Prof. Dr. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson war von 2008 bis 2016 Forschungsprofessorin im Institut. Seit März 2016 ist sie Visiting Adjunct Professor am Institut und Beraterin im Dialog des Lutherischen Weltbundes mit den Pfingstlern. Ihre Spezialgebiete sind die östliche Orthodoxie und die Pfingstbewegung. Ihre Dissertation am Princeton Theological Seminary behandelte die anthropologischen und trinitarischen Grundlagen, auf die die orthodoxe Theologin Elisabeth Behr-Sigel ihre Befürwortung der Frauenordination stützte. Prof. Wilson ist ordinierte Pastorin der Slovak Zion Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America und Herausgeberin der amerikanischen theologischen Zeitschrift Lutheran Forum.

Ausgewählte Bibliographie

1. Women

“Ordaining Women: Two Views,” Part II. First Things (April 2003). A response to a Catholic perspective opposed to the ordination of women, underscoring the trinitarian, christological, and anthropological reasons for ordaining women.

The Epistle of Eutyche,” Lutheran Forum 42/2 (Summer 2008): 3-5. A satire of typical arguments against the ordination of women, in the form of a supposed letter from one medieval abbess to another, responding to the fear that God went astray in conferring the apostolic office on men.

“Tradition, Priesthood, and Personhood in the Trinitarian Theology of Elisabeth Behr-Sigel,” Pro Ecclesia 19/2 (Spring 2010): 129-150. A detailed study of Orthodox arguments against the ordination of women in the past 50 years, matched with an account of the rebuttal offered by the 20th century French Orthodox theologian Elisabeth Behr-Sigel, concluding that patriarchy and radical feminism share the same flawed assumptions about gender.

“Elisabeth Behr-Sigel—Feminist, Protestant, Orthodox? Part I: Feminism and Protestantism” and “Elisabeth Behr-Sigel—Feminist, Protestant, Orthodox? Part II: What Kind of Orthodoxy,” Sobornost 32/1 and 2 (2010). An analysis of possible sources of Behr-Sigel’s openness to the ordination of women with especial emphasis on her location within a stream of Russian Orthodoxy that flourished in Paris in the mid-twentieth century.

2. Mariology

“There’s Something About Mary,” Re:generation Quarterly 5:4 (Winter 2000). A personal story of a young Lutheran woman making peace with Mary, the mother of God, and in the process finding her vocation to ministry.

“Commentary: Of Jesus, Mary, and a gender peace for postmodernity,” UPI (December 8, 2000). An exploration of how the birth of the baby boy Jesus to the woman Mary can offer insights toward the end of the “war between the sexes.”

“Temple & Sword,” Christian History and Biography (Summer 2004). An exploration of the life of and traditions about Mary, mother of God, from the dedication of Jesus in the temple through her many “sorrows.”

3. Doctrine

“Free to Be Creatures Again,” With Jennifer L. Bayne. Christianity Today (October 23, 2000). A personal testimony combined with doctrinal argument about the importance and relevance of the doctrine of presdestination for Christian faith today.

The Face of Jesus, Part I” and “The Face of Jesus, Part II,” Lutheran Forum 42/3 & 4 (Fall & Winter 2008): 6-11 & 3-10. A multi-level essay exploring the theological meaning and spiritual impact of various racial depictions of Jesus.

Saints for Sinners,” Lutheran Forum 43/1 (Spring 2009): 2-9. A proposal for a Lutheran understanding and practice of hagiography.

“Preaching the Trinity,” Lutheran Forum 44/1 (Spring 2010): 4-9. An exploration of the rich New Testament basis for the doctrine of the Trinity, against philosophical or even mathematical treatments of the doctrine in typical Trinity Sunday sermons.

4. Ecclesiology & Church Practice

Church Breaks Your Heart,” Lutheran Forum 41/3 (Fall 2007): 3-5. An autobiographical account of life in the church, with some comments on ecclesiology.

One Little Word Subdues Him,” Lutheran Forum 41/4 (Winter 2007): 3-5. A brief analysis of the ELCA’s third Sexuality Study, followed by recommendations for responding to the discovery that American Lutherans are biblically illiterate.

Peace, Peace, When There is No Peace, Lutheran Forum 42/1 (Spring 2008): 3-6. A reflection on the excising of military imagery from church, and reasons to maintain it.

Speak the Truth in Love,” Lutheran Forum 43/2 (Summer 2009): 2-5. Suggestions for responding to the sexuality study and ministry proposals to be voted on at the 2009 ELCA churchwide assembly.

