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Jacob Lett

Jacob Lett BA, MA, PhD

Lecturer in Theology and Associate Dean

Email: jlett@nazarene.ac.uk

I joined the faculty of Nazarene Theological College (NTC) in the summer of 2021. Prior to arriving at NTC, I was the Associate Professor of Theology at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas, my native state. I was “thrown into” (Heidegger’s geworfen) theology while living in a remote region of Asia. It was in my interactions with people from various Asian minority areas that I was confronted with the strangeness of Christian ideas and developed a passion for testing the elasticity of Christian theology. The questions that arose during our time in Asia led me to pursue theological research at NTC as a MA and a PhD student and continue to inform the way I theologize.

I teach and supervise research in the areas of theology, historical theology, and contextual/integrative theology. My recent research is on Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. I have published articles on his theology and am due to publish a book on his Christology in 2022 with the University of Notre Dame Press. My current interests include Christology, the doctrine of God-Trinity, contemporary Wesleyan theology, the doctrine of creation, theological language, and theological contextualisation/integration. Inquiries from students who want to study or research theology in these areas or others are welcome.

When I’m not in the office, I’m with my family: Whitney and our children, Rowan and Beatrice. We spend most of our time walking in parks, riding bikes, reading, tree watching, and gardening. I also roast my own coffee, and, when I had spare time before having kids, I enjoyed woodworking and remodeling our home.

Education

BA in InterCultural Studies (MidAmerica Nazarene University)

MA in Theology (NTC, University of Manchester)

PhD in Theology (NTC, University of Manchester)

Selected Publications:

A Theology of Representation: God, Drama, and Salvation in Hans Urs von Balthasar with Foreword by Cyril O’Regan. University of Notre Dame Press, forthcoming.

(with Jonathan Platter) “Christ Who is Our Peace: Ephesians 2 and a Theological Ontology of Place” in Journal of Theological Interpretation (forthcoming)

“When the Spirit Descends: Wesleyan-holiness Foundations for Women in Ministry,” in Faithful to the Call: Women in Ministry. Edited by Carla Sunberg. The Foundry Publishing, forthcoming.

“Emplaced Theosis: The Incarnational Metaphysics of Hans Urs von Balthasar and the ‘Place’ of God” in Wesleyan Theological Journal (Fall 2020).

“Divine Roominess: Spatial and Musical Analogies in Hans Urs von Balthasar and Robert Jenson” in Pro Ecclesia (Fall 2019)

“Why Spiritual Formation? A Trinitarian Understanding of the Formation of Holiness in Wesley’s Pastoral Letters,” in Why Holiness. Edited by Carla Sunberg. Foundry Publishing, 2019.

“Salvation,” in Basic Beliefs: A Wesleyan Paradigm. Edited by Diane Leclerc and Mark Maddix. Beacon Hill, 2016.

“Jurgen Moltmann’s Doctrine of Divine Action: Towards a More Integrative Approach to His Doctrine of Creation,” in Wesleyan Theological Journal (Fall 2014).