United Theological Seminary


Demian Wheeler


Assistant professor of philOsophical theology & religious studies
appointed 2017

Demian Wheeler is Assistant Professor of Philosophical Theology and Religious Studies at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. He came to United in 2015 as a Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. He received his Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, where he specialized in American liberal theology. His research and scholarship focus on the early “Chicago school” of theology and the streams of theological and philosophical thought that have flowed into and out of it—e.g. pragmatism, historicism, empiricism, and religious naturalism. Wheeler has published a number of journal articles and scholarly essays on empirical theology, religious (and ecstatic) naturalism, and process philosophy, among other topics. He is also the co-editor of Conceiving an Alternative: Philosophical Resources for an Ecological Civilization (forthcoming with Process Century Press). His first book, Religion within the Limits of History Alone: Pragmatic Historicism and the Future of Theology, is currently being reviewed by a major university press. Wheeler lives in Minnesota with his wife, Victoria, and their son, Shailer. He is a Unitarian Universalist.

At United, Wheeler teaches courses in both theology and religious studies—including Introduction to Theology, Historical Theology, Constructive Theology, Unitarian and Universalist Theologies, Radical Theologies and the Challenge of Atheism, God, Jesus, The Sacredness of Nature, and What is Religion?

Ph.D. Union Theological Seminary
M.Phil. Union Theological Seminary
M.A. Iliff School of Theology
B.S. University of Valley Forge

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Progressive Theology Fall Convocation address, fall 2015
2017 Charge to the Graduates