Kathryn Tanner

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Kathryn Tanner
Born (1957-03-29) March 29, 1957 (age 63)
Other namesKathryn Eileen Tanner
Academic background
Alma materYale University
Academic work
Sub-disciplineSystematic theology
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Doctoral students

Kathryn Eileen Tanner (born 1957) is Frederick Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale University Divinity School.[3]


Born March 29, 1957,[4] Tanner earned her BA, MA, MPhil, and PhD degrees from Yale University. Her career began at Yale by teaching for the department of religious studies. She later moved to the University of Chicago where she served as the Dorothy Grant Maclear Professor of Theology. Afterwards, she returned to teach at her alma mater.[3]

Tanner does constructive Christian theology in both the Catholic and Protestant traditions. Her work addresses contemporary challenges to the Christian faith through the creative use of both the history of Christian thought and interdisciplinary methods, such as critical, social, and feminist theory.[5] Her first book, God and Creation in Christian Theology developed an account of the non-competitive relations between God and creatures. Her next book The Politics of God applies non-competitive relations to the political sphere. Her book Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology explores the relevance of cultural studies for rethinking theological method. She has also written a short systematic text on the Incarnation (Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity) and a text on the economic relevance of Christian beliefs about God (Economy of Grace). Christ the Key, argues for the centrality of Christ in all theological questions. Her latest book Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism pulls together some of her previous discussions on economy and theology and discusses the moral, social, and theological concerns with present day "finance-dominated capitalism" and how Christian theology offers better alternatives.

She is a past president of the American Theological Society and is active in the Episcopal Church. She is a member of the Theology Committee that advises the Episcopal House of Bishops.[3]

She is on the editorial boards of Modern Theology, International Journal of Systematic Theology, and Scottish Journal of Theology.[6]

Tanner delivered the Warfield Lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2007[7] and the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in 2016, which became her 2019 book Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism.[8]


  • Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism (Yale, 2019)
  • Christ the Key (Cambridge, 2010)
  • Economy of Grace (Fortress, 2005)
  • Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity (Fortress, 2001)
  • Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology (Fortress, 1997)
  • Politics of God: Christian Theologies and Social Justice (Fortress, 1992)
  • God and Creation in Christian Theology: Tyranny or Empowerment? (Blackwell, 1988)


  1. ^ Michaud, Kujundzija & Cassell.
  2. ^ Carbine & Koster 2015, p. xxix.
  3. ^ a b c "Kathryn Tanner". Yale Divinity School. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  4. ^ Fuller 2008, p. 413.
  5. ^ Pauw, Amy Plantinga (June 21, 2017). "How Kathryn Tanner's theology bridges doctrine and social action". The Christian Century. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  6. ^ "Kathryn Tanner | Yale Center for Faith and Culture". faith.yale.edu. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  7. ^ Myers, Ben (March 27, 2007). "Kathryn Tanner". www.faith-theology.com. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  8. ^ "Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism". The Gifford Lectures. Retrieved December 13, 2017.

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