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Amy E. Marga

Amy E. Marga

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology; Division Chair for History and Theology

  • Ph.D. (Princeton Theological Seminary)
  • M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary)

Biography

Amy Marga is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology. She has been at Luther since 2006.  A summa cum laude graduate of Concordia University, St Paul, MN (1995), she received a Master of Divinity (1998) and Doctor of Philosophy (2006) from Princeton Theological Seminary.

She is the author of Karl Barth’s Dialogue with Catholicism in Göttingen and Münster (2010), the translator of Karl Barth’s The Word of God and Theology (2011), and a contributing translator to Barth in Conversation: Volume 1, 1959-1962, (2017). She is also the author of several essays about Karl Barth’s theology including in The Westminster Handbook to Karl Barth; the Karl-Barth Handbuch; and Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth: An Unofficial Catholic-Protestant Dialogue (White and McCormack, editors). 

More recently, she has published “From ‘Herr Käthe’ to Here I Stand: A White Feminist Perspective on Martin Luther’s Life and Theology” in Touchstone Journal, Toronto, (2017).

Her present research focuses on Feminism, and Mothering in the Christian tradition. A selection of scholarly papers given on this topic include those given at the American Academy of Religion on “White Mothers, Black Mothers and the Bible” (2016), “The Redeeming Act of Giving Birth: Martin Luther’s Theology Concerning the Bodies of Mothers” (2014), and “Children in the Theologies of Luther and Barth” (2015).

Marga is a trained racial justice facilitator through the Minneapolis YWCA and teaches a course on Race and Protestantism at Luther Seminary. She enjoys speaking on feminism, gender, race, and the Christian tradition in local congregations. She lives in St Paul with her husband, two boys, and a poodle.

She is also a member of the Karl Barth Translators’ Group at the Barth Center, Princeton, NJ, the North American Karl Barth Society, and the American Academy of Religion.

Courses

SG 0401 01THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Summer Term 2018-2019

What does it mean to be a public witness to Jesus Christ in a pluralistic, post-secular, consumer society? Using classical and contemporary thinkers in systematic theology, students will think critically about how and in what ways God encounters us in and through our neighbors, calling us to examine our own assumptions about who God is and what God does in law and promise. Centered in Jesus Christ crucified and risen, the course examines how justification by faith alone turns us outward from the self through the Holy Spirit to participate in God's work of reconciliation, justice, and peace with our neighbor and for our neighbor. Students develop their identity as Christian leaders and grow in their theological capacity to offer public leadership in a wide range of ministry settings.

GR 8653 01THEOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS IN GLOBAL Spring Semester 2018-2019

An interdisciplinary seminar to be taken by students in theri first year focusing on themese in theology (womanist theologies, liberation theologies, etc.)

ST 0440 01THE TRIUNE GOD AND THE WORLD Spring Semester 2018-2019

This course provides a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith in the Triune God, drawing upon biblical, theological, confessional and contemporary resources. Together we will cultivate theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts. Prerequisite: SG 0401 Thinking Theologically Confessing Publicly Equivalency: ST0415 or ST0425 or ST0435 ST Core Course

ST 1464 01ETHICS OF BODY GENDER AND SEX Spring Semester 2018-2019

This course will explore the way that contemporary society constructs gender and deals with human sexuality. It will draw upon contemporary theologies of the body in order to explore a Christian vocation of one’s body, gender, and sexuality, taking into account the spiritual and ethical dimensions of the practices of hospitality, nurture, and love within different-sex and same-sex relationships.

ST 1462 50FEMINIST WOMANIST MUJERISTA THEOL Fall Semester 2018-2019

This course explores and analyzes contemporary feminist theologies within global Christianity, such as white feminist, womanist, African, and Asian theologies. It retrieves historical voices of women in Christian thought and discerns how best to interpret and confess the gospel of Jesus Christ to women and men in different cultural contexts. It asks, ‘what does the female face of God look like today?

ST 2482 01RACE AND PROTESTANTISM IN AMERICA Fall Semester 2018-2019

This course explores the ways that American Protestantism and race intersect. It will specifically focus on Protestant attitudes towards African slaves and their conversion to Christianity. It will investigate how Western Christian theology has supported the construction of "whiteness" and "blackness", and look at how Protestant theologians interacted with the Civil Rights movement. It introduces students to Black theology and the spiritual resources that Black Americans utilize in order to deal with and resist unjust social structures.

ST 6484 01RACE AND PROTESTANTISM IN AMERICA Fall Semester 2018-2019

This course explores the ways that American Protestantism and race intersect. It will specifically focus on Protestant attitudes towards African slaves and their conversion to Christianity. It will investigate how Western Christian theology has supported the construction of "whiteness" and "blackness", and look at how Protestant theologians interacted with the Civil Rights movement. It introduces students to Black theology and the spiritual resources that Black Americans utilize in order to deal with and resist unjust social structures. PRE AND POST WORK REQUIRED

ST 1487 01THEOL OF KARL BARTH AND 21ST CENT Summer Term 2017-2018

This course will explore the theology Karl Barth, perhaps the most important theologian of the twentieth century. It will examine his cultural context, his contributions to contemporary doctrines of revelation, election, and Trinity. It will also explore how his Christology has implications for theological anthropology today.

