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 (Religion, Philosophy and French)


Carl S. Hughes joined the TLU faculty in Fall 2013, after holding one-year positions at Paine College and St. Olaf College. His primary teaching areas are historical theology and the history of Christianity. Focused especially on the Modern and Reformation periods, Dr. Hughes has a particular interest in the writings of the nineteenth-century Danish Lutheran theologian and philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. However, his theological interests are broad—touching on the relationship between theology and art, the history of biblical interpretation, the relationship between ritual practice and theology, constructive theology, and theological responses to religious pluralism. His first book, Kierkegaard and the Staging of Desire: Rhetoric and Performance in a Theology of Eros, was published in 2014 by Fordham University Press.

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; Interpreting the Bible: History and Contemporary Practice; Critics and Defenders of Faith in the Modern Age; and Theology, Literature, and the Arts.

In his free time, Dr. Hughes enjoys cooking, watching baseball, and hiking with his yellow Lab, Felix Culpa.


& Presentations


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


“‘Tehomic’ Christology? Tanner, Keller, and Kierkegaard on Writing Christ,” forthcoming in 2015 in Modern Theology

“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.

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

“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.

Recent Presentations

“Contrasting Luther and Kierkegaard as ‘Augustinian’ Readers of Scripture,” American Academy of Religion (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).

“Parodies of Creation, and Parody as Creation, in Catherine Keller’s Face of the Deep,” American Academy of Religion, Christian Systematic Theology Section (Montreal; November, 2009).

“Writing Repentance and Communicating Earnestness in The Point of View for My Work as an Author,” American Academy of Religion, Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Section (Montreal; November, 2009).