Toulouse, Mark G. 1952-

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Toulouse, Mark G. 1952-

PERSONAL:

Born 1952; married; wife's name Jeffica; children: three. Education: Howard Payne University, B.A., 1974; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div., 1977; University of Chicago, Ph.D., 1984. Religion: "Disciples of Christ."

ADDRESSES:

Office—Texas Christian University, Box 298130, 2855 S. University, Office 208A, Fort Worth, TX 76129. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Ordained minister, Disciples of Christ. Texas Christian University, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, professor of American religious studies.

AWARDS, HONORS:

Henry Luce III fellow in theology, 1997-98.

WRITINGS:

The Transformation of John Foster Dulles: From Prophet of Realism to Priest of Nationalism, Mercer University Press (Macon, GA), 1985.

Joined in Discipleship: The Maturing of an American Religious Movement, foreword by Martin E. Marty, Chalice Press (St. Louis, MO), 1992, 2nd edition, 1997.

(Editor, with James O. Duke) Makers of Christian Theology in America, Abingdon Press (Nashville, TN), 1997.

(Editor, with James O. Duke) Sources of Christian Theology in America, Abingdon Press (Nashville, TN), 1999.

(Editor) Walter Scott: A Nineteenth-Century Evangelical, Chalice Press (St. Louis, MO), 1999.

God in Public: Four Ways American Christianity and Public Life Relate, Westminster John Knox Press (Louisville, KY), 2006.

SIDELIGHTS:

Mark G. Toulouse is a minister of the Disciples of Christ and serves at the Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University as a professor of American religious studies. In addition, he teaches workshops for both ministers and laymen on the subject of American Christianity, the history of the Disciples of Christ, and other topics.

Toulouse's book God in Public: Four Ways American Christianity and Public Life Relate looks at how Christianity is intertwined with the history of the United States, dating back to colonial days when the founding fathers determined to escape religious persecution at the hands of the English monarch. Toulouse argues that this historical experience proves there is no true separation between Church and State. George Westerlund, in a review for the Library Journal, found that "academics will appreciate the breadth of information here, including comments on postmodernist approaches to public Christianity." In a review for Church History, Mark Silk wrote: "With so many religious rigorists on the loose these days, it would be churlish not to appreciate Toulouse's strenuous effort to carve out a public place for Christianity that does not insist on a privileged place for it in a country where four-fifths of the population identifies as Christian." "The change in thought that Toulouse is advocating," Timothy Renick of Church History wrote, "is a simple but profound one."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

America, March 1, 1986, Frederick W. Marks, review of The Transformation of John Foster Dulles: From Prophet of Realism to Priest of Nationalism, p. 172.

American Historical Review, December, 1987, T. Michael Ruddy, review of The Transformation of John Foster Dulles, p. 1301.

Choice, May, 2000, M.A. Testa, review of Walter Scott: A Nineteenth-Century Evangelical, p. 1668.

Christian Century, October 22, 1986, Charles C. West, review of The Transformation of John Foster Dulles, p. 921; May 1, 2007, "Public Visions," p. 42.

Church History, June, 1998, Bruce Kuklick, review of Makers of Christian Theology in America, p. 401; June, 2002, James G. Moseley, review of Sources of Christian Theology in America, p. 442; June, 2007, Mark Silk, review of God in Public: Four Ways American Christianity and Public Life Relate, p. 463.

Journal of American History, September, 1986, R. Alton Lee, review of The Transformation of John Foster Dulles, p. 519.

Journal of Church and State, spring, 1987, Ronald W. Pruessen, review of The Transformation of John Foster Dulles.

Library Journal, December 1, 2006, George Westerlund, review of God in Public, p. 132; January 1, 2007, George Westerlund, review of God in Public, p. 116.

Pacific Historical Review, May, 1988, Robert J. McMahon, review of The Transformation of John Foster Dulles, p. 254.

Publishers Weekly, September 29, 1997, review of Makers of Christian Theology in America, p. 84.

Reference & Research Book News, August, 2000, review of Sources of Christian Theology in America, p. 16.

Theology Today, April, 2004, James E. Kibby, review of Makers of Christian Theology in America, p. 132.

ONLINE

Texas Christian University, Brite Divinity School Web site,http://www.brite.tcu.edu/ (August 30, 2007), faculty biography.