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Natalie Carnes

Assistant Professor of Theology

  • Duke University, Ph.D. (Christian Theological Studies)
  • University of Chicago, M.A. (Religion)
  • Harvard University, A.B. (Comparative Religious Studies)


Natalie is a systematic theologian who reflects on traditional doctrinal loci through slightly less traditional themes. Her first book Beauty: A Theological Engagement with Gregory of Nyssa attends to the arc of the fourth-century bishop's theology to describe what beauty is, how we come to perceive it, and what relationship it has to poverty and suffering. She is currently writing a second book on Christology, images, and iconoclasms, and is beginning work toward a third on theological anthropology and children.

Natalie received a 2015-16 sabbatical grant from The Louisville Institute to finish the book tentatively titled Image and Presence: A Christological Reflection on Iconoclasm and Iconophilia.

Academic Interests and Research:

systematic theology, Christology, theological anthropology, theological knowledge, theological aesthetics, images, iconoclasms, children, childhood, feminist theology, patristic theology

Select Publications:

Beauty: A Theological Engagement with Gregory of Nyssa. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2014.

“'That Cross’s Children Which Our Crosses Are': Imitatio Christi, Imitatio Crucis.” Scottish Journal of Theology. January 2016. Forthcoming.

"Receiving the Fragments of Balthasar: Critique and Community in Christian Theology." Pro Ecclesia. Fall 2015. Forthcoming.

“We in Our Turmoil: Theological Anthropology Through Maria Montessori and the Lives of Children.” Journal of Religion 95:3 (July 2015): 318-336.

“A Reconsideration of Religious Authority in Christian Theology.” The Heythrop Journal 55:3 (May 2014): 467-480.

"Prelude to a Theology of Iconoclasm: Making, Breaking, Loving, and Hating Images." LOGOS: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 16:2 (Spring 2013): 15-32.

"Possession and Dispossession: Wittgenstein, Cavell, and Gregory of Nyssa for Life Amidst Skepticism." Modern Theology 29:1 (January 2013): 104-123.

"The Mysteries of Our Existence: Estrangement and Theatricality." Modern Theology 28:3 (July 2012): 402-22.

Courses Taught at Baylor:

  • REL 1350 Introduction to Christian Heritage
  • REL 3351 Introduction to Theology
  • REL 4300 Theological Language, Theological Silence
  • REL 4300 Salvation
  • REL 4300 Images and Idols


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