David S. Pacini

Professor of Historical Theology; Director of the Master of Theological Studies Program
David S. Pacini
Phone: 404.727.4052
    • PhD, Harvard University, 1979
    • AM, Harvard University, 1974
    • MTS, Harvard University, 1972
    • AB, Colgate University, 1969

    Since coming to Candler in 1980, Dr. David S. Pacini’s aim in teaching historical theology has been to help students deepen their respect for other faith traditions and recognize the inherent connectivity between all faiths. In addition to his role as Director of the Master of Theological Studies program, he also coordinates the Theology and the Arts concentration as part of the Master of Divinity degree program, chairs the Historical Studies in Theology and Religion program in Emory’s Graduate Division of Religion and has served on a number of university committees. 

    Pacini’s research explores the boundaries and intersections of literature, art history, psychoanalytic theory and philosophical theology in modern European thought. The author of The Cunning of Modern Religious Thought, and Through Narcissus’ Glass Darkly: The Modern Religion of Conscience, which respectively address the epistemological and moral dimensions of modern philosophical theology, Pacini is currently at work on the concluding volume of this trilogy, Jesus and the Philosophers: Seeing Salvation, which plumbs the aesthetic dimensions of Christology.

    A popular lecturer known for linking art history with historical theology, Pacini is also the editor and annotator of Between Kant and Hegel: Lectures on German Idealism that his teacher, Dieter Henrich, gave at Harvard and Columbia in 1973.

    Selected Publications

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    Through Narcissus' Glass Darkly: The Modern Religion of Conscience. Fordham University Press,2008

    "The Fable of History and the Fable of Theology," in A Middle East Mosaic. Cashiers Printing,2005

    Editor,Between Kant and Hegel: Lectures on German Idealism. Harvard University Press,2004

    "Excurs: Das Lesen der Heiligen Schrift: Der theologische Ort modernar Spiritualitaet," in Geschichte der christlichen Spiritualitaet Dritter Band: Die Zeit nach der Reformation bis zur Gegenwart. Echler Verlag,1997

    "Symbol Then and Now: Remembering and Connecting," in In Good Company: Essays in Honor of Robert Detweiler. Scholars Press,1994

    "Contexts of Autonomy," in Aesthetic Judgment and the Moral World: Studies in Kant. Stanford University Press,1992

    "History of Western Philosophy and Psychology," "Theory and Praxis," "Materialism," and "Narcissism," in Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling. Abingdon Press,1990

    "Reading Holy Writ: The Locus of Modern Spirituality," in Christian Spirituality: Post-Reformation and Modern. Crossroad,1989

    "In the Shadow of Modernity: Spirit-Centered Wholeness," in Spirit-Centered Wholeness: Beyond the Psychology of Self. Edwin Mellen Press,1988

    The Cunning of Modern Religious Thought. Augsburg Fortress,1986

    Selected Awards

    High Honors in Philosophy and Religion, Colgate University, 1969.

    Austen Colgate Scholar, 1968-1969.

    Phi Beta Kappa, Colgate University, 1968.

    Robinson Biblical Literature Prize, 1968.

    George Cobb Fellow, 1968.

    Franklin G. Brehmer Scholar, 1966-1969.

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, November 10, 2015

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, March 18, 2014

    Selected courses

    Augustine, Descartes, and Wittgenstein on the First Person “I”

    Comparative Theology and Literature

    Faith and Reason

    Jesus: Faith and History

    Reality of God

    Theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher