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Dr. Matthew Robinson, PhD

Postdoc Fellow at the Institute for Hermeneutics Bonn and Research Associate in Practical Theology


An der Schlosskirche 2-4
Room 2.006
Tel.: 0228/ 73-7674
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Office Hours: By appointment



  • Since 2016/17 Research Associate with Prof. Dr. Eberhard Hauschildt in Practical Theology at the Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms University of Bonn 
  • 2015 Doctor of Philosophy, Northwestern University, Department of Religious Studies, Evanston, Illinois
  • 2013-2014 Krister Stendahl Research Fellow; Swedish Theological Institute, Jerusalem
  • 2012-2013 DAAD Research Fellow with Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Graeb at the Humboldt University of Berlin
  • 2011 M.A., Northwestern University, Department of Religious Studies, Evanston, Illinois
  • 2009 M.Div., University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2004 B.A., Wheaton College, Philosophy and Classics, Wheaton, Illinois


Areas of Research

  • Liberal Protestantism, in particular the thought of Friedrich Schleiermacher and Ernst Troeltsch
  • Intercultural Theology, Global Christianity, and Liberation Theologies
  • Theology from perspectives in Religious Studies and Sociology of Religion
  • Christian social and political ethics

Current Projects

  • What Does Theology Do, Actually? Observing Theology and the Transcultural. Symposium series investigating the functions of theological work both as an academic discipline and in Christian communities. Particular attention is given to how theology is used to process and make sense of transcultural pressures that theological research and Christian communities experience. The first in a projected series of five symposia took place in Bonn in May 2019. Each subsequent symposium will focus on a particular sub-field of theological work: Exegesis (2020), History of Christianity, Practical Theology, Systematic Theology, and Intercultural Theology. The series is being published by EVA, with the first volume scheduled to appear in 2020. 
  • Friendship in Modernity and the Present. Religion, Society, and Politics. This interdisciplinary project is supported by an Argelander PostDoc Plus grant. Related publications (listed below) include the book Beyond Tolerance, the article "Fake Friends", and the chapter "Das Protestantische Freundschaftsideal". 
  • Ecumenism, Power, and Intercultural Practice: In the Case of Ethiopia (in co-operation with Eberhard Hauschildt and Andrew D. DeCort; 2018-2019). Related publication (listed below): Pastoraltheologie Special Issue "Theologie praktisch und transkulturell."


Current Teaching

Winter Semester 2019/20

  • Theology of Protest (This seminar will be taught in English in the Master of Ecumenical Studies Program, but it is open to all. If you are interested in joining, please feel free to contact me!)
  • Einführung in das Studium der evangelischen Theologie

Summer Semester 2019

  • Propheten, Prognostiker, und die Theologie des Protests
  • Die Logik des Lobpreis (Seminar on worship music from perspectives in the Sociology of Religion and Systematic Theology) 

Grants and Awards (Selected)

  • 2017-2019 RFW Universität Bonn; Argelander Grant; starter Grant for "Freundschaft in der Moderne und Gegenwart"
  • 2012-2013 DAAD; Doctoral Research Grant
  • 2011 Columbia Council for European Studies; Pre-Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2008 Baptist Theological Union and the Carpenter Foundation International Ministry Studies Grant; for ethnographic fieldwork in Kenya
  • 2008 Yale University; Title VI FLAS Fellowship; Mombasa, Kenya

Memberships in Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Schleiermacher Gesellschaft
  • European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Religionsphilosophie
  • Luther Gesellschaft                                                                                   



Robinson, Matthew Ryan. Redeeming Relationship, Relationships that Redeem: Free Sociability and the Completion of Humanity in the Thought of Friedrich Schleiermacher. Religion in Philosophy and Theology. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2018. 

Robinson, Matthew Ryan und Evan F. Kuehn. Theology Compromised: Schleiermacher, Troeltsch and the Possibility of a Sociological Theology. Lexington / Fortress Academic 2019. 

Edited Volumes:

Robinson, Matthew Ryan und Kevin Vander Schel (Hg.). Beyond Tolerance: Schleiermacher on Friendship, Sociability and Lived Religion. Berlin: De Gruyter 2019. 

Robinson, Matthew Ryan und Inja Inders (Hg.). What Does Theology Do, Actually? Observing Theology and the Transcultural. Leipzig: EVA 2020. Im Erscheinen.


