Brad Kallenberg

Professor
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Religious Studies

Profile

After taking a degree in science education at the University of Minnesota (B.S. Ed., physics and chemistry, 1981), Dr. Kallenberg spent a decade in campus ministry throughout the upper Midwest. At the end of this time and still with an eye to ministry, Dr. Kallenberg entered graduate school to study theology. After completing an M.A. in biblical studies and theology, he completed the Ph.D. in philosophical theology and ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasedena, CA). He taught at a number of years at a variety of schools (including St. Petersburg Academy, Russia!) before moving to Ohio in the fall of 2001 to join the religious studies department at UD. He teaches a variety of ethics courses, including "Christian Ethics and Engineering," for both graduate and undergraduate students.

Faculty Perspective

Despite the colder winters (I moved here from California!), I have found a warm home among the religious studies faculty at UD. Being the token Protestant in the department, I was understandably nervous when I began to teach here in the fall of 2001. Yet, I was surprised to discover many conceptual friends among fellow faculty and am constantly enriched by the conversations into which I am warmly welcomed.

Degrees

  • Fuller Theological Seminary, Ph.D., Theology (Philosophical, Theology and Ethics) June 1998
  • Fuller Theological Seminary, M.A., Biblical Studies & Theology, June 1992
  • University of Minnesota, B.S., Education (Chem./Physics) June 1981

Professional Activities

  • College Theology Society, 2003-present
  • National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, 2003-present
  • Society for Philosophy of Religion, 2002-present
  • Ekklesia Project, 2002-present
  • Society of Christian Ethics, 1996-present
  • American Academy of Religion, 1997-2006
  • American Philosophical Association, 1998-2001
  • Society of Christian Philosophers, 1992-2001

Research Interests

  • Christian ethics
  • Philosophical theology
  • Philosophy of language
  • Ethics and technology

Current Research:

With McGuigan, Colin J. “Ecclesial Practices.” In Fred Aquino and William Abraham (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of the Epistemology of Theology. London & New York: Oxford University Press.

Selected Grants & Sponsored Research

2012:

  • Kallenberg, B. J. (Principal), Jablonski, L. (Co-Principal), Heidgerken, B. (Co-Principal), Grant, "REL103 Pilot Program “Religion and Science Traditions," Sponsored by UD CAP Program ($2,500)”, University of Dayton CAP Program, University of Dayton, $2,500.00, Funded. (May 1, 2011 - May 15, 2012).

2008:

  • "Theological Ethics and Engineering Research," Sponsored by Grad School & School of Education, University of Dayton, $1,000. (May 15, 2008 - August 15, 2008).
  • "Theological Ethics and Engineering Research," Sponsored by Research Council Seed Grant, University of Dayton, $4,000. (May 15, 2008 - August 15, 2008).

2007:

  • "Theology of Technology As My Vocation," Sponsored by Lilly Endowment/Program for Christian Leadership, Private, $1,000. (May 15, 2007 - August 15, 2007).

2005:

  • "Trinity & Tragedy," Sponsored by the Wabash Center (Lilly Foundation)  as part two of the 2004 Workshop on Teaching and Learning for Undergraduate Religion Faculty, $7,000.

2004:

  • "Ethics as Design," Sponsored by Research Council Seed Grant, UD Graduate School, $3,000.
  • "Phronesis Pedagogy for Christian Engineering Ethics," Sponsored by the Wabash Center (Lilly Foundation) 2004 Workshop on Teaching and Learning for Undergraduate Religion Faculty, $2,750.
  • Faculty Colloquium: "Engineering as Christian Vocation," Paper presented at the Religious Studies Faculty Colloquium, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, Spring 2004.

2003:

  • "Engineering as a Christian Vocation," Sponsored by the University of Dayton’s Program for Christian Leadership (Lilly Foundation), $3,000.
  • "Thinking Like an Engineer.," Sponsored by Research Council Seed Grant, UD Graduate School, $3,000.

2002:

Engineering Ethics (textbook). Sponsored by Research Council Seed Grant, UD Graduate School, $3,315.   

2000:

Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences $10,000 Award Winner for New Course in Science and Theology

Selected Publication

Books, Pamphlets, & Monographs

By Design: A Design Paradigm for Theological Ethics and Engineering. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013.

God & Gadgets: Following Jesus in a Technological Age. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2010. 172 pp.

Reprint of Virtues and Practices in the Christian Tradition: Christian Ethics after MacIntyre. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003. Co-edited with Nancey Murphy and Mark Thiessen Nation. 385 pp.