ST 6487 01THEOL OF KARL BARTH AND 21ST CENT Summer Term 2017-2018

This course will explore the theology Karl Barth, perhaps the most important theologian of the twentieth century. It will examine his cultural context, his contributions to contemporary doctrines of revelation, election, and Trinity. It will also explore how his Christology has implications for theological anthropology today.

ST 0440 01THE TRIUNE GOD AND THE WORLD Spring Semester 2017-2018

This course provides a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith in the Triune God, drawing upon biblical, theological, confessional and contemporary resources. Together we will cultivate theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts. Prerequisite: SG 0401 Thinking Theologically Confessing Publicly

ST 2482 01RACE AND PROTESTANTISM IN AMERICA January Term 2017-2018

This course explores the ways that American Protestantism and race intersect. It will specifically focus on Protestant attitudes towards African slaves and their conversion to Christianity. It will investigate how Western Christian theology has supported the construction of "whiteness" and "blackness", and look at how Protestant theologians interacted with the Civil Rights movement. It introduces students to Black theology and the spiritual resources that Black Americans utilize in order to deal with and resist unjust social structures. PRE AND POST WORK REQUIRED

ST 6484 01RACE AND PROTESTANTISM IN AMERICA January Term 2017-2018

This course explores the ways that American Protestantism and race intersect. It will specifically focus on Protestant attitudes towards African slaves and their conversion to Christianity. It will investigate how Western Christian theology has supported the construction of "whiteness" and "blackness", and look at how Protestant theologians interacted with the Civil Rights movement. It introduces students to Black theology and the spiritual resources that Black Americans utilize in order to deal with and resist unjust social structures. PRE AND POST WORK REQUIRED

SG 0401 50THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Fall Semester 2017-2018

What does it mean to be a public witness to Jesus Christ in a pluralistic, post-secular, consumer society? Using classical and contemporary thinkers in systematic theology, students will think critically about how and in what ways God encounters us in and through our neighbors, calling us to examine our own assumptions about who God is and what God does in law and promise. Centered in Jesus Christ crucified and risen, the course examines how justification by faith alone turns us outward from the self through the Holy Spirit to participate in God's work of reconciliation, justice, and peace with our neighbor and for our neighbor. Students develop their identity as Christian leaders and grow in their theological capacity to offer public leadership in a wide range of ministry settings.

ST 1462 50FEMINIST WOMANIST MUJERISTA THEOL Fall Semester 2017-2018

This course explores and analyzes “feminist” theologies within global Christianity, such as white feminist, womanist, mujerista, Asian and African theologies. The course seeks to discern how best to interpret and confess the gospel of Jesus Christ to women and men in different cultural contexts.

BP 7588 01PREACHING RACE AND RACIAL RECONCIL DMIN Session - BP 2017-2018

This course will explore the intersection between race and preaching in the United States. It examines sermons and documents from the periods of slavery, abolition and the Civil War, as well as the twentieth century and Civil Rights movement. It analyzes theological, political and ideological commitments on race, racial injustice, and racial reconciliation primarily among “white” and African-American preachers. It engages the students own understandings about race and reconciliation and explores how to preach into communities on race, injustice and reconciliation. COURSE MEETS JUNE 11-15, 2018 IN OCC 215

SG 0401 01THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Summer Term 2016-2017

What does it mean to be a public witness to Jesus Christ in a pluralistic, post-secular, consumer society? Using classical and contemporary thinkers in systematic theology, students will think critically about how and in what ways God encounters us in and through our neighbors, calling us to examine our own assumptions about who God is and what God does in law and promise. Centered in Jesus Christ crucified and risen, the course examines how justification/sanctification by faith alone turns us outward from the self through the Holy Spirit to participate in God's work of reconciliation, justice, and peace with our neighbor and for our neighbor. Students develop their identity as Christian leaders and grow in their theological capacity to offer public leadership in a wide range of ministry settings. FULFILLS INTERP/CONFESSING REQUIREMENTS

ST 1462 50FEMINIST WOMANIST MUJERISTA THEOL Spring Semester 2016-2017

This course explores and analyzes “feminist” theologies within global Christianity, such as white feminist, womanist, mujerista, Asian and African theologies. The course seeks to discern how best to interpret and confess the gospel of Jesus Christ to women and men in different cultural contexts. FULFILLS ETHICS CURRIC EQUIVALENCIES

ST 2482 01RACE AND PROTESTANTISM IN AMERICA Spring Semester 2016-2017

This course explores the ways that American Protestantism and race intersect. It will specifically focus on Protestant attitudes towards African slaves and their conversion to Christianity. It will investigate how Western Christian theology has supported the construction of "whiteness" and "blackness", and look at how Protestant theologians interacted with the Civil Rights movement. It introduces students to Black theology and the spiritual resources that Black Americans utilize in order to deal with and resist unjust social structures.

ST 6484 01RACE AND PROTESTANTISM IN AMERICA Spring Semester 2016-2017

This course explores the ways that American Protestantism and race intersect. It will specifically focus on Protestant attitudes towards African slaves and their conversion to Christianity. It will investigate how Western Christian theology has supported the construction of "whiteness" and "blackness", and look at how Protestant theologians interacted with the Civil Rights movement. It introduces students to Black theology and the spiritual resources that Black Americans utilize in order to deal with and resist unjust social structures.

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