“Ecumenical Liturgy, Its Possibilities and Problems,” Lutheran Forum 43/3 (Fall 2009): 3-9. A review of the development of ecumenical liturgies, such as the Lima Liturgy, with theological critique and suggestions for the future.

“Why Stay?” Lutheran Forum 43/4 (Winter 2009): 3-8. Arguments in favor of staying within the ELCA while dissenting from the churchwide assembly vote in 2009.

“Mildly Opposed to Infant Communion,” Lutheran Forum 44/4 (Winter 2010): 2-5. Consideration of ten arguments in favor of infant communion, and reasons why they fail to commend the practice to American Lutherans in the 21st century.

“Experiments in Gospel Translation, Part I” and “Experiments in Gospel Translation, Part II,” Lutheran Forum 46/1 & 2 (Spring & Summer 2012). Analysis of Luther’s accounts of his Bible translation practice and contemporary disputes over translating Son of God for Muslims, followed by three tests cases of gospel translation in the areas of children’s Bibles, feminism, and liturgy.

Sarah Hinlicky Wilson on Ecumenism,” Christian Leadership Center. An interview about topics of current ecumenical interest.

5. Luther & Lutheranism

“An Ecumenical Luther,” Review of the film Luther. Books & Culture (January/February 2004). A review of the Joseph Fiennes film about Luther’s early life.

“Lutheran Snobbery,” The Cresset (Easter 2007). Some reflections on growing up Lutheran and what an adult decision to remain Lutheran means.

“A Thousand Miles in the Footsteps of Martin Luther,” The Wall Street Journal (August 20, 2010). Invitation to follow the author and her husband’s re-enactment of Martin Luther’s pilgrimage from Erfurt to Rome, 500 years after the fact.

Here I Walk, I Cannot Do Otherwise,” First Things. August 19, 2010. Another invitation to follow the walk to Rome.

“Joyful Exchanges, Part I” and “Joyful Exchanges, Part II,” Lutheran Forum 44/2 & 3 (Summer & Fall 2010): 2-6 & 2-6. An exegesis of Luther’s use of the joyful exchange motif in “The Freedom of a Christian,” followed by the application of that motif to the practice of infant baptism, ethics, and ecumenism.

“On Rereading the Book of Concord,” Lutheran Forum 45/3 (Fall 2011). Serendipitous discoveries after reviewing the Lutheran book of Confessions.

“Law and Gospel (with Some Help from St. John),” Lutheran Forum 45/4 (Winter 2011). What the distinction between law and gospel is, what it isn’t, and examples of its scriptural embodiment in the Gospel of John.

“Here I Walk: An Ecumenical Pilgrimage,” Christian Century (April 5, 2011): 24-27. An account of the author and her husband’s thousand-mile trek from Erfurt to Rome.

“Here I Walk, an Ecumenical Pilgrimage,” Ecumenical Trends 40/7 (July/August 2011): 12–14. Another perspective on the walk to Rome, with emphasis on the response of those who followed the blog.

The Authority of the Lutheran Confessions,” Journal of Lutheran Ethics. An exploration of the understanding of authority in the Lutheran confessional documents and what it means for teachers of theology in the 21st-century Lutheran church.

6. Ethics

“Subversive Virginity,” First Things (October 1998). An argument that chastity is more empowering to women than promiscuity.

Essay for Symposium on Humanae Vitae. First Things (December 1998). An argument against the Catholic position on contraception.

“Don’t Write About Race,” First Things (December 1999). A reflection on the ongoing estrangement between the races.

“Sex, the Law, and Faith,” Lutheran Forum 36/2 (Summer 2002). A commendation of the classic biblical and traditional Christian ethic regarding sexuality.

Blessed Are the Barren,” Christianity Today 51/12 (December 2007): 22-28. An exegetical and personal exploration of infertility and adoption.

7. Exegesis

“Plato was wrong” and “God on the loose,” Christian Century (December 28, 2004). Lectionary reflections on John 1 and a psalm.

“Reflections on the Lectionary (Acts 9:36-43, Acts 11:1-18),” Christian Century (April 20, 2010): 20-21. Lectionary reflections on the meaning of Christ’s resurrection and the command for Christians not to distinguish between foods.

6 Easter (May 13, 2012),” Christian Leadership Center. Lectionary commentary on Acts 10:44-48 about the inclusion of the Gentiles in the community of the gospel.

8. Liturgy and Hymns

When Israel Came Out of Egypt,” Lutheran Forum 43/1 (Spring 2009). A hymn based on Psalm 114.

