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The Theological-Historical Department

The courses in this department are designed to provide grounding in Christian theology, history, ethics, and comparative religion. Theology courses survey the history, significance, and philosophical dimensions of the major doctrines and issues of the faith, exploring their significance for contemporary life and ministry. Ethics courses address both fundamental matters and specific topics and thinkers. The courses encourage students to bring theological, philosophical, and ethical insights to bear upon contemporary moral and cultural issues. Courses in comparative religion explore basic basic concepts of religion, the particularity of Protestant Christianity within the diversity of religious thought and practice, and the beliefs and nature of other religions.


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Dr. David Jensen

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Location(s) Trull Administration Building
Department(s) Dean's office, Faculty, Theology Department
Title(s) Academic Dean, Professor in the Clarence N. and Betty B. Frierson Distinguished Chair of Reformed Theology
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BA, Carleton College, 1990, Religion

MAR, Yale University, 1994, 9 hours in theology

PhD, Vanderbilt University, 1999, Religion, Dissertation: “The Emptying Christ: An Experiment in Christology,” 18 hours in theology



Dr. David Jensen has been teaching at Austin Seminary since 2001. He was elected a full professor in 2009, appointed to the Frierson Chair in 2013, and appointed academic dean in 2014. Previously, he taught theology, church history, and ethics at Manchester College in Indiana. His teaching and research explore the interconnections between Christian theology and daily life.

Dr. Jensen’s books include 1 and 2 Samuel (Westminster John Knox, 2015) and Always Being Reformed: Challenges and Prospects for the Future of Reformed Theology (editor, Pickwick Publications, 2016), Flourishing Desire: A Theology of Human Sexuality (Westminster John Knox, 2012), Parenting (Fortress Press, 2011), Living Hope: The Future and Christian Faith (WJK, 2010); The Lord and Giver of Life: Perspectives on Constructive Pneumatology (editor, WJK, 2008); Responsive Labor: A Theology of Work (WJK, 2006); Graced Vulnerability: A Theology of Childhood (The Pilgrim Press, 2005); and In the Company of Others: A Dialogical Christology (Pilgrim, 2001). He is also editor of a book series with Fortress Press, “Compass,” that encourages theological reflection on everyday practices such as eating, shopping, playing, and working. He is currently writing a book on the history of Christian interpretations of Jesus.

 In 1999, Jensen received the PhD in theology from Vanderbilt University. He earned an MAR from Yale Divinity School in 1994 and graduated with a BA (magna cum laude) from Carleton College in 1990. Jensen’s experience in ministry includes serving as director of children’s programs at Nancy Webb Kelly United Methodist Church in inner-city Nashville, Tennessee. In 1990-91, he spent a year teaching English in the mountains of Austria.  A native of Oregon, Jensen is a member of University Presbyterian Church in Austin.

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