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Dr Derek Alan Woodard-Lehman

PhD (Princeton Seminary) MDiv (Duke University)Derek Woodard-Lehman
Lecturer in Theology and Public Issues

Spinks Cottage
129 Dixon Street
Te Aro
Wellington
6011

Tel: +64  04 385 7400
Email: derek.woodard-lehman@otago.ac.nz


Derek Woodard-Lehman studied theology, philosophy, ethics, and politics at Duke University and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has taught at Princeton University and the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia and been a fellow of the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and the Louisville Institute. Derek has published over a dozen articles and chapters.

Teaching

Derek teaches introductory and intermediate papers in public theology, Christian ethics, and political theology. He also teaches advanced papers on moral philosophy, ethical theory, and modern Protestant social thought. These papers are also offered by distance learning.

Research

Derek's research focuses on the theological traditions of Western Christianity, with an emphasis on the intersection of religious commitment and social criticism in modern Protestantism. He is particularly interested in the role of religious practices in twentieth-century liberation movements. His doctoral research examined the political theology of Karl Barth, and is in revised for publication as a monograph entitled Radical Protestant, Radical Democrat: Karl Barth and the Spirit of Freedom.

Derek is also working on a number of related projects in modern Protestant social thought, including contributions to the Oxford Handbook of Karl Barth, the T&T Clark Companion to Political Theology, and an upcoming special issue of Modern Theology.

Preferred Areas of Supervision:

  • Public Theology
  • Political Theology
  • Christian Ethics

Main Research Interests:

  • Christian Ethics
  • Protestant Social Thought
  • Karl Barth

Selected Publications

"The Radical Autonomy of Karl Barth" in The Oxford Handbook of Karl Barth. Eds. Paul Dafyyd Jones and Paul Nimmo. Oxford: Oxford University Press (In Press,  2017).

"The Reasons of Revelation: Theology After Post-Liberalism" special issue of Modern Theology (January 2017) Eds. Randi Rashkover and Derek Alan Woodard-Lehman. 

"The Law as the Task of the Gospel" in Journal of Jewish Ethics (2:1 January 2016)

"Body Politics and the Politics of Bodies" in Journal of Religious Ethics (36:2 June 2008)

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Publications

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2018). Saying "Yes" to Israel's "No": Barth's dialectical supersessionism and the witness of carnal Israel. In G. Hunsinger (Ed.), Karl Barth: Post-Holocaust Theologian? (pp. 67-84). London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2017). Reason after revelation: Karl Barth on divine word and human words. Modern Theology, 33(1), 92-115. doi: 10.1111/moth.12305

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2017). “What are we after?” Modern Theology, 33(1), 3-8. doi: 10.1111/moth.12301

Woodard-Lehman, D. (2016). The law as the task of the gospel: Karl Barth and the possibility of an apostolic pragmatism. Journal of Jewish Ethics, 2(1), 62-85.

Woodard-Lehman, D. (2016, October). Barmen, Belhar, and beyond: Christian confession and democratic social criticism. Verbal presentation at the Global Network for Public Theology (GNPT): Democracy & Social Justice in Global Contexts, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Chapter in Book - Research

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2018). Saying "Yes" to Israel's "No": Barth's dialectical supersessionism and the witness of carnal Israel. In G. Hunsinger (Ed.), Karl Barth: Post-Holocaust Theologian? (pp. 67-84). London, UK: Bloomsbury.

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2014). The missing enemy & a missed opportunity: A response to Myers's Pacification of political theology in Taubes and Barth. In W. T. McMaken & D. W. Congdon (Eds.), Karl Barth in conversation. (pp. 83-87). Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock.

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2010). After whiteness: Tradition, virtue, and theopolitical nonviolence in a (post)colonial Constantinian age. In S. L. Baker & M. Hardin (Eds.), Peace be with you: Christ's benediction amid violent empires. (pp. 100-119). Telford, PA: Cascadia.

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Journal - Research Article

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2017). Reason after revelation: Karl Barth on divine word and human words. Modern Theology, 33(1), 92-115. doi: 10.1111/moth.12305

Woodard-Lehman, D. (2016). The law as the task of the gospel: Karl Barth and the possibility of an apostolic pragmatism. Journal of Jewish Ethics, 2(1), 62-85.

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2009). Being and bearing the witness of the spirit: Towards a postcolonial missional politics. Pro Ecclesia, 18(4), 437-458.

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2008). On the christological transfiguration of culture: Toward a mendicant ethic. Studies in Christian Ethics, 21(3), 403-424. doi: 10.1177/0953946808096818

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2008). Through a prism darkly: Reading with Musa Dube. Cultural Encounters, 4(2), 37-60.

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2008). Body politics and the politics of bodies: Racism and Hauerwasian theopolitics. Journal of Religious Ethics, 36(2), 295-320. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9795.2008.00347.x

Woodard-Lehman, D. (2007). One in Christ who lives within: Dispersive universality and the pneuma-somatics of identity. Bible & Critical Theory, 3(3), 39.

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Journal - Research Other

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2017). “What are we after?” Modern Theology, 33(1), 3-8. doi: 10.1111/moth.12301

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2014). [Review of the book Christian tradition and the practice of justice]. Scottish Journal of Theology, 67, 241-243. doi: 10.1017/S0036930612000488

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2010). [Review of the book Enfleshing freedom: Body, race, and being]. Missiology, 38(4), 484-485. doi: 10.1177/009182961003800414

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Woodard-Lehman, D. (2016, October). Barmen, Belhar, and beyond: Christian confession and democratic social criticism. Verbal presentation at the Global Network for Public Theology (GNPT): Democracy & Social Justice in Global Contexts, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Bateza, A., Sacks, E., Billet, S., & Woodard-Lehman, D. (2015, January). Toward an apostolic pragmatism: The covenantal structure of Karl Barth's gospel-law thesis [Panel discussion: Common law and common ground: Reconceiving covenantal ethics in contemporary Jewish and Christian thought]. Verbal presentation at the Society of Jewish Ethics Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA.

Tran, J., Rashkover, R., & Woodard-Lehman, D. (2015, January). The reasons of revelation: Karl Barth on divine word and human words? [Panel discussion: Back to Barth and beyond: The problems and prospects of postliberalism in contemporary Jewish and Christian thought]. Verbal presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, Society of Jewish Ethics, and the Society of Muslim Ethics, Chicago, USA.

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2014, November). Euthyphro reformed: Divine command after Kant, Hegel, and Barth. Verbal presentation at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA.

Woodard-Lehman, D. (2013, November). Hearts aflame, tongues of fire: Vision, virtue, and viscera in Vietnam era self-immolation. Verbal presentation at the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, Baltimore, USA.

Woodard-Lehman, D. (2013, April). White like me: Notes for a theology and pedagogy of the oppressor. Verbal presentation at the Inaugural Meeting of the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion: The State of Our Union, Chicago, USA.

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2012, January). Enmity, sovereignty, democracy: Rethinking Agamben's political theology. Verbal presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, Society of Jewish Ethics, and the Society of Muslim Ethics, Washington, DC, USA.

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Woodard-Lehman, D. A. (2014). Freedom and authority: The ethics of revelation in Karl Barth (PhD). Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, USA.

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