Middleton TCU 2016

Darren J. N. Middleton

John F. Weatherly Professor of Religion; Director, MLA Program
Beasley Hall 303

d.middleton2@tcu.edu | 817-257-6445


Ph.D., The University of Glasgow, Scotland. Literature and Theology (1996)
M.Phil., The University of Oxford, England. Modern Christian Doctrine (1991)
BA (Honours), The University of Manchester, England. Religious Studies (1989)

Courses Taught

RELI 10033: Religion and the Wisdom Books
RELI 30823: Jesus in Fiction and Film
RELI 30833: Theology and Literature
RELI 30883: Rastafari and Reggae in Global Contexts
RELI 30993: Global Catholic Fiction

Areas of Focus

Comparative Literature and Theology, especially the Catholic Novel
Rastafari Studies
Religion and the Arts (Film, Literature, Music)


Rastafari and the Arts: An Introduction (Routledge, 2015).

Theology after Reading: Christian Imagination and the Power of Fiction (Baylor University Press, 2008).

Broken Hallelujah: Nikos Kazantzakis and Christian Theology (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).

Novel Theology: Nikos Kazantzakis’s Encounter with Whiteheadian Process Theism (Mercer University Press, 2000).

Edited Books:

Navigating Deep River: New Perspectives on Shusaku Endo’s Final Novel [with Mark W. Dennis] (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press; forthcoming).

George Eliot, Illuminated by The Message: Literary Portals to Prayer (ACTA Publications, 2019).

Approaching Silence: New Perspectives on Shusaku Endo’s Classic Novel [with Mark W. Dennis] (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Dangerous Edges of Graham Greene: Journeys with Saints and Sinners [with Dermot Gilvary] (Continuum, 2011).

Mother Tongue Theologies: Poets, Novelists, and Non-Western Christianity (Wipf and Stock, 2009).

Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years On (Continuum, 2005).

God, Literature and Process Thought (Ashgate, 2001; Routledge, 2018).

God’s Struggler: Religion in the Writings of Nikos Kazantzakis (Mercer University Press, 1996).

“Shusaku Endo’s Process Panentheism,” a paper presented at an International Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature, Harvard Divinity School, March 29-31, 2019.

“Bob Marley, Inc.,” a paper presented at The Southwest Regional Meeting AAR/SBL/ASSR/ASOR, Irving, Texas, March 8-10, 2019.

“True Rastalogy in Tarrus Riley’s ‘Love Created I’,” a paper presented at the The 19th Biennial Conference for the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture,” Uppsala University, Sweden, 28-30 September, 2018.

“Navigating Deep River: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Shusaku Endo’s Last Novel,” one of four panel discussants, The Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, March 16-19, 2017.

“Black Somebodiness and the Commodification of Rastafari,” a paper presented at The 17th Biennial Conference for the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture,” University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium, 18-20 September, 2014.


  • Deans’ Award for Research, 2015
  • Panhellenic Most Outstanding Professor Award, 2012 (’02)
  • AddRan College Distinguished Lecturer, 2011
  • Deans’ Award for Teaching, 2006
  • Mortar Board Preferred Professor, 2005 (’04, ’02, ’01)
  • Honors Program Faculty Recognition Award, 2001
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Conference on Christianity and Literature
  • International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture


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