J. Alexander Sider's CV

J. Alexander Sider
Assistant Professor of Religion


  • Education
  • Duke University, Durham, NC

PhD, Theology and Ethics, Graduate Program in Religion, May 2004
Minors: Church History, Political Theory
Dissertation: "To See History Doxologically: History and Holiness in the Ecclesiology of John Howard Yoder"
Dissertation Advisor: Stanley Hauerwas

Duke University, Durham, NC
MTS, Summa Cum Laude, The Divinity School, May 1998
MTS Thesis: "The Authority of Tradition in Hans Georg Gadamer's Truth and Method and Alasdair MacIntyre's Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry"
Supervising Faculty: Stanley Hauerwas

Messiah College, Grantham, PA
BA, Cum Laude, Religion and Philosophy, May 1995

Research and Teaching Interests
Christian ethics and theology as they relate to (1) moral philosophy, (2) contemporary critical political theory, (3) medical ethics, and (4) the history of Christianity.

Fellowships and Awards
Visiting Fellow in Theology, Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University, Michaelmas term 2004
Fellow, Duke University Kenan Ethics Colloquium, 2003-2004

Teaching/Research Experience
Bluffton University, Bluffton, OH
Assistant Professor of Religion, Fall 2006 to present.

General editor (with Chris K. Huebner, Canadian Mennonite University, and Peter Dula, Eastern Mennonite University) of the Polyglossia:  Radical Reformation Theologies series by Herald Press, Fall 2006 to present.  Books in the series:
Chris K. Huebner, A Precarious Peace:  Yoderian Explorations on Theology, Knowledge, and Identity (Scottdale, PA:  Herald Press, 2006).
Tripp York, The Purple Crown:  The Politics of Martyrdom (Scottdale, PA:  Herald Press, forthcoming 2007).

Duke University, Durham, NC
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Religion, 2004.

Duke University, Durham, NC
Instructor, Department of Religion, 2003-2004.

High Point University, High Point, NC
Visiting Instructor, Department of Religious Studies, 2001.

Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC
Teaching Assistant, 1998-2005

Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC
Research Assistant, 1998, 2000, 2002-2003

  • Committees and Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion (1995-2006)
Executive Committee, Graduate Program in Religion, Duke University (2002-2003)
Institutional Review Board, Duke University Medical Center (2005-2006)
Assessment Committee, Bluffton University (2007-present)
Institutional Review Board, Bluffton University (2007-present)

"'Who Durst Defy the Omnipotent to Arms':  The Nonviolent Atonement and a Noncompetitive Doctrine of God," forthcoming in The Work of Jesus Christ in Anabaptist Perspective:  A Festschrift for J. Denny Weaver, ed. Gerald Biesecker-Mast and Alain Epp Weaver (Telford, PA:  Cascadia Press, Fall 2007).

"Radical Democracy, Radical Ecclesiology" (with Peter Dula), CrossCurrents, Winter 2006:  294-316.

Book review of M. J. Heisey, Peace and Persistence: Tracing the Brethren in Christ Peace Witness through Three Generations (Kent, OH:  Kent State University Press, 2003), Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research, 30:4 (October 2005).

"The Hiddenness of God and the Justice of God: Negative Theology as Social Ethical Resource," in David L. Weaver-Zercher and William H. Willimon, eds.  Vital Christianity:  Spirituality, Justice, and Christian Practice (Edinburgh:  T&T Clark, 2005).

Book review of Carl Elliott, Better Than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream (New York: Norton, 2003) and Joel James Shuman and Keith Meador, Heal Thyself: Spirituality, Medicine and the Distortion of Christianity (New York: Oxford, 2003), Modern Theology 20:3 (July 2004): 490-493.

Book review of Douglas Harink, Paul Among the Postliberals: Pauline Theology Beyond Christendom and Modernity (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2003), Mennonite Quarterly Review 79:1 (January 2005):  123-125.

"Constantinianism Before and After Nicaea: Issues in Restitutionist Historiography," in A Mind Patient and Untamed:  Assessing John Howard Yoder's Contributions to Theology, Ethics and Peacemaking (Telford, PA:  Cascadia Publishing House, 2004):  126-153.

"The Distinctiveness of Christian Ethics," Review essay (with Stanley Hauerwas) of John Colwell, Living the Christian Story: The Distinctiveness of Christian Ethics (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2001), in International Journal of Systematic Theology 5:2 (July 2003): 225-233.

"Introduction" (with Stanley Hauerwas) to John Howard Yoder, Preface to Theology: Christology and Theological Method.  Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2002.

Book review of J. Denny Weaver, Anabaptist Theology in Face of Postmodernity: A Proposal for the Third Millenium (Telford, PA: Pandora Press, US, 2001), in Interpretation: A Journal for Bible and Theology 56:1 (January 2002): 112.

Book review of A. James Reimer, Mennonites and Classical Theology: Dogmatic Foundations for Christian Ethics (Kitchener, ON: Pandora Press, 2001), in Mennonite Quarterly Review 74:1 (January 2002): 137-139.

"Image, Likeness and the Ethics of Memory."  Scottish Journal of Theology 54:4 (2001): 528-547.

Review essay (with Stanley Hauerwas) of John Howard Yoder, When War Is Unjust: Being Honest in Just-War Thinking. Rev. ed. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Press, 1996, in Journal of Law and Religion 16:2 (2001): 1031-1035.

Book review of David S. Cunningham, These Three Are One: The Practice of Trinitarian Theology, in Modern Theology 16:4 (October 2000): 564-566.

"A Light to Enlighten the Nations," in Lion and Lamb 22 (Winter 1999): 22-25.

  • Conference Papers

"To See History Doxologically: Miroslav Volf's and John Howard Yoder's Competing Conceptions of the Place of Memory in the Politics of Forgiveness," presented to the International Historic Peace Church Consultation, "Theology and Culture: Peacemaking in a Globalized World," Bienenberg Seminary, Switzerland, June 2001.

"Constantinianism Before and After Nicaea: Issues in Restitutionist Historiography," presented to the Believers Church Conference, "Assessing the Theological Legacy of John Howard Yoder," University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, March 2002.

"The Hiddenness of God and the Justice of God: Negative Theology as Social Ethical Resource," presented to conference, "(Re)Connecting Spirituality and Social Justice," The Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan Studies, Messiah College, Grantham, PA, June 2002.

"Just War or Justify Any War?" presented at "Seek Peace and Pursue It:  A Conference Presented by the Quaker House of Fayetteville and the North Carolina Council of Churches," First Baptist Church, 302 Moore Street, Fayetteville, NC, November 2005.

"Church/World and Israel:  On the Risk of Appeal to a Post-Secular Paul," presented to the Mennonite Scholars and Friends Forum, AAR/SBL Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 19, 2005.