Dr. Robert D. Benne

Jordan Trexler Professor Emeritus and Research Associate
Department: Religion/Philosophy
Office: 324 Francis T. West Hall
Phone: 375-2378



BA from Midland Lutheran College
MA, PhD from the University of Chicago
Post graduate study at Hamburg and Cambridge Universities

Course List



Research & Teaching Interests:

  • Christian ethics
  • Christian sexual ethics
  • Movies and Meaning
  • Christian higher education
  • Social and cultural interpretation
  • Theology of Luther and Lutheranism
  • Theology of Reinhold Niebuhr

Scholarly Activities:

New Festschrift in honor of my work entitled "Report from the Front Lines--Conversations on Public Theology." Many lectures, articles, editorials, columns.


  • Board of Faith Christian Classical School
  • Mutual Ministry Committee of College Lutheran Church
  • Bio-Ethics Committee of Lewis-Gale Hospital


Ten books

Recent Publications:

See above....and web page for a thorough enumeration.

Available as a Media resource for the following topics:

Any I've listed above in my areas of interest.

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on:

Any I've listed above