Religious Studies

Charles Marsh

Commonwealth Professor of Religious Studies (Theology, Ethics and Culture)
Mailing Address:

Department of Religious Studies
PO Box 400126
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4126


Gibson Hall, S-033



  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Virginia, 1989
  • Master of Arts (MA), University of Virginia, 1988
  • Master of Theological Studies (MTS), Harvard Divinity School, 1983
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Gordon College, 1981

Research Interests

  • Modern Christian thought
  • Religion and civil rights
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Religion and mental health
  • Lived theology

Teaching Experience

  • Religion 2380 Faith and Doubt in the Modern Age
  • Religion 242: Kingdom of God in America
  • Religion 345: Theology, Self and Society
  • Religion 322: God and the Mystery of the World
  • Religion 5009: Theologies of Resistance and Reconciliation: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Religion 507: The Civil Rights Movements: Theological and Religious Perspectives
  • Religion 802: Readings in Post-Colonial Theology
  • Religion 880: Readings in Lived Theology

Recent Awards

  • 2015 Christianity Today Book Award in History/Biography for Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • 2010 Ellen Maria Gorrissen Fellow, American Academy in Berlin
  • 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts
  • 1988 Grawemeyer Award in Religion

Selected Publications

  • Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Knoph, 2014). German translation, Guetersloher Verlagshaus, Bertelsmann.
  • Welcoming Justice God's Movement Toward Beloved Community, co-authored with John M. Perkins (InterVarsity Press, 2009).
  • Wayward Christian Soldiers: Freeing the Gospel from Political Captivity (Oxford, June 2007).
  • The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice, from the Civil Rights Movement to Today (Basic Books, 2005).
  • The Last Days: A Son's Story of Sin and Segregation at the Dawn of a New South (Basic Books, 2001).
  • God's Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights (Princeton, 1997).
  • Reclaiming Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Promise of His Theology (Oxford, 1994).

The Project on Lived Theology

  • The Project on Lived Theology is a research initiative housed in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia that explores the social consequences of theological commitments.


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