Matthew Drever - Faculty & Adjuncts

Matthew Drever, PhD

Matthew Drever, PhD
Rita and William H. Bell Associate Professor of Anglican and Ecumenical Studies
College of Arts & Sciences
Philosophy and Religion
918-631-2647 Chapman Hall Room 241


PhD – University of Chicago Divinity School MTS – Vanderbilt Divinity School Ph.D. coursework – Graduate Theological Union BA – Sonoma State University


Matthew Drever works in the areas of systematic and historical theology. He is currently working on two research projects. The first is a manuscript project on the theology of personhood. The second project centers on the theology of prayer.

Research Interests

First manuscript examined the theology and philosophy of Augustine (Oxford Press); currently working on a manuscript that explores the concept of the divine image within historical and contemporary Protestant Christianity

Teaching Interests

History of Christian Theology
Contemporary issues such as the problem of evil and science and religion



  • Drever, Matthew. Image, Identity, and the Forming of the Augustinian Soul. Oxford University Press, 2013. Print.

Journal Articles

  • Drever , M. La Trinidad, El Amor Al prójimo Y El Cuerpo De Cristo. Revista AVGVSTINVS, 2019.
  • Drever , M. “The Soul in Pieces and Its Quest for Peace in Christ”. Augustine As ‘Doctor Pacis’: Inquiries on Peace for People Living Today, Vol. 2, Uniagustiniana, 2019.
  • Drever , M. Interpreting the Times: An Augustinian Account of the Secular. Religions, 2019.
  • Drever , M. “Loving God in and through the Self: Trinitarian Love in St. Augustine,”. 2017.
  • Drever , M. “Reimagining Human Personhood Within the Body of Christ,”. 2017.
  • Drever , M. “Prayer, Self-Examination, and Christian Catechesis in Augustine and Luther,”. 2016.
  • Drever, Matthew. “Redeeming Creation: Creatio Ex Nihilo and the Imago Dei in Augustine.” 15.2 (2013): 135–153. Print.

  • Drever, Matthew. “Entertaining Violence: Augustine on the Cross of Christ and the Commercialization of Suffering.” 92.3 (2012): 331–361. Print.

  • Drever, Matthew. “Images of Suffering in Augustine and Luther.” 51.1 (2012): 71–82. Print.

  • Drever , M. The Self Before God? Rethinking Augustine’s Trinitarian Thought. Vol. 100, Harvard Theological Review, 2007, pp. 233-42.
  • Drever , M. Dorner’s Critique of Divine Immutability. Vol. 31, Process Studies, 2002, pp. 77-92.
  • Drever , M. Trinity, Church, and Deification in Augustine. Baker Academic Press.

Book Chapters

  • Drever , M. “Immigration, Migration, and Personhood in the Body of Christ,”. 2022.
  • Drever , M. “Augustine’s Concept of Ecstatic Vision in De Genesi Ad Litteram 12,”. 2021.
  • Drever , M. “Creation and Recreation”. Cambridge Companion to Augustine’s Confessions, Cambridge University Press, 2020.
  • Drever , M. “The Image of God in Augustine and Kierkegaard,”. 2017.
  • Drever , M. “Deification in Augustine: Plotinian or Trinitarian?”. 2014.
  • Drever, Matthew. “Image, Identity, and Embodiment: Augustine’s Interpretation of the Human Person in Genesis 1-2.” Genesis and Christian Theology. Ed. Mark W. Elliott Nathan MacDonald and Grant Macaskill. Eerdmans, 2012. 117–128. Print.

Conference Proceedings

  • Drever , M. “Speaking from the Depths: Augustine and Luther’s Christological Reading of Substantia in Psalm 69,”. 2017.
  • Drever , M. “Augustine, Luther, and Modernity,”. 2015.

Book Reviews

  • Drever , M. Knotts, Matthew W., On Creation, Science, Disenchantment and the Contours of Being and Knowing. 2021.
  • Drever , M. Gerald P. Boersma. Augustine’s Early Theology of Image: A Study in the Development of Pro-Nicene Theology. Oxford Studies in Historical Theology. 2017.
  • Drever , M. Rowan Williams. On Augustine. 2017.
  • Drever , M. Sarah Catherine Byers. Perception, Sensibility, and Moral Motivation in Augustine. 2016.
  • Drever , M. Jesse Couenhoven. Stricken by Sin, Cured by Christ: Agency, Necessity, and Culpability in Augustinian Theology. 2014.
  • Drever, Matthew. “Stricken by Sin, Cured by Christ:Agency, Necessity, and Culpability in Augustinian Theology.” 2014: n. pag. Print.

  • Drever , M. Brian Harding. Augustine and Roman Virtue. 2013.
  • Drever , M. Lewis Ayres. Augustine and the Trinity. 2011.
  • Drever , M. Richard C. Taylor, David Twetten, and Michael Wreen, Eds. Tolle Lege: Essays on Augustine & On Medieval Philosophy in Honor of Roland J. Teske, SJ. 2011.
  • Drever , M. Augustine and the Trinity. Vol. 79, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 2011, pp. 1075-8.
  • Drever , M. Tolle Lege:Essays on Augustine & On Medieval Philosophy in Honor of Roland J. Teske, SJ. Vol. 42, Augustinian Studies, 2011, pp. 311-5.
  • Drever , M. Augustine and Roman Virtue. Vol. 44, Augustian Studies, 2008, pp. 171-5.
  • Drever , M. James K. A. Smith. Speech and Theology: Language and the Logic of Incarnation. 2007.
  • Drever , M. Michael Hanby. Augustine and Modernity. 2006.
  • Drever , M. Augustine and Modernity. Vol. 88, Anglican Theological Review, 2006, pp. 637-8.
  • Drever , M. Speech and Theology: Language and the Logic of Incarnation. Vol. 87, Journal of Religion, 2002, pp. 658-40.
  • Drever , M. River Out of Eden. Vol. 35, Zygon Journal of religion and Science, 2000, pp. 713-5.

Courses Taught

  • God and Human Suffering
  • Greek History, Philosophy and Drama
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Jesus: Traditional and Contemporary Perspectives
  • Senior Project
  • Senior Seminar
  • First Seminar
  • Religion and Science
  • Independent Readings
  • Protestant Reformation
  • Christian Faith and Thought

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • American Academy of Religion
  • North American Patristics Society

Awards & Honors

  • Karen Dinal Award for Excellence in Teaching