Bunge, Marcia J. 1954–

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Bunge, Marcia J. 1954–

PERSONAL: Born April 14, 1954, in Dubuque, IA; daughter of Richard (a Lutheran pastor) and Myrene (a counselor) Bunge; married Gary Dulin; children: Isaac, Anja Meixin. Education: Attended Cambridge University, 1975; St. Olaf College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1976; attended University of Tübingen, 1979–81; University of Chicago, M.A., 1979, Ph.D., 1986. Religion: Lutheran.

ADDRESSES: Home—241 Pauline Dr., Valparaiso, IN 46385. Office—Christ College, Valparaiso University, 1300 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso, IN 46383; fax: 219-464-5159. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: English teacher at a school in Neuendettelsau, West Germany (now Germany), 1976–77; church organist, 1982–84; Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, assistant professor of systematic theology, 1985–90; Luther College, Decorah, IA, assistant professor of religion and philosophy, 1990–95; Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, associate professor of religion, 1995–97; Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, associate professor, 1997–2003, professor of theology and humanities, 2003–, director of Childhood Studies, Religion, and Ethics Project, 2003–. Knox College, visiting assistant professor, 1985; Theological Seminar of Leipzig, visiting professor, 1989; Luther College, scholar-in-residence, 1993; guest lecturer at other institutions, including Lenoir Rhyne College, University of Halle, College of St. Scholastica, Pacific Lutheran University, and University of Virginia. Public speaker. Rhodes Consultation on the Future of the Church-Related College, fellow, 1996–97, regional director, 1998–99; Center for the Theology of Childhood, director of theological inquiry, 2002–; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, member of national task force on education, 2003–; Child Theology Movement, codirector, 2004–; consultant to Children's Environmental Health Network.

MEMBER: International Herder Society (member of executive board, 1985–90), American Academy of Religion (cochair of Consultation on Childhood Studies and Religion, 2003–), Society for Values in Higher Education, Society of Christian Ethics, Phi Beta Kappa.

AWARDS, HONORS: Drama scholar, Colorado Women's College, 1972–73; travel fellow, World Council of Churches, 1979–81, and University of Chicago, 1984; grant from Association of Theological Schools, 1986; overseas fellow, Division for Global Missions, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 1989; grant from Sears Foundation, 1991; Joyce Foundation award, 1993; grants from Lilly Foundation, 1998–2000, 2000–05, and 2004–07, and Louisville Institute, 2000–01; Wheat Ridge grant, 2002–04; grant from Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation, 2003.


(Editor, translator, and author of introduction) J.G. Herder, Against Pure Reason: Writings on History, Language, and Religion, Fortress Press (Minneapolis, MN), 1993.

(Editor and contributor) The Child in Christian Thought, William B. Eerdmans Publishing (Grand Rapids, MI), 2001.

Contributor to books, including Johann Gottfried Herder: Language, History, and the Enlightenment, edited by Wulf Koepke, Camden House (Columbia, SC), 1990; Herder Today: Contributions from the International Herder Conference at Stanford, CA, edited by Kurt Müller-Voller, Walter de Gruyter (New York, NY), 1990; Revisioning the Past: Prospects in Historical Theology, edited by Mary Potter Engel and Walter E. Wyman, Jr., Fortress Press (Minneapolis, MN), 1992; Care of the Earth, edited by Tina B. Krause, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Chicago, IL), 1994; and Professing in the Postmodern Academy: Faculty and the Future of Church-Related Colleges, edited by Stephen R. Haynes, Baylor University Press (Waco, TX), 2002. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Lutheran Education, Intersections, New Theology Review, Cresset, Well Woman, and Journal of Lutheran Ethics. Network editor, Religious Studies Review, 1994–98; member of editorial board, Word and World, 1987–88, 1989–90, and Dialog, 1992–2001.

WORK IN PROGRESS: The Vocation of Parenting.



Christian Century, September 26, 2001, Linda Lee Nelson, review of The Child in Christian Thought, p. 23.

Church History, March, 2002, C. John Sommerville, review of The Child in Christian Thought, p. 220.

Journal of Religion, October, 2002, Friedrich Schweitzer, review of The Child in Christian Thought, p. 642.

Religious Studies, December, 1993, Peter Byrne, review of Against Pure Reason: Writings on History, Language, and Religion, p. 570.

Theological Studies, September, 2002, Jule DeJager Ward, review of The Child in Christian Thought, p. 643.