Tom Millay, Ph.D.

Temporary Full-Time Lecturer
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Temporary Full-Time Lecturer


Ph.D., Baylor University, 2019 (Religion, Theological Studies)

M.Div., Duke University, 2011

B.A., Baylor University, 2008 (Religion)


Thomas J. Millay graduated from Baylor University’s Ph.D. Program in Religion with a degree in Theological Studies on August 17th, 2019. Dr. Millay’s dissertation, Suffering and the Christian Life, elucidates how Søren Kierkegaard puts suffering at the heart of Christian identity. His research agenda includes the history of Christian asceticism more broadly, especially focusing on early and medieval figures such as Gregory of Nazianzus and Julian of Norwich, as well as addressing how the history of Christian asceticism is relevant to contemporary religious practice. Dr. Millay serves as a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, where he reviews a wide variety of contemporary fiction, from John Banville to Louise Erdrich. His first book, You Must Change Your Life: Søren Kierkegaard’s Philosophy of Reading, is forthcoming from Cascade Press.

Academic Interests and Research

Asceticism, Ethics, Søren Kierkegaard, Contemporary Fiction, Philosophies of Reading


You Must Change Your Life: Søren Kierkegaard’s Philosophy of Reading, forthcoming from Cascade Press

Research Articles

“Concrete and Otherworldly: Reading Kierkegaard’s Works of Love alongside Hegel’s Philosophy of Right,” Modern Theology, January 2018, 23-41.

“Septuagint Figura: Assessing the Contribution of Richard B. Hays,” Scottish Journal of Theology, February 2017 (SJT 70/1), 93-104.

“In this Second Case, History: On Fredric Jameson’s Reception of Paul Ricœur’s Temps et récit,” Telos: Critical Theory of the Contemporary, Spring 2016, 75-91.

“Always Historicize! On Fredric Jameson, the Tea Party, and Theological Pragmatics,” in The Other Journal, November 2013, 46-57.

“Kierkegaard’s Final Theodicy: God and the Gift of Suffering,” International Journal of Systematic Theology Volume 13, Issue 2, co-authored with Dr. Paul Martens of Baylor University, April 2011, 170-189.

Courses Taught at Baylor 

REL 1310 Christian Scriptures

REL 1350 Christian Heritage