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Dr. C. Matthew Phillips

Department of History, Geography, and Criminal Justice

Professor of History

Dr. C. Matthew Phillips Department of History, Geography, and Criminal Justice

Professor of History

Education

Ph.D., Saint Louis University
M.A., Mississippi State University
B.A., Mississippi College

Courses Taught

  • World Civilization I
  • World Civilization II
  • Europe Since 1914
  • Renaissance and Reformation
  • Early and Medieval Christianity
  • History of Russia
  • The Medieval Crusades
  • The Modern Middle East 

Other

Visit Dr. Phillips' Historia et Memoria blog at wp.cune.edu/matthewphillips/ Phillip's research interests include medieval monasticism, the crusades, and Luther’s theology of the cross. Recent presentations include:

“The Typology of the Cross and Crusade Preaching,” In Crusading in Art, Thought, and Will. Eds. Matthew H. Parker, Benjamin Halliburton, and Anne Romine. Leiden: Brill, 2018, pp. 166-185.

"Widerstand: Luther and the Freedom to Resist Unjust Authority." Issues in Christian Education 49.3 (Summer 2016): https://issues.cune.edu/

“Bearing the Shame of the Cross: Luther’s Theology of the Cross, the Imitation of Christ, and Martyrdom.” Logia 24.2 (2015): 21-26. 

Translation of “Preface to A True Account of What Took Place at Stassfurt on Christmas Eve, 1534.” In Prefaces II, edited by Christopher Boyd Brown. Vol. 60 of Luther’s Works. American Edition. St Louis: Concordia, 2011, pp. 76-81.

“Crux a cruciatu dicitur: Preaching Self-Torture as Pastoral Care in Twelfth Century Religious Houses.” In Pastoral Care in the Late Middle Ages, ed. R.J. Stansbury. Brill, 2010, pp. 285-309.

“Crucified with Christ: The Imitation of the Crucified Christ and Crusading Spirituality,” In Crusades: Medieval Worlds in Conflict. An International Symposium at Saint Louis University, February 2006, Eds. Thomas F. Madden, James Naus, and Vincent Ryan. Ashgate, 2010, pp. 25-33

“The Thief’s Cross: Crusade and Penance in Alan of Lille’s Sermo de cruce domini.” Crusades 5 (2006): 143-56.

“Ad Vindicandum Iniuriam Crucis: Devotion to the Cross and Crusade Preaching,” Thirty-Ninth International Congress on Medieval Studies, (May 2004).

“Crux Caritatis: John of Liège’s Use of Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sententiae in His Sermo de sancta cruce,” Thirty-Eighth International Congress on Medieval Studies, (May 2003).

“Noster ordo crux est: Preaching the Cross in Twelfth-Century Religious Communities,” Thirty-Seventh International Congress on Medieval Studies, (May 2002).

“O magnum crucis misterium: The Cross, Crusading and Conversion in Alan of Lille’s Sermo de cruce Domini,” Thirty-Ninth Annual Midwest Medieval History Conference, (September 2000).