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Daniel J. Ott

Academic Biography:
I started my academic career by studying music. I sang opera and wrote ugly, avant-garde music. I was also always interested in theology, though. My Dad was a Presbyterian minister and shortly before I graduated from college I decided to follow in his footsteps and attend the same seminary that he had attended 40 years earlier. There, I had some great experiences in pastoral ministry, but I also fell in love with the academic study of religion. I decided to pursue graduate work in philosophical theology. I still sing and do some preaching, but teaching and writing about religion are my deepest passions. Monmouth College is a great place for me to teach and work, because I’m convinced that studying religion requires a multidisciplinary approach and Monmouth’s commitment to inter-disciplinarity and integrated learning is a perfect setting for my scholarship.

Research Interests:
Liberal and philosophical theology in the twentieth century (especially process and pragmatic theologies)

Community and communitarianism

Peace and nonviolence

Selected Research and/or Creative Work:
“Nonviolence and the Nightmare: King and Black Self-Defense,” American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Vol. 39, No. 1 (January 2018), pp. 64-73

“In einem Augenblick”: Christian naturalism, death, and Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem,” Theology Today, Vol. 74, No. 2 (July 2017), pp. 138–148.

Christian Thought in America: A Brief History, with Hannah Schell (Fortress Press, 2015)

"Nonviolence and Moral Equivalency," American Journal of Theology and Philosophy Vol. 35. No. 2 (May 2014), pp. 172-183.

Theological perspective essays on Matthew 25:1-13, Matthew 25:14-30, Matthew 25:31-45 in Feasting on the Gospels (Westminster John Knox Press, 2013)

“Toward a Realistic, Public, Christian Pacifism,” American Journal of Theology and Philosophy Vol. 33. No. 3 (September 2012), pp. 245-257.

“Church, Community and Democracy,” Political Theology 12.3 (2011), pp. 347-362.

Courses Taught:
RELG 101 Intro. to Old Testament
RELG 108 Intro. to New Testament
RELG 200 History of Christian Thought
RELG 250 Martin Luther King, Jr.
INTG 101 Introduction to the Liberal Arts
INTG 320 Comparative Issues in World Religions

B.M. West Virginia University 1993
M.Div. Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary 1996
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University 2006

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 203 Weeks House