Robert Benne Profile


Dr. Robert D. Benne

Jordan Trexler Professor Emeritus and Research Associate

Department: Religion/Philosophy
Office: 324 Francis T. West Hall



BA from Midland Lutheran College
MA, PhD from the University of Chicago
Post graduate study at Hamburg and Cambridge Universities


Research & Teaching Interests

  • Christian ethics
  • Christian sexual ethics
  • Movies and Meaning
  • Christian higher education
  • Social and cultural interpretation
  • Theology of Luther and Lutheranism
  • Theology of Reinhold