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Dr. Robert Bruce Mullin

Dr. Robert Bruce Mullin
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Dr. Robert Bruce Mullin
Office: Seabury Hall, Fourth Floor

A.B., College of William and Mary  
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School  
M.A., Yale University
Ph.D., Yale University


Professor Mullin's wide-ranging scholarly interests are reflected in his seven books, including Episcopal Vision/American Reality: High Church Theology and Social Thought in Evangelical America (1986); Miracles and the Modern Religious Imagination (1996); and The Puritan as Yankee, a biography of Horace Bushnell, the preeminent American theologian of the nineteenth century (2002). While still in graduate school, Professor Mullin discovered the autobiographical narrative of Samuel Seabury III, which he edited for publication as Moneygripe's Apprentice (1989). With Russell Richey he co-edited a volume of essays, Reimagining Denominationalism (1994). A second edition of his most recent book, A Short World History of Christianity (2008), will be published in 2014. Among his more than fifty articles, book reviews, and chapters in volumes are an essay on nineteenth-century American biblical hermeneutics and the battle over slavery (1983); an essay for Beliefnet on recent developments in the Anglican Communion (2006); a survey of the Anglican tradition for the Encyclopedia of Religion in America (2010); and a survey of American theology from Jonathan Edwards to Reinhold Niebuhr for the Oxford Handbook to the Reception History of Christian Theology (forthcoming). He is currently the North American editor for a new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. His next book will deal with the rise and fall of the concept of American Protestantism between 1900 and 1970.

Before coming to General, Professor Mullin taught at Yale, Wesleyan, Duke and North Carolina State Universities. At General, he has taught many courses and seminars with special emphasis on American, Anglican, and Episcopal religious history. He has supervised twelve dissertations and currently chairs the Seminary's Advanced Degrees Committee.

Professor Mullin, a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Manhattan, has lectured in scores of parishes across the country and is a past president of the Church Club of New York City. He serves on the United Methodist-Episcopal Dialogue and on the boards of The Anglican, the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, and the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists Association. Since 2005, he has served as a consultant to the Chancellor's Office of the Episcopal Church, providing historical testimony about the church's governance, as well as the relationship between dioceses and the national church, in legal cases involving church property. Professor Mullin was elected the official historiographer of the Episcopal Church in 2012.

Professor Mullin is married and has a grown daughter. An avid swimmer, when at home he can often be found grilling, watching the Food Network, or reading with two toy poodles in his lap.


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