David Grant

C. David Grant

Beasley Hall 210C

d.grant@tcu.edu | 817-257-6447


BA, Austin College (1972)
M.Th., Southern Methodist University (1976)
A.M., Ph.D, Harvard University (1981)

Courses Taught

Understanding Religion: Texts and Ideas
Sophomore Seminar: Thinking About Christian Faith
Philosophy of Religion
God in Modern Thought
Religion and Science

Areas of Focus

Modern Christian Theology, Philosophical Theology, Interactions of Religion and Science

A Theology of God’s Grace: Life, Faith and Commitment.  St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2004.

Thinking Through Our Faith: Theology for Twenty-First-Century Christians. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998.

God the Center of Value: Value Theory in the Theology of H. Richard Niebuhr. Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1984.

“H. Richard Niebuhr.” In In Makers of Christian Theology in America, edited by Mark G. Toulouse and James O. Duke, 406–412. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997.

“Evolution and Darwinism in the Methodist Quarterly Review, 1840-1870.” Methodist History 29: 175-83.

“Personal and Impersonal Concepts of God: A Tension Within Contemporary Christian Theology.” Encounter 49 (Spring 1988): 79-91.

“Science and Natural Theology Rewed? Stephen Toulmin on Natural Religion.” Encounter 47 (Spring 1986): 99-107.

“We Make Too Much of the Bible: The Authority of Scripture vs. the Sovereignty of God.” Paper presented in the Philosophy of Religion and Theology section of the Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Irving, Texas, March 7, 2009.

“Evolutionary Christianity: Taking Seriously Both Jesus and Darwin.” Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. 11 November 2006

“Human Believing.” Paper presented to the Philosophy of Religion and Theology Section, Southwest Regional AAR, 16 March 2003.

“Believing in God’s Grace.” The Turner Lectures. First United Methodist Church of Huntsville, Texas. 30 April 2001.

Believing Grace: Mythology, Commitment, and Christian Faith.” 1999 Rupert Lowe Lectures. Austin College. Sherman, Texas. 13–15 April 1999.

“Revelation as Radical Reconstruction: A Postmodern Retrospect of H. R. Niebuhr’s The Meaning of Revelation.” Paper presented to the Philosophy of Religion and Theology Section. Southwest Regional American Academy of Religion. Dallas, Texas. 10 March 1995.

  • Nominated for the 2016 American Academy of Religion’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
  • Nominated by TCU for the 2005 Professors of the Year Program sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
  • AddRan College of Humanities & Social Sciences Division of Humanities 2004 Distinguished Teaching Award.
  • Recipient of the T. A. Abbott Award for Faculty Excellence, 2002, awarded by the Division of Higher Education of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
  • Recipient of the Honors Faculty Recognition Award for 1995, awarded annually to a faculty member by Texas Christian University’s honors students for “outstanding contributions to the intellectual life of the university.”
  • God the Center of Value selected as an “Outstanding Academic Book 1985-86” by Choice, a publication of the College and Research Libraries Division of the American Library Association.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Alumnus member, Iota of Texas, 2016

Ordained Elder, United Methodist Church

American Academy of Religion

  • Department Chair, 2005-2011
  • National President, Theta Alpha Kappa, The National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology
  • Director of the TCU Honors Program, 1988-94