Live to Tell: Evangelism for a Postmodern Age. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2002. 139 pp.

Ethics as Grammar: Changing the Postmodern Subject. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2001, 329 pp.

Changing the Subject in Postmodernity: Narrative Ethics and Philosophical Therapy in the Works of Stanley Hauerwas and Ludwig Wittgenstein. Ph. D. Diss: Fuller Theological Seminary, 1998, 435 pp.

Virtues and Practices in the Christian Tradition: Christian Ethics after MacIntyre. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 1997. Co-edited with Nancey Murphy and Mark Thiessen Nation. 385 pp.

Articles & Book Chapters

"The Practices of Theological Reasoning, or, How to Work Well with Words." In Mike Higton and James Fodor (Ed.), Routledge Companion to the Practice of Christian Theology. London & New York: Routledge, forthcoming.

"Rethinking Fideism through the Lens of Wittgenstein’s Engineering Outlook." International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion 71, no. 1 (2012): 55-73.

"Tradition-based Rationality." In The Colossians Forum (web resource), Michael Gulkey (Ed.), Chicago: The Colossians Forum. www.colossianforum.org/2012/07/24/glossary-tradition-based-rationality/

"The Theological Origins of Engineering." In Engineering Education and Practice: Embracing a Catholic Vision, edited by James Heft and Kevin Hallinan. 41-55. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012.

Co-authored with Hamid Rafizadeh. "A Systems View of Time-Dependant Ethical Decisions." In Engineering Education and Practice: Embracing a Catholic Vision, edited by James Heft and Kevin Hallinan. 104-17. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2012.

Co-authored with William V. Trollinger. "Foreword." In Sermons from Mind and Heart: Struggling to Preach Theologically, edited by Rodney Wallace Kennedy. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Books, 2011

Co-authored with Michael Cox. "Character." In Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, edited by Joel Green, Jacqueline Lapsley, Rebekah Miles and Allen Verhey. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.

Co-authored with Derek Hatch. "Technology." In Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, edited by Joel Green, Jacqueline Lapsley, Rebekah Miles and Allen Verhey. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.

Co-authored with Nikki Tousley. "Virtue Ethics." In Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, edited by Joel Green, Jacqueline Lapsley, Rebekah Miles and Allen Verhey. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.

"The Master Argument of Macintyre’s After Virtue." In Virtue, edited by Charles E. Curran and Lisa A. Fullam, 51-78. Philadelphia, PA: Paulist Press, 2011. (Reprint of chapter 1 of Virtues and Practices in the Christian Tradition: Christian Ethics after MacIntyre.)

"Dynamical Similarity and the Problem of Evil." In God, Grace and Creation: The Annual Publication of the College Theology Society 2009, Vol. 55, edited by Philip J. Rossi, 163-83. University of Notre Dame, 2010.

"Teaching Engineering Ethics by Conceptual Design: The Somatic Marker Hypothesis." Science and Engineering Ethics 15, no. 4 (2009): 563-76.

Co-authored with Ethan Smith. "Postmodernisms." In The Global Dictionary of Theology, edited by Veli-Matti Karkkainen and Bill Dyrness, 568-74. Downers Grove, IN: InterVarsity Press, 2008.

"The Descriptive Problem of Evil." In Physics and Cosmology: Scientific Perspectives on the Problem of Natural Evil, edited by Nancey Murphy, Robert John Russell and William R. Stoeger, SJ, 297-322. Vatican City State: Vatican Observatory Press, 2007.

"Some Things Are Worth Dying For." New Blackfriars 87, no. 1007 (2006): 50-71.

Co-authored with Aaron James. "What Mega-Churches Can Learn from Catholics." Christian Ethics Today 12, no. 3 (2006): 19-20.

"Holistic Spirituality as Witness." In Vital Christianity: Justice, Spirituality, and Christian Practice, edited by David L. Weaver-Zercher and William H. Willimon, 72-87. New York & London: T & T Clark, 2005.

"On Locating Disaster in the Case of the Space Shuttle Columbia." Teaching Ethics: The Journal of the Society for Ethics across the Curriculum (forthcoming, 2004).

"Praying for Understanding: Reading Anselm through Wittgenstein." Modern Theology 20, no. 4 (2004): 527-46.

"Defending Hauerwas." Commonweal 130, no. 20 (2003): 2-4. Co-authored with Tilley, Terrence W., M Therese Lysaught, and Kelly Johnson.

"The Strange New World in the Church." Journal of Religious Ethics 32, no. 1 (2004): 197-218.

