Ed Waggoner

Brite Divinity School educates and inspires people to serve God's diverse world as leaders in churches, the academy, and public life.

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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 research interests include Trinitarian views of divine-human experience, Friedrich Schleiermacher’s theological naturalism, and religion in the military. He is currently writing a book that critically interprets the Christology of Friedrich Schleiermacher and weighs its potential value for an eco-oriented, constructive Christology.

Dr. Waggoner offers courses in constructive, systematic, and liberation theologies. He is a member of the Episcopal Church and has ongoing interests in theologies from the Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican Communion.


Ph.D., Yale University
M.Phil., M.A., Yale University
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School (summa cum laude)
B.A., Willamette University




  • Introduction to Christian Theology I
  • Introduction to Christian Theology II
  • God and Identity in Trinitarian Theologies
  • Theologies of Militarization
  • Schleiermacher and Constructive Theology
  • Angels and Demons
  • Rereading Liberation Theology in Guatemala (travel course)
  • Anglican Theologies
  • Life with the Triune God


  • Religion in Uniform: A Critique of US Military Chaplaincy (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019).
  • Religious Experience and New Materialism: Movement Matters, eds. Joerg Rieger and Edward Waggoner (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Schleiermacher’s Theological Naturalism: Critical Resources from His Views about Creation for Contemporary Ecotheologies,” in Schleiermacher and Sustainability: Theology for Ecological Living, ed. Shelli M. Poe. (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2018), 47-60.
  • “The Bible and the Military,” in The Oxford Handbook of the Bible in America, ed. Paul B. Gutjahr. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 333-345.
  • “Conclusion: Between Religious Experience, Materialisms, and Social Movements,” in Joerg Rieger and Edward Waggoner, eds., Religious Experience and New Materialism: Movement Matters (New York: Macmillan, 2016), 173-181.
  • “Taking Religion Seriously in the U.S. Military: The Chaplaincy as a National Strategic Asset.” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 82/3 (2014): 702-735.


  • “The God of Quieter Miracles: Schleiermacher on the End of the Divine Spirit’s Miraculous Expressions,” Society of Christian Philosophers, Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (Additional Meeting), Boston, November 18, 2017.
  • “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

  • Anne C. Loveland, Conflict and Change in the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps since 1945 (Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 2014) Journal of Religion 95:4 (October 2015)
  • Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, A Ministry of Presence: Chaplaincy, Spiritual Care, and the Law (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014) Journal of the American Academy of Religion 83:1 (March 2015)
  • 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