Curriculum Vitae

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David Eagle, ThM (Email)

Department of Sociology, Duke University

PO Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088

Research Interests

Sociology of religion, race and racism, social theory, W.E.B DuBois, social organization of religion, gender and sexuality, post-colonial studies, modern theology, Karl Barth


Doctor of Philosophy Student (Ph.D.), Sociology 2013 (expected)

Duke University, Department of Sociology, Durham, NC

Master of Theology (Th.M.), Theological Studies 2009

Duke University Divinity School, Durham, NC

Thesis: “Challenging Gender Essentialism in Heterosexist Accounts of Marriage”

Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Theology and Mission

Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, CA

First class standing

Thesis: “Jesus, Eh? The Saving Significance of the Cross, the Hermeneutics of John D. Caputo, and the Canadian Context.”

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Mechanical Engineering (Co-op) 1997

University of Alberta, Faculty of Engineering, Edmonton, AB

With distinction


Eagle, David E. “Affirming Same-Sex Marriage in the Church: A Non-Essentialist Approach to Paul and the Work of Eugene Rogers and John Zizioulas.” Conrad Grebel Review vol. 28 no. 2 (Winter 2010): forthcoming.

Eagle, David E. “Anthony Bartlett’s Concept of Abyssal Compassion and the Possibility of a Truly Nonviolent Atonement.” Conrad Grebel Review vol. 26 no. 2 (Winter 2006): 66-81.

Articles Under Review

Eagle David E. “Reconsidering Karl Barth’s Views on Gender and Sexuality.”

Working Papers

Jen'nan Read and David Eagle. “Religion and Identity Politics Among Blacks and Whites.” (being prepared for the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion)

Eagle, David E. “Further Questions about a Religious 'Renaissance' in Canada.” (revised and resubmit to The Review of Religious Research)

Eagle, David E.. “The sociology of religion must die. A critical assessment of John Milbank.”

Conference Presentations

“Religion and Identity Politics Among Blacks and Whites,” Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Denver, CO, October 2009

“Further Questions About a Religious ‘Renaissance’ in Canada,” Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Denver, CO, October 2009

“Christ and Culture: An Anabaptist Response to the Missional Church and the GOCN Movement.” Workshop Presentation the Study Conference and AGM of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, Denver, CO, October, 2007.

“The Cross as an Abyss of Love and its Implications for the Practice of Ministry in Postmodern Contexts.” Paper presented at The Non-Violent Atonement Conference, Akron, PA, January, 2007.

Teaching and Research Experience

Research Assistant Fall 2008 - present

Duke University, Department of Sociology, for Dr. Jen’nan Read

Teaching Assistant Spring 2009

Duke University, Department of Sociology, for Dr. Jen’nan Read

Research Methods in Global Health, GLHLTH 163

Social Determinants of U.S. Health Disparities, SOC 161

Adjunct Instructor Positions Held:

Meserete Kristos College, Debre Zeit, Ethiopia 2007

Systematic Theology I

Carey Theological Seminary, Vancouver, BC 2005

Cross Purposes: Theology of the Atonement

Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, CA 2001 - 2002

Bible Survey I+II

Cross Cultural Experience (Teaching Assistant)

Fresno Pacific University, Fresno, CA 2001

Christian Leadership

Awards and Service

PhD Fellowship ($19,450), Duke University Graduate School 2009

Tuition Scholarship ($38,370), Duke University Graduate School 2009

Brandaleone Tuition Scholarship ($19,300), Duke University Divinity School 2008

Peter and Sophie Enns Honors Scholarship ($6,500), MB Biblical Seminary 2001

Martens Memorial Scholarship ($2000), Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary 2000

CU Gas Leadership Award ($2000), Canadian Utilities 1993

Rutherford Scholarships ($1300), Government of Alberta 1992

Student Council President, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary 2001-2002


Community Sabbatical Fellow Fall 2007

Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, University of Victoria

    • Topic: “Congregational Posture Towards Society: a Critical Appraisal of the Ecclesiological Vision of Stanley Hauerwas”

Journey Groups Participant 2003-2007

Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI

    • Topic: “The development of Missional Character in Congregational Life”

Other Experience

Lead Pastor 2002 - 2008

Saanich Community Church (Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches) Victoria, BC

Webmaster 2000-2002

Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, CA

Staff Engineer 1998-1999

Davis Energy Group, Davis, CA

Design/QC Engineer 1997-1998

AMES Company, Woodland, CA

Other Articles

“A Question Mark Against All Truth.” MB Herald, vol.48 no.3 (March 2009): available at: /publications/mb_herald/mb_herald_march_2009/

“Living in a Globalized World: Reflections on My Visit to Ethiopia.” MB Herald, vol. 47 no.4 (April 2008): available at:

“Christian Sexuality: Sharing God’s Unconditional Love.” MB Herald, vol. 46 no. 6 (June 2007): available at:

“The Older Brother.” Posted 27 November 2006 on Every Church a Peace Church website:

“Simplicity: Too Little, Too Late?” MB Herald, vol. 45 no. 11 (Sept. 1, 2006): 12.

“An Urban Nation: Modern Challenges for Big City Churches.” MB Herald, vol. 45 no. 7 (May 19, 2006): 4-6.

“Into an Alternate World: What Use is Biblical Literacy?” MB Herald, vol. 44 no. 14 (Oct. 14, 2005): 4-5.

“Introduction to Missional Church.” Presentation at Lendrum Mennonite Brethren Church Board Retreat, Edmonton, Alberta. (Sept. 2005)

“What is the Gospel?” MB Herald, vol. 43 no. 13 (Sept. 26, 2006): 12.

“A shock over Lunch.” MB Herald, vol. 43 no. 12 (Sept. 4, 2004): 12.

“Anabaptist Network helps UK Churches.” MB Herald, vol. 43 no. 8 (June 11, 2004): 24.

“About that Thief.” Sunday Magazine, April 2004, 3. (book review of Ron Corcoran’s Jesus Remember Me)

“The Gospel According to Mel.” MB Herald, vol. 43 no. 4 (March 19, 2004): 6-7. (third place winner in the ‘Critical Review’ category of the Evangelical Press Association, 2005)

“A Challenge to Translate the Gospel.” MB Herald, vol. 42 no. 16 (December 5, 2004): 28. (book review of Douglas Coupland’s Hey, Nostradamus!)

Eagle, David E. and Kristin Fast. “New Hope: A Dialogue on Missional Transformation in Seeker Sensitive Contexts,” The Gospel and Our Culture Newsletter, vol. 14 no. 2 (June 2002): 1-2; 4-6.

“Church for the Whole Person.” Witness Magazine (MBMS International), April 2002, 8-9.

“Pluralism and Sexual Orientation.” Living Springs, Winter 2003, 6-7.

“Shame and the Cross.” re:generation Quarterly, vol. 7 no. 2 (June 2001): 6-7.

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Religious Research Association

American Sociological Association, Sociology of Religion Section