Charles J. Scalise

Professor of Church HistorySchool of Theology

Contact Information
AB, Princeton University
MDiv, Yale Divinity School
PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Postdoctoral study, University of Oxford

Charles Scalise primarily teaches history and theology at the Fuller Seminary Northwest campus as a resident faculty member. He has been a member of the Church History Department and the Theology Division of Fuller’s School of Theology since 1994 and also supervises doctoral students for the School of Theology’s Center for Advanced Theological Studies.

Scalise’s publications include Bridging the Gap: Connecting What You Learned in Seminary with What You Find in the Congregation (2003), From Scripture to Theology (1996), and Hermeneutics as Theological Prolegomena (1994), as well as a number of articles and book reviews. He is working on critically retrieving the history of the assimilation of White Italian Protestants in America, while continuing his research in theological hermeneutics. He recently published a revised plenary address on understanding theological difference in The Journal of Pastoral Theology. He was also the co-winner of the 2009 Monsignor Geno Baroni Prize in History for the article: “‘Phil, The Fiddler’: How Horatio Alger’s Unitarianism Played among Italian Americans,” published in Italian Americana.

Scalise co-chairs the Church and Christian Formation Group of the Society for Pastoral Theology. He is also Past President of the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature.

Courses Taught

  • HT 500 The Church's Understanding of God and Christ in its Historical Development
  • HT 501 The Church's Understanding of God and Christ in its Theological Reflection
  • CH 502 The Church's Understanding of the Church, Humanity, and the Christian Life in Its Historical Development
  • CH 504 Modern Church History
  • CH 506 American Church History in a Global Historical Context
  • CH557 Classics of Christian Spirituality
  • CH 575 Women in Church History and Theology
  • IS 502 Practices of Christian Community

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

History of Christian thought, theological hermeneutics, history of biblical interpretation, development of Christian doctrine, early Church history, the history of pastoral theology, and the history of Christianity in America



  • Bridging the Gap: Connecting What You Learned in Seminary with What You Find in the Congregation. Nashville: Abingdon, 2003.
  • From Scripture to Theology: A Canonical Journey into Hermeneutics. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996.
  • Hermeneutics as Theological Prolegomena: A Canonical Approach. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1994.

