Dr. Mickey L. Mattox
Mickey L. Mattox, Ph.D.

Mickey L. Mattox (Ph.D., Duke University). I am a historical theologian with primary expertise in the life and theology of Martin Luther, and a secondary proficiency in ecumenical theology. At Marquette I enjoy teaching undergraduate students, especially a second-level Core course I developed a few years ago entitled “Theology in the Writings of C.S. Lewis.” At the graduate level I teach both required MA courses and PhD-level seminars. I have also supervised many graduate research projects on Reformation theology, especially Martin Luther, and I welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in these topics.

My first book, Defender of the Most Holy Matriarchs (Brill, 2003), argued for the broad catholicity of Luther’s evangelical readings of the stories of the women of Genesis. Since then, I have published many articles and book chapters on Luther’s theology and exegesis, and participate regularly in the Society for Reformation Studies (Cambridge), the Sixteenth Century Studies Society, the North American Luther Forum, and the International Luther Congress. I currently serve as Deputy Editor of the Reformation & Renaissance Review, as well as Associate Editor for the forthcoming Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion: Martin Luther. My research at present is focused on Luther’s cosmology.

Reformation era interpretation of Genesis also remains an interest. My Iohannes Oecolampadius: An Exposition of Genesis, (Marquette University Press, 2013) introduces this somewhat neglected leader of the Reformation in Basel, and offers a translation of his lectures on Genesis, with Latin and English texts on facing pages.

Additionally, I developed a competence in ecumenical theology during a four year stint as Research Professor in the Institute for Ecumenical Research (Strasbourg), where I consulted for some of the international dialogues sponsored by the Lutheran World Federation (Geneva). Two co-authored books reflect my ecumenical interests: The Substance of the Faith (Fortress, 2008) is a plea for the revitalization of doctrinal theology in the Lutheran faith tradition, while Changing Churches (Eerdmans, 2012) offers a theological account of the give and take involved in conversion from the Lutheran faith tradition to the Roman Catholic or Orthodox.

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