Daniel J. Ott
I started off 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. I love teaching at Monmouth College, because the liberal arts atmosphere lets me dabble around a little and also dig deeply in my own field.
Liberal and philosophical theology in the twentieth century (especially Process theologies, empirical theologies and the Pragmatists)
Community and communitarianism
Peace and nonviolence
Selected Research and/or Creative Work:
“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.
“Process Communitarianism,” Concrescence: The Australasian Journal of Process Thought, (2009), pp. 67-75.
Theological perspective essays on Matthew 25:1-13, Matthew 25:14-30, Matthew 25:31-45 for Feasting on the Gospels (Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming)
Courses Taught: Education:
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
Office: Rm 204 Weeks House