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John M. Stroup
Professor
Harry and Hazel Chavanne Professor of Religion
 
e-mail:stroup@rice.edu
 
  • A.B. summa cum laude (1968) Washington University
  • M. Div. (1972) Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
  • M. Phil. (1975) Yale University
  • Ph.D. (1980) Yale University
 
Primary Department
   Department of Religion
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Religion
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    Blogging Activity
     

    Now blogger at HUFFPOST COLLEGE:
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-stroup/
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-stroup/millennials-
       and-spiritual_b_8693250.html

     
    Websites
     Rice Department of Religion John M. Stroup
     
    Research Areas
     Christianity and cultural criticism in connection with cultural pessimism in contemporary American popular culture; secret agent activity in narratives and scripts as a tool in ethical diagnosis of the contemporary West; the Reformation tradition and Neo-Protestantism; church-state relations; historic roots of contemporary New Age spirituality in relation to the analysis of new religious movements and apocalyptic currents; 2007 Rockwell Lecture on cultural pessimism as one of four lectures in a series "Perspectives on Cultural Pessimism and Apocalyptic in Millennial America"; studies on the national and international context of American religious identity as a factor in civil religion, especially in the context of universal spying; the new emerging-emergent church movement in its cultural context as a factor and an indicator in the study of the evolving definition of modernity.
     
    Digital Dreams, Analog Nightmares: The Crisis of American Faith in the Digital Age
     Digital Dreams, Analog Nightmares: The Crisis of American Faith in the Digital Age. -- Working title of book manuscript developed originally from earlier Rice Scientia Lecture supported in part by Humanities Division, Rice University, then transformed in consultation with an editor from Princeton University Press, further transformed by joint collaboration in authorship with graduate student Glenn Shuck. Currently under consideration for publication by New York University Press. By analysis of popular cultural material from the last fifteen years of the previous century (e.g., the X-files complex, New Age documents, popular conspiracy theory, dispensationalist and millenial prophecy fiction) a hitherto-neglected area of significant religious territory is opened up and read as a prescient forecast of the extreme threats and risks to post-Cold-War capitalist society well in advance of September 11, 2001. Builds on research previously funded by the Humanities Division, Rice University. [Co-author is graduate student Glenn Shuck]

     
    Studies on political and social attitudes (especially American exceptionalism) in the emerging-emergent church movement in contemporary America.
     Studies on political and social attitudes (especially American exceptionalism) in the emerging-emergent church movement in contemporary America.
     
    Co-authorship with Glenn. W. Shuck (Williams College) of the paper "Religion and Politics in America..." for Bayreuth BIAS Conference, December, 2008.
     Co-authorship with Glenn. W. Shuck (Williams College) of the paper Religion and Politics in America : A Strangely Evolving Entanglement read by Shuck as part of a University of Bayreuth (Germany) International Conference at the Bayreuth Institute for American Studies (BIAS) on December 16, 2008.
     
    Shuck, Glenn W. and John Stroup, "Americanism as Religion ...," in Steppat, Michael, ed., _Americanisms: Discourses of Exception, Exclusion, Exchange_,. American Studies Vol. ? (Heidelberg: Universitaetsverlag Winter, 2009 [projected].
     Preparing and publishing in conjunction with Glenn W. Shuck (Williams College) a chapter-length essay in connection with the University of Bayreuth (Germany) International Conference at the Bayreuth Institute for American Studies (BIAS) on Americanisms: Discourses of Exception, Exclusion, Exchange organized by Prof. Dr. Michael Steppat, Head of the Bayreuth Department of English and American Studies. The projected publication data are as follows: Shuck, Glenn W. and John Stroup, Americanism as Religion or Varieties of Civil Religious Experience, in Steppat, Michael, ed., Americanisms: Discourses of Exception, Exclusion, Exchange,. American Studies Vol. ??? (Heidelberg: Universitdtsverlag Winter, 2009 [projected]. This article is scheduled to appear in conjunction with the Bayreuth Institute for American Studies as part of its project Americanisms: Discourses of Exception, Exclusion, Exchange: International Conference at the Bayreuth Institute for American Studies, University of Bayreuth, Germany, 31 January and 1 February 2008 [Concept: Georg Kamphausen, Susanne M|hleisen, Michael Steppat; Organizer: Michael Steppat; Sponsors: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; with support of the U. S. Consulate General Munich and the U. S. Embassy Berlin; Bavarian American Academy; The German-American Fulbright Commission; Universitdtsverein Bayreuth e. V.].
     
    Work toward 2007 Rockwell Lecture on Cultural Pessimism in four-part series "Perspectives on Cultural Pessimism and Apocalyptic in Millennial America."
     For a four-part Rockwell lecture series in 2007 on the general theme "Perspectives on Cultural Pessimism and Apocalyptic in Millennial America" four lecturers [Profs. Glenn Shuck (Williams), Catherine Wessinger (Loyola-NOLA), and Walter Sparn (Erlangen)and myself as lecturer and editor of the published lectures in a Trinity Press format] I am exploring areas beyond those researched in the forthcoming Stroup-Shuck Baylor volume so as now to look at specifically theological and theological-educational aspects of the theme.
     
    Teaching Areas
     History of Christianity, including Christianity in popular culture; religion and cultural criticism; theology and philosophy of history; methodology and history of method in Religious Studies as a discipline, especially its sociocultural and sociopolitical context; spirituality and religion in early modern Europe and England.
     
    Selected Publications
     Articles
     

    “Americanism as Religion or Varieties of Civil Religious Experience,” Americanisms: Discourses of Exception, Exclusion, Exchange, ed. Michael Steppat. Co-authored with Glenn W. Shuck of Williams College. American Studies—A Monograph Series Edited on behalf of the German Association for American Studies, vol. 173 (Heidelberg: Üniversitätsverlag Winter, 2009). ISBN-13: 978-3825354879.

