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Daniel Castelo

Associate Professor of Dogmatic and Constructive Theology

Phone: 206-281-2336
Office: Lower Moyer B14

Education: BA, Lee University, 1998; MDiv, Church of God Theological Seminary, 2000; PhD, Duke University, 2005. At SPU since 2007.

Dr. Castelo researches and writes broadly in the areas of mystical, dogmatic, and moral theology. He finds the sequence theo-logical in that the divine encounter with the triune God (mystical theology) drives the need and desire to speak of this Holy One (dogmatic theology) and to seek the implications and form of being-in-the-world in a Christ-shaped and Spirit-empowered way (moral theology); he sees these as mutually conditioning and trialectically self-correcting activities.

Dr. Castelo's particular interests include divine attribution, pneumatology, the theological interpretation of Scripture, and practical theodicy.

He is an Ordained Elder in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the Free Methodist Church.


Confessing the Triune God

Cascade Books, 2014

At the heart of Christian witness is the confession of the triune God. This book locates Trinitarianism in the life of the worshiping faithful through an ongoing dialectic between broad and particular confessional lines. Its breadth is constituted by an ongoing assessment of ecumenical consensus and scholarly debates related to Trinitarianism; its repeated framing stems from and returns to the Wesleyan and Methodist family of traditions. In this way, Christian commitments regarding the Trinity can be depicted for their wide appeal as well as their particular logic within a specific worshiping community, guiding readers through a process of growing awareness of how the dogma of the Trinity is central to all that Christians say, do, and hope to be.

Holiness as a Liberal Art

Wipf and Stock, 2012

Holiness is a topic that is rarely discussed in Christian colleges and seminaries, yet the rationale for the existence of these institutions is that they provide environments where people can grow into the image of Christ. In other words, these places exist so that Christians can grow in holiness. The essays collected in this volume treat the theme of holiness from a variety of theological disciplines, all with the purpose of disabusing Christians from mischaracterizations of the theme as well as offering a vision for what the Christian life could look like. In both simple and profound ways, holiness is a liberal art; it is the Christian way and shape of life.

Revisioning Pentecostal Ethics: The Epicletic Community

CPT Press, 2012

Revisioning Pentecostal Ethics revisions Pentecostal ethics by means of a moral-theological proposal. Privileging the early years of the American Pentecostal Movement as a way of garnering "institutional memory," he seeks to establish a basis by which to evaluate historical and theological continuity and divergence. Specifically, he argues that early Pentecostals harbored certain impulses and intuitions that were quite important but were diminished or reconfigured in light of a number of pressures that arose over time. The practice-orientations of "abiding" and "waiting," drawn from the conceptual frameworks of the affections and virtues, enable Castelo to offer a sustained critique and reconstruction of holiness/sanctification and eschatological expectancy, both of which are currently in disrepair within the tradition. Throughout the work, a salutary reconfiguration of what it means to inhabit the Pentecostal ethos as a doxological and pneumatic existential is offered.

The Apathetic God: Exploring the Contemporary Relevance of Divine Impassibility

Wipf and Stock, 2009

"As Christ 'suffered impassibly,' believers too are called to 'suffer impassibly' with one another as a way of pointing to the world that sin and suffering do not ultimately determine the value and significance of existence." (145)

Theological Theodicy

Wipf and Stock, 2012

Please view Dr. Castelo’s CV (PDF) for additional publications.

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Daniel Castelo

Why I Teach at SPU

Daniel Castelo, Associate Professor of Dogmatic and Constructive Theology

“I teach at SPU because historically and currently this place promotes and embodies a kind of evangelical catholicity. We value the transformation of the heart, the urgency of both holy reasoning and mission, and the call to lead a sanctified life. These commitments can be fostered in a number of church traditions, and SPU recognizes this reality because of its Wesleyan heritage.”