Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology

Nathan Pederson





PhD Candidate

Dissertation Title: "White Enigma: Opacity, Perspective, and the Theological Formation of White Subjectivity"


John McCarthy


My work pursues topics such as aesthetic pedagogy, language and the symbolic, and the notion of race within religion and politics. With Paul Ricoeur's thought often as a guiding force, I seek ultimately to test the intersection of the various discourses that work to provide answers to self-other and nature-grace questions. My work is often set within the milieu of phenomenology, contemporary issues in continental philosophy of religion, and trinitarian theology. Often I seek particularly to explore the intersection between evangelical theology and liberative theologies.


Book Chapters in Edited Volumes

May 2020 - “The Symbol Gives Rise to Race” in A Companion to Ricoeur’s The Symbolism of Evil. Edited by Scott Davidson. New York: Lexington Books. pp. 153-168.  

Book Review Articles

Dec 2019 - Review of David Satran, In the Image of Origen: Eros, Virtue, and Constraint in the Early Christian Academy (University of California, 2018) in Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies 2, no. 2 (2019): 238-240.  


Oct 2019 - “Ricoeur, the Second Naïveté, and Religion Today: On Apophatic Mysticism and Ethical Hermeneutics” Religion’s Turn: A Chicago Graduate Conference in the Continental Philosophy of Religions. The University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago IL

Feb 2019 - “Martin Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation and Evangelical Use of Agamben: Thinking Homo Sacer and the Gift.” 16th Annual Loyola-Marquette Graduate Theology Colloquium. Loyola University Chicago, Chicago IL

Feb 2018 - “The Hope of Love in an Age of Environmental Crisis: Thinking Ecologically about Creation with Origen on the Song.” 15th Annual Loyola-Marquette Graduate Theology Colloquium. Marquette University, Milwaukee WI

Oct 2016 - “Body, Hermeneutics, and Divine Death in Luke 24: Toward a Theological Foundation for Ethical Reflection on the Death of God after James Cone.” 3rd Annual Notre Dame-University of Chicago Graduate Conference. The University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago IL


M.A. - 2016. The University of Chicago Divinity School. Chicago IL

M.Div. - 2013. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Deerfield IL

B.A.- 2010. Crown College. St. Bonifacius MN

                       Major: Pastoral Leadership and Christian Studies

                       Minor: Greek Concentration


Adjunct Professor. Crown College, School of Online and Adult Studies. Dept. of Bible, Theology, and Christian Ministry

Courses taught:          

Survey of Biblical Literature

History of the New Testament

Systematic Theology I

Acts and the Early Church


American Academy of Religion

North American Patristics Society