     
     

    Stroup, J. "Mosheim, Johann Lorenz von.." Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, ed. Alan Charles Kors (2002) : pages--have not yet seen the printed form from Oxford University Press.

     
     

    Stroup, J. "Reimarus, Hermann Samuel." Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, ed. Alan Charles Kors. (2002) : pages--have not yet seen the printed form from Oxford University Press.

     
     

    Stroup, J. "Semler, Johann Salomo.." Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, ed. Alan Charles Kors (2002) : pages--have not yet seen the printed form from Oxford University Press.

     
     Books
     Latest book: John M. Stroup and Glenn W. Shuck, _Escape into the Future: Cultural Pessimism and its Religious Dimension in Contemporary American Popular Culture_ (Baylor UP, 2007).
     
     Escape into the Future Cultural Pessimism and its Religious Dimension in Contemporary American Popular Culture Co-authored with Glenn Shuck of Williams College. Publisher Baylor University Press (released, November, 2007) ISBN-10 1-932792-52-X
     
     Escape into the Future: Cultural Pessimism and its Religious Dimension in Contemporary American Popular Culture. Co-authored with Glenn Shuck of Williams College. Publisher: Baylor University Press (forthcoming, fall, 2007). ISBN: 1- 932792-52-X. In production.
     
     Book chapters
     

    Stroup, John,  “Occulture in the Academy?  The Case of Joseph P. Farrell.”   Pages 298-311 in

        April D. DeConick and Grant Adamson, eds., Histories of the Hidden God: Concealment and

        Revelation in Western Gnostic, Esoteric, and Mystical Traditions.  Durham, UK: Acumen, 2013.   

     
     Book reviews
     

    Short review  of Mainline Christianity: the Past and Future of America's Majority Faith. [By Jason S. Lantzer . New York: New York University Press, 2012. Pp. ix + 188. Paper, $24.00]   in Religious Studies Review, 38 (2012): 186.

     
     Other
     

    John Stroup "MOSHEIM, Johann Lorenz." Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (under contract to Oxford U.P.)

     
     

    John Stroup "REIMARUS, Hermann Samuel (1694-1768) ." Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (submitted under contract to Oxford U.P.)

     
     

    John Stroup "Evading Institutional Power." Nature, Environment and Me: Explorations of Self in a Deteriorating World (submitted)

     
     

    John Stroup "REIMARUS, Hermann Samuel (1694-1768)." Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment (submitted under contract) : ca. 15pp.

     
     

    John Stroup "Historical Thinking about Decline in the 20th-Century German Quest for Identity." Lutheran Quarterly (199-?; pending)

     
    Presentations
     Invited Papers
     

    "The Multidimensional Physics of History and the Problem of Transtheistic God-Language

    as Cultural Critique in the Popular and Learned Works of Joseph P. Farrell," in

    Hidden God, Hidden Histories: Rockwell Religious Studies Symposium , Rice University,

    April 18, 2010 

     
     Invited Talks
     

    "After the Christian Century: The Outlook Following the Triumph of Post-Christianity in the  Post-American Era,"  lecture at the Foundation for Contemporary Theology May,  2012  Meeting  (Houston, TX).

     
     Lectures
     For a four-part Rockwell lecture series in April, 2007 on the general theme "Perspectives on Cultural Pessimism and Apocalyptic in Millennial America" four lecturers [Profs. Glenn Shuck (Williams), Catherine Wessinger (Loyola-NOLA), Walter Sparn (Erlangen) and John Stroup finally as lecturer and editor of the lectures in a format that envisions publication] together gave an overview of these themes, with Stroup exploring areas beyond those researched in the forthcoming Stroup-Shuck Baylor volume so as now to look at specifically theological and theological-educational aspects of the theme. The final title for Stroup┐s Rockwell lecture was ┐Cultural Pessimism, Popular Culture, and the Search for Civic and Religious Identity in Contemporary America.┐ A vigorous search for a publisher for the lectures in edited format is in progress.
     
     Other
     Recorded supplemental video interview with Glenn W. Shuck (Williams College) in April, 2008 in expansive connection with the University of Bayreuth (Germany) International Conference at the Bayreuth Institute for American Studies (BIAS) on Americanisms: Discourses of Exception, Exclusion, Exchange organized by Prof. Dr. Michael Steppat, Head of the Bayreuth Department of English and American Studies, under the working title , Americanism as Religion or Varieties of Civil Religious Experience  (title subject to change).
     
     Podcast interview discussing Escape into the Future on November 5, 2007 on Trans World Radio, PO Box 606, Altrincham, WA14 2YS UK at http://www.twr.org.uk .
     
    Supervised Theses & Dissertations
     Glenn Shuck, Ph.D. Left Behind: American Evangelical Prophecy Fiction and the Ethics of the Self. (2002) (Thesis Committee Member)

     Collin W. Mueller, B.A. in Religious Studies with Senior Honors Thesis Civil Religion and the Congressional Chaplaincy: Secularism, Signaling, and Pastoral Identity Negotiation. (2009) (Thesis Director)

     Alice Townes, B.A. in Religious Studies with Senior Thesis Utopianism, Secular Apocalyptic, and Cultural Pessimism in Thomas Mann's Faust Novel. (2009) (Thesis Director)

     Ross Arlen Tieken, B.A. The Kingdom without God: Attitudes towards Religion in American Post-Apocalyptic Survival Narratives. (2012) (Thesis Director)

     Aaron Pixley, Ph.D. Studies in Schopenhauer, details TBA. (Thesis Director)