Westar Institute

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Rachel Baard

Institutional Affiliation

Union Presbyterian Seminary


BA, BTh, MTh, PhD


Rachel S. Baard joined the faculty of Union Presbyterian Seminary in the Fall of 2019, having previously taught at Villanova University. As a South African whose theology was shaped by the theologies of resistance to apartheid, she has a particular interest in public theology. Her first book, titled Sexism and Sin-Talk: Feminist Conversations on the Human Condition, was published in 2019 by Westminster John Knox Press, and received the 2020 Andrew Murray / Desmond Tutu Book Prize in South Africa. She is currently working on an edited volume, The Political Theology of Paul Tillich, for Lexington Press. She is also the author of multiple articles and has given scholarly presentations around the United States and in South Africa on a variety of topics, including feminist theologies, Reformed confessions, Protestant perspectives on Mary, and the thought of Augustine through the lens of the African concept of ubuntu. Her current research focuses on the responses of the German theologians Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Paul Tillich to Nazism, and in particular their perspectives on Judaism. She is a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

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