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Charles J. Scalise

Senior Professor of Church History

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

Courses Taught

CH502: The Church’s Understanding of the Church, Humanity, and the Christian Life in Its Historical Development

CH504: Modern Church History

CH506: American Church History in a Global Historical Context

CH557: Classics of Christian Spirituality

CH575: Women in Church History and Theology

HT500: The Church’s Understanding of God and Christ in Its Historical Development

HT501: The Church’s Understanding of God and Christ in Its Theological Reflection

IS502: Practices of Christian Community

Campus Affiliations

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 teaches history and some theology for Fuller Seminary. 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.

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. His presidential address was entitled “Two Nuns for Today: The Spiritual Poetry of St. Teresa of Ávila and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.”

Scalise cochairs the Church and Christian Formation Group of the Society for Pastoral Theology. He is also past president of the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature.

Download Dr. Scalise’s CV, which includes a list of his current publications, here.

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