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David Weddle: Papers & Publications


Miracles: Wonder and Meaning in World Religions (New York: New York University Press, 2010).

"From Edwards to Emerson to Eddy: Extending a Trajectory of Metaphysical Idealism," The Contribution of Jonathan Edwards to American Culture and Society: Essays on America’s Spiritual Founding Father (The Northampton Tercentenary Celebration 1703-2003) Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008.

"Jehovah's Witnesses," Introduction to New and Alternative Religions in America, eds. Eugene V. Gallagher and W. Michael Ashcraft (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006), vol. 2: Jewish and Christian Traditions, 62-88.

"Jehovah's Witnesses," entry in Encyclopedia of Religion, edited by Lindsay Jones. Second edition. Macmillan Reference USA (Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2005), vol. 7, 4820-4824.

“Jehovah’s Witnesses,” entry in the Encyclopedia of Protestantism, edited by Hans Hillebrand (New York: Routledge, 2004), vol. 2, 977-982.

“Patrolling the Wall or Drawing the Line?” review essay of Stephen M. Feldman, editor, Law and Religion: A Critical Anthology, in Oklahoma City University Law Review 27:1 (Spring, 2002).

Comments on Pragmatic Historicism: A Theology for the Twenty-first Century by Sheila Greeve Devaney, posted in Journal of Religion and Society at

“Reflections on the Art of Hugh Lifson,” Hugh Lifson: The Cornell Years, A Retrospective (Mount Vernon, IA: Cornell College, 2001).

“Telling the Tale Backward,” review essay of Peter Karsten, Heart Versus Head: Judge-Made Law in Nineteenth-Century America, Oklahoma City University Law Review 25:1&2 (Spring & Summer 2000), 611-623.

“A New ‘Generation’ of Jehovah’s Witnesses: Revised Interpretation, Ritual, and Identity,” Nova Religio 3:2 (April, 2000), 350-367.

”The Christian Science Textbook: An Analysis of the Religious Authority of Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy,” Harvard Theological Review 84:3 (July, 1991), 273-297.

“The Melancholy Saint: Jonathan Edwards’s Interpretation of David Brainerd as a Model of Evangelical Spirituality,” Harvard Theological Review 81:3 (1988), 297-318.

The Law as Gospel: Revival and Reform in the Theology of Charles G. Finney (Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1985).

“Christians in Liberal Education,” Religious Education 80:1 (Winter, 1985), 141-147.

“The Liberator as Exorcist: James Cone and the Classic Doctrine of the Atonement,“ Religion in Life 49:4 (Winter, 1980), 477-487.

“The Law and the Revival: A New Divinity for the Settlements,” Church History 47:2 (June, 1978), 196-214.

“The Democracy of Grace: Political Reflections on the Evangelical Theology of Jonathan Edwards,” Dialog 15:4 (Autumn, 1976), 248-252.

“The Beauty of Faith in Jonathan Edwards,” Ohio Journal of Religious Studies 4:2 (October, 1976), 42-52.

“The Image of the Self in Jonathan Edwards: A Study of Autobiography and Theology,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion 43:1 (March, 1975), 70-83.

"Jonathan Edwards on Men and Trees, and the Problem of Solidarity," Harvard Theological Review 67:2 (April, 1974), 155-175.

Book reviews in Christian Scholar’s Review, Journal of Religion, Theology Today, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Church History, Journal of Church and State, Journal of Latin American Anthropology.

Guest editorials on politics and religion, creationism and evolution, medical ethics, Jewish-Christian relations for the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette and Des Moines Register.

Other Work

American Theological Society Presidential Address 2002

Seminar in Theory and Method 2011