Thomas Albert Howard

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Professor Thomas Albert (Tal) Howard

Thomas Albert (Tal) Howard is a Professor of History and the Humanities at Valparaiso University, Indiana.[1] He formerly directed the Center for Faith and Inquiry and was Professor of History at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.[citation needed] He completed his MA (1992) and Ph.D. (1996) at the University of Virginia, concentrating in modern European intellectual and religious history. He is founding director of Gordon College's honors program, the Jerusalem and Athens Forum,[2] a one-year, great-books course of study in the history of Christian thought and literature. He served as principal grant writer and project director of a multimillion-dollar project funded by the Lilly Endowment, entitled "Critical Loyalty: Christian Vocation at Gordon College."[3]



He is the author of Religion and the Rise of Historicism;[4] Protestant Theology and the Making of the Modern German University;[5] winner of the annual Lilly Fellows Program Book Award, 2007;[6] and God and the Atlantic: America, Europe, and the Religious Divide;[7] winner of the Christianity Today Book Awards, 2012.[8]


He is editor of Mark Noll and James Turner, The Future of Christian Learning: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue,[9] and Russell Hittinger, John Behr, and C. Ben Mitchell, Imago Dei: Human Dignity in Ecumenical Perspective.[10]


Currently, he is working on three books: The Pope and the Professor: Pius IX, Ignaz von Döllinger, and the Quandary of the Modern Age (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); Remembering the Reformation: An Inquiry into the Meanings of Protestantism (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); and, edited with Mark Noll, Protestantism after 500 Years? (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Articles and essaysEdit

His articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous journals, including the American Historical Review, Journal of the American Academy of Religion,[11] Historically Speaking,[12] Pro Ecclesia,[13] Church History,[14] Journal of the History of Ideas,[15][16] History of Universities, Fides et Historia, The Christian Scholar's Review,[17] Hedgehog Review,[18] The National Interest, Inside Higher Ed,[19] Journal of Church and State, The Cresset,[20] Christian Century,[21] Commonweal,[22] First Things,[23] and Books & Culture.[24]

Fellowships and lecturesEdit

In 2003-04, he was a Senior Carey Fellow in the Erasmus Institute[25] at the University of Notre Dame. He has also spent considerable time teaching and researching outside the United States, particularly in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. He has held fellowships from the American Academy of Religion, the Pew Charitable Trust, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia,[26] the John Templeton foundation, the Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and the Arts[27] at Valparaiso University, and the German Academic Exchange. He has given invited lectures at Oxford University, Cambridge University, University of Virginia, Harvard, Cornell, Dartmouth, Notre Dame, and elsewhere.


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  2. ^ "Jerusalem & Athens Forum". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  3. ^ "Critical Loyalty Project". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  4. ^ "Howard, Thomas Albert. Religion and the Rise of Historicism. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000". 2006-04-27. Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  5. ^ "Howard, Thomas Albert. Protestant Theology and the Making of the Modern German University. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  6. ^ "Lilly Fellows Program > Grants & Prizes > LFP Book Award > LFP Book Award List: Past Winners". Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  7. ^ "Howard, Thomas Albert. God and the Atlantic: America, Europe, and the Religious Divide. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011". 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  8. ^ "2012 Christianity Today Book Awards". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  9. ^ "Noll, Mark A, James Turner, and Thomas Albert Howard. The Future of Christian Learning: An Evangelical and Catholic Dialogue. Grand Rapids: Baker Publishing Group, 2008". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  10. ^ "Imago Dei: Human Dignity in Ecumenical Perspective, Edited by Thomas Albert Howard. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press". 2011-09-19. Archived from the original on 2015-06-13. Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  11. ^ "Howard, Thomas Albert. "Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England. By Timothy Larsen," Journal of the American Academy of Religion 76, no. 1 (2008): 205-207". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  12. ^ "Project MUSE - Jacob Burckhardt, Religion, and the Historiography of "Crisis" and "Transition"". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  13. ^ "Howard, Thomas Albert. "Philipp Melanchthon and the American Evangelicalism," Pro Ecclesia. 18, no. 2 (2009): 162-186". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  14. ^ "Howard, Thomas Albert. "A 'Religious Turn' in Modern European Historiography?" Church History 75, no. 1 (2006): 156-162". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  15. ^ "Journal Home JHI". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  16. ^ "Howard, Thomas Albert. "Jacob Burckhardt, Religion, and the Historiography of 'Crisis' and 'Transition,'" Journal of the History of Ideas 60, no. 1 (1999): 149-164". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  17. ^ "Christian Scholar's Review". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  18. ^ "Howard, Thomas Albert. "American Religion and European Anti-Americanism," The Hedgehog Review 8, nos. 1-2 (2006): 116-126" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  19. ^ "Howard, Thomas Albert. "The Promise of Religious Colleges," Inside Higher Ed. September 19, 2013". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  20. ^ "The Cresset". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  21. ^ "Howard, Thomas Albert. "Nihil Obstat, by Sabrina P. Ramet," The Christian Century. January 20, 1999".
  22. ^ "Search". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  23. ^ "Thomas Albert Howard". First Things.
  24. ^ "Search: thomas albert howard - Books and Culture". Books and Culture. Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  25. ^ "University of Notre Dame Erasmus Institute". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  26. ^ "Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture". Retrieved 2015-06-25.
  27. ^ "Lilly Fellows Program". Retrieved 2015-06-25.