Richard Hordern

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Dr. Richard Hordern
LC 225

Dr. Richard Hordern considers Saskatoon, Saskatchewan his hometown although he was raised in New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago, before his family returned to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He earned the B.A. in Philosophy from St. Olaf College (Minnesota), the M.Div. (New Testament) and S.T.M. (Systematic Theology) from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon; and the M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary, New York. His doctoral thesis studied how the Bible is interpreted in liberation theologies (Black, Feminist, and Latin American). He began teaching at Luther College at the University of Regina in 1978 and has also served as Academic Dean (1993-94) and President (1994-2005); he has now resumed his role as Professor of Religious Studies. His primary interests are contemporary Christian thought, how to interpret the Bible, and Canadian Lutheran history. He is a member of the International Bonhoeffer Society and the American Academy of Religion.


Courses Taught

RLST 100 – Introduction to Religious Studies
RLST 227 – Jesus of Nazareth
RLST 228 – Introduction to Christianity
RLST 331 – Modern Christianity (religion and science; the Social Gospel)
RLST 332 – Eco/Post-colonial Christianity (since the 1960's)
RLST 390 – Gandhi, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr.


Current Research and Community Work

  • Interpretation of the Bible, including Fundamentalism, and the Bible and social issues
  • Revisionist interpretations of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Lutheran - Missouri Synod controversies in the early homesteading years   
  • Pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church; frequently preaches in local churches
  • A member of numerous community organizations


Selected Recent Academic Publications

Dr. Hordern's most recent publications are book reviews published in Studies in Religion / Studies Religieuses (Wilfred Laurier University Press), on Stephen R Haynes, The Bonhoeffer Lecacy: Post-Holocaust Perspectives (Augsburg Fortress 1996), and The Cambridge Companion to Liberation Theology, 2nd Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2007, forthcoming).

Otherwise, his most recent publications are on Christian attitudes towards world peace, Die Lehre vom gerechten Krieg im lutherischen Bekenntnis, numerous articles on social issues published in various issues of Impetus and the Network Briefings of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada; published histories of St John's Lutheran Church (Edenwold), the Davin - Vibank - Kronau parish, and First Saskatchewan Lutheran Church of Langham; essays on "Lutheran Economics" looking at Luther and the special concern for the poor; biblical understandings of justice; and using the letters of St Paul as a source for theology and social issues.