Christine Helmer Professor

Christine Helmer (PhD Yale University, 1997) teaches Christian theology. Her areas of specialization are the sixteenth-century religious reformations (particularly the theology of Martin Luther), German intellectual thought (particularly the philosophy and theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher), biblical theology, philosophy of religion, and constructive/systematic theology. She is interested in questions of religion in the Enlightenment and modernity, theology’s relation to the study of religion, and theological claims to knowing. She has held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tübingen and has been the recipient of a DAAD Research Fellowship and a Humboldt Fellowship. She is founder of the Liberal Theologies Consultation for the American Academy of Religion and is series editor of the Liberal Theologies Series at Northwestern University Press. She will deliver a plenary address at the International Congress for Luther Research on “Luther and the University” in August 2012 in Helsinki, Finland.

International Congress for Luther Research

The Trinity and Martin Luther: A Study on the Relationship between Genre, Language and the Trinity in Luther’s Works (1523-1546). Veröffentlichungen des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte/Abteilung Abendländische Religionsgeschichte 174. Mainz: Philipp von Zabern, 1999.

Edited Books:
Transformations in Luther's Theology: Historical and Contemporary Considerations. Edited by Christine Helmer and Bo Kristian Holm. Arbeiten zur Kirchen- und Theologiegeschichte 32. Leipzig: EVA-Leipzig, 2011.

The Global Luther: A Theologian for Modern Times. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2009.

The Multivalence of Biblical Texts and Theological Meanings. Edited by Christine Helmer with Charlene T. Higbe. Symposium Series 37. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2006.

Biblical Interpretation: History, Context, and Reality. Edited by Christine Helmer with Taylor G. Petrey. Symposium Series 26. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005.

Schleiermacher and Whitehead: Open Systems in Dialogue. Edited by Christine Helmer in Cooperation with Marjorie Suchocki, John Quiring, and Katie Goetz. Theologische Bibliothek Töpelmann 125. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2004.

One Scripture or Many? Canon from Biblical, Theological, and Philosophical Perspectives. Edited by Christine Helmer and Christof Landmesser. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Truth: Interdisciplinary Dialogues in a Pluralist Age. Edited by Christine Helmer and Kristin De Troyer, with Katie Goetz. Studies in Philosophical Theology 22. Leuven: Peeters, 2003.
Schleiermachers Dialektik: Die Liebe zum Wissen in Philosophie und Theologie. Edited by Christine Helmer, Christiane Kranich, and Birgit Rehme-Iffert. Religion in Philosophy and Theology 6. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2003.
Biblischer Text und theologische Theoriebildung. Edited by Christine Helmer, Stephen Chapman, and Christof Landmesser. Biblisch-theologische Studien 44. Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 2001.


“Schleiermacher,” 31-57. In The Blackwell Companion to Nineteenth-Century Theology. Ed. David Fergusson. Edinburgh: Blackwell, 2010.

“Introduction to Luther’s Theology in Global Context.” In Religion Compass [on-line journal; Blackwell] 3, 3 (2009): 1-13.

“The American Luther.” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 47, 2 (Summer 2008): 114-24.
“Real Presences: The Life of Theological Concepts.” Harvard Divinity Bulletin 35, nos. 2&3 (Spring/Summer 2007): 60-69.

Interviews, Web/Audio:

“An Interview with Christine Helmer,” posted by Fortress Forum, Feb. 18, 2010
Audio: “The Liberal Luther and Modern Theology,” from Nov. 12, 2009, Faith in Public Lecture Series 2009-2010at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (Canada)

Conference video, “Honest Truth and Liberal Love,” from Feb. 23, 2008, The Global Luther: Considering the Contributions of Martin Luther Conference at Northwestern University