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Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology
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B.A., Hofstra University
M.A., The General Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Fordham University
Curriculum Vitae

Bio:

Scott MacDougall was born and raised in Central New York. He attended college in the greater New York City area, receiving his B.A. from Hofstra University. Following a career in the not-for-profit sector, he undertook the formal study of theology. MacDougall received his M.A. in theology from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in 2007 and his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Fordham University in 2014. His research centers on ecclesiology and eschatology. He is interested in the difference a robust theological imagination of the future makes in how Christian community is lived out, both in the church itself and in the wider world. His first book, "More Than Communion: Imagining an Eschatological Ecclesiology," was published in 2015 as volume 20 of Bloomsbury–T&T Clark’s Ecclesiological Investigations series. MacDougall has also published several articles and reviews and has contributed to online publications such as Religion Dispatches and the Huffington Post’s Religion section. Although his spouse, Michael Angelo, founder and creative director of Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor in New York City, remains on the East Coast, his toy fox terrier, Bartleby, is here with him and is by all accounts enjoying himself greatly.

Why I Teach:

I began my theological training out of a desire to contribute in a rigorous way to the formation and nurturing of Christian perspectives and practices, among both clergy and laity seeking deeper engagement with their faith traditions. My approach to providing instruction in systematic theology is to introduce students to the beauties and riches of the Christian theological heritage, its foundational doctrines, its seminal figures, and its perennial questions, so that they are able to enter into and engage the ongoing stream of theological conversation in their own time and place with both integrity and creativity. For this to happen, it is crucial for theological instruction to make continual reference to the reality that theology is not only thought but is lived. That is, theology is as much practical as it is intellectual. I teach because I seek to help students perceive more clearly that the endeavor of systematic theology is itself an embodied Christian practice with the power to fortify or warp individuals and communities of faith, and because I want to provide them with the tools they need in order to practice Christian theology critically and constructively, to the benefit of the church and the world.

Courses Taught:

  • ST 2188/8128 Theology 1: Introduction to Christian Theology, Part 1
  • ST 2488/8228 Theology 2: Introduction to Christian Theology, Part 2
  • ST 2885 Contemporary Theologies of Church
  • ST 4685 Eschatology and Christian Practice

Selected Publications:

  • More Than Communion: Imagining an Eschatological Ecclesiology, Ecclesiological Investigations 20, ed. Gerard Mannion. (London: Bloomsbury–T&T Clark, 2015).
  • "A Pilgrim Church in and for the World: Eschatological Ecclesiology and the Legacy of Vatican II," in Vatican II - Remembering the Future: Ecumenical, Interfaith, and Secular Perspectives on the Council's Impact and Promise, ed. Peter De Mey and Judith Gruber (New York: Palgrace Macmillan: forthcoming). 
  • Faith in the Future is No Faith at All: Disney’s Weak Theology,” Religion Dispatches, June 8, 2015.
  • Three Questions for the Authors of ‘Marriage in Creation and Covenant.’ ” Anglican Theological Review, special conversation on “Marriage and the Church,” May 2015.
  • “Scapegoating the Secular: The Irony of Mimetic Violence in the Social Theology of John Milbank,” in Violence, Transformation, and the Sacred: “They Shall Be Called Children of God,” 2011 annual publication of the College Theology Society, vol. 5, ed. Margaret R. Pfeil and Tobias L. Winright (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2012), 85-98.
  • “The Covenant Conundrum: How Affirming an Eschatological Ecclesiology Could Help the Anglican Communion,” Anglican Theological Review 94 (2012): 5–26.
  • Review of Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Christ and Reconciliation; Trinity and Revelation; Creation and Humanity; and Spirit and Salvation (A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World, vols 1-4), Anglican Theological Review: forthcoming
  • Review of Truth and Politics: A Theological Comparison of Joseph Ratzinger and John Milbank, by Peter Samuel Kucer, Interpretation (in press).
  • Review of The T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Eschatology, by Markus Mühling, Theology 119 (2016): 152-53.
  • Review of Postmodernity and Univocity: A Critical Account of Radical Orthodoxy and John Duns Scotus, by Daniel P. Horan, Anglican Theological Review 97 (2015): 343–45.
  • Review of Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love, by Elizabeth A. Johnson. Anglican Theological Review 97 (2015): 152–53, 155.

Recent Presentations:

  • Forum on More Than Communion with Jay Emerson Johnson, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA, April 2016.
  • Response to Purushottama Bilimoria, "Animal Justice and Moral Mendacity," paper on Hindu theology of animals, Pacific Coast Theological Society, Berkeley, CA, April 2016.
  • "More than Communion with Scott MacDougall," interview, Homebrewed Christianity, hosted by Tripp Fuller, October 12, 2015 (third most-downloaded episode of 2015).
  • Respondent to panel on the “hard sayings” of Vatican II regarding church–world relations (Paul Lakeland, Judith Gruber, Jan Jans), Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network conference, “Vatican II—Remembering the Future: Ecumenical, Interfaith, and Secular Perspectives on the Council’s Impact and Promise,” Washington, D.C., May 2015