Augustine’s understanding of church and society to ask when Christians should separate from corrupt communities. I also delivered presentations at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan: ‘An Augustinian Theology of Mass Incarceration’ and ‘The Boundaries of Communion: Augustinian Reflections on Ecclesial Unity, Holiness, and Exclusion.’”

— Dr. Gregory Lee, Associate Professor of Theology and Urban Studies; Senior Fellow, The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies

“I spent much of my sabbatical preparing a special recital which is planned to be presented in the new Armerding Center Concert Hall in October. The program features the premiere performance of ‘Seven Mysteries,’ a 28-minute work inspired by the biblical Nativity narratives, written for me by the distinguished American composer Richard Danielpour through a commission made possible by a private gift to Wheaton College. Danielpour and I have worked together on Facetime, covering one of the work’s seven movements during each session. It is a collaborative process in which I work right alongside him to shape what the audience will hear.”

— Dr. Daniel Paul Horn, Professor of Piano and Chair of Keyboard Studies

“In addition to continuing research on a book project about the intersection of religion, politics, and culture in the United States, I partnered with Michael Wear, Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and founder of Public Square Strategies, to research and write the report ‘Christianity, Pluralism, and Public Life in the United States.’ We interviewed over fifty Christian leaders from a variety of denominations and leadership sectors to explore ways in which Christian practices and teachings support healthy pluralism and encourage positive Christian contributions to public life.”

— Dr. Amy Black, Professor of Political Science

“During Sabbatical, I wrote several essays, including articles on ancient biblical translation methods, the use of Hebrew among the Protestant Reformers, and the Jewish background of the New Testament. I also completed a book on St. Jerome and the Psalms for the Society of Biblical Literature press, and I am presently working on a book on biblical interpretation for students and pastors....I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to dedicate time to research and writing, both for the sake of the projects themselves and because of what I learned that I can bring back to the classroom.”

— Dr. Michael Graves, Armerding Professor of Biblical Studies

Faculty Publications


Who Do You Say I Am? On the Humanity of Jesus

(Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2020)

Edited by George Kalantzis, David B. Capes, Ty Kieser

This Wheaton College Theology Conference publication explores why the humanity of Jesus is central to the Christian understanding of community, society, salvation, and life with God.


Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope

(IVP Academic, 2020)

by Esau McCaulley, Assistant Professor of New Testament

This text invites Christians of diverse backgrounds to dialogue with their own social location as well as the cultures of others.