Dr. Robert D. Benne

Dr. Robert Benne was Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religion and Philosophy department at Roanoke College for eighteen years before he left full-time teaching in 2000. He founded the Roanoke College Center for Religion & Society in 1982 and directed it until 2012. He continues at Roanoke College as a research associate in its religion and philosophy department. Before going to Roanoke College in 1982, he was professor of church and society at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for seventeen years. A native of Nebraska, he received his college education at Midland University. His graduate degrees are from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has written and lectured widely on the relation of Christianity and culture. The most recent of his twelve books are: Good and Bad Ways to Think About Religion and Politics; Quality with Soul-How Six Premier Colleges and Universities Keep Faith with their Religious TraditionsReasonable Ethics; and A Christian Approach to Social, Economic, and Political Concerns. A Festschrift entitled Report from the Front Lines was published by his friends in 2009 in honor of his seventieth birthday. Upon his retirement in the spring of 2012, Roanoke College re-named the center which he directed for thirty years in his honor as The Robert D. Benne Center for Religion & Society. He is also a permanent faculty member in the graduate school of the Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT). He has been married to Joanna Benne for 54 years. They are the parents of four and the grandparents of seven.

Dr. Benne will address the Holy Spirit and Christian life during the Braaten-Benne Lectures in Theology.


Education

  • Ph.D. – University of Chicago Divinity School, 1970
  • M.A. – University of Chicago Divinity School, 1963
  • B.A. – Midland University, 1959

Experience

  • Institute of Lutheran Theology, Graduate Programs
  • Roanoke College, Religion/Philosophy, Jordan Trexler Professor Emeritus and Research Associate, (present)
  • Jordan-Trexler Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Roanoke for eighteen years
  • Professor of Church and Society at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for seventeen years

Publications

  • Benne, R. (2010, Eerdmans). Good and Bad Ways to Think About Religion and Politics
  • Benne, R. (2009, Eerdmans, edited by Michael Shahan). A Festschrift in his honor entitled, A Report from the Front Lines-Conversations in Public Theology
  • Benne, R. (2005, Concordia). Reasonable Ethics: A Christian Approach to Social, Economic, and Political Concerns
  • Benne, R. (2001, Eerdmans). Quality With Soul: How Six Premier Colleges and Universities Keep Faith with their Religious Traditions
  • Benne, R. (1999). Why Bother? A Whole Vision for a Whole People
  • Benne, R. (1998). Seeing Is Believing: Visions of Life Through Film
  • Benne, R. (1995). The Paradoxical Vision: A Public Theology for the Twenty-first Century
  • Benne, R. (1988 and 2003). Ordinary Saints: An Introduction to the Christian Life
  • Benne, R. (1981). The Ethic of Democratic Capitalism: A Moral Reassessment Life
  • Benne, R. (1974). Defining America: A Christian Critique of the American Dream
  • Benne, R. (1971). Wandering in the Wilderness: Christians and the New Culture

Category

Braaten-Benne Lectures in Theology

Tags

Keynote Speaker

Date published

April 29, 2019