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Michael McClymond

Professor of Modern Christianity

Saint Louis University




Department of Theological Studies
Saint Louis University
3800 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO  63108
Work: 314-977-2871
E-mail: michael@slu.edu 

Education: Michael J. McClymond is Professor of Modern Christianity at Saint Louis University and previously completed a term as the Clarence Louis and Helen Irene Steber Professor.  He was educated at Northwestern University (B. A. in Chemistry), Yale University (M.Div.), and the University of Chicago (M.A. in Religion, Ph.D. in Theology).  Prior to coming to Saint Louis University, he held teaching or research appointments at Wheaton College (IL), Westmont College, University of California – San Diego, Emory University and Yale University. Following college, he worked for Hercules, Inc. Research in Delaware as a research chemist and an understudy to Dr. David Breslow, who was part of the 1940s Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb.   

Publications: McClymond's book, Encounters With God: An Approach to the Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press, 1998), received the 1999 Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church History as the best first book in the history of Christianity.  He was co-editor of (with Professor David Noel Freedman of University of California, San Diego) and a contributor to The Rivers of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and Muhammad as Religious Founders(Eerdmans, 2001), editor of Embodying the Spirit: New Perspectives on North American Revivalism (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), and author of Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth (Eerdmans, 2004; winner of the Award of Merit in 2005 from Christianity Today magazine).  He is the sole editor of a two-volume reference work that incorporates the contributions of 120 scholars, Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America, 2 vols. (Greenwood Press, 2007).  His most recent book--co-written with Gerald R. McDermott--is The Theology of Jonathan Edwards (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).  Comprising forty-five chapters, this work is the most in-depth academic study yet published on Edwards's thought.  At the end of 2012, Christianity Today magazine selected this work from among 455 nominated titles as the "Book of the Year" in the Theology/Ethics category.  

Current Research Projects:  With Lamin Sanneh of Yale University, McClymond is currently co-editing the Blackwell-Wiley Companion to World Christianity (Basil Blackwell, 2014).  During Fall 2012, he was a Visiting Fellow at Yale Divinity School, and Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut, where he was researching his newest book, The Devil’s Redemption: An Interpretation of the Christian Debate Over Universal Salvation (Baker Academic, 2014).  During 2009-10, McClymond was co-recipient (with Candy Brown of Indiana University) of a $150,000 grant from the Flame of Love project to do on-site observation of divine healing practices in emerging Pentecostal churches in Mozambique, Brazil, and North America (http://www3.uakron.edu/sociology/flameweb/index.html).  During Fall 2012, he was a Visiting Fellow at Yale Divinity School, and Senior Scholar-in-Residence at the Overseas Ministries Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut, where he was researching his newest book, The Devil’s Redemption: An Interpretation of the Christian Debate Over Universal Salvation (Baker Academic, 2014).

Teaching: During the last twenty-five years, as a full time faculty member at four institutions, McClymond has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in the fields of theological studies, religious studies, the history of Christianity, and comparative religions.  In the last six years he has served as a dissertation adviser for half a dozen Ph.D. students who are investigating diverse aspects of Christian theology and history, including developments in Lutheran, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, and Orthodox Christianity. 

Dr. McClymond has been a speaker in Protestant and Roman Catholic parishes and conferences. 

 

Community Involvement: In 2003 McClymond was featured in an hour-long National Public Radio program in Chicago on Pentecostalism.  Since 2005, he has been Program Coordinator for Global Day of Prayer – St. Louis, which attracted an interracial and interdenominational gathering of some 3000 Christians to Busch Stadium.  He is founder and president of the Institute for World Christianity (www.worldchristianity.org), a nonprofit organization (501c3) that brings together emerging Christian leaders from around the world to explore new forms of collaboration with one another.  He also has served on the board of Stepping into the Light, a drug-and-alcohol addiction recovery ministry in the city of St. Louis and on the board for Habitat for Humanity–St. Louis.  He is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter in The Pneumatics--a blues-and-rock trio that has opened for Chuck Berry.  He is the single father of a daughter, Sarah, who has recently begun college in Atlanta.   

Online Reviews: McClymond's book Familiar Stranger (2004) was reviewed by Christianity Today magazine (http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/february/35.89.html)--an evangelical journal--and by the national Catholic periodical America (http://www.americamagazine.org/content/article.cfm?article_id=3756). A review of the co-edited The Rivers of Paradise is found here: http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2011-06/rivers-paradise-edited-david-noel-freedman-and-michael-j-mcclymond   An interview regarding the recent co-authored book on Edwards appears at: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2011/12/02/an-interview-on-the-theology-of-jonathan-edwards/  The Christianity Today book award for The Theology of Jonathan Edwards is announced here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/january-february/2013-book-awards.html