Eugene Schlesinger is a recent graduate of the doctoral program in theology at Marquette University, and the author of Missa Est! A Missional Liturgical Ecclesiology (Fortress Press, 2017). He is a systematic theologian, working primarily at the intersection of ecclesiology and sacramental theology. Since discovering Augustine of Hippo (who helped him overcome a serious bout with Calvinism), much of his intellectual energy has been devoted to recovering the relevance of a theology of sacrifice for understanding “God, the universe, and everything.” He is a committed Thomist insofar as he believes that understanding is good, and that being is intelligible, and he strives to belong to what Bernard Lonergan described as a “perhaps not numerous center.”
Through a circuitous route, Gene has “come home” to the Anglican fold. Raised Catholic by Yankee parents in the Protestant South, he experienced an evangelical conversion in a Baptist setting, and began a sojourn among them. His undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina Greensboro enriched what would otherwise be a bare Protestantism with essential texts and figures from throughout the Christian tradition. After M.Div. studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological seminary, Gene spent the next five years in pastoral ministry, most of it in church plant contexts.
Near the end of seminary, he experienced a sacramental and liturgical reawakening when he discovered Orthodoxy (both Eastern and Radical). Ever the eclecticist, he turned to John Calvin to help him reconcile these sacramental tendencies with his otherwise evangelical outlook. After some flirtation with Presbyterianism, Gene found what he was looking for in the Anglican tradition. In Marquette’s doctoral program, he learned and appropriated Catholic theology in a variety of forms (especially patristic and contemporary instantiations), and is happy to belong to a tradition where all of his evangelical and Catholic commitments are at home.
Gene peaked early, marrying his wife, Loren in 2002. Together they have two daughters, Joann and Evelyn, whom they homeschool. The family loves camping, games (the nerdy variety), cooking (including forays into making cheese and mead), reading, and (to Gene’s chagrin) show tunes. Currently, Gene is teaching online as an adjunct for Trinity School for Ministry, and on-site in his living room, while also braving the academic job market and working on what he hopes will be a second book. He and his family attend Trinity Episcopal Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.