His research interests include nineteenth-century American literature, the relationship of Christianity to literature, and modern intellectual history, with a particular interest in philosophy and theology.
Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009.
Invisible Conversations: Religion in the Literature of America, editor. Essays by Denis Donoghue (NYU), Lawrence Buell (Harvard), Elisa New (Harvard), Barbara Packer (UCLA), Mark Noll (Notre Dame), Albert Raboteau, Jr. (Princeton), Katherine Bassard (Virginia Commonwealth), John Stauffer (Harvard), Andrew Delbanco (Columbia), Alan Wolfe (Boston College), Ralph Wood (Baylor), Stanley Hauerwas (Duke), and Roger Lundin. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2009.
There Before Us: Religion, Literature, and Culture from Emerson to Wendell Berry, editor. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.
From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority (American Intellectual Culture series). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005; paperback edition, 2007.
Recent Articles in Books and Journal
"The Arts." In The Oxford Handbook of Evangelical Theology. Edited by Gerald R. McDermott. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010. 418-33.
"Prospects and Retrospects: Religion and Literature in an American Context." Religion and Literature 41.2 (2009): 289-96.
"Private Spheres: Poetry, Religion, and the Retreat from Public Life." In Religious Cultures – Communities of Belief. Edited by Jürgen Gerhardt. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag, 2009. 181-93. "'As if God Were Dead': American Literature and the Question of Scripture" In The Bible and the University. Edited by David Lyle Jeffrey and C. Stephen Evans. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2007. 253-83. "The Beauty of Belief." In The Beauty of God: Theology and the Arts. Edited by Daniel Treier, Mark Husbands, and Roger Lundin. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2007. 184-208.
Over the past decade he has given lectures on a variety of topics (particularly early American literature and the relationship of religion and literature) at Azusa Pacific University, Baylor University, Calvin College, Dallas Baptist University, Duke University, Gordon College, Hillsdale College, Hope College, Pepperdine University, Regent College, Seattle Pacific University, St. Louis University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Minnesota, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Valparaiso University.
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