The Rev. Dr. Nathan Jennings is the J. Milton Richardson Associate Professor of Liturgics and Anglican Studies at Seminary of the Southwest.
A native of Austin, Professor Jennings returned to his hometown when he joined the faculty of Seminary of the Southwest in 2005. He has served as director of the seminary’s Anglican Studies Program since 2008.
Jennings is interested in liturgical theology, dogmatic theology, ascetical theology, and theological hermeneutics, and the way these disciplines intersect and inform one another.
He has earned a BA from the University of Texas, an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and an MA and PhD from the University of Virginia.
His book, Theology as Ascetic Act: Disciplining Christian Discourse (2010), represents a light revision of his doctoral dissertation and argues that Christian teaching and reflection are embodied acts analogous to, and part of, Christian asceticism.
Jennings has published various book reviews and articles in journals and collections. He is working on a book that will provide a liturgical theology of sacred text and its interpretation.
In teaching, Jennings reflects on liturgy theologically as that which enables participation in God’s work in the world. In addition to the required liturgy and Anglican studies courses, Jennings offers elective seminars in liturgical and sacramental theology, liturgical hermeneutics, and occasional seminars on Anglican Divines and Church Fathers.
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