David Stewart

Assistant Professor



Stewart earned a Ph.D. in theology from Luther Seminary, where his dissertation on the God/world relationship was awarded with distinction. Areas of expertise include philosophical theology, the intersection of science and religion, and outlandish Game of Thrones theories.

He is presently finishing his first book, The Truly Infinite Universe, which explores the implications of a cooperative reading between Hegel’s speculative philosophy and Hawking’s quantum cosmology. Past work includes publications on the thought of Charles Taylor, Carl Jung, Michael Polanyi, and David Brown. Current research interests involve the origins of self-conscious subjectivity, the neurophysiological basis of “dialectical” thinking, non-instrumentalist Copenhagen interpretations of quantum mechanics, Basarab Nicolescu’s notion of “transdisciplinarity,” and how all of this opens up new ways of thinking about Hegel’s speculative idealism and Naturphilosophie.

When not doing academic things, Stewart roams the outfield for the New Market Muskies and manages a fall-ball team for the Minnesota Mash. Formerly the Resident Theologian at Awaken Community, he is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Hegel Society of America, the Polanyi Society, and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.

Ph.D., Systematic Theology
Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, MN, 2016

Master of Arts, Transformational Leadership
Bethel Seminary, Saint Paul, MN, 2009

Bachelor of Arts, Theology and Koine Greek
Bethel University, Saint Paul, MN, 2005

Luther Seminary, dissertation awarded with distinction: “Quantum Cosmology and Speculative Philosophy: Hawking, Hegel, and the God/World Relationship.” (2016).

National Council of Churches, Eco-Justice Young Adult Fellow, Port Isobel, VA. (2012).

Participation in the academy

Editorial Board, Tradition & Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical, 2015–present

Referee, International Journal of Jungian Studies, 2015–present


Stewart, David James. The Truly Infinite Universe: Hegel, Hawking, and the Quantum Cosmo-Logic of the Speculative Absolute. (Forthcoming)

Chapters in Books

Stewart, David James. “‘Transcendence' in A Secular Age and Enchanted (Un)Naturalism.” In Charles Taylor, Michael Polanyi and the Critique of Modernity: Pluralist and Emergentist Directions, edited by Charles W. Lowney II. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Stewart, David James. “The Fulfillment of a Polanyian Vision of Heuristic Theology: David Brown’s Reframing of Revelation, Tradition, and Imagination.” Tradition and Discovery: The Polanyi Society Periodical 41:3 (June 2015): 4-19.

Stewart, David James. “The Emergence of Consciousness in Genesis 1—3: Jung’s Depth Psychology and Theological Anthropology.” Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 49:2 (June 2014): 509- 29.

“The Neurophysiological Basis for Dialectical Logic: Some Hegelian Reflections on ‘Absolute Unitary Being’,” at the Upper Midwest AAR/SBL Regional Meeting, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, MN, March 31–April 1, 2017.

“Elements of an Enchanted Naturalism: Towards a Postmetaphysical Christian Theology—From Polanyi to Hegel via Charles Taylor,” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, The Polanyi Society, San Diego, CA, November 22–5, 2014.

“Towards a Heuristic Theology: Michael Polanyi’s Vision of Tradition and David Brown’s Reframing of Christian Revelation,” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, The Polanyi Society, Baltimore, MD, November 21–25, 2013.

“The Emergence of Consciousness in the Garden Narrative: Theological Anthropology and Depth Psychology,” at the Upper Midwest AAR/SBL Regional Meeting, Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, MN, April 5–7, 2013.

“Polanyi, Tradition, and Pop Culture,” at The Christian Evasion of Popular Culture Conference, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA, November 2–4, 2012.

“Taxonomies of Reductionism in Polanyi’s Approach to the Mind/Body Problem,” accepted for presentation at The Polanyi Society Conference, Loyola University, Chicago, IL, June 8–10, 2012.