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Samuel Davidson

PhD Candidate | Theology (Systematic Theology)

Samuel Davidson
Theology
samuel.davidson@ptsem.edu
Baptist

A PhD candidate in Systematic Theology, Samuel Davidson graduated with his B.A. in Religion from Baylor University and his M.Div. from George W. Truett Theological Seminary, before earning an MTh by Research (with Distinction) at the University of Edinburgh. Drawing creative connections between classical logics of anthropology, Christology, and ecclesiology, his dissertation aims to develop a constructive theology of the church that takes seriously the shift to an ecological ontology of human nature. In conversation with biological and ecological science and eco-theology, contemporary cosmic Christologies, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s ecclesiology, the project suggests that the nature and boundaries of the church should be seen as extending beyond the human to include the ecological communities of which human beings are a part. Beyond and related to the dissertation, he is also interested the doctrine of creation, regenerative agriculture, questions of baptist identity, and in setting the phenomenology of psychological suffering in theological perspective. He currently lives in Waco, TX with his wife and one year old, where he is a lay member of DaySpring Baptist Church and is attempting to turn his family’s small city lot into a suburban microfarm and experiment in regenerative land use.

Dissertation:
Deep Ecclesiology: An Ecological Recalibration of the Doctrine of the Church

Committee:
Hanna Reichel

Nathan Stuckey

Dirk Smit

Select Publications:

"Addiction, Sin, and the Kierkegaardian Self: On Immanent and Transcendent Goods," in Journal of Psychology and Theology (in press, 2022)

"Mens Corvum in Se: Bonhoeffer’s Critique of Idealism and a Christological Redescription of Psychology" in Perspectives in Religions Studies (in press, 2022)

"Toward a Baptist Theology of Creation: Thinking in Place with Willie James Jennings and Baptist Ecclesiology," in European Journal of Baptist Studies (in press, 2022)

Curriculum Vitae

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Associate Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University

Amanda Hontz Drury, Class of 2005

“Princeton Seminary helped me whittle down to the core of my faith and helped me discover what mattered most to me.”