Advisor: Thomas Kidd
Paul’s dissertation examines how popular narratives about Christian history influenced American religious and political life from 1780 –1865. Through an analysis of sermons, tracts, treatises, and popular books, he shows that religious memory shaped the most significant debates of the era—arguments over church and state relations, denominational competition, national identity, women’s education and suffrage, racial equality, and slavery. More broadly, Paul’s research deals with themes of religion, memory and tradition, intellectual history, transatlantic print cultures, religious and political identities, and the history of Christianity.
“Seventeen Centuries of Sin: The Christian Past in Antebellum Slavery Debates.” Church History, forthcoming.
“What We Have Done and What We Have Left Undone: Christian History as Confession.” International Journal of Christianity and Education, forthcoming.
“Joseph Milner and his editors: eighteenth-and nineteenth-century evangelicals and the Christian past.” The Journal of Ecclesiastical History 69, no. 1 (January 2018), 86–104. doi:10.1017/S0022046917000744.
“The Past Judging the Present: Joseph Milner's Evangelical Critique of Eighteenth-Century Britain.” CRUX 49, no. 2 (Summer 2013): 22-30.
“Recovering the Ancient Roots of Evangelical Protestantism,” Review essay of In Search of Ancient Roots: The Christian Past and the Evangelical Identity Crisis by Kenneth Stewart. Fides et Historia 50, no. 2 (Summer-Fall 2018): 144-150.
Review of The Origins of American Religious Nationalism by Sam Haselby. Journal of Religious History 40, no. 4 (December 2016): 619-20.
Review of American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea by John D. Wilsey. Fides et Historia 48, no. 2 (Summer-Fall 2016): 175-77.
“The Christian Past in the Early Republic: Church History, Disestablishment, and American Exceptionalism.” Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. September 2017. https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/responses/the-christian-past-in-the-early-republic-church-history-disestablishment-and-american-exceptionalism
“Leaving Christendom Behind: The Historiographic Roots of American Religious Freedom.” Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. July 2017. https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/responses/leaving-christendom-behind-the-historiographic-roots-of-american-religious-freedom
Nominated for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, Baylor University (2019); Recipient of Military Challenge Coin, Baylor Veteran Educational and Transition Services (2018); Graduate School Presidential Scholarship, Baylor University (2014–2019); Florence Bell Scholar Award, Drew University (2018); Audience Choice Award, Three Minute Thesis Competition, Baylor University, (2017); Doctoral Research Travel Award, Graduate School, Baylor University, (2017); Doctoral Research Travel Award, History Department, Baylor University, (2017); Lynn E. May Study Grant, Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, (2017); Summer Research Fellowship, Religious Freedom Project at Georgetown University, (2017); Armstrong Browning Library Teaching Fellowship, Baylor University, (2017); Graduate Fellow, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, (2015 –2016); Guittard Fellowship, Baylor University, (2014 –2017); Board of Governors’ Prize for Proficiency in the Th.M. Degree Program, Regent College, (2014); Church History Prize, Regent College, (2013); Academic Symposium Prize, Regent College, (2013); Academic Entrance Scholarship, Regent College, (2011); P.A. Boyd Award for Senior Influence, Bryan College, (2008); Senior Communications Award, Bryan College, (2008); Catherine McDonald Communications Scholarship, Bryan College, (2007); D.B. Rice Scholarship, Bryan College, (2005); Presidential Scholarship, Bryan College, (2004)
Courses Taught at Baylor
Curriculum Vitae: Paul Gutacker CV
Personal Website: www.brazosfellows.com
Miscellaneous: Paul serves as executive director of Brazos Fellows, nine-month part-time residential fellowship for college graduates who desire to be formed through theological training, spiritual disciplines, vocational discernment, and life together. In his spare time, Paul enjoys reading fiction, running the Waco Riverwalk, cooking, and cheering on the Buffalo Bills. Paul and his wife Paige enjoy life in East Waco with their son, James Brantley, and their spaniel mix, Lila.