Academic Articles

  • “Foreword,” William Powell Tuck, A Revolutionary Gospel: The Concept of Salvation in the Theology of Walter Rauschenbusch. Macon, GA: Smyth and Helwys, 2015.
  • “Church History Resources on the Web,” co-authored with James E. Bradley and John L. Thompson. Catalyst 39, 2 (Feb. 2013): 5-6.
  • “Protestant Evangelicalism,” in The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Practical Theology, ed. Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore. Chichester and Oxford, U.K. and Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2012, 577-586.
  • “The Gospels and/or The Jesus Sutras? The Case of a ‘Spiritual but not Religious’ Seeker in Seattle,” Sharing the Practice 34, 2 (Summer 2011): 12-14, 16.
  • “Defining the Reality of Your Role: Historical Contexts and Theological Models of Christian Leadership.” In The Three Tasks of Leadership: Worldly Wisdom for Pastoral Leaders, ed. Eric O. Jacobsen. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009, 24-45.
  • “Phil the Fiddler: How Horatio Alger’s Unitarianism Played among Italian Americans,” Italian Americana: Cultural and Historical Review 27, 2 (Summer 2009): 149-163.
  • “Delineating Difference: Exploring Some Connections between Twentieth-Century Christian Theology and Twenty-first Century Lived Experience,” Journal of Pastoral Theology, 19, 2 (Winter 2009): 53-87.
  • “Response to Joretta L. Marshall, “Differences, Discourses, and Dialogues,” Journal of Pastoral Theology, 19, 2 (Winter 2009): 50-52.
  • “Respose to K. Samuel Lee, “Engaging Difference in Pastoral Theology,” Journal of Pastoral Theology, 19, 2 (Winter 2009): 25-28.
  • “‘My Conversion and Aspiration’: The Protestant Americanization of Angelo di Domenica, 1872-1970,” Italian Americana: Cultural and Historical Review 28, 2 (Summer 2008):125-136.
  • “The Hermeneutical Circle of Christian Community: Biblical, Theological, and Practical Dimensions of the Unity of Scripture,” Journal of Theological Interpretation, 1.2 (2007): 209-227.
  • “Retrieving the ‘WIPS’: Exploring the Assimilation of White Italian Protestants,” Italian Americana: Cultural and Historical Review 24, 2 (Summer 2006): 133-146.
  • “Patristic Biblical Interpretation and Postmodern Baptist Identity,” Review and Expositor 101, 4 (Fall 2004): 615-628.
  • “Integration” in The New Dictionary of Pastoral Studies, ed. Wesley Carr. London: SPCK and Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002, 179-180.
  • “Horace Bushnell,” in The Dictionary of Historical Theology, ed. Trevor A. Hart. Exeter: Paternoster Press and Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000, 93-95.
  • “Historical ‘Snapshots’ of Ministry: The Changing Language of Case Studies,” Review and Expositor 96, 3 (Summer 1999): 423-440.
  • “Revelation and Pastoral Theology: Historical and Methodological Reflections,” Journal of Pastoral Theology 9 (1999): 89-103.
  • “Agreeing on Where We Disagree: Lindbeck’s Postliberalism and Pastoral Theology,” Journal of Pastoral Theology 8 (1998): 43-51.
  • “Lex Cantandi, Lex Credendi: Theology and Hymnody,” in Learning from Beauty: Baptist Reflections on Christianity and the Arts: A Tribute to William L. Hendricks, ed. David M. Rayburn, Daven Kari, and Darrell D. Gwaltney. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 1997, 129-140.
  • “Teresa of Avila: Teacher of Evangelical Women?” Cross Currents: The Journal of the Association for Religion and Intellectual Life 46 (1996): 244-249.
  • “Exegetical Warrants for Religious Persecution: Augustine vs. the Donatists,” Review and Expositor 93, 4 (Fall 1996): 497-506.
  • “Canonical Hermeneutics: Childs and Barth,” Paper presented to the Graduate Studies Group, Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, January 1991. Published in the Scottish Journal of Theology 47 (1994): 61-88.
  • Editorial Introductions, Review and Expositor, Vol. 89, 4 (Fall 1992); Vol. 90, 1 (Winter 1993), 2 (Spring 1993), 4 (Fall 1993); Vol. 91, 1 (Winter 1994), 2 (Spring 1994), 3 (Summer 1994), 4 (Fall 1994).
  • “Developing a Theological Rationale for Ministry: Some Reflections on the Process of Teaching Pastoral Theology to M.Div. Students,” Journal of Pastoral Theology 1 (1991): 53-68.
  • “The Sensus Literalis—A Hermeneutical Key to Biblical Exegesis,” Scottish Journal of Theology 42 (1989): 45-65.
  • “Origen and the Sensus Literalis.” In Origen of Alexandria: His World and His Legacy, ed. Charles Kannengiesser and William L. Petersen. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1988, 117-129.
  • “Allegorical Flights of Fancy: The Problem of Origen’s Exegesis,” The Greek Orthodox Theological Review 32 (1987): 69-88.
  • “Dissonance Produced by Deviations from Life-Styles: The Interaction of Jungian Typology and Conformity,” (with J. Cooper) Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 29 (1974): 556-571.
  • Articles on sociology of religion for Dushkin Encyclopedia of Sociology, 1973.

