Dr. Daniel G. Deffenbaugh | Hastings College

Dr. Daniel G. Deffenbaugh

Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department
French Memorial Chapel, South Transcept

Daniel G. Deffenbaugh joined the Hastings College religion and philosophy faculty in the fall of 2001 and since that time has worked with his colleagues to develop a broad range of courses in religion, from surveys of the Christian scriptures, to studies in world religions, to classes in his area of specialization, contemporary theology.

Dan received his Ph.D. and M.A. in constructive theology from Vanderbilt University. He also has an M.Div. from Western Theological Seminary and a B.A. in biology and religion from Hope College.

He is the author of Learning the Language of the Fields: Tilling and Keeping as Christian Vocation (Cambridge, MA: Cowley, 2007), several book chapters, and articles in such journals as Christian Century, Sojourners, Soundings, the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Working Preacher, and the Church Health Reader. In 2005, Dan was named the CASE Professor of the Year for the state of Nebraska, a national award sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

He is currently working with a group of scholars associated with the Church Health Center in Memphis on a series of book projects having to do with issues of integrated health. Dan is an avid bird watcher, organic gardener, beekeeper and bluegrass musician.

Favorite Quotes

"Humans can endure a great deal of meaningful deprivation, but only very little meaningless affluence." - Erazim Kohak, The Embers and the Stars

"What keeps our faith cheerful is everywhere in daily life, a sign that faith rules through ordinary things: through cooking and small talk, through storytelling, making love, fishing, tending animals and sweet corn and flowers, through sports, music, and books, raising kids; all the places where the gravy soaks in and grace shines through. Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people." - Garrison Keillor