Assistant Professor of Reformation and Luther Studies
Dr. Vincent Evener has taught at United Lutheran Seminary 2015, after completing his doctorate at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His research examines how sixteenth-century reformers sought to equip Christians to exercise discernment and self-discipline in divided religious contexts and amid pervasive fear of deception. Published and forthcoming work has addressed how reformers appealed to spiritual and visible suffering to buttress claims to truth; the Protestant reception of medieval mysticism, especially teachings surrounding annihilation of the self and union with God; and Lutheran reformers’ use of anti-Jewish tropes in preaching and exegesis as part of a broader program of encouraging Christians to see their own world through the lens of scripture.
In his teaching, Dr. Evener seeks to explore with students the breadth and depth of the Lutheran tradition and the broader Christian tradition. The goal is to enable students to draw upon the tradition and apply its insights effectively as church leaders. In addition to introductory courses on the history of Christianity and the Reformation, he teaches electives on themes such as mysticism and spirituality, marriage and family in Christian history, and the cross and suffering.
Dr. Evener is director of the seminary’s annual Luther Colloquy, and he represents the seminary on the Lower Susquehanna Synod candidacy committee. He presents regularly to congregations and other organizations on a broad range of topics surrounding Luther, the Reformation, and the history of Christianity. He is also book review editor for Dialog: A Journal of Theology. He is originally from Central Pennsylvania, and he enjoys exploring Gettysburg with his wife and sons.
Ph.D., University of Chicago Divinity School, 2014
A.M., University of Chicago Divinity School, 2007
B.A., Kenyon College, 2001
“Enemies of the Cross”: Suffering, Salvation, and Mysticism in the Reformation (Oxford University Press, undre contract)
Protestants and Mysticism in Reformation Europe, co-editor with Ronald K. Rittgers (Brill, 2018) [See: https://brill.com/view/title/54358]
Dr. Evener has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including:
“‘Our Jews’: Anti-Judaism and the Formation of Reformation-era Christians,” Journal of Religion (2019), in press
“From the Universal to the Particular: Luther and the Reformation after 500 Years,” Journal of Ecclesiastical History 69, no. 2 (April 2018), 806-820
“The Future of Reformation Studies,” Church History and Religious Culture 97, nos. 3-4 (Dec. 2017), 310-21
“The ‘Enemies of God’ in Luther’s Final Sermons: Jews, Papists, and the Problem of Blindness to Scripture,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 55, no. 3 (Sept. 2016), 229-238
“Mysticism, Christianization, and Dissent: The Appropriation of Johannes Tauler in Simon Haferitz’s Sermon on the Feast of the Three Holy Kings (1524),” Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte/Archive for Reformation History 106 (Nov. 2015): 67-91
“Wittenberg’s Wandering Spirits: Discipline and the Dead in the Reformation,” Church History: Studies in Christianity and Culture 84, no. 3 (Sept. 2015): 531-555
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