R. Kendall Soulen

Professor of Systematic Theology
R. Kendall Soulen
Phone: 404.727.7372
    • PhD, Yale University, 1992
    • MDiv, Emory University, 1986
    • BA, Yale University, 1982

    Widely regarded as one of Christianity's leading post-supersessionist theologians, Rev. Dr. R. Kendall Soulen has devoted much of his scholarship to showing that Christian faith becomes more authentically Christian as it overcomes its stubborn legacy of anti-Judaism. He is the author of many influential books and articles, including The God of Israel and Christian Theology (Fortress Press, 1996), Abraham's Promise: Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2004), and, most recently, The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity, vol. 1: Distinguishing the Voices.

    Soulen is the chair for Theological Studies in the Laney Graduate Division of Religion and served as the President of the American Theological Society in 2017.

    Soulen has lectured and taught throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Germany, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands. He has always accompanied his scholarship with public speaking and church work at the local, regional, and national levels. An elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, he was elected delegate to the 2019 Special Called General Conference of The United Methodist Church.

    Selected Publications

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    The God of Israel and Christian Theology. Fortress Press, 1996

    The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity, vol. 1: Distinguishing the Voices. Westminster John Knox Press, 2011

    Co-author,Handbook of Biblical Criticism, 4th edition. Westminster John Knox Press, 2011

    Chapters and Articles

    "Jewish-Christian Relations: Patristic Era and Orthodox Churches" and "Jewish-Christian Relations: Modern Europe." Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception. de Gruyter, 2017

    "Should United Methodists View Homosexual Conduct as a Matter of Status Confessionis? Finding the Right Historical Analogy." United of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness. General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2017

    "Generatio, Processio Verbi, Donum Nominis: Mapping the Vocabulary of Eternal Generation." Retrieving Eternal Generation. Zondervan, 2017

    "Trinity and Church after Supersessionism: A Thought Experiment with Jenson and Augustine." Robert Jenson's Theology: Constructive Engagements. Fortress Press, 2017

    "Go Tell Pharaoh: Or, Why Empires Prefer a Nameless God." The Economy of Salvation: Essays in Honor of M. Douglas Meeks. Wipf and Stock, 2015

    "Trinity." Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Theology. Oxford University Press, 2015

    "Jesus and the Divine Name." Union Seminary Quarterly Review, vol. 65, no. 1-2, March 01, 2015

    "Scriptural Reasoning." The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology. Cambridge University Press, 2014

    "The Name above Every Name: the Eternal Identity of the Second Person of the Trinity and the Covenant of Grace." Advancing Trinitarian Theology: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics. Zondervan, 2014

    "'A Response from the Author,' Symposium on Kendall Soulen's The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity: Distinguishing the Voices." Pro Ecclesia, vol. XXIII, no. 1, Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology, November 01, 2014

    Selected Awards

    President, The American Theological Society, 2017

    Sabbatical Grant for Researchers, The Louisville Institute, 2010-2011

    "The Name of the Trinity in Wesleyan Perspective: An Ecosystem of Praise and Solidarity," Candler Dean's Lecture, November 18, 2015

    Selected Courses

    Systematic Theology

    Providence, Evil, and Suffering