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Justin Nickel - United Lutheran Seminary

Justin Nickel

Adjunct Instructor

Rev. Justin Nickel is a Ph.D. candidate in Religion and Society. He is Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Colorado and earned a Masters of Divinity from Luther Seminary. He is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and served as a solo pastor in Englewood, CO prior to resuming studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. At Luther Seminary, he served as a teaching and research assistant in the Theology Department. At Princeton Theological Seminary, he has served as a research assistant for the Committee on Religion and Society and continues to precept courses in theology and ethics. A Lutheran ethicist, Justin is interested in the ways that Protestants understand the relationship between divine grace and human agency. This includes a principle interest in the relationship between worship and vocation, theology and ethics. His research interests include Protestant theology, ethics and moral formation, the church’s vocation in the city, philosophy of language (Ludwig Wittgenstein and Stanley Cavell), and Martin Luther’s work and reception. Nickel will be teaching “The Church in the City: Many Calls and One Spirit” in the Spring of 2018.


Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary, Anticipated Spring 2018
M.Div. Luther Seminary, Spring 2010
B.A. University of Colorado at Boulder, Spring 2005


“The Justified Body: Hauerwas and Luther on the Christian Life,” in Studies in Christian Ethics, forthcoming in print, available online: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0953946817737928

“Natural Law Reasoning in Luther’s Large Catechism,” in Lutheran Forum, 51/4 (Spring 2017), pp. 32-34.

Phone: 720-278-9138

Email: jnickel@uls.edu