I am Associate Professor of Religion and Assistant Dean of Multidisciplinary Humanities in the School of Humanities at Lindenwood University’s St. Charles, MO campus.

My writing engages primarily with 20th century theology (esp. Protestant theology, with specialization in Karl Barth, Helmut Gollwitzer, and T. F. Torrance) while working constructively on the subjects of sacramentology, ecclesiology, and political theology.


Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, Systematic Theology, 2012.

M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, 2007.

B.A., Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, Biblical and Theological Studies, 2004.

Other Publications


  • W. Travis McMaken, Our God Loves Justice: An Introduction to Helmut Gollwitzer (Fortress Press, 2017).

  • W. Travis McMaken and David W. Congdon (eds.), Karl Barth in Conversation (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014).

  • W. Travis McMaken, The Sign of the Gospel: Toward an Evangelical Doctrine of Infant Baptism after Karl Barth (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013).


  • “Christian Theology, Socialism, and Revolution: The Challenge of Dialectical Theology in 21st Century America,” in Alexei Bodrov and Stephen M. Garrett (eds.), Theology and the Political: Theological Reflections on Contemporary Politics in East and West (Brill, under assignment).

  • “Barth on Baptism,” in George Hunsinger and Keith L. Johnson (eds.), Wiley Blackwell Companion to Karl Barth (Wiley Blackwell, under assignment).

  • “Baptism,” in Adam J. Johnson (ed.), T & T Clark Companion to the Atonement (Bloomsbury, forthcoming).

  • “Actualism, Dualism, and Onto-Relations: Interrogating Torrance’s Criticism of Barth’s Doctrine of Baptism,” Participatio 6 (2016): 1–31.

  • “‘Shalom, Shalom, Shalom Israel!’ Jews and Judaism in Helmut Gollwitzer’s Life and Theology,” Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations 10.1 (2015): 1–22.

  • “Definitive, Defective, or Deft? Reassessing Barth’s Doctrine of Baptism in CD IV/4,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 17.1 (2015): 89–114.

  • “The Impossibility of Natural Knowledge of God in T.F. Torrance’s Reformulated Natural Theology,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 12.3 (2010): 319–40.

  • “Authority, Mission, and Institution: A Systematic Consideration of Matthew 28.18-20 in Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Baptism,” in Ecclesiology 5.3 (2009): 345–61.

  • “Election and the Pattern of Exchange in Karl Barth’s Doctrine of the Atonement,” in Journal of Reformed Theology 3.2 (2009): 202–18.

  • “What Hath Broadway to do with New Haven? Vanhoozer’s Canonically Dramatic Take on Lindbeck’s Cultural-Linguistic Turn,” in Koinonia 19 (2007): 67–84.

Full CV (containing book reviews, other publications, presentations, etc.)

Blog Posts


    • American Academy of Religion

    • Karl Barth Society of North America

    • Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship

    • Society for Dialectical Theology

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