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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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Rev. Dr. Cynthia Rigby

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Location(s) Trull Administration Building
Department(s) Faculty, Theology Department
Title(s) The W. C. Brown Professor of Theology
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BA, Brown University, 1986, magna cum laude, Religious Studies

MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1989

Exams: History of Doctrine, Systematic Theology, Transcendence and Immanence in Barth, Moltmann, Heyward, Johnson; Ethics, Philosophy

PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1998, magna cum laude, Dissertation: “The Real Word Really Became Real Flesh: Karl Barth’s Contribution to a Feminist Incarnational Christology”



Professor Cynthia Rigby joined the faculty of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1995. In an article in the Dallas Morning News, on March 28, 2006, Rigby was cited as one of the great theologians of our time. In his article, William McKenzie wrote about twelve contemporary theologians who can “span the gap between church and society. Attention to theology, politics and sociology allows these thinkers to shape the world, not just follow in its wake.” Dr. Rigby’s special area of interest is setting Reformed theologies in conversation with theologies of liberation, particularly feminist theologies.

An energetic scholar, Dr. Rigby is the author of more than thirty articles and book chapters. She is the author of The Promotion of Social Righteousness (Witherspoon Press, 2010) and she is currently completing a book titled Shaping our Faith: A Christian Feminist Theology (Baker Academic, forthcoming). She is the co-editor (with Beverly Gaventa) of Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002) and editor of Power, Powerlessness, and the Divine: New Inquiries in Bible and Theology (Scholars Press, 1997). Dr. Rigby is also working on two additional projects, one focused on the doctrines of “sin and salvation” and the other on developing a systematic theology especially for pastors.

Professor Rigby is the co-chair of the Christian Systematic Theology Section of the American Academy of Religion, where she has been an active member since 1993. She is the “Continuing Resource Theologian” for the Central United States for the pastor/theologian program sponsored by the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey. Professor Rigby is a sought-after speaker who enjoys lecturing and teaching for academic, church, and denominational events both domestically and internationally. She is the editor of Insights, the faculty journal of Austin Seminary. Dr. Rigby is actively engaged with congregations, teaching adult education classes and leading church conferences. Among her most popular series topics include "Deep and Wide:  Living Into God's Amazing Grace" and "Why Doesn't God Do Something? The Love of God and the Reality of Evil." and An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Professor Rigby most recently served as a member of the General Assembly taskforce that authored “The Trinity: God’s Love Overflowing,” a document that articulates the relevance of trinitarian doctrine to our lives of faith today.

In 1998 Professor Rigby received the PhD in systematic theology from Princeton Theological Seminary where she was awarded a doctoral fellowship and the Wildrich Award for Excellence in Homiletics. She earned her MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1989, and her AB, magna cum laude, from Brown University in 1986, where she was received into Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to her appointment to the Austin Seminary faculty in 1995, she was co-instructor and visiting lecturer at Princeton Seminary, Princeton University, and New Brunswick Seminary. She served on the ministerial staff of the Community Presbyterian Church of Edison, New Jersey, and the Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, New Jersey; she spent a year as Pastor of Special Ministries with the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Cagayan d’Oro City, Mindanao. In 2010 Dr. Rigby became the first faculty member elected to Austin Seminary's Board of Trustees.

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