Research: Scott Kline


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Scott Kline
Vice President Academic and Dean
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Educational Background:


Southeastern College




University of Kansas




McGill University



Grant Proposal: “Rethinking Intervention and the Role of Christian Aid Organizations,” with A. James Reimer (co-PI). Requested $155,000/Approved $63,000

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

2006 - 2010


Catholic Approaches to Just Peacemaking Research Grant

St. Jerome's University

2007 - 2008

Research Interests:

Religion and politics, Christian ethics, religion and armed conflict, Catholic social teaching, religion and popular culture in approaches to homelessness.

Research Activity:


The Ethical Being: A Catholic Guide to Contemporary Issues (Ottawa: Novalis, 2013)

Book Chapters

“The Study of Religion,” in World Religions: Canadian PerspectivesEastern Perspectives (vol. 1) and Western Perspectives (vol. 2), ed. Dorish Jakobsh (Toronto: Nelson, 2013).

“Catholic  Peacemaking and Pax Christi” with Megan Shore, in Religion and Conflict Resolution, ed. Lee Marsden (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012), 353-68.


“The Morality and Politics of Consumer Religion: How Consumer Religion Fuels the Culture Wars in the United States,” The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 17 (Fall 2007). Online at

“The Ambivalent Role of Religion in the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” with Megan Shore, Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research, 31 (2006): 309–332.

“‘The Responsibility to Protect’ as a New Doctrine of Intervention for the Ecumenical Movement?” Jahresbericht Societas Ethica (Erlangen: Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, 2006), 469–75. (refereed Societas Ethica paper)

“The Culture War Gone Global: ‘Family Values’ and the Shape of US Foreign Policy,” International Relations 18 (2004): 453–66.

“Paul Tillich’s Encounter with the World Religions and the Emergence of a Cross-Cultural Communicative Ethic (1954–1965),” Toronto Journal of Theology 20 (2004): 191–204.


Review of After Modernity: Secularity, Globalization, and the Re-enchantment of the World (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2008), ed. James K.A. Smith. In International Journal of Public Theology 5 (2011): 235-37.

Review of Habermas and Theology (Cambridge UP, 2006), by Nicholas Adams. In International Journal of Public Theology 2 (2008): 243–44.

Review of The Ethics of War: Shared Problems in Different Traditions (Ashgate, 2007), Richard Sorabji and David Rodin, eds. In International Journal of Public Theology 2 (2008): 243–44.

Review of Difficult Justice: Commentaries on Levinas and Politics (UofT Press, 2006), Asher Horowitz and Gad Horowitz, eds. In University of Toronto Quarterly (December, 2007).

Review of Religion and the Death Penalty: A Call for Reckoning (Eerdmans, 2004), Erik C. Owens, John D. Carlson, and Eric P. Elshtain, eds; and Murdering Myths: The Story behind the Death Penalty (Rowmam & Littlefield, 2006), by Judith W. Kay. In The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 26/2 (Winter 2007): 297–301.

Review of Paul Tillich: Theologian of Nature, Culture, and Politics (2003), by A. James Reimer. In Dialog: A Journal of Lutheran Theology, 42 (2004): 358–60.


Translated Jürgen Moltmann, “Jesus between Jews and Christians.” In ARC: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University 24 (1996): 61–76.

Non-refereed Publications: Articles, Reviews, and Op-eds

“Hope in Dark Times: The Ecumenist 1991–2010,” The Ecumenist: A Journal of Theology, Culture and Society 47/4 (2010): 19–23.

“The Ambivalent Legacy of 1989,” The Ecumenist: A Journal of Theology, Culture and Society 46/3 (2009): 1–3.

“Sober Reflections on a Night of Change,” Op-ed. Catholic Register (26 November 2008). (1,000 words).

“Race, Faith and Ambition: Barack Obama lives with the tensions between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.” Op-ed. The Record, March 24, 2008: A7.

Foreword to Gregory Baum’s Religion and Alienation, 2nd ed. (Ottawa: Novalis; Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2006), 7–14. With David Seljak.

Invited Public Lectures

October 2012 - “Religion and the 2012 US Presidential Election,” Erin, Ontario. Extended Learning Opportunities of Erin.

May 2007 - “Progressive Religion and the Modernization of Faith.” Cross Currents Public Lectures. Kitchener Library. May 28, 2007

Conference Papers

“The Legacy of Pacem in terris (1963) in the Development of Catholic Just Peacemaking.” 2012 Meeting of the American Academic of Religion-Eastern International Region, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

“Hope in an Age of Despair: The Ecumenist 1991–2010.” 2010 Meeting of the Canadian Theological Society, Montreal, Quebec. (June 2010)

“Religious Studies, Social Issues, and Public Engagement?” 2010 Meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, Montreal, Quebec. (June 2010)

“Religion, the Missing Dimension of Development?” 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Montreal, Quebec. (November 2009)

“Religion and Transitional Justice,” Comparative Interdisciplinary Studies Section of the International Studies Association, Potsdam, Germany, with Dr. Megan Shore. (June 2009)

“Catholic Approaches to Just Peacemaking,” with Dr. Megan Shore, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2008 Meeting of the Canadian Theological Society. (May 2008)