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Jeffrey K. Mann, Ph.D.

Department: Religious Studies

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Program Director of GO Philippines

  • Education
  • PHD, Vanderbilt University
  • MA, Vanderbilt Divinity School
  • MA, Concordia Theological Seminary
  • BA, Kenyon College
Jeffrey Mann

EDUCATION:

Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN; 2001.
M.A. (en passant) Major area: History of Christian Thought 
Minor area: Theology

M.T.S. Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN; 1995.
Major area: Church History

M.A. Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN; 1993.
Major area: Exegetical Theology
Minor area: Systematic Theology

B.A. Kenyon College, Gambier, OH; 1992.
Major area: Psychology, Magna cum laude


DOCTORAL DISSERTATION:

Shall We Sin? The Influence of the Antinomian Question in Lutheran Theology.
Primary advisor: Eugene TeSelle (Emeritus)
First reader from the active faculty: Paul DeHart
Copyright: 2001.

DOCTORAL EXAMINATION FIELDS:

General exams: Twentieth Century Theology; Nineteenth Century Theology; History of Christian Thought.
Qualifying exams: Theology of Martin Luther; Theology of Philipp Melanchthon; Lutheran Pietism; Theology of Søren Kierkegaard; Liberation Theology in the Philippines. -Completed with Distinction

EMPLOYMENT:

Susquehanna University (Department of Religious Studies)
Associate Professor of Religion: August ‘07 - present.
Department Head: July '10 - July ‘13.
Co-Director, Asian Studies Program: May ‘07 - June ‘11.
Assistant Professor of Religion: August ‘02 - August ‘07.

Senshu University, Ikuta campus (Japan) (Department of Literature)
Visiting Professor of Religion: September '15 - January '16.
Visiting Professor of Religion: September ‘08 - January '09.

Muskingum College (Department of Religion and Philosophy)
Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion: August '01 - June ‘02.
Instructor: August '98 - May '99.

Metro Nashville Public Schools (E.S.L.: Refugee English Program)
Teacher: July '00 - January '01.

PUBLICATIONS:

Books:

When Buddhists Attack: The Curious Relationship Between Zen and Martial  Arts. Rutland, VT: Tuttle Publishing, 2012.

Shall We Sin? Responding to the Antinomian Question in Lutheran Theology. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2003.

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

"Plurality of Self: Buddhist Anthropology and Western Christology," Dialog: A Journal of Theology, 56, 1 (2017): 73-83.

"Luther on Reason: What Makes a Whore a Whore," Seminary Ridge Review, 18:1, Autumn (2015): 1-17.

"Luther, Libertines, and Literature," Literature of Luther: Receptions of the Reformer, eds. Wesley, A. Edward and J. Christopher Edwards, (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2015), 120-130, 2015.

"An Anonymous Lutheran? Can Luther's Theology Permit Salvation Outside the Church," Dialog: A Journal of Theology, 52, 3 (2013): 222-231.

"Lutherans in Need of Self-Discipline: Japanese Shugyō and the Art of Sanctification" Dialog: A Journal of Theology, 50, 3 (2011): 271-279.

"Luther and the Holy Spirit: Why Pneumatology Still Matters," Currents in Theology and Mission, 34, no.2 (2007): 111-116.

"Not By Accident: The Christology of Lutheran Pietism," Covenant Quarterly, 55, no.1 (2002): 34-44.

"Where the Tree Has No Roots: Liberation Theology in the Philippines," Voices From the Third World: The official journal of Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT), 23, no.2 (2000): 172-200.

"Melanchthon's Response to Antinomianism: How the 'Antinomian Question' Shaped the Development of His Theology," Concordia Journal, 26, no.4 (2000): 305-325.

"Original Sin in Augustine: An Analysis of Ricoeur's Essential Three Traits," Budhi: A Journal of Ideas and Culture 2, No. 2 (1998) : 139-156.

Additional Publications:

"Iglesia ni Cristo," World Book Student, World Book, Chicago (2014).

"Sorry, Jesus Wasn't a Pacifist," online article in Pilgrim's Review Sep. 14, 2014, http://pilgrimsreview.org/forum/.

"The Bujutsu-Budo Stereotype," Classical Fighting Arts, 2, No. 27, 2014.

"The Empty Cup Myth: The Limitations of Language and Learning," Classical Fighting Arts, 2, No. 24, 2013.

"Is it Really Zen? A Brief History of Budō ‘Religion'," Classical Fighting Arts, 2, No. 22, 2012.

