Middleton Darren JNAssociate Professor of Literature and Theology
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Darren J. N. Middleton is Associate Professor of Theology and Literature at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Originally from England, he has published widely, offering studies on Graham Greene, John Updike, Caribbean dub poetry, postmodern theology, Rastafarian reggae, and West African Christianity. He recently received one of TCU’s highest honors, the AddRan College of Humanities and Social Sciences Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar. Besides research and teaching, Middleton is an ordained Baptist minister, and he hosts adult Christian education workshops around the country. Most of all, though, he enjoys teaching his son, Jonathan, to “bend it like Beckham.”

Books

  • Theology after Reading: Christian Imagination and the Power of Fiction, 2008
  • Broken Hallelujah: Nikos Kazantzakis and Christian Theology, 2007
  • Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’ The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years On, 2005 (editor and contributor)
  • God, Literature and Process Thought, 2002 (editor and contributor)
  • Novel Theology: Nikos Kazantzakis’s Encounter with Whiteheadian Process Theism, 2000
  • God’s Struggler: Religion in the Writings of Nikos Kazantzakis, 1996 (editor and contributor)

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D., The University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • M.Phil., The University of Oxford, England
  • B.A. (Honours)., The University of Manchester, England

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Theology and Literature, Texas Christian University, 2003-
  • Assistant Professor of Theology and Literature, Texas Christian University, 1998-2003
  • Assistant Professor of Religion, Rhodes College, 1996-1998
  • Lecturer in Religion, Rhodes College, 1993-1996

Awards and Honors

  • Texas Christian University, AddRan College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Division of the Humanities Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar, 2007
  • Texas Christian University Deans’ Award for Teaching, 2006
  • Texas Christian University Mortar Board Prefered Professor of the Year, 2005, 2004, 2002 and 2001
  • Texas Christian University Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council Most Outstanding Professor of the Year, 2002
  • Texas Christian University Honors Program Professor of the Year (the highest, student-voted teaching award at TCU), 2001
  • American Academy of Religion (Southwestern Region) Junior Scholar Award, 2000
  • Alpha Lambda Delta (Texas Christian University Chapter) Professor of the Year, 1998-1999
  • British Academy Scholar at The University of Oxford (Christ Church), 1989-1991
  • Owen Chadwick Prize in Philosophical Theology (best undergraduate dissertation), 1989

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