“Exodus Matins,” Lutheran Forum 45/2 (Summer 2011). An order of Matins based on the book of Exodus.

“II Corinthians Vespers,” Lutheran Forum 46/3 (Fall 2012). An order of Vespers based on the Second Epistle to the Corinthians.

9. Miscellaneous

“Talking to Generation X,” First Things (February 1999). A narrative theology approach to communicating the gospel to young adults.

“Seminary Sanity,” First Things (August/September 2000). A humorous look at the psychological evaluation process leading to candidacy for the ordained ministry.

“The End of Magic,” First Things (February 2002). An analysis of several classic works of fantasy fiction and how they require magic itself to end.

“The Great Reunion Beyond,” Christianity Today (February 5, 2001). A reflection on the death of the author’s grandfather.

“Decorated With Death,” Christianity Today (January 21, 2003). A reflection on the meaning of the cross as jewelry.

“The Heresy Itch,” Christianity Today (January 7, 2004). A reflection on why some people are drawn to esoteric and gnostic versions of Christianity.

9. Book Reviews

“The Sexual Counterrevolution,” Review of A Return to Modesty, by Wendy Shalit. First Things (March 1999).

“SWF Seeks Suitable Mate,” Review of Wing to Wing, Oar to Oar: Readings on Courting and Marrying, by Amy A. Kass and Leon R. Kass. Books and Culture (July/August 2000).

“Urbane Bigotry,” Review of The Close: A Young Woman’s First Year at Seminary, by Chloe Breyer. Books and Culture (September/October 2000).

“Reuniting Mary and Martha,” Review of When Life and Beliefs Collide: How Knowing God Makes a Difference, by Carolyn Custis James. Christianity Today (October 22, 2001).

Review of Sacred Narratives, by Lucrezia Tornabuoni de’ Medici. Sixteenth Century Journal 34/1 (2003).

“I Want,” Review of Home is Always the Place You Just Left, by Betty Smartt Carter. Books & Culture (May/June 2003).

“Christ via Judaism,” Review of Girl Meets God, by Lauren Winner. Christianity Today (July 7, 2003).

Review of Satan’s Rhetoric, by Armando Maggi. Sixteenth Century Journal 35/1 (2004).

“Lower Criticism,” Review of Junia: The First Woman Apostle, by Jay Eldon Epp. Books & Culture (May/June 2006).

“A New Kind of Calvinism,” Review of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. Books & Culture (January/February 2007).

“From ‘I Do’ to ‘You Can’t,’” Review of Against Love: A Polemic, by Laura Kipnis. Books & Culture (September/October 2004).

“Ecumenical Saint,” Review of Toward the Endless Day, by Olga Lossky. Books & Culture (May/June 2010): 9.

Review of Martin Luther’s Theology: A Contemporary Interpretation, by Oswald Bayer. Journal of Lutheran Ethics.


Public Presentations

Luther’s Trinitarian Theology—Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 31-August 2, 2012.

Law and Gospel—Conference on Lutheran Hermeneutics and the Gospel of John in Nairobi, Kenya, September 9-14, 2011.

“Behr-Sigel’s ‘New’ Hagiography and Its Ecumenical Potential”—Conference on “Being Human, Becoming Divine: Elisabeth Behr-Sigel’s Contributions to the Church,” September 3, 2011, Strasbourg, France.

The Authority of the Lutheran Confessions—ELCA Convocation of Teaching Theologians, August 5-7, 2011

The Lutheran Legacy in the Worldwide Church—Lutheran CORE Theological Conference, August 10, 2010.

“What Has Erfurt to Do with Rome?”—Theologians-in-Residence Program, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC, November 15, 2010

“What Has Erfurt to Do with Rome? Ecumenism as a Pilgrimage”—Founders Day Lecture, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN, November 11, 2010.

“Seventy Days on the Road with Luther”—Colleg Wittenberg, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany, November 2, 2010.

“Lutheran Spirituality” and “Lutheran-Pentecostal Dialogue”—Wuerttemburg Pastors’ Retreat, Bad Herrenalb, June 29, 2010.

“Joyful Exchanges”—Czech Luther Society in Prague, Czech Republic, June 17, 2010.

“What Ecumenism Is, What It Isn’t, and Why You Should Care” and “What Happens When Lutherans Talk to Other Christians? A Crash Course in Bilateral Dialogue”—Virginia Synod Assembly, Salem, VA, June 2009.

“Fear Not! The Angel’s Guide to Ecumenism”—Lutheran Theological Seminary of Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, March 2009.