Carl S. Hughes

Carl S.

Department of Theology, Philosophy, Classical Lang

Asst. Professor of Theology


Carl S. Hughes
Langner Hall
Office Hours:
MW 1-3:30 pm
MW 1-3:30 pm
Phone: 830-372-8080



Ph.D., Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University

M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School

Licence en philosophie, Université de Paris—Paris IV (Sorbonne)

B.A., St. Olaf College 


Carl S. Hughes is a historical and constructive theologian. His work focuses especially on the legacies and challenges of the Lutheran theological tradition. His interests include the intersections of theology, race, and gender; theological responses to religious pluralism; mystical and apophatic theologies; the relationship between theology and art; and the diverse histories and possibilities of biblical interpretation. He also has a background in philosophy of religion. He is the author of Kierkegaard and the Staging of Desire: Rhetoric and Performance in a Theology of Eros (Fordham University Press, 2014) and a variety of articles and book chapters.

Dr. Hughes teaches the following courses at TLU: Introduction to Theology; Ancient and Medieval Christian History; Reformation and Modern Christian History; Martin Luther and the History of Lutheranism; Religion in the United States; Critics and Defenders of Faith in the Modern Age; Theology, Literature, and the Arts; and Theologies of the Civil Rights Movement.

In his spare time, he enjoys rooting for Chicago sports teams, cooking, and hiking with his dogs, Felix Culpa and Lucy Veritas. 

Prof. Carl Hughes Curriculum Vitae (CV)


& Presentations


Kierkegaard and the Staging of Desire: Rhetoric and Performance in a Theology of Eros (Fordham University Press, 2014)

Journal Articles

“‘Tehomic’ Christology? Tanner, Keller, and Kierkegaard on Writing Christ,” Modern Theology 31, no. 2 (2015): 257-283.

“Contrasting Augustine and Kierkegaard as Theologians of Desire,” Toronto Journal of Theology 31, no. 1 (2015): 75-83.

“Writing the Law/Gospel Dialectic of, and in, Lutheranism: Rethinking Westphal’s ‘Religiousness C’ in Practice in Christianity,” International Philosophical Quarterly 50, no. 1 (2010): 5-24.

Book Chapters

“Søren Kierkegaard: Protesting the (Lutheran) Establishment,” in Radical Lutherans, Lutheran Radicals, ed. Jason Mahn (Eugene, OR: Cascade, forthcoming in 2017).

“Søren Kierkegaard” in Nineteenth Century Lutheran Theologians, ed. Matthew Becker (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015), 231-253.

“Kierkegaard and Anders Nygren: Influence in Reverse,” in Kierkegaard’s Influence on Theology, Tome II: Anglophone, Scandinavian, and Jewish Theology, ed. Jon Stewart (Farnham, England: Ashgate, 2012), 205-216.

“Communicating Earnestness: Kierkegaard and Derrida Respond to their (Poorest) Readers,” in International Kierkegaard Commentary: The Point of View (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2010), 205-237.

“The Constructive Significance of The Book on Adler for Christian Theology in an Age of Religious Pluralism,” in International Kierkegaard Commentary: The Book on Adler (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2008), 193-214.


Translation from the French of Raphaël Gély, “Toward a Radical Phenomenology of Social Life: Reflections from the Work of Michel Henry” in Michel Henry: The Affects of Thought, ed. Jeffrey Hanson and Michael R. Kelley (London and New York: Continuum, 2012), 154-176.

Popular Articles

“The Dangers of ‘Vocation’ for Students Thinking about Career,” Intersections: A Publication by and for the Academic Communities of the Twenty-Six Colleges and Universities of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Spring 2015): 23-24.

Recent Presentations

“Exegesis and Theology ‘Beyond the Letter’ in Luther and Schleiermacher,” American Academy of Religion, Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions Group and Schleiermacher Group (San Antonio; November 2016).

“Contrasting Luther and Kierkegaard as ‘Augustinian’ Readers of Scripture,” American Academy of Religion, Augustine and Augustinianisms Group and Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group (San Diego; November 2014)

“Schleiermacher’s Atonement Theology in Kierkegaard’s Communion Discourses,” Seventh International Kierkegaard Conference, Hong Kierkegaard Library (St. Olaf College, May 2013).

“‘Touching’ the ‘Glorified’ Body, with Jean-Luc Nancy,” American Academy of Religion, Body and Religion Group (San Francisco; November, 2011).

“Subversive Revelation: Kierkegaard on Unknowing Christ in Desire,” American Academy of Religion, joint session of Christian Systematic Theology Section and Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group (San Francisco; November, 2011).