Ephraim Radner

Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology

PhD in Theology (Yale University)BA (Dartmouth College), MDiv (Yale Divinity School)

Prior to his appointment as Professor of Historical Theology, the Rev. Dr. Radner was rector of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Pueblo, Colorado. His range of ministerial experience includes Burundi, where he worked as a missionary, Haiti, inner-city Cleveland, and Connecticut. He has taught at seminaries in Connecticut and Colorado. In the Anglican Communion context he is a member of the Covenant Design Group. He is a violinist, hiker, and traveler. He is married to the Rev. Annette Brownlee and they are the parents of Hannah and Isaac. Radner’s research and teaching interests include pneumatology, ecclesiology and ecumenism, and biblical hermeneutics. Radner is currently co-editing a volume on Anglican figural reading of the Scriptures, and working on a larger project involving Christian politics.

Ecclesiology: Ecclesial decision-making, politics and ecumenism, Scriptural hermeneutics and the theological categories of “time” and “history”, The character of early modern Christian self-identity, Pneumatology, Contemporary Christian social experience, Theological Interpretation of Scripture


  • A Profound Ignorance:  Modern Pneumatology and its Anti-Modern Redemption  (2019)
  • Chasing the Shadow:  The World and Its Times:  An Introduction to Natural Theology, Vol. 2  ( 2018)
  • Church (2017)
  • Church, Society, and the Christian Common Good: Essays in Conversation with Philip Turner (editor, 2017)
  • Time to Keep: Theology, Mortality, and the Shape of a Human Life (2016)
  • Time and the Word: The Figural Reading of Scripture (2016)
  • Reclaiming Faith: Essays on Orthodoxy in the Episcopal Church and the Baltimore Declaration (1993)
  • Inhabiting Unity: Theological Perspectives on the Proposed Lutheran-Episcopal Concordat (1995)
  • The Rule of Faith: Scripture, Canon, and Creed in a Critical Age (1998)
  • The End of the Church: A Pneumatology of Christian Division in the West (1999)
  • Spirit and Nature: The Saint Medard Miracles in 18th-century Jansenism (2002)
  • Hope among the Fragments: The Broken Church and its Engagement of Scripture (2004)
  • The Fate of Communion: The Agony of Anglicanism and the Future of a Global Church (2006)
  • Leviticus (2007)
  • The World in the Shadow of God: An Introduction to Christian Natural Theology (2010)
  • A Brutal Unity: The Spiritual Politics of the Christian Church (2012)

Some recent articles:

  • “Scripture on the Edge of God” (2018)
  • "Christian MIssion and the Lambeth Conference", in  Paul Avis and Benjamin Guyer (eds), The Lambeth Conference:  History, Theology, Polity and Purpose  (Bloomsbury, 2017)
  • "The Anglican Communion and Anglicanism", in Jeremy Morris (ed.), The Oxford History of Anglicanism, Vol. IV (Oxford University Preses, 2017)
  • “Anglican-Catholic relations 50 years after Unitatis Redintegratio,” The International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church 14:4 (2014)
  • “The Holy Spirit and Unity: Getting Out of the Way of Christ,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 16:2 (2014)
  • “Lectionary and the Figural Meaning of the Scriptures,” Liturgy: A Journal of the Liturgical Conference 29:4 (2014)
  • “Anglicanism on its knees” (2014)
  • Praying with those who pray” (2013) 
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