Denominational and Popular Publications

  • “Protestant Mission in the Pacific Northwest: The Murder of Narcissa Whitman.” Christ and Cascadia, December 12, 2014. murder-of-narcissa-whitman.
  • “What Does Fuller Mean by ‘Evangelical’? Watchwords of Fuller’s Evangelical Vision.” Fuller magazine, issue 2, 2015, 44-47.
  • “The Guide for Christian Faith,” The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible, ed. Gordon D. Fee and Robert L. Hubbard, Jr. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011, 741-745.
  • “Surviving and Thriving among the Battling Baptists: A Pilgrim Professor’s Progress,” Pacific Region Newsletter ACPE (Fall 2004): 6-8. Revised and expanded as “Surviving and Thriving Among the Battling Baptists: A Pilgrim Progresses Through Church Conflict,” Sharing the Practice: The International Quarterly Journal of the Academy of Parish Clergy, 31, 1 (Spring 2008): 3-7.
  • “Theology Exam: A Practical Canonical Approach to the Authority and Interpretation of Christian Scripture,” Catalyst 34.2 (February 2008), 1-3.
  • “The Bible and the Christian Life: A ‘Polite’ Way of Spiritual Reading,” in The Bible as Our Guide for Spiritual Growth, ed. William Powell Tuck. Kearney, NE: Friar Press [Morris Publishing], 1999, 152-174.
  • “The ‘Progress’ of Some Hermeneutical Pilgrims,” Catalyst 24, 2 (February 1998): 1-2.
  • “Lectionary Messages” on Mark and John, The Ministers Manual, 1997 Edition: 53-54, 57-58, 62-63, 66-67, 70-71.
  • “Kneeling at the Manger,” Folio 14, 4 (Spring 1997): 7. Electronically republished on Fuller Theological Seminary website, Dec. 17, 2002.
  • “The Authority of Christ in the Changing University,” The Campus Minister 19, 2 (1997): 21-28.
  • “Lectionary Message” and “Sermon Suggestion” on passages from the Gospel of Matthew, The Ministers Manual, 1996 Edition: 161-162, 277-278.
  • “Luther on Liberty: Preaching from Galatians,” The Ministers Manual, 1995 Edition: 294-305.
  • “Lectionary Messages” on John, The Ministers Manual, 1994 Edition: 60-61, 141-142, 144-145, 148-149, 152-153, 156-157.
  • “Theological Reflections from the Choir Loft: Worship from the Viewpoint of a Faithful Second Tenor,” Southern Baptist Church Music Journal 11 (1994): 6-14.
  • “Lectionary Messages” on Advent & Christmas passages, The Ministers Manual (Doran’s), 1993 Edition: 221, 262.
  • “Lectionary Messages” on Gospel passages, The Ministers Manual (Doran’s) , 1992 Edition: 183-184, 188-189, 191-192, 195-196, 199, 202-203, 206-207, 210.
  • “Lectionary Messages” on passages from the Gospel of Mark, The Ministers Manual (Doran’s) , 1991 Edition: 109, 123-124, 127, 131-132, 135-136.
  • “Jesus Christ and the Bible,” in Holman Bible Handbook, ed. David S. Dockery. Nashville: Holman, 1991, 28-32.
  • “The Uncommitted Group,” The Student (November 1990): 8-10.
  • “Professors—Human or Otherwise?” The Student (July 1987): 4-5.
  • “The Priority of Scripture: Biblical Hermeneutics and Baptist Women in Ministry,” Folio 4, 3 (Winter 1986): 1-2, 8.
  • “Preliminary Considerations for a Theological Rationale for Southern Baptist Campus Ministry,” The Campus Minister 9, 1 (1986): 1, 3-8.
  • “Toward a Philosophy of Continuing Education for Campus Ministry,” The Campus Minister 9, 1 (1986): 39-43.
  • “Celebration!” The Student (December 1984): 6-7.
  • “Curious Colleagues,” An Address to the Association of Southern Baptist Campus Ministers, The Campus Minister 6, 2 (1983): 5-15.
  • “Starting a New BSU: A Planbook for Volunteer Directors of Student Ministries in Newer Convention Areas” (with B. Hartman), National Student Ministries, Baptist Sunday School Board, December 1983.


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