Research Fellows

Christa L. McKirland’s research revolves around theological anthropology. Currently, she is developing a Pneumatologically-Christocentric anthropology based upon the significance and uniqueness of a fundamental human need for intentional dependence upon the divine presence. She plans to complete her Ph.D. in analytic and exegetical theology fall of 2018. Before attending the University of St Andrews, she completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Georgia, studying Philosophy and Women’s Studies. She then earned her Master of Arts at Biola University in Bible Exposition before pursuing a Master of Theology in Systematic Theology at the same institution.

She is the Director of Logia, a new initiative aimed at supporting women who are considering pursuing postgraduate studies in a Divinity-related discipline, or who are already studying or teaching at this level. Logia hopes to increase the visibility of women in the Academy and the Church so that women’s voices may be more valued in these contexts.

Her Academic publications include:

  1. Christa L. McKirland. “Era of Kings: Huldah: Malfunction with the Wardrobe-Keeper’s Wife,” in Vindicating the Vixens: Men and Women Revisiting Gendered Bible Stories, edited by Sandra Glahn. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2017.
  2. Christa L. McKirland.Review, “Sexual Difference in Christian Theology: Male, Female and Intersex in the Image of God.” Journal of Psychology and Theology(Spring 2016).
  3. Christa L. McKirland.Review, “Dignity and Destiny: Humanity in the Image of God.”
  4. Priscilla Papers, Vol. 29, No. 4 (Autumn, 2015), 27-29.
  5. Christa McKirland and Matthew McKirland. “Who’s in Charge? Questioning our Common.
  6. Assumptions about Spiritual Authority.” PriscillaPapers, Vol. 27, Issue 1 (Winter, 2013): 15-25.

Non-Academic publication:

  1. Christa L. McKirland. “The Image of God: An Inclusive Invitation,” Gendercide: 200
  2. Million Missing Girls: How Will the Church Respond? Sept-Oct, 2017, Mission Frontiers.

Dr. R.T. Mullins specializes in philosophical theology. Currently, he is working on a book manuscript on God and emotion. He has previously published on topics such as models of God, the philosophy of time, theological anthropology, the Trinity, the Incarnation, disability theology, and the problem of evil. His book, The End of the Timeless God,  was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press. He has previously held research and teaching fellowships at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Cambridge. When not engaging in philosophical theology, he is often found at a metal show.

His recent publications include:

  1. “Flourishing in the Spirit: Distinguishing Incarnation and Indwelling for Theological Anthropology,” with Joanna Leidenhag, in eds. Oliver D. Crisp and Fred Sanders, The Christian Doctrine of Humanity (Zondervan, 2018).
  2. “Identity through Time, Anthropology, and Salvation,” in eds. Marc Cortez, Joshua Farris, and S. Mark Hamilton, Being Saved: Explorations in Soteriology and Human Ontology (SCM Press, 2018).
  3. “Hypertime and Forgiveness,” Association for the Philosophy of Judaism Symposia (January, 2018).
  4. “Why Can’t the Impassible God Suffer? Reflections on Divine Blessedness,”TheoLogica 2 (2018).
  5. “Hasker on the Divine Processions of the Trinitarian Persons,” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 9 (2017).
  6. “Physicalist Christology and the Two Sons Worry” in eds. R. Keith Loftin and Joshua Farris, Christian Physicalism? (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)

Dr Jonathan Rutledge’s current projects primarily revolve around questions concerning the atonement and the epistemology of theology. Among the topics he is exploring are the development of a sacrificial explanation of the atonement, the implausibility of locating a strongly retributivist ethical commitment in scripture and bringing the work of contemporary analytic epistemology into conversation with mainstream theology.

He received his PhD in philosophy at the University of Oklahoma (2016) under Linda Zagzebski for his work on skeptical theism as a response to the argument from suffering and received a PhD in theology at the University of St Andrews (2018) under Alan Torrance for his work on the nature of forgiveness and divine-human reconciliation.

His recent publications include:

  1.  “Analyzing the Muddles of ‘Analysis’: (Some of) What Analytic Theologians Can Learn  from the History of Analytic Feminism,Modern Theology (forthcoming).
  2. “Tempering the Cosmic Scope Problem for Christian Soteriology: Hylemorphic Animalism and Gregory of Nazianzus,” Religious Studies (forthcoming).
  3. “Perspectival Skeptical Theism,” Faith and Philosophy (forthcoming).
  4. “Purgatory, Hypertime and Temporal Experience,” Journal of Analytic Theology(forthcoming).
  5. “Retributivism Rejected: A Restorative Hope for Justice in the Age to Come,” in Being Saved: Explorations in Soteriology and Human Ontology,edited by Marc Cortez, Joshua Farris, and Mark Hamilton (London: SCM Press, forthcoming).
  6. “Original Sin, the Fall, and Epistemic Self-Trust,” TheoLogica(forthcoming).
  7. “Commonsense, Skeptical Theism, and Different Sorts of Closure of Inquiry Defeat,” Faith and Philosophy1 (2017): 17-32.
  8. “Skeptical Theism, Moral Skepticism & Epistemic Propriety,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion3 (2017): 263-272.
  9. “The Parent Analogy: A Reassessment,” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion (forthcoming)
  10. “An Epistemological Corrective for Doctrines of Assurance,” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 1 (2017): 163-177.
  11. Review of Locating Atonement, edited by Oliver Crisp & Fred Sanders (Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies)
  12. Review of The Problem of Evil, by Peter van Inwagen (Gifford Lecture Book Review)
  13. Review of Exemplarist Moral Theory, by Linda Trinkaus Zagzebski (Gifford Lecture Book Review) 

Dr Koert Verhagen’s research is best categorized as systematic and philosophical theology. Sitting at the intersection of Christian doctrine and ethics, its aim is to investigate the ways in which specific doctrines shape praxis. The lines of inquiry he is currently exploring pertain to how justification by faith orients Christian responses to pressing social issues such as white supremacy, the generative nature of theological anthropology for relating church and state, and Reformed resonances in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology of participation.
Prior to taking up his current position, he was awarded a PhD in divinity from the University of St Andrews (2019) for his work on the social implications of justification by faith in Bonhoeffer’s theology.
Publications include:
Review of Christ Existing as Community: Bonhoeffer’s Ecclesiology by Michael Mawson (Oxford University Press, 2018) for the The Journal of Religion (forthcoming).