Growing up in Dallas, Texas, Keith Stanglin was encouraged by his family to consider the possibility of a life devoted to the church, and his own desire to participate in something greater than himself allowed the idea to take deep root. Having resolved early on to try and do something important for God’s kingdom, he spent his undergraduate years at Oklahoma Christian University, where he studied Bible and Ministry. College provided him with the opportunity to meet and learn from faithful teachers who had studied theology at the highest level. His aptitude for the work and his interests, especially in historical theology, led him, alongside his work in local churches, to pursue advanced degrees at Harding University Graduate School of Religion and Calvin Theological Seminary.
While doing doctoral work at Calvin, Stanglin came to the conclusion that he should be an educator—whether in a university classroom or a congregational setting—aiding people in trying to better understand the Bible and the Christian faith. It was also there that he developed an interest in the life and writings of the early Protestant figure Jacob Arminius, whom he has continued to research to this day.
Following seven productive years teaching at Harding University, Stanglin joined the Austin Grad faculty as an associate professor in 2012, where he specializes in church history, biblical interpretation, and comparative Christian theology. He has written and edited six books and many scholarly articles, mostly in the field of historical theology. Along with his course load, writing, and research, he is the coordinator of the MATS Program as well as a Student Advisor. He is also the editor of Christian Studies.
Outside of the classroom, Stanglin enjoys playing various sports and the guitar, though he is not very good at any of them. He is the proud recipient of a Dundie Award, two Certificates of Participation, an “I Did My Best” ribbon, the best-dressed faculty award, and Greatest Dad 2004 (with an Old Navy shirt to prove it). He is the father of three children—Paul, Isaac, and Rachel—with his wife Amanda, all of whom provide encouragement and support in both his scholarly work and his Christian walk.
Select Publications (for a full list of publications, see curriculum vitae):
- Published Books: (Links to Amazon for more information)
The Reformation to the Modern Church: A Reader in Christian Theology
Reconsidering Arminius: Beyond the Reformed and Wesleyan Divide
Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace
The Missing Public Disputations of Jacob Arminius
Arminius, Armenianism, and Europe
Arminius on the Assurance of Salvation: The Context, Roots, and Shape of the Leiden Debate
- Scholarly Articles:
“Methodological Musings on Historiography (A Rejoinder),” Church History and Religious Culture 92 (2012): 121-9.
“The New Perspective on Arminius: Notes on a Historiographical Shift,” Reformation & Renaissance Review 11/3 (2009): 295-310.
“S. M. Baugh and the Meaning of Foreknowledge: Another Look,” Trinity Journal 26 (2005): 19-31.
- Popular-Level Articles:
“‘Baptism in the Sea’: An Invitation to Typological Interpretation,” Leaven 21/2 (2013): 70-4.
“Knowledge: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” Salt, Leaven, and Light (April 26, 2012): 1-3.
“‘Faith Comes from What is Heard’: The Reformers on the Ministry of the Word and the Holy Spirit,” Leaven 12/3 (2004): 161-6.