Dr. Keith Stanglin

Dr. Keith Stanglin
Keith Stanglin is associate professor of Historical Theology at Austin Graduate School of Theology. Before coming to Austin Grad in 2012, he taught at Harding University for seven years. He is an alumnus of Harding School of Theology (M.Div.) in Memphis, Tennessee, and of Calvin Theological Seminary (Ph.D.) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author or editor of six books, and he has published many articles in the field of historical theology. In addition to anything historical, he is interested in Arminius and Arminianism, the history of biblical interpretation, and liturgical theology. Keith is married and has three children. Email me (stanglin@austingrad.edu).
 

Recent Posts

 

Calvinism and the Assurance of Salvation

In earlier blog posts, I discussed the resurgence of “New Calvinism”in evangelicalism and described some of its main tenets and implications.  In this long-delayed continuation of the series, I want to raise the issue of assurance of salvation. … [Read more...]

Fourth Annual “Austin Grad—First Things” Lecture

The fourth annual “Austin Graduate School of Theology – First Things Lecture” is now complete.  Once again, the event was a great success.  On Monday evening, October 8, about 130 people braved the heavy rain to hear Ephraim Radner, Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. The lecture topic was “Ecumenism in a Post-Christian Society.” … [Read more...]

Is Theology a Science?

A friend of mine in Russia asked me whether theology can be considered a science.  And I suspect that, lurking behind this question, is the question whether theology should have a place as a discipline or field of study at a modern university.  This video is a brief response to the question and related concerns. … [Read more...]

“Ecumenism in a Post-Christian Society” Austin Graduate School of Theology – First Things Lecture

  I am pleased to announce the fourth annual Austin Graduate School of Theology – First Things Lecture, to be held in Austin, Texas, on Monday, October 8, at 7:00 p.m.  This year’s speaker will be Ephraim Radner.  Radner is Professor of Historical Theology at Wycliffe College, an evangelical seminary of the Anglican tradition at the University of Toronto. Austin Graduate School of Theology is excited to cooperate in this lecture once again with First Things, which is one of the most widely read and influential religious journals in the United States.  As an ecumenical endeavor—featuring regular contributions from Roman … [Read more...]

New Issue of Christian Studies Now Available!

Consistent with Protestant churches, Churches of Christ have rejected the five so-called false sacraments and accepted baptism and the Lord’s Supper as the proper sacraments of the church.  Last year’s issue of Austin Grad’s faculty journal, Christian Studies, was focused on the theme of baptism.  As a follow-up to those reflections, the new issue of Christian Studies (available online here) is devoted to the “Eucharist,” the early church’s favorite word for holy communion.  To distinguish it from the self-centered meal that the Corinthian Christians were celebrating, Paul called this meal the “Lord’s Supper,” reminding the … [Read more...]

The Letter and Spirit of Biblical Interpretation: A New Book

When people have asked me what I am reading about, or which course I am teaching this fall, or what my most recent book is about, and my answer is the “history of interpretation,” I have noticed a facial expression that, as a historical theologian, I have become accustomed to seeing.  Their look, or sometimes their accompanying explanation of it, conveys the message that both history and interpretation are sufficiently boring on their own, and the combination of the two must be dreadful.  To ask about the history of biblical interpretation, however, is to ponder very important questions for our own day. … [Read more...]

Postman Still Delivers: Amusing Ourselves to Death

Back in January, I had the privilege of speaking at the Northwest Expositor’s Seminar just outside of Portland, Oregon.  In addition to the main topic that I was invited to address, I was also asked to be prepared to recommend and briefly summarize a few books that are outside my field of scholarship.  In reality, almost nothing that is non-fiction is really irrelevant to a historical theologian.  But I get the idea—something not directly about church history or Christian theology.   In fact, I quite enjoyed the preparation and came ready to talk about some of my favorite books.  Sadly, and for no apparent reason, I … [Read more...]

More Effective Ministry

I was recently intrigued by a student who shared with me his primary reason for coming to study at Austin Graduate School of Theology.  While heavily involved in prison ministry, he found himself on the receiving end of questions that he had a hard time answering.  And these inquisitive prisoners, who had quite a bit of free time on their hands for reading and contemplating, asked some tough questions. The prison minister admitted that he was getting tired of saying, “I’ll get back with you on that one,” and he sensed a little frustration from the prisoners who also noticed this continuing refrain.  He acknowledged that he … [Read more...]

Philosophy of Religion

Aristotle began his Metaphysics with the observation that people first began to philosophize out of wonder or marveling (thaumazein).  On those rare occasions that we late modern folks find an opportunity to contemplate things away from the noise, screens, and other distractions, we, too, might experience that same ineffable sense of wonder that motivated the ancient philosophers.  We may find that the universe presents itself to us as a question.  Even when we are confident about its answer (namely, God), the solution itself may raise other questions or puzzles. Although questions of these sorts can be addressed in any … [Read more...]

How Bad Was Martin Luther?

In my Church History (late medieval to modern) lectures this semester, I recently finished the unit on Martin Luther and the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation.  While teaching about Luther, I was reminded of the many commemorations that took place last year on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the 95 Theses (October 31, 1517).  It seems that nearly everyone interested in church history, including yours truly, was obliged to comment on the legacy of Luther and the Reformation.  One of the overarching themes in many of the contributions, Roman Catholic and Protestant alike, was the tragedy of the schism, which was … [Read more...]