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Kelly Denton-Borhaug

Kelly Denton-BorhaugAssociate Professor of Religion (2005)

  • B.A., California State University at Northridge
  • MDiv., Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

Email: kdenton@moravian.edu
Phone: 610-625-7104
Office: Comenius Hall, Room 214

Areas of Research and/or Expertise

Christian Soteriology; Jewish and Christian Feminism; Christian ethics and war; Christian theology and popular culture, war-culture and political theology.


Rev. Kelly Denton-Borhaug, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. She holds a Masters of Divinity with Honors from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Her teaching and scholarly interests include Christian understandings of redemption, feminist theology and ethics, Jewish and Christian feminist ethics, Christian ethics regarding war, and college student spirituality. She worked as a Lutheran parish pastor in San Francisco for six years in the 80’s, and before coming to Moravian College was Chaplain and Assistant Professor of Religion at Goucher College in Baltimore (2000-2005) and Assoc. Dean for Religious Life at Stanford University (1996-2000).

Recent Activities of Note


  • U.S. War-culture, Sacrifice and Salvation, London, Great Britain: Equinox. Forthcoming in 2010.

Articles, Reviews

  • “War-Culture and Sacrifice,” Feminist Theology - The Journal of The British and Ireland Feminist School of Theology, Vol 18(2): 175-191, 2010. http://www.sagepub.co.uk/JournalsPermissions.nav, DOI: 10.1177/0966735009348552
  • “A Theological Reflection on Torture and Democracy,” Dialog, Vol 47, Issue 3, Aug. 20, 2008, start page 217.
  • "Sacrifice and U.S. War Culture" will appear in Prajna Vihara, an academic journal published in Bangkok, Thailand.


  • “Sacrifice, the State, and Obstacles to Religious Peacebuilding in the U.S.,” Mid-Atlantic Region AAR Conference, New Jersey, Mar 11-12, 2010. This paper was given as part of a panel presentation, “Peace Through Struggle: Obstacles to Religious Peacebuilding in American History.
  • “Sacrifice: By Whom, for What?” Pre-Lent Clergy Workshop, Institute for Jewish and Christian Understanding, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, Feb. 18, 2009.