Ed Waggoner

Brite Divinity School educates women and men to lead in the ministry of Christ’s church, the academy and public life as witnesses to God’s reconciling and transforming love and justice.


Ed Waggoner joined the Brite Divinity School Faculty in 2012, as Assistant Professor of Theology in the Rt. Rev. Sam B. Hulsey Chair in Episcopal Studies, after teaching at Yale Divinity School and Hartford Seminary. His current research and writing projects include a new interpretation of Friedrich Schleiermacher’s theological naturalism; a constructive doctrine of the Trinity as the basis for claims about human experience of divine ‘persons;’ and a critique of religious support for militarization in the United States. Dr. Waggoner offers courses in constructive, systematic, and liberation theologies. He is a member of the Episcopal Church and has ongoing interests in issues currently facing the Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican Communion, and in their implications for global Christianities




Ph.D., Yale University, 2007
M.Phil., M.A., Yale University, 2006
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School, 2000
B.A., Willamette University, 1991




  • Introduction to Christian Theology I
  • Introduction to Christian Theology II
  • Theologies of Militarization
  • Rereading Liberation Theology in Guatemala (travel course)
  • The Triune God
  • Schleiermacher


  • “Taking Religion Seriously in the U.S. Military: The Chaplaincy as a National Strategic Asset.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 82/3 (Sep): 702-735.PDF


  • “Where Divine and Human Spirits Meet: The Promise, Puzzle and Peril of Schleiermacher’s Distinctively Christian Ethics,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Baltimore, November 25, 2013.
  • “More Diverse, But Less Strategic: Tomorrow’s U.S. Military Chaplaincies and Future Choices about the Role of Religious Leader Liaison,” Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces & Society, 2013 International Biennial Conference, Chicago, October 26, 2013.
  • “Strange and Powerful Indwellings: A Johannine Model for Integrating Contemplation and Action,” New England Anglican Studies Conference, Harvard Divinity School, April 20, 2013.
  • “Christian Use of Scripture: A Background for Interfaith Dialogue,” for Dialogue in a World of Difference, Hartford Seminary (Professors Heidi Hadsell and Yehezkel Landau), September 27, 2011.
  • “Schleiermacher’s Trinity,” for The Triune God in Christian Life, Hartford Seminary (Professor Marcus Elder), March 4, 2010.
  • “That into Which Angels Long to Look: The Usefulness of Distinguishing Divine ‘Persons’ for Knowing God,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Pacific-Northwest Region. Newberg, Oregon, May 2008.
  • “Toward a ‘Christian Left’ in American Foreign Policy,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. San Diego, California, November 2007.
  • “Let the Dragon Rise: Toward a Theology Against U.S. Military Competition with China,” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. San Diego, California, November 2007.

Book Reviews

  • Steven H. Shiffrin, The Religious Left and Church-State Relations (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009). Politics and Religion 4:1 (April 2011).
  • D. Michael Lindsay, Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007). Politics and Religion 2:2 (August 2009).

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion
American Political Science Association