Articles and Chapters:

Robinson, Matthew Ryan und Janosch Schobin. "Das protestantische Freundschaftsideal im Spiegel gesellschaftlicher Transformationen und theologischer Deutungen." In Bernhard Sill und Thomas Knieps-Port le Roi (Hg.). Vom Glück der Freundschaft. Sankt Ottilien: EOS Verlag. Eingereicht.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “Sociability and Religion.” In International Handbook of Practical Theology. In Birgit Weyel, Wilhelm Gräb, Emmanuel Y. Lartey, Cas Wepener (Hg.). Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter 2020. Im Erscheinen.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan und Kevin Vander Schel. "Editors' Introduction." In Beyond Tolerance: Schleiermacher on Friendship, Sociability and Lived Religion. 1-7.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “Can Friendship be Taught and Learned?” In Beyond Tolerance: Schleiermacher on Friendship, Sociability and Lived Religion. 75-88.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. "Embedded, not Plugged-in: Digital Humanities and Fair Participation in Systematic Theological Research," In Claire Clivaz und Garrick V. Allen (Hg.), "Special Issue: Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies and Theology." Open Theology (2019): 66-79. DOI:

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. "Theologie Praktisch und Transkulturell. Was eine Äthiopienexkursion mit Systematischer Theologie zu tun hat." Pastoraltheologie 108 no. 4 (2019): 143-158.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. „Fake Friends“: Zur Toleranz und Freundschaft als soziale und theologische Werte, oder wie Theologie Studierende Geflüchteten nicht Hilfe gaben, sondern mit ihnen Freundschaft fanden.“ Pastoraltheologie 107 no. 7 (2018): 333-352.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “The Great Rule of the Christian Life” In Reformation und Moderne. Pluralität – Subjektivität – Kritik. Eds. Jörg Dierken, Arnulf von Scheliha and Sarah Schmidt. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter. 2018. 431-446.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “Schleiermacher on Evil as Social Evil.” In Roberto Garaventa and Omar Brino (Hg.). “Il Male e le sue forme. Riconsiderazioni moderne contemporanee di un Problema antico.” Itinerari (2017): 225-246.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “Vollendet: The Completion of Humanity, the Gospel of John, and the Intersubjective Soul of Schleiermacher’s Monologen.” In Jörg Dierken and Arnulf von Scheliha (Hg.). Der Mensch und seine Seele. Bildung - Frömmigkeit - Ästhetik. Berlin und New York: De Gruyter, 2017. 405-419.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “Lamech.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR). De Gruyter. 2017.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “Karl Jaspers.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR). De Gruyter. 2015.

Robinson, Matthew Ryan. “Matthew Henry.” Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR). De Gruyter 2015.

Robinson, Matthew. “Theology as an Intellectual Tradition.” Perspectives on Europe42, no. 1 (2012): 117-121.



Rezension, The Anthem Companion to Ernst Troeltsch. Edited by Christoff Adair-Toteff. Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte. Forthcoming.

Rezension, Unendlich Gebildet: Schleiermachers kritischer Religionsbegriff und seine inklusivistische Religionstheologie anhand der Erstauflage der Reden, by Christian König. Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 25, no. 1-2 (2019): 293-297. 

Rezension, The Theological Project of Modernism: Faith and the Conditions of Mineness, by Kevin W. Hector. International Journal of Systematic Theology 19, no. 3 (2017): 360-363.

Rezension, Politics in Friendship: A Theological Account, by Guido de Graaf. Political Theology. (2017): 177-179.

Rezension, Schleiermacher and the Question of Translation. Edited by Larisa Cercel and Adriana Serban. Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 23, no. 2 (2016): 282-285.

Rezension, Nineteenth Century Lutheran Theologians. Edited by Matthew Becker. Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 23, no. 2 (2016): 296-299.

Rezension, Schleiermacher: Christmas Dialogue, the Second Speech, and Other Selections (Classics of Western Spirituality Series). Edited and with translations by Julia Lamm. Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 23, no. 1 (2016): 300-302.

Rezension, Schleiermacher’s Influences on American Thought and Religious Life, 1835-1920: Three Volumes. Edited by Jeffrey A. Wilcox, TerrenceN. Tice, Catherine L. Kelsey. Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 23, no. 1 (2016): 302-304.

Rezension, Theology as Science in Nineteenth-Century Germany: From F.C. Baur to Ernst Troeltsch. Johannes Zachhuber.Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 22, no. 1 (2015): 121-125.

Rezension, Spaces of Modern Theology: Geography and Power in Schleiermacher’s World. Steven R. Jungkeit. Journal for the History of Modern Theology / Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 21, no. 1 (2014): 311-314.




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