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Charles J. Scalise

Senior Professor of Church History

As senior faculty at Fuller, this professor primarily mentors students and only occasionally, if ever, teaches courses.

AB, Princeton University
MDiv, Yale Divinity School
PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Postdoctoral study, University of Oxford

Courses Taught

CH 500: Early Church History
CH 501: Patristic Theology
CH 502: Medieval and Reformation History
CH 503: Medieval and Reformation Theology
CH 504: Modern Church History
CH 506: American Church History in a Global Historical Context
CH557: Clasics of Christian Spirituality
ST 501: Systematic Theology 1: Theology and Anthropology

Campus Affiliations

Center for Advanced Theological Studies

Areas of Expertise

History of Christian thought, theological hermeneutics, history of biblical interpretation, development of Christian doctrine, early Church history, the history of pastoral theology, history of Christianity in America


Charles Scalise primarily teaches history and theology at the Fuller Seminary Northwest campus as a resident faculty member. He has been a member of the Church History Department and the Theology Division of Fuller’s School of Theology since 1994 and also supervises doctoral students for the School of Theology’s Center for Advanced Theological Studies. 

Dr. Scalise’s publications include Bridging the Gap: Connecting What You Learned in Seminary with What You Find in the Congregation (2003), From Scripture to Theology (1996), and Hermeneutics as Theological Prolegomena (1994), as well as a number of articles and book reviews. He is working on critically retrieving the history of the assimilation of White Italian Protestants in America, while continuing his research in theological hermeneutics. He recently published a revised plenary address on understanding theological difference in The Journal of Pastoral Theology. He was also the co-winner of the 2009 Monsignor Geno Baroni Prize in History for the article: “‘Phil, The Fiddler’: How Horatio Alger’s Unitarianism Played among Italian Americans,” published in Italian Americana

Scalise currently serves on the American Academy of Religion’s Consultation on Religious Conversions and is serving a term as Pacific Region Seminary Representative to the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. He is co-chair of the Pacific Northwest Region’s section on the History of Christianity and North American Religions and also co-chairs the Church and Christian Formation Group of the Society for Pastoral Theology, where he also serves on the editorial board of the journal.

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