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Natalie Carnes


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Department of Religion
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97284
Waco, TX 76798-7284

Office: Tidwell 502

Phone: (254) 710-4947
FAX: (254) 710-3740


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 returned to her home state to join the Baylor faculty in fall 2011. She considers herself a systematic theologian interested in thinking about traditional doctrinal loci through slightly less traditional themes. Recently she finished a manuscript on beauty and Gregory of Nyssa and has been writing a new book on Christology, images, and iconoclasms. Along the way, she is working on theological anthropology and children. Her own children Chora and Edith are profoundly uninterested in this work, or any of her work, really, but she takes comfort in the enthusiasm of her husband Matthew.

Academic Interests and Research:

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

Select Publications:

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

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

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

“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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