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Marion Grau is a native of Germany. She studied Protestant Theology and English at the University of Tuebingen and earned her Ph.D. in Theological and Religious Studies from Drew University, New Jersey. She has taught at CDSP/GTU since Fall 2001.
The passion to consider questions of God, humanity and world has been with me since I was a teenager. I simply couldn't think of anything more fascinating to do. After an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker, I found that I would rather construct theologies than fancy furniture as an architect or designer. This passion for exploring the presence and shape of God in our lives, human ways of perceiving and experiencing God, finding wisdom for live and meaning in our daily actions, remains central for my work as a scholar and teacher in the classroom. I feel privileged to teach my passion – sharing the many paths people have taken in engaging divinity in their lives. I delight in offering students the opportunity to increase and expand their knowledge of ancient and contemporary Christian traditions, to increase their ability to recognize patterns of theological thinking, understand its logic and contexts, and to expose them to expansive language, metaphors, patterns and ways of naming God humbly, yet resolutely, with generous confidence.
Typical Elective Courses
Rethinking Mission in the Postcolony: Salvation, Society, and Subversion (New York: T&T Clark International/Continuum, 2011)
Of Divine Economy: Refinancing Redemption (New York, T&T Clark International/Continuum, 2004)
Interpreting Postmodern: Responses to Radical Orthodoxy. Edited by Marion Grau and Rosemary Radford Ruether (New York: T&T Clark International/Continuum, 2006)
“Circumambulating Exodus-Migration-Conquest: A Theological Hermeneutics of Migratory Narrativity,” Contemporary Issues of Migration and Theology, edited by Elaine Padilla and Peter Phan, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013
“Boniface: Apostle to the Germans,” Empire and the Christian Tradition: New Readings of Classical Theologians, Kwok, Pui-Lan, Joerg Rieger and Don Compier, eds. Fortress Press, 2007