United Theological Seminary

director of advanced studies

Assistant professor of philosophical theology & religious studies
appointed 2017

Demian Wheeler is Assistant Professor of Philosophical Theology and Religious Studies and Director of Advanced 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 theological liberalism. Wheeler is the author of Religion within the Limits of History Alone: Pragmatic Historicism and the Future of Theology (State University of New York Press, 2019) and the co-editor of Conceiving an Alternative: Philosophical Resources for an Ecological Civilization (Process Century Press, 2018). He has also written a number of journal articles and book chapters on religious naturalism, empirical theology, and process philosophy, among other topics. Wheeler lives in Minnesota with his wife, Victoria, and their son, Shailer. He is a Unitarian Universalist.

Education

  • Ph.D. Union Theological Seminary (2014)
  • M.Phil. Union Theological Seminary (2012)
  • M.A. Iliff School of Theology (2004)
  • B.S. University of Valley Forge (1999)

Books

  • Religion within the Limits of History Alone: Pragmatic Historicism and the Future of Theology (State University of New York Press, forthcoming in 2019)
  • Conceiving an Alternative: Philosophical Resources for an Ecological Civilization, co-edited with David Conner (Process Century Press, forthcoming in 2018)

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Seizing a Whiteheadian Alternative: A Retrieval of the Empirical Option in Process Thought,” in Conceiving an Alternative: Philosophical Resources for an Ecological Civilization, edited by Demian Wheeler and David Conner (Process Century Press, forthcoming in 2018)
  • “Deus sive Natura: Pantheism as a Variety of Religious Naturalism,” in The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism, edited by Donald A. Crosby and Jerome A. Stone (Routledge, 2018)
  • Review of Deep Pantheism: Toward a New Transcendentalism, by Robert S. Corrington, The Journal of Religion 98.3 (July 2018)
  • “Bernard Loomer as a Bridge between Whitehead and Tillich: Towards a Ground-of-Being Process Theology,” in The Bulletin of the North American Paul Tillich Society 44.1 (January 2018)
  • Review of Pluralism: The Future of Religion, by Kenneth Rose, American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 38.2 (May 2017)
  • “Is a Process Form of Ecstatic Naturalism Possible? A Reading of Donald Crosby,” American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 37.1 (January 2016)
  • “American Religious Empiricism and the Possibility of an Ecstatic Naturalist Process Metaphysics,” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 8.2 (June 2014)
  • “Big History and the Size of God: Holistic Historicism as a Pathway to Religious Naturalism,” American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 34.3 (September 2013)
  • Research Interests

    • American Liberal Theology
    • The Chicago School of Theology
    • Historicism
    • Religious Naturalism
    • Empirical Theology
    • Pragmatism
    • Process Philosophy and Theology
    • Theologies of Religions
    • Atheism and Radical Theologies
    • Sample Courses

      • What is Religion?
      • Constructive Theology
      • Black Theology
      • God
      • Unitarian and Universalist Theologies
      • Radical Theologies and the Challenge of Atheism

      Experts Guide

      • Liberal and Progressive Christianity
      • Religious Naturalism and Theologies of Nature
      • Religious Pluralism
      • Atheism
      • The Academic Study of Religion
      • Religion and Modernity
      • The Quest for the Historical Jesus
      • Contemporary Concepts of God