Theodore M. Vial, Jr.

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Professor of Theology and Modern Western Religious Thought

Phone: (303) 765-3166
Fax: (303) 777-0164
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Curriculum Vitae


B.A. Brown University
M.A. The University of Chicago
Ph.D. The University of Chicago


Ted Vial teaches modern western religious thought. This includes both modern theology, and Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment theories of religions.

He has published Modern Religion, Modern Race (Oxford, in press); Schleiermacher: A Guide for the Perplexed (T & T Clark, 2013); Liturgy Wars: Ritual Theory and Protestant Reform in Nineteenth-Century Zurich (Routledge 2004); and co-edited Ethical Monotheism, Past and Present: Essays in Honor of Wendell S. Dietrich (Brown Judaic Studies, 2001).

Vial has published articles on theory and on historical theology in Numen, Harvard Theological Review, Religion, Method & Theory in the Study of Religions, and Zeitschrift für neuereTheologiegeschichte/Journal for the History of Modern Theology, as well as chapters in The Cambridge Companion to Friedrich Schleiermacher (edited by Jacqueline Mariña) and Teaching Ritual (edited by Catherine Bell). His current research interests include gender in early German Romanticism, contemporary debates about religion in the public square, and Friedrich Schleiermacher’s political sermons and the creation of a modern German nation.