Gregory Walter teaches in the Religion department and the Science Conversation.
Walter’s courses pursue Christian theology in conversation with cultural studies, natural science, and critical social theory. He enthusiastically teaches theory-and-method, but mainly for practical reasons, to “clear one’s throat” before and during conversation (see Jeffrey Stout, Ethics after Babel, p. 163). These courses usually take up the secularization of religious life, the problems of monotheism, and ideas, images, and arguments about God.
Gregory Walter specializes in Christian systematic theology. Being Promised: Theology, Gift, and Practice (Eerdmans, 2013) is his first book. Along with chapters he has contributed to various volumes, he has published articles in The Journal of Religion, Neue Zeitschrift fur Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, and Lutheran Quarterly.
He also speaks frequently at congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on religious pluralism, Lutheran theology, and other concerns. He has also served on a task force for the ELCA’s church-wide office on ecclesiology.
Gregory Walter earned degrees from St. Olaf College (BA, Mathematics,1996), Luther Seminary (MDiv, 2000), and Princeton Theological Seminary (PhD in Systematic Theology, 2006).
Gregory enjoys board games, keeping up with his family, and their dog. He might be the only member of the St. Olaf faculty who closely follows Prince Valiant’s weekly adventures.