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McMaken, W. Travis

Assistant Professor
Butler Hall 319
(636) 627-2507

Course Information

Term Course Course Name

SP SEM 15 REL 20100 11  History of Christianity (GE-Phl-Rel)
SP SEM 15 REL 20100 21  History of Christianity (GE-Phl-Rel)
SP SEM 15 REL 32000 11  The Christian Faith (GE-Phl-Rel)
SP SEM 15 REL 40000 ARWM  Senior Project
SU I 15 REL 15000 11  World Religions (GE-Phl-Rel/CrsClt)
SU I 15 REL 15000 OL11 ONLNE World Religions (GE-Phl-Rel/CrsClt)
FA SEM 15 REL 15000 14  World Religions (GE-Phl-Rel/CrsClt)
FA SEM 15 REL 15000 15  World Religions (GE-Phl-Rel/CrsClt)
FA SEM 15 REL 31800 OL01 ONLNE Asian Myth and Religion (GE-Phl-Rel/CrsClt)
FA SEM 15 REL 40000 ARWM  Senior Project


Dr. McMaken joined the Department of Religion at Lindenwood University in 2011. In addition to his teaching, advising, and curricular responsibilities with the department, he advises the Lindenwood Delta Tau Delta colony and serves on the Humanities Research Committee. Although concentrating in Christian theology, McMaken also has interests in philosophy of religion, Chinese religions, and the intersection of religion and politics. As a systematic theologian within the Reformed branch of the Christian tradition, McMaken specializes in sacramental theology in general, baptism in particular, the work of Karl Barth, and other figures such as John Calvin, Thomas F. Torrance, Helmut Gollwitzer, Augustine of Hippo, and the Cappadocian fathers. 


American Academy of Religion
Karl Barth Society of North America
Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship 

Selected Publications


  • W. Travis McMaken, Our God Loves Justice: An Introduction to Helmut Gollwtizer (Fortress Press, under contract).


  • W. Travis McMaken and David W. Congdon (eds.), Karl Barth in Conversation (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014).


  • W. Travis McMaken, The Sign of the Gospel: Toward an Evangelical Doctrine of Infant Baptism after Karl Barth (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2013).


  • W. Travis McMaken, “The Impossibility of Natural Knowledge of God in T.F. Torrance’s Reformulated Natural Theology,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 12.3 (2010): 319–40.


  • W. Travis McMaken, “Authority, Mission, and Institution: A Systematic Consideration of Matthew 28.18-20 in Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Baptism,” in Ecclesiology 5.3 (2009): 345–61.


  • W. Travis McMaken, “Election and the Pattern of Exchange in Karl Barth’s Doctrine of the Atonement,” in Journal of Reformed Theology 3.2 (2009): 202–18.

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