Dr. Samuel J. Youngs

Dean of Humanities & Christian Studies
Associate Professor of Christian Studies
Director of Accreditation & Assessment


Box: 7818

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Theology & Religious Studies, King's College London
  • M.A. in Religion (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, S. Hamilton, Massachusetts) with additional graduate coursework at Harvard Divinity School, Boston University, and Boston College
  • B.A. in Religious Studies & Literature (University of South Florida)

Selected Publications

  • Book: Way of the Kenotic Christ: The Christology of Jürgen Moltmann. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2019.
  • Article: “Therapeutic Atonement? A Psychological Paradigm of the Cross in Dialogue with Martin Luther.” Accepted by Anglican Theological Review, to be published Fall 2020. [peer reviewed]
  • Article: “Renovating Evangelical Exclusivism: Toward an Assessment and Synthesis of Recent Paradigms.” Trinity Journal, Vol. 36.1 (May 2015): pp. 91-111. [peer reviewed]
  • Article: “Natur, Gnade, und Nein! Barth and Brunner – Swiss Theologians in Conflict.” Swiss American Historical Society Review, Vol. 51.1 (February 2015): pp. 31-52.
  • Article: “Creatio Ex Amore Dei: Creation out of Nothing and God’s Relational Nature.” The Asbury Journal, Vol. 69.2 (October 2014): pp. 165-186.
  • Article: "Grace Might Reign: Understandings of Sin and Grace as Means of Christian-Muslim Interreligious Dialogue." Hope's Reason: A Journal of Apologetics, Vol. 3.1. February, 2013. pp. 7-21.
  • Article: "Inter-religious Concerns and Theological Method: Exploring the New Comparative Theology." American Theological Inquiry, Vol. 6.1. January, 2013. pp. 85-97.
  • M.A. Thesis: “The Agon of Truth and Method in the New Comparative Theology.”
  • Article: “The Frontier of Comparative Theology.”
    The Journal of Comparative Theology, Vol. 1.1 (March 2010), pp. 1-10.
  • Article: “Wounds of the Emptied God: The Role of Kenosis at the Cross in the Christologies of Jürgen Moltmann and Sergius Bulgakov.”
    American Theological Inquiry, Vol 4.2 Fall 2011) pp. 45-58.
  • Book Chapter: “By It, We See Everything Else: The Explanatory Value of Christianity for Meaning and Ethics.” Essay published in anthology: True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenge of Atheism. Edited by Tom Gilson and Carson Weitnauer. Published by Patheos Press, 2012.
  • Reviews published in the following: Journal of Comparative Theology, American Theological Inquiry, Philosophia Christi, Journal of Religious History


  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • American Academy of Religion

Topics of Expertise

  • Contemporary Christian Theology
  • Comparative Religion and Worldviews
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Modern and Postmodern Religious Thought
  • Theology of Martin Luther
  • Theology Jurgen Moltmann
  • History of Doctrine
  • Theological Hermeneutics