Dr. Iain S.
Office Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8:00-9:15; or other times by appointment.
Office Location: Cleveland Hall 104
Address: Department of Philosophy and Religion,
Dr Maclean, a graduate of the Universities of Cape Town,
His training and interests are diverse, including graduate qualifications in Classical languages, New Testament, theology and social ethics. His doctoral work was in the interdisciplinary area of Religion and Society with specializations in social anthropology, theology, and political ethics. His present research runs along two lines: one being the study of 17th -century Dutch theology and specifically the expression of its mystical or pietistic traits in the sermons of that period; the other being work on a comparative theological and ethical analysis of the contemporary political phenomenon of national reconciliation commissions. He is also the associate editor of the recent Routledge "Encyclopedia of Religion and War." His interests might be summed up broadly as encompassing the field of religion and politics.
Dr. Maclean has received numerous awards for teaching, and has been a
Danforth Writing Fellow for undergraduate teaching at
Dr. Maclean has authored Opting For Democracy: Liberation Theologians and
the Struggle for Democracy in Brazil (1999), edited Reconciliation:
Nations and Churches in Latin America (2006), and co-edited with J.
Schultz, The Encyclopedia of Religion in American Politics (1998) and
with Diana Edelman, God, Meaning and Morality (3rd ed. 2002). In
addition he has contributed numerous chapters to edited volumes and entries for
dictionaries and encyclopedias, most recently "The Twin Pillars of
Heathenism: American Missionaries, Bishop Colenso and Converts in
Conflict-Polygamy and Ukulobola in 19th Century Natal and
Zululand," for Jonathan Draper's The Eye of the Storm:
Bishop John William Colenso and the Crisis of Biblical Interpretation (T
& T Clark, 2003) and numerous entries in Bron Taylor's (Editor) Encyclopedia
of Religion and Nature (London: Thoemmes Continuum, 2005). He has
published articles in Religion and Theology and in The Religious
Studies Review, and book reviews in The Harvard Divinity School Gazette,
the Calvin Theological Journal, the Journal of the
American Academy of Religion, Religion and Theology/ Religie en
Teologie, The Anglican Theological Review, The Journal of Church
and State, Classical Philosophy, and The 16th Century Journal. He is
a sub -Book Review editor for The 16th Century Journal, responsible for
the areas of reformation theology, the
Ordained by the Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa he has held dual standing with the UCC (United Churches of Christ) and the Presbytery of the North -East (Presbyterian Church USA). At present his credentials are with the Presbytery of the Peaks (PCUSA). He and Dr. Jennifer Berenson have two children, Rachel and Duncan.
He serves on numerous scholarly and university committees, including the
Steering Committee of the Religion in Latin America and Caribbean Group and the
Steering Committee of Dutch Theology, of the American Academy of
Religion. He serves at