Dr. Scott MacDougall

Dr. Scott MacDougall headshot

Associate Professor of Theology
B.A., Hofstra University
M.A., The General Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Fordham University

Curriculum Vitae


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, eschatology, and embodiment. He is interested in the difference a robust theological imagination of the future makes in how Christians live out their vocations, individually and corporately, and in how doing so contributes to the flourishing of the self, the church, and the world. His first book, More Than Communion: Imagining an Eschatological Ecclesiology, was published in 2015. His most recent, The Shape of Anglican Theology: Faith Seeking Wisdom, is forthcoming from Brill. He has also authored a number of articles and book reviews. In addition, MacDougall serves as Co-Editor in Chief of the Anglican Theological Review and as the inaugural Theologian to the House of Deputies of the Episcopal Church.

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 2029/8229 Contemporary Anglican Theologians
  • ST 2885 Contemporary Theologies of Church
  • ST 4165/8465 Body, Desire, and Transformation
  • ST 4685 Eschatology and Christian Practice
  • FT 1239 Organizing for Public Ministry

Selected Publications:

  • The Shape of Anglican Theology: Faith Seeking Wisdom, Brill Research Perspectives in Theological Traditions (Boston and Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, forthcoming). 
  • “The Holy Spirit Makes the Church: Changing the Church as a Responsive Act,” in Changing the Church: Transformations of Christian Belief, Practice, and Life, ed. Mark D. Chapman and Vladimir Latinovic (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), 85–92. 
  • “Pursuing the Decolonial Agenda: A Future for Anglican Studies,” in Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski and Joy Ann McDougall, “The Future of Anglican Studies,” Journal of Anglican Studies (forthcoming). 
  • On the Whence and Whither of Christian Flesh,” contribution to Syndicate symposium on Paul Griffiths’ Christian Flesh, 2020.    
  • “Bodily Communions: An Eschatological Proposal for Addressing the Christian Body Problem,” Dialog  57 (2018): 178-85. 
  • Common Discernment about Common Prayer during Lockdown,” Church Divinity School of the Pacific website, 2020.
  • Digital Pedagogy: Allowing Theology Students to Become Theological Educators,” Teaching with Digital Media Blog, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, 2020. 
  • Making Memes as Public Theology in the Seminary Classroom,” Teaching with Digital Media Blog, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, 2020.

Selected Recent Presentations:

  • “Philosophical Theology in a Time of Crisis,” TheoCon, University of Edinburgh (via Zoom), July 2020 
  • “Philosophical Theology as a Reflection on Practice,” TheoCon, University of Edinburgh (via Zoom), June 2020 
  • Panelist, “Theology in the Time of COVID-19,” web symposium co-sponsored by the CEEP Network for the Church, Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation, and the Anglican Theological Review, April 2020 
  • Instructor, “Theologies and Sexualities,” day-long seminar for Fellows of the Newbigin House of Studies, San Francisco, CA, February 2020 
  • Panelist, reflections on Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, January 2020 
  • Panelist (speaking on decolonization and ecclesiology), “The Future of Anglican Studies,” Anglican Studies Unit (proposed), American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2019 
  • Panelist, “How to Publish an Article,” webinar, Society of Scholar Priests, September 2019