"Professional or Practitioner? What’s Missing from the Codes?" Teaching Ethics: The Journal of the Society for Ethics across the Curriculum 3, no. 1 (2003): 49-66.

"The 'P'-Word." Theology News & Notes 50, no. 2 (2003): 12-15.

"Anglo-American Postmodern Theology," in Cambridge Companion to Postmodern Theology, ed. Kevin J. Vanhoozer (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 26-41. Co-author Nancey Murphy.

"All Suffer the Affliction of the One: Metaphysical Holism and the Presence of the Spirit." Christian Scholar’s Review 31, no. 2 (2002): 217-234.

"The Gospel Truth of Relativism." The Scottish Journal of Theology 53, no. 2, (2000):177-211.

"Ludwig Wittgenstein: A Christian in Philosophy." The Scottish Journal of Theology 51, no. 2 (1998):131-161, primary author McClendon, James Wm., Jr.

"Unstuck from Yale: Theological Method After Lindbeck." The Scottish Journal of Theology 50, no. 2 (1997): 191-218.

"On Cultivating Moral Taste." In Virtues and Practices in the Christian Tradition: Christian Ethics after MacIntyre. 361-365.

"Positioning MacIntyre within Christian Ethics." In Virtue and Practices in the Christian Tradition: Christian Ethics after MacIntyre. 45-81

"Mastering the Argument of MacIntyre’s After Virtue." In Virtues and Practices in the Christian Tradition: Christian Ethics after MacIntyre. Edited by Nancey Murphy, Brad J. Kallenberg and Mark Thiessen Nation, 7-29. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 1997.

"Conversion Converted: A Postmodern Formulation of the Doctrine of Conversion." The Evangelical Quarterly 67, no. 4 (October 1995): 335-64.

Book Reviews

"Review of Wittgenstein and Theology by Tim Labron (New York & London: T&T Clark, 2009)." Modern Theology 26, no. 3 (2010): 475-78.

"Review of the Philosophy of Miracles by David Corner (New York: Continuum, 2007)." Modern Theology 25, no. 4 (2009).

"Review of Wittgensteinian Fideism? By Kai Nielsen and D. Z. Phillips (London: Scm Press, 2005)." Modern Theology  (2006).

"Review of Realism and Christian Faith: God, Grammar, and Meaning by Andrew Moore." In Modern Theology 20 no. 2 (2004): 335-37.

"Review of The Strange New World of the Gospel: Re-Evangelizing in the Postmodern World ed. Carl E. Braaten and Robert W. Jenson." In Religious Studies Review (Booknotes) 29 no. 4 (2003): 360.

"Review of Theology and Action: After Theory in Christian Ethics by Charles Pinches." In Modern Theology 19 no. 4 (2003): 578-80.

“Review of Religion and the Hermeneutics of Contemplation by D. Z. Phillips.” In Modern Theology, Vol. 19, 1, (2003): 147-49

"Review of Faith in the Living God by John Polkinghorne and Michael Welker." In Horizons 29 no. 2 (Spring 2002): 170.   

"Review of The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons, by Thomas F. Torrance." In Andrews University Seminary Studies, 36 (Autumn 1998): 313-316.

"Review of Reason and the Contours of Faith by Richard Rice." Andrews University Seminary Studies 31 no. 2 (Sum 1993): 159-62.

Recent Addresses or Papers

"Technology as Skin, Part 3." In National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (Region-at-Large) & College Theology Society. Creighton University, NE, 1 June 2013.

"Technology as Skin, Part 2." In First Baptist Church (Dayton) & University of Dayton Life-long Learning Institute. University of Dayton, 23 Apr 2013.

"Technology as Skin, Part 1." In Baylor Institute on Faith and Learning: Symposium on Faith and Culture: Technology & Human Flourishing. Baylor University, Waco, TX, 26 Oct 2012.

"Fast Friends in the Age of FaceBook," Ekklesia Project Annual Gathering, Ekklesia Project, DePaul Univeristy, Chicago, IL, 6 July, 2012.

"Engineering as Vocation." Paper to be presented to Annual Meeting of the Christian Engineering Education Society. Vancouver, BC, 29 Jun- 1 July, 2011.

Invited Participant for "The Colossians Forum: Refiguring the Conversation between Theology and Science." Chicago, IL: 1-2 July, 2011.

"The Practices of Theological Reasoning." In Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue. University of Dayton, 26 Oct 2011.

"Sheen on the Water: The Slipperiness of Christian Engineering Ethics." In Annual Meeting of the Society for Christian Ethics. New Orleans, LA, 7 Jan 2011.

