Associate Professor of Theology
Office: Alexander Hall
Education: BA, Houghton College, 1997; MTS, Duke University, 2002; PhD, Duke University, 2009. At SPU since 2009.
Brian Bantum comes to Seattle Pacific after spending 10 years in Durham, N.C., with his wife, Gail, and three children. Dr. Bantum received his PhD in theology from Duke University and a master's of theological studies from the Divinity School at Duke University.
Dr. Bantum's teaching and research focuses on the intersection of theology and identity exploring how the foundational claims of the Christian church serve to illumine the challenges and possibilities of discipleship in the modern world. His dissertation, Mulatto Theology: Race, Discipleship, and Interracial Existence, narrated the challenge of discipleship in a modern world fundamentally formed by race, and radically re-imagines Christian discipleship through Christ's body as both human and divine, a union of flesh and divinity that remakes the lives of disciples into a new people, a holy "mixture" of flesh and Spirit.
While at SPU, Dr. Bantum teaches courses in theology and University Foundations courses in Christian doctrine and Christian formation.
Redeeming Mulatto: A Theology of Race and Christian Hybridity
Baylor University Press, 2010
"[M]ulatto/a bodies allow us to look upon the life of Christ anew and grasp the depth of his work more profoundly. Through the fissures of discourse that render 'mixed' possible we can see Christ’s own life as the ground of this peculiar personhood, even as he is its salvation." (83)
The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World
Fortress Press, 2016
In The Death of Race, Bantum argues that our attempts to heal racism will not succeed until we address what gives rise to racism in the first place: a fallen understanding of our bodies that sees difference as something to resist, defeat, or subdue. Therefore, he examines the question of race, but through the lens of our bodies and what our bodies mean in the midst of a complicated, racialized world, one that perpetually dehumanizes dark bodies, thereby rendering all of us less than God’s intention.
- “Black Theology or Black Religion? Discipleship as a Theological Method” in Black Theology: An International Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2010.
- “Why Christians Can’t be Post-Racial: Christian Existence in the Murky Waters of Race and Place” in The Other Journal" 16, August 17, 2009.
Please view Dr. Bantum's CV (PDF) for additional publications.