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Kristin Johnston Largen

Professor of Systematic Theology


Ph.D. - Graduate Theological Union
M.Div. - Wartburg Seminary
B.A. - Colorado College

Rev. Dr. Johnston Largen's CV

The Rev. Dr. Kristin Johnston Largen was born in Colorado and still considers Colorado the home of her heart. She began serving at Gettysburg Seminary in 2006 and teaches in the area of systematic theology, focusing particularly on comparative theology with Buddhism and Hinduism. She also works in 21st century theology, specifically with feminist and liberation theologies. She is the editor of Dialog: A Journal of Theology, and her most recent books are Finding God among our Neighbors, vol. 1 & 2 (Fortress Press, 2013 & 2017).

She also serves half-time as Associate Dean of Religious and Spiritual Life/College Chaplain at Gettysburg College. She is a runner, hiker, avid reader, longtime vegetarian and animal lover, and amateur harp player. She is an avid Broncos fan, and last fall, stood on the hallowed yard of the house in New Orleans where Peyton Manning grew up and learned to play football. (She also loves real football, soccer, and if anyone else listens to the “Men in Blazers” podcast, make sure to let her know!) She lives with her husband John in Gettysburg and have a very sweet Jack Russell Terrier, Henry

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • A Christian Exploration of Women's Bodies and Rebirth in Shin Buddhism, Lexington Books, 2020.
  • “The Medusa, the Centaur, and the Dragon-Goddess: An Indirect Look at Benzaiten," Pacific World, 3rd ser., no. 20 (2018), 21-28.
  • “A Comparative Inquiry into the Real,” in The Theology of Westworld, edited by Julie Gittinger and Shayna Sheinfeld, Lexington Books, 2020.
  • “Women’s Bodies, Rebirth and Shin Buddhism,” Dialog 58:3 (Fall 2019).
  • “Un/Natural Death and Extinction,” Dialog 57:4 (Winter 2018).
  • “The Nembutsu of Jōdo Shinshu Buddhism,” in Learning from Other Religious\Traditions:  Leaving Room for Holy Envy, edited by Hans Gustafson.  Cham, Switzerland:  Palgrave McMillion, 2018.
  • “Martin Luther and Shinran on Death and What Comes After,” European Network for Buddhist-Christian Studies, St. Ottilien, Germany, June 2019.
  • “Concepts of Validity in the Lotus Sutra and the Gospel of John: a Comparative Approach,” Rissho Kosei Kai Conference, Tokyo, Japan, June 2019.
  • "The Nembutsu of Jōdo Shinshū,” American Academy of Religion, Nov. 18, 2018
  • “The Power of Women’s Voices:  How They’ve Changed the World’s Spiritual Landscape,” The Parliament Of the World’s Religions, Toronto, Nov. 3rd, 2018.
  • “Multiple Religious Belonging:  Promises and Perils,” The Parliament of the World’s Religions, Toronto, Nov. 5th, 2018.
  • “Re-forming the Solas:” Keynote Presentation for Interfaith Week, Newberry College, March 20th, 2018.
  • “Luther’s Theology and Interreligious Dialogue in the 21st Century,” Touchstone 35:2 (June 2017), 20-29.
  • “The Four Words of Inspector Gamache,” Dialog 45:1 (Summer 2017).
  • “Martin Luther, Jizō and Miscarriage,” Seminary Ridge Review, (Spring 2017).
  • Finding God Among Our Neighbors, vol. 2. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, February, 2017.
  • “Neighbors, Neighbor-Love, and our Animal Neighbors,” Word & World vol. 37 (1), Winter 2017, 37-45.

Mailing Address
61 Seminary Ridge
Gettysburg PA 17325