Steffen Lösel

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
Steffen Lösel
Phone: 404.727.2816
    • ThD, Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen, Germany, 1999
    • MDiv, Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen, Germany, 1994
    • MA, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg, PA, 1991

    The Rev. Dr. Steffen Lösel, who came to Candler in 2002, focuses his research on Roman Catholic theology, with special emphasis on liturgical theology, the political mission of the church, and the relationship of theology and music and architecture. He has published a book on Hans Urs von Balthasar’s theology of the cross and numerous articles on various other aspects of von Balthasar’s theology, as well as on ecumenical ecclesiology and political theology.

    Currently, Lösel is working on a theological commentary on the Johannine Epistles for Westminster John Knox’s “Belief” series, and a monograph that explores theological dimensions in the operatic works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, for which he has received a Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology.

    An ordained pastor in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Bavaria, Lösel has ministered in the correctional system and the local church. He is a board member of the Aquinas Center in Theology at Emory University and is a member of several scholarly associations.

    In 2013, Lösel received Candler’s “On Eagle’s Wings” Excellence in Teaching Award for faithful and dedicated service.

    Selected Publications

    • Faculty Publication
    • Faculty Publication
    • Faculty Publication

    "You Can't Have Cyril's Cake and Eat It, Too: Christological Conundrums in Christ the Key," in Theology Today, vol. 68, no. 3. Sage,2011

    "The Kirchenkampf of the Countercultural Colony: A Critical Response," in Theology Today, vol. 67, no. 3. Sage,2010

    "'May Such Great Effort Not Be in Vain': Mozart on Divine Love, Judgment, and Retribution," in The Journal of Religion, vol. 89, no. 3. University of Chicago Press,2009

    "Fighting for Human Dignity: A Christian Vision for Punishment Reform," in Political Theology, vol. 11, issue 2. Maney Publishing,2010

    "Prayer, Pain, and Priestly Privilege: Claude Langlois' New Perspective on Thérèse of Lisieux," in The Journal of Religion, vol. 88, no. 3. University of Chicago Press,2008

    "Conciliar, Not Conciliatory: Von Balthasar's Ecclesiological Synthesis of Vatican II," in Modern Theology, vol. 24, issue 1. John Wiley & Sons,2008

    "Theologia Cantans: Mozart on Love, Forgiveness, and the Kenosis of Patriarchy," in Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Penn State University Press,2006

    "Guidance from the Gaps: The Holy Spirit, Ecclesial Authority, and the Principle of Juxtaposition," in Scottish Journal of Theology, vol. 59, issue 2. Cambridge University Press,2006

    "What Sacred Symbols Say about Strangers and Strawberries: Gordon W. Lathrop's Liturgical Theology in Review," in The Journal of Religion, vol. 85, no. 4. The University of Chicago Press,2006

    Kreuzwege: Ein ökumenisches Gespräch mit Hans Urs von Balthasar. Verlag Ferdinand Schöningh,2001

    Selected Awards

    University Research Council Grant, Emory University, 2014.

    On Eagle's Wings Excellence in Teaching Award, Candler School of Theology, 2013.

    Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology, 2013-14.

    Faculty Research Grant, Candler School of Theology, 2009.

    Christian Faith and Life Grant, The Louisville Institute, 2007.

    Fellow in the European Studies Seminar, Emory University, 2007.

    Luce Faculty Fellowship, Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, 2006.

    Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Dissertation Fellowship, 1995-1998.

    Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Travel Grant, 1995.

    Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Fellowship for Master's Studies, 1991-1993.

    Selected Courses

    Church and Politics

    Church and Politics: Augustine and His Contemporary Reception

    Contemporary Roman Catholic Thought


    Introduction to Systematic Theology

    Modern Catholicism

    Theological Proposals for Criminal Punishment Reform

    Theology, Art, and Architecture

    Theology, Art and Urban Spaces

    Theology of the Cross