"Diamond in the Rough: Rethinking Wittgensteinian Fideism." In Society for the Philosophy of Religion. Hilton Head, SC, 26 Feb 2011.

"Presidential Address: Theology as Gift." In Region-at-Large Meeting of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion. Chicago, IL, 1 Jun 2009.

"Truth as Grammar." In Society for the Philosophy of Religion. Hilton Head, SC, 2009.

"Ethics by Design." Paper presented at the Society of Christian Ethics (Baptist Ethicists of the SCE), Chicago, IL, 8-11 Jan 2009.

"Dynamical Similarity and the Problem of Evil." In Annual Meeting of the College Theology Society (Philosophy of Religion Section). University of Notre Dame, 2009.

"Bewitched by Technopoly." Paper presented at the Thomas F. Staley Foundation Chapel Speakers Bureau, Cedarville University, Cedarville OH, 11-13, Feb 2008.

"Is Technology 'Good News'?" Paper presented at the Thomas F. Staley Foundation Chapel Speakers Bureau, Cedarville University, Cedarville OH, 11-13, Feb 2008.

"What Christians Can Learn from Technologists." Paper presented at the Thomas F. Staley Foundation Chapel Speakers Bureau, Cedarville University, Cedarville OH, 11-13, Feb 2008.

"Bewitched by Technopoly." Paper presented at the Baptist Ethicist Group; Society of Christian Ethics, Atlanta, GA, 3-5 Jan 2008.

"Wittgenstein: Ars Mechanica Sunt, Non Leguntur." Paper presented at the Theology faculty colloquium, Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH, 20 Oct 2008.

"Ethics Workshop." Paper presented at the Ethics Clinic for the Electro-Optics Graduate Student Chapter of SPEI, University of Dayton, OH, 19 Sep 2008.

"Phronesis and Divine Command Ethics." In Society of Christian Ethics. Dallas, TX, 2007.

"Technology and the Baptist Vision: Why Engineering Design Needs Baptist Theology." Paper presented at the College Theology Society (NABPR section), University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, May 31-Jun 3 2007.

"Trinity and Tragedy." Paper presented at The Problem of Natural Evil Conference convened by Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (Berkeley, CA), Vatican Observatory, Castel Gandolfo, Italy, 11-17 Sept 2005.

"The Monastic Origins of Engineering." Paper presented at the Role of Engineering at Catholic Universities, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 22-24 Sept 2005.

Co-authored with Hamid Rafizadeh. "A Systems View of Time-Dependant Ethical Decisions in Engineering Environments." Paper presented at the Role of Engineering at Catholic Universities, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 22-24 Sept 2005.

"The Gospel We Proclaim." Invited paper presented at Issues of Truth and Power: The Gospel in a Post-Christian Culture, The Billy Graham Center 2004 Evangelism Roundtable, Wheaton, IL, April 22-24, 2004.

"Philosophical Context of Postmodern Ministry." Guest lecture at United Theological Seminary D.Min. Program, Dayton OH, 27 Jan 2004.

"Weight-Bearing Crosses and Trusses: Christian Ethics and Engineering." Paper presented at the Contested Allegiances: Christianity in an Era of Permanent War (Ekklesia Project), DePaul University, Chicago, IL, Oct 13-16 2003.

"On Resisting Gnosticism." Paper presented at the Society of the Philosophy of Religion, Feb 26-Mar 1, 2002, Hilton Head, SC.

"On Resisting Gnosticism." Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion, Toronto, CAN, Nov 23-26 2002.

"Professional or Practitioner? What’s Missing from the Codes?" Paper presented at the International Conferences on Ethics across the Curriculum; Society for Ethics across the Curriculum, Clemson University (Greenville, SC), October 24-27 2002.

"Holistic Spirituality as Witness." Paper presented at the (Re)Connecting Spirituality and Social Justice; The Sider Institute for Mennonite, Wesleyan and Pietist Studies, Messiah College, Grantham PA, May 29-June 1 2002.

"Human Finitude and the Supervenience of God," Christian Systematic Theology Group, American Academy of Religion, Nashville, TN, Nov. 18-21, 2000.   

"'Supervenience' at the Interface of Theology and Science," Pacific Region of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Pasadena, CA, Mar 22-25, 2000.

"Metaphysical Holism and Evangelical Pneumatology," American Academy of Religion, Orlando, FL, Nov., 1998

"The Reformulation of Conversion: Evangelism as a Postmodern Practice," The Logic of Evangelism, a conference convened by The Society of Christian Philosophers, St. Louis, MO, summer 1994.