A.B. (Religion) Augustana College; M.Div., Boston University; Ph.D., University of Iowa
- Environmental theology and ethics
- Theology and culture
- The relationship between faith, ethics and reason
- History of Christian thought
- 19th and 20th century philosophical theology
- Theology, hermeneutics and nature
- Environmental philosophy
- Theology, ethics, and geoengineering
- Religion and the arts
Forrest Clingerman, Martin Drenthen, Brian Treanor, and David Utsler, editors. Interpreting Nature: The Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics. Fordham University Press, forthcoming 2013.
Forrest Clingerman and Mark Dixon, editors. Placing Nature on the Borders of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011 (ISBN 978-1-4094-2044-6).
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
With Verna Marina Ehret. “Hope and Fear: The Theological Side of Framing Environmental Change.” Ethics, Policy and Environment 16, no. 1 (March 2013).
“Butterflies Dwell Betwixt and Between:Non-Human Animals, Theology, and Dwelling in Place.” Animals as Religious Subjects: Transdisciplinary Perspectives. Edited by David Clough, Celia Deane-Drummond, and Rebecca Artinian-Kaiser. New York: T & T Clark/Continuum, 2013.
“Imagination and Fallibility: Ian McEwan’s Solar and Framing Climate Change for Theological Reflection.” Theological Reflection and the Integrity of Life: Theology, Human Flourishing and Freedom. Edited by David Jasper and Dale Wright. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013.
“The Ecological Pilgrimage of Self and Community.” Theology 116, no. 1 (January/February 2013): 39-42.
“Homecoming and the Half-Remembered: Environmental Amnesia, the Uncanny and the Path Home.” Resisting the Place of Belonging: Uncanny Homecomings in Religion, Narrative and the Arts. Edited by Daniel Boscaljon. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013.
“Between Babel and Pelagius: Religion, Theology and Geoengineering.” Engineering the Climate: The Ethics of Solar Radiation Management. Edited by Christopher Preston. Lanhan, MD: Lexington Books, 2012.
“From Artwork to Place: Finding the Voices of Moreelse, Bacon and Beuys at the Hermeneutical Intersection of Culture and Nature.” Environmental Philosophy 8, no. 1 (2011): 1-24.
“Environmental Amnesia or the Memory of Place? The Need for Local Ethics of Memory in a Philosophical Theology of Place.” Religion and Ecology in the Public Sphere. Edited by Celia Deane-Drummond and Heinrich Bedford-Strohm. New York: T & T Clark, 2011.
“Wilderness as the Place between Philosophy and Theology: Questioning Martin Drenthen on the Otherness of Nature.” Environmental Values 19, no. 2(May 2010): 211-232.
“Review Essay: Roger Gottlieb’s A Greener Faith and The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Ecology,” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 4, no. 3 (2010): 220-7.
“Interpreting Heaven and Earth: The Theological Construction of Nature, Place, and the Built Environment.” In Nature, Space and the Sacred. Edited by Sigurd Bergmann, Peter Scott, Heinrich Bedford Strohm and Maria Jansdotter, Ashgate Publishing, 2009.
“Seeking the Depth of Nature in a Scientific World.” In Technology, Trust, and Religion: Roles of Religions in Controversies on Ecology and the Modification of Life. Edited by Willem B. Drees. Amsterdam: Leiden University Press, 2009.
“Walking into the Frame: A Theological Exploration of Pilgrimage along Anton Mauve’s A Dutch Road.” Literature and Theology: An International Journal of Religion, Theory and Culture 23, no. 1 (March 2009): 18-32.
“Reading the Book of Nature: A Hermeneutical Account of Nature for Philosophical Theology.” Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology 13, no 1 (2009): 72-91.
“The Intimate Distance of Herons: Theological Travels Through Nature, Place, and Migration.” Ethics, Place & Environment: A Journal of Philosophy and Geography 11, no. 3 (October 2008): 313-25.
“Tell Me a Story of Jesus: Teaching as Storytelling and Four Recent Short Histories of Christianity,” Teaching Theology and Religion 11, no. 3 (July 2008): 134-40.
“Beyond the Flowers and the Stones: ‘Emplacement’ and the Modeling of Nature.” Philosophy in the Contemporary World 11:2 (Fall-Winter 2004): 17-24.