"Budo as Religion: Virtue Ethics in the Dojo," Classical Fighting Arts, 2, No. 17, 2009.

"Martial Discipline and the Way of Peace: The Curious Relationship Between Buddhism's Love of Peace and its Relationship to Violence," Classical Fighting Arts, Part 1: 2, No. 13, 2008; Part 2, No. 2, no.14, 2008.

"Zanshin: More Than Words," Classical Fighting Arts, 2, No. 11, 2007.

"The Ways of the Buddha and the Empty Hand: An Introduction to the Relationship between Zen and Karate-do," Classical Fighting Arts, Part 1: 2, No. 8, 2006; Part 2: 2, No. 9, 2006.

"Iglesia ni Cristo," entry in A Dictionary of Asian Christianity, ed. Scott W. Sunquist. (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdman's Publishing Co., 2001).

Non-academic Publications:

"A Runner's Belated, and Rewarding, Return," RealClearSports, May 8, 2014
http://www.realclearsports.com/articles/2014/05/08/a_runners_belated_and_rewarding_return_97940.html#.U2t9rPldWMk. The basis for an interview with Scott Simon on National Public Radio, "Redeeming a College Defeat, 25 Years Later," http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=324222784&m=324222785.

"The Myth of a Non-Violent Jesus," RealClearReligion, Apr. 30, 2014
http://www.realclearreligion.org/articles/2014/04/30/the_myth_of_a_non-violent_jesus.html.

"Are You Really a Racist?" The Federalist, Feb. 27, 2014
http://thefederalist.com/2014/02/27/are-you-really-a-racist/.

"Bridging Cultures in a Filipino Trash Dump," Susquehanna Currents, 81:2, Fall, 2013, p. 48.

"Discrimination Itself is not the Issue; Control is," The Tennessean, Oct. 2, 2011.

"Should Politicians Be Elitist?" The Patriot News, Oct. 17, 2010.

"Islamophobia - Or Something Else?" America OnLine News (aolnews.com), September 15, 2010.

"Zen and the Art of Teaching Abroad," Susquehanna Currents, 78:2, Spring, 2009.

"Churches Battle Language Barrier," The Patriot News, August 23, 2006

"Why liberals are talking like conservatives," The Patriot News, Oct. 26, 2005.

Broadcast as "Are Liberal Professors Above Reproach?" on National Public Radio, "The Best of our Knowledge," January 2, 2006.

"What Skin Color Should Pictures of Jesus Be?" The Patriot News, March 24, 2005.

"Secretary-general doesn't speak for the world," Daily Item Sep. 29, 2004

"Supporting gay marriage as a conservative," The Patriot News, June 2, 2004.

"Why Americans are hated by many Muslims," The Patriot News, April 17, 2003. (Also published in The Daily Item, April 27, 2003; Global Beat Syndicate, May 12, 2003; Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, May 13, 2003; Tribune (Scranton) May 13, 2003; Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg) May 30, 2003.

Reviews:

Review of Larry D. Mansch and Curtis H. Peters. Martin Luther: The Life and Lessons. McFarland & Company, 2016. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, December, 2016.

Review of James Reston Jr. Luther's Fortress. Basic Books, 2015. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, November, 2015.

Review of The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther's Theology. Eds. Robert Kolb,  Irene Dingel, L'ubomir Batka. Oxford University Press, 2014. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, January, 2015.

Review of Paul R. Hinlicky. Luther and the Beloved Community: A Path for Christian Theology after Christendom. William B. Eerdmans, 2010. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, December, 2010.

Review of C. Stephen Evans. Kierkegaard: An Introduction. Cambridge, 2009. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, December, 2009.

Review of Edward Mooney. On Soren Kierkegaard: Dialogue, Polemics, Lost Intimacy, and Time. Ashgate, 2007. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, March, 2008.

Review of Stephen Ellingson. The Megachurch and the Mainline: Remaking Religious Tradition in the Twenty-first Century. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2007. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, November, 2007.

Review of Peter J. Mehl. Thinking Through Kierkgaard: Existential Identity in a Pluralistic World. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2005. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, February, 2006.

Review of Christopher Boyd Brown. Singing the Gospel: Lutheran Hymns and the Success of the Reformation. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, October, 2005.

Review of Ronald K. Rittgers. The Reformation of the Keys: Confession, Conscience, and Authority in Sixteenth-Century Germany. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, November, 2004.

Review of The Cambridge Companion to Martin Luther. Ed. Donald K. McKim. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, April, 2004.

Review of Luther on Women: A Sourcebook. Eds. Susan C. Karant-Nunn and Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, November, 2003.

Review of Luther's Works on CD-ROM. Ed. Jaroslav Pelikan and Helmut T. Lehmann. Fortress Press, 2002. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, January, 2003.

Review of Daphne Hampson, Christian Contradictions: The Structures of Lutheran and Catholic Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, November, 2001.

Review of David C. Steinmetz, Reformers in the Wings: From Geiler von Kaysersberg to Theodore Beza. Second Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, September, 2001.

Review of Martin Luther: Exploring His Life and Times, CD-ROM. Ed. Helmar Junghaus. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1998. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, February, 2000.

Review of Dorothee Soelle, Against the Wind: Memoir of a Radical Christian. Tr. Barbara Rumscheidt and Martin Rumscheidt. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, February, 2000.

Review of George Pattison, Anxious Angels: A Retrospective View of Religious Existentialism. New York: St. Martin's Press, Inc., 1999. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, October 1999.

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS/LECTURES:

"International Exchange Public Lectures" at Senshu University, Kanagawa, Japan, November 7th - Dec. 5th, 2015
(1) "Islam and Christianity: A Theological Comparison"
(2) "Religion and Violence in Asia"
(3) "Religion and Violence in the West"
(4) "Religion in Contemporary American Politics"
(5) "Religion and Reason"

"How to Fight Like a Buddhist." Public Lecture (by invitation), presented at Religion, Ethics, and Choice Conference, at the Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs, Penn State, University Park, PA, April 10, 2014.

"Luther, Libertines, and Literature." Paper presented at 2013 Northeast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, St. Francis College, New York, New York. November 8-9, 2013.

"Zen Peace and Martial Violence." Public Lecture, Susquehanna University, December 5, 2012

"Japanese Martial Arts: Historical Context and Current Directions." (By invitation)
Paper presented at Al Coloquio Internacional - Cultura, Tradiciόn y Literatura en Asia y Áfrika, El Colegio de México, Mexico City, Mexico, Nov. 15th, 2012.

"How to Debate the Issues and Win," PA Federation of Republican Women Conference, Lewisburg, PA, April 30, 2011.

"International Exchange Public Lectures" at Senshu University, Kanagawa, Japan, November 8th - Dec. 6th, 2008
(1) "An American Discovers Budo and Zen"
(2) "Jodo Shin-shu and Lutheran Christianity"
(3) "The Amish in America: Can Time Stand Still?"
(4) "Religion in Contemporary American Politics"
(5) "Quakers: Religious Freedom and Social Action"

"Buddhism and Asian Martial Arts," National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, Bucknell University, April 8, 2008.

"Martial Discipline and the Way of Peace: The Virtues and Vices of Zen-Inspired Martial Arts in Japan." Paper presented at American Academy of Religion National Meeting, Washington D.C., November, 2006.

"I'm Gay, You're Straight, Let's Date!: The Social Construction and Ethics of Homosexuality in the Philippines." Campus-wide lecture, Allegheny College, April 5, 2006. Campus-wide lecture, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, April 6, 2006.

"Luther, Pneumatology, and Ecumenism: Does Systematic Theology Still Matter?" Paper presented at American Academy of Religion, Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 17, 2006.

"Vive La Difference? When Sexual and Religious Diversity Get Difficult," at the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Multicultural Education Annual Conference, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA, April 15, 2005.

"Life As a Gay Filipino: Perception, Identity, and Ethics." Paper presented at American Academy of Religion National Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Nov.
23, 2002.

Moderator, "Kierkegaard, Religion, and Culture Group," at American Academy of Religion National Meeting, Nashville, TN, November 20, 2000.

"Pietism and Christ as Example: Would Philipp Jakob Spener Wear a WWJD Bracelet?" Paper presented at American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Regional Meeting, Atlanta, GA, March 12, 2000.

"Is God Still Father?: Addressing God as 'Father' in the Early Church and Today." Paper presented at Symposium in Honor of Dr. William McCulloh,
Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, March 27, 1999.

COURSES TAUGHT:

Susquehanna University:
Luther: Life and Thought
World Religions
Philippines: Learning, Understanding, Service. (A service-learning class)
Faiths and Values
Church History:Early and Medieval
Church History: Reformation and Modern
Buddhism
Zen and Japanese Martial Arts
The Theology of Kierkegaard
Religions of the United States
Asian Christianities
Liberation Theologies
Independent Study - Søren Kierkegaard

Senshu University (Kanagawa, Japan):
Introduction to Christianity (2015, 2008)
Religious Ethics in the 21st Century (2015)
Japan and the World, Zen (2015)
Japan and the World, Budo (2015)
Religions in the United States (2008)
Religious Pluralism in the 21st Century (2008)
Social Ethics in the United States (2008)

Muskingum College:
Christian Ethics in the U.S.
Church History: Reformation and Modern
Women in Christianity
Directed Readings in Theology -- Paul Tillich
Faith and Ethics
The Bible and World Religions
The Holocaust: History and Theology
Global Christianity

Vanderbilt Divinity School:
The Formation of the Catholic Tradition (T.A.)

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL WORK:

World Book Encyclopedia
Contributor, 2014; Consultant, 2006.

Wadsworth Publishing Company
Textbook consultant, 2004-2006.

Prentice Hall Publishers
Text and media reviews, 2002.

Abingdon Press:
Fact-checking and proofreading: 1995-1997.

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Lutheran theology
Zen Buddhism and Japanese Martial Arts
Religious ethics
Ethics and Violence
Religion in the Philippines

UNIVERSITY SERVICE:

Committees:
International Studies Advisory Group, '06-present.
University Policy Management Group, '13-present.
Faculty Athletic Advisory Committee, '10-‘16, chair '11-‘16.
Asian Studies Faculty Working Group, '04-'11.
Susquehanna University Press, Editorial Committee, '03-‘10.
University Council, '03-'06.
- Tuition & Financial Aid sub-committee '04.
- Identity/Reputation/Culture sub-committee '04-‘05.
Edward R. Schmidt Lectureship Selection/Planning Committee, '03-‘05.
Thrivent Grant Service-Learning Steering Committee, '05.
Woodrow Wilson Fellow Selection Committee, ‘03.
Middle States Task Force - Integration Subcommittee, ‘02.

Advising:
Susquehanna Goju-ryu Karate Club '02-present.
Alpha Phi Omega, service fraternity, '03-present.
Susquehanna Republicans, '03-present.

Panel member/Lectures:
"A New Day in American Politics: What Does it All Mean?" Panel and  Discussion, Dec. 5, ‘16

"The Ethics of Humor: Taking the Fun Out of It" - Let's Talk Lecture Series, Nov. 5, '14.

"Constitution Day Panel" - sponsored by The Center for Civic Engagement, '12.

"Politics and Engagement" Panel - hosted by SU Democrats and SU Republicans, '11.

Diversity Council Panel - Multicultural Perspectives on Sexuality, ‘08

The Brotherhood Race-Relations Forum on Multiculturalism at SU, '07.

"The Separation of Church and State" hosted by Catholic Campus Ministry, '06.

"Talking Diversity: Asking the Tough Questions," moderator, '05.

"Religious Responses to Tragedy," Tsunami Teach-in, '05.

Political Awareness Forum, ‘04.

The Brotherhood Race-Relations Forum on Intra-racial Racism, '03.

September 11 Academic Convocation, ‘02.

Additional service:

Director, PLUS Program: (Philippines: Learning, Understanding, Service)
- A service-learning program in the Republic of the Philippines.
- 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

Instructor, Susquehanna Goju-ryu Karate Club '02-present.

Faculty chaperone, SU CASA
- A service learning trip to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, ‘04

Faculty mentoring program, '02-'04

New Faculty Orientation, '03

FOREIGN LANGUAGES:

Reading knowledge and conversational competence in German
Reading knowledge of Greek (Koine)
Basic conversational Tagalog (Pilipino)
Basic reading knowledge of Spanish

Courses taught:

  • HONS-301 Church Hist: Early & Medieval
  • INTD-505 Independent Study
  • OFFP-PHILIPP Philippines: Service Learning
  • OFFR-PHILIPP Philippines: Service Learning
  • OFFS-PHILIPP Philippines: Service Learning
  • RELI-105 World Religions
  • RELI-107 Faiths and Values
  • RELI-277 Philippines - Hist, Religion, & Culture
  • RELI-309 Luther: Life and Thought
  • RELI-312 Church History: Early and Medieval
  • RELI-313 Church History 1500 - Present
  • RELI-400 Capstone
  • RELI-400 Church History
  • RELI-400 Independent Study