Scholarship

Books

Religion in Romantic EnglandReligion in Romantic England: An Anthology of Primary Sources (2018)

Examines the ways that the literature of English Christianity shaped the social, cultural, political, and religious life of the nation . . . (read more).

Image of God BookThe Image of God in an Image Driven Age: Explorations in Theological Anthropology  (2016)

Whether on the printed page, the television screen or the digital app, we live in a world saturated with images . . . (read more).

Spirit of GodSpirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith (2015)

While the age of the Holy Spirit began with Pentecost, the twentieth century has seen an explosion in the Spirit’s work through the remarkable growth of Pentecostalism . . . (read more).

Barbeau_WFSara Coleridge: Her Life and Thought (2014)

Explores the biographical and intellectual history of Sara Coleridge—the poet, theologian, editor, and daughter of S. T. Coleridge . . . (read more).

Coleridge, the Bible, and ReligionColeridge, the Bible, and Religion (2008)

Reconstructs the religious system that Samuel Taylor Coleridge develops in Confessions of an Inquiring Spirit (1840) . . . (read more).

Coleridge's Assertion of ReligionColeridge’s Assertion of Religion: Essays on the Opus Maximum (2006)

Provides the first collection of original scholarship on S. T. Coleridge’s posthumously published Opus Maximum . . . (read more).

Articles

The Conversion of Stanley Hauerwas.” Transpositions: Theology, Imagination, and the Arts. March 27, 2017.

Romantic Religion, Life Writing, and Conversion Narratives.” The Wordsworth Circle 47 (2016): 32–39.

D. T. Niles, the Church, and the Fellowship of the Spirit.Methodist Review: A Journal of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies 8 (2016): 43–75.

Sara Coleridge on Love and Romance.The Wordsworth Circle 46.1 (2015): 36–44.

Coleridge, Christology, and the Language of Redemption.” Anglican Theological Review 93 (2011): 263–82.

Suffering Servant: Grief and Consolation in Sara Coleridge’s Poems.” The Coleridge Bulletin: The Journal of the Friends of Coleridge n.s  33 (2009): 80–88.

The Leadership of the Church in a Global Society.” Catalyst: Contemporary Evangelical Perspectives for United Methodist Seminarians 35.3 (2009).

Sara Coleridge, the Victorian Theologian: Between Newman’s Tractarianism and Wesley’s Methodism.” The Coleridge Bulletin: The Journal of the Friends of Coleridge n.s. 28 (2006): 29–36.

Coleridge and the ‘Master-Key’ of Biblical Interpretation.” Heythrop Journal: A Quarterly Review of Philosophy and Theology 45 (2004): 1–21.

Newman and the Interpretation of Inspired Scripture.Theological Studies 63 (2002): 53–67.

Scripture and Tradition at the Council of Trent: Reapplying the ‘Conciliar Hermeneutic’” Annuarium Historiae Conciliorum 33 (2001): 127–46.

The Development of Coleridge’s Notion of Human Freedom: The Translation and Re-Formation of German Idealism in England.” Journal of Religion 80 (2000): 576–94.

Essays

“Introduction” and “Epilogue.” Coauthored with Beth Felker Jones, in The Image of God in an Image Driven Age: Explorations in Theological Anthropology. Ed. Jeffrey W. Barbeau and Beth Felker Jones. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016.

Enthusiasts, Rationalists, and Pentecost: The Holy Spirit in Eighteenth-Century Methodism.” In Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith. Ed. Jeffrey W. Barbeau and Beth Felker Jones. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015.

“Come, Holy Spirit: Reflections on Christian Faith and Practice.” Coauthored with Beth Felker Jones. In Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith. Ed. Jeffrey W. Barbeau and Beth Felker Jones, 242–53. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015.

“Introduction.” Coauthored with Beth Felker Jones. In Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith. Ed. Jeffrey W. Barbeau and Beth Felker Jones, 11–20. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015.

Who is the Holy Spirit?”  In Theology Questions our Students Ask: A Conversation between Students and Teachers. Ed. Gary Burge and David Lauber. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014.

John Wesley and Christian Antiquity: History, the Spirit, and the Early Church.” In Evangelicals and the Early Church: Recovery, Reform, Renewal. Ed. George Kalantzis and Andrew Tooley, 52–76. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012.

“Science and the Depersonalization of the Divine: Pantheism, Unitarianism, and the Limits of Natural Theology.” In Coleridge’s Assertion of Religion. Ed. Jeffrey W. Barbeau, 163–85. Studies in Philosophical Theology, no. 33. Louvain: Peeters Press, 2006.

“The Quest for Truth: An Introduction to Coleridge’s Lifelong Dream.” In Coleridge’s Assertion of Religion. Ed. Jeffrey W. Barbeau, 1–32. Studies in Philosophical Theology, no. 33. Louvain: Peeters Press, 2006.

Encyclopedia and Dictionary Articles

“Coleridge, Samuel Taylor.” In Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. Ed. Daniel Treier. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017.

“Asbury, Francis”; “Bushnell, Horace”; “Coleridge, Samuel Taylor”; “Mott, John R.”; “Newman, John Henry”; “Taylor, Jeremy”; “Wesley, Charles”; “Wesley, John.” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature. Ed. George Thomas Kurian and James D. Smith III.  2 vols. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2010.

“Coleridge, Samuel Taylor.” In Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians. Ed. Patrick W. Carey and Joseph Lienhard, 130–31. Westport: Greenwood, 2000; pbk. 2002.

Book Reviews

Review of Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay: An Annotated Edition, edited by Timothy F. Jackson with an introduction by Holly Peppe (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016). Christian Century (November 23, 2016): 41–42.

Review essay of Borrowed Imagination: The British Romantic Poets and Their Arabic-Islamic Sources, by Samar Attar (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014). Journal of Romanticism 1 (2016): 117–22. *Winner of the Romantic Association Book Review Prize, 2016.

Review of Islam and Romanticism: Muslim Currents from Goethe to Emerson, by Jeffrey Einboden (London: Oneworld Publications, 2014). International Journal of Middle East Studies 48.3 (2016): 605–07.

Review of Minding the Modern: Human Agency, Intellectual Traditions, and Responsible Knowledge, by Thomas Pfau (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 2013). Journal of Theological Studies 66 (2015): 893–95.

Review of Private Lives of the Ancient Mariner: Coleridge and His Children, by Molly Lefebure (Cambridge: Lutterworth, 2013). Coleridge Bulletin: The Journal of the Friends of Coleridge n.s. 45 (2015): 99–103.

Review essay of Lake Methodism: Polite Literature and Popular Religion in England, 1780–1830, by Jasper Cragwall (Literature, Religion, and Postsecular Studies [Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2013]). “Romantic Enthusiasm,” Books and Culture 21.4 (July/August 2015): 32–33.

Review of The Spirit of Creation: Modern Science and Divine Action in the Pentecostal-Charismatic Imagination, by Amos Yong (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011). International Journal of Systematic Theology 16 (2014): 359–63.

Review of Poetic Theology: God and the Poetics of Everyday Life, by William A. Dyrness (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011). Worship 87 (2013): 184–85.

Review of Christian Peoples of the Spirit: A Documentary History of Pentecostal Spirituality from the Early Church to the Present, ed. Stanley M. Burgess (New York: New York University Press, 2011). Journal of Ecclesiastical History 64 (2013): 125–26.

Review essay of Coleridge and Liberal Religious Thought: Romanticism, Science and Theological Tradition, by Graham Neville (London: IB Tauris, 2010) and Suzanne E. Webster, Body and Soul in Coleridge’s Notebooks, 1827–1834 (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2010). European Romantic Review  23.4 (2012): 510–17.

Review of Studying Global Pentecostalism: Theories and Methods, edited by Allan Anderson, Michael Bergunder, et al. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010). Journal of Ecclesiastical History 63 (2012): 195–98.

Review of Faith in the Fight: Religion and the American Soldier in the Great War, by Jonathan H. Ebel (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010). Journal of Ecclesiastical History 63 (2012): 190–92.

Review of Romanticism/Judaica: A Convergence of Cultures, edited by Sheila A. Spector (Surrey, Ashgate, 2011). Wordsworth Circle 42 (2011): 269-71.

Review of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and the Anglican Church, by Luke Savin Herrick Wright (Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 2010). Journal of Church and State 53 (2011): 492–95.

Review of The Old Enemies: Catholic and Protestant in Nineteenth-Century English Culture, by Michael Wheeler (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006) and The English Cult of Literature: Devoted Readers, 1774–1880, by William R. McKelvy (Victorian Literature and Culture Series [Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2007]). Wordsworth Circle 41 (2010): 227–29.

Review of The Blackwell Companion to the Bible as Literature, edited by Rebecca Lemon (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2009). Coleridge Bulletin: The Journal of the Friends of Coleridge n.s. 35 (2010): 95–100.

Review of Coleridge, Form, and Symbol: Or the Ascertaining Vision, by Nicholas Reid (Nineteenth Century Series [Ashgate, 2006]). Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net (RaVoN) 55 (2009).

Review of The Branch Davidians of Waco: The History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic Sect, by Kenneth G. C. Newport (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). Journal of Ecclesiastical History 59 (2008): 177–78.

Review of The Fountain Light: Studies in Romanticism and Religion, ed. by J. Robert Barth, S.J. (Studies in Religion and Literature, 5 [New York: Fordham University Press, 2002]). Coleridge Bulletin: The Journal of the Friends of Coleridge n.s. 30 (2007): 39–42.

Review of I’m the Teacher, You’re the Student: A Semester in the University Classroom, by Patrick Allitt (University Park, Penn.: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004). Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for Christians in Higher Education 2 (2007): 5–7.

Review of The Dominance of Evangelicalism: The Age of Spurgeon and Moody, by David W. Bebbington (History of Evangelicalism [InterVarsity, 2005]). Journal of Ecclesiastical History 57 (2006): 628–29.

Review of Coleridge and Newman: The Centrality of Conscience, by Philip C. Rule (Studies in Religion and Literature, 8 [New York: Fordham University Press, 2004]). Theological Studies 66 (2005): 678–80.

Review of The Broad Church: A Biography of a Movement, by Tod E. Jones (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2003). Church History: Studies in Christianity & Culture 73 (2004): 695–97.

Review of Romanticism and Transcendence: Wordsworth, Coleridge, and the Religious Imagination, by J. Robert Barth (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2003). Theological Studies 65 (2004): 675.

Review of Coleridge’s Writings, vol. 4: On Religion and Psychology, ed. John Beer (New York: Palgrave, 2002). Coleridge Bulletin: The Journal of the Friends of Coleridge n.s. 23 (2004): 88–91.

Review of The Challenge of Coleridge: Ethics and Interpretation in Romanticism and Modern Philosophy, by David P. Haney (Literature and Philosophy [University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2001]). Coleridge Bulletin: The Journal of the Friends of Coleridge n.s. 21 (2003): 109–112.

Review of Marginalia V, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, eds. H. J. Jackson and George Whalley (Vol. 12 of The Collected Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. Kathleen Coburn, Bollingen Series, 75 [Princeton, N.J.: Princeton, 2001]). Coleridge Bulletin: The Journal of the Friends of Coleridge n.s. 20 (2002): 141–46. [2500 word review of the critical edition.]

Review of Ruskin’s God (Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, 24, by Michael Wheeler [Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999]). Church History: Studies in Christianity & Culture 70 (2001): 799–800.

Review of Coleridge, Philosophy and Religion: Aids to Reflection and the Mirror of the Spirit, by Douglas Hedley (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000). Journal of Religion 81 (2001): 664–65.

Review of In Discordance with the Scriptures: American Protestant Battles over Translating the Bible, by Peter C. Thuesen (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999). Theological Studies 61 (2000): 587–88.

Review of The Character of God: Recovering the Lost Literary Power of American Protestantism, by Thomas E. Jenkins (Religion in America Series, [New York: Oxford University Press, 1997]). Christian Scholar’s Review 24 (2000): 609–11.

Review of An American Bible: A History of the Good Book in the United States, 1777–1880, by Paul C. Gutjahr (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1999). Theological Studies 61 (2000): 190–91.

Review of Protestant Evangelical Literary Culture and Contemporary Society, by Jan Blodgett (Contributions to the Study of Religion, No. 51 [Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997]). Christian Scholar’s Review 28 (1999): 616–18.

Lectures and Conference Papers

“Dark Religions: Foreign Missions, Religious Pluralism, and Romantic England.” International Conference on Romanticism, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado, October 2016.

“The Life and Death of Bertha Fanny Coleridge.” Coleridge Summer Conference, University of Bristol, Bristol, England, August 2016.

“The Humanities, the Person, and Thomas Pfau’s Minding the Modern.” Nineteenth Society, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, April 2015.

“Sara Coleridge: Love, Romance, and the Loss of Voice.” Coleridge Summer Conference, Cannington College, Somerset, England, July 2014.

“Enthusiasts, Rationalists, and Pentecost: The Holy Spirit in Eighteenth-Century Methodism.” Wheaton Theology Conference, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, April 2014.

“The Good Child: Sara Coleridge, Personhood, and Religious Education.” Coleridge Summer Conference, Cannington College, Somerset, England, July 2012.

“Sacred Songs, Slovenly Hexameters: The Bible in English Romantic Literature.” Invited lecture. Words of Delight: The King James Bible & the Bible as Literature. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, September 2011.

“The Church and the Hope of New Creation: Wesleyan Pneumatology in the Theology of D. T. Niles.” Society of Pentecostal Studies, Memphis, Tennessee, March 2011.

“Coleridge and American Romanticism: On Language and the Religious Community.” Coleridge Summer Conference, Cannington College, Somerset, England, July 2010.

“The Spirit and Christian Antiquity: John Wesley, History, and the Early Church.” Invited lecture. Evangelicals and the Early Church: Recovery, Reform, and Renewal. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, March 2010.

“Romantic Imagination, Biblical Language, and the Doctrine of Creation.” Invited lecture. Text and Truth Series, Holy Trinity Church at the University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, February 2010.

“The Kingdom of God in Global Perspective: E. Stanley Jones, Trinitarian Theology, and World Religions.” American Society of Church History, Montreal, Quebec, March 2009.

“The Object of Pleasure: Methodism, Leisure, and the Use of ‘Unprofitable Diversions.’” Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, March 2009.

“John R. Mott, Pneumatology, and Global Ecumenism.” Conference on Faith and History, Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, September 2008.

“Suffering Servant: Grief and Consolation in Sara Coleridge’s Poems.” Coleridge Summer Conference, Cannington College, Somerset, England, July 2008.

“The Fullness of the Spirit: Richard Watson, Divine Personality, and the Defense of Wesleyan Theology.” Systematic Theology Section. Joint annual meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society & the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, March 2008.

“Thoughts ‘too refined to be popular’: Sara Coleridge, Biblical Exegesis, and Theological Method.” History of Christianity Section. Accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, San Diego, California, November 2007.

“Coleridge, Christology, and the Language of Redemption.” Nineteenth-Century Theology Group. Annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Washington D.C., November 2006.

“John Wesley as Historian of Christian Spirituality.” Conference on Faith and History, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma, October 2006.

“Between Wesleyan Methodism and Oxford Tractarianism: Sara Coleridge as Victorian Theologian.” Coleridge Summer Conference, Cannington College, Somerset, England, July 2006.

“John Wesley and British Romanticism: Southey and Coleridge on Nineteenth-Century Methodism.” History of Christianity Section. Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Irving, Texas, March 2006.

“The Spirit-Actuated Church: The Intersection of Exegesis and Historiography.” Conference on Faith and History, Hope College, Holland, Michigan, October 2004.

“‘God’s Hand in the World’: Coleridge, Christianity and the Inspired Preacher.” Coleridge Summer Conference, Cannington College, Somerset, England, July 2004.

“Coleridge, Natural Theology and Atheism: The Demonstration of God in Fragment 2 of the Opus Maximum.” S. T. Coleridge and the Opus Maximum: A Reading Workshop. Clare College, University of Cambridge, May 2003.

“Coleridge’s Confessions: An English Apology for Divine Revelation.” Church History Seminar, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, February 2003.

“Text and Context: Newman, Coleridge, and the Secularization of Biblical Interpretation.” American Society of Church History, Chicago, Illinois, January 2003.

“Coleridge and the ‘Master-Key of Interpretation.’” Coleridge Summer Conference, Cannington College, Somerset, England, July 2002.

“‘Picking and Choosing’ from Scripture: Rethinking Tradition in Coleridge’s Confessions.” Joint session of the American Society of Church History and the American Catholic Historical Association. San Francisco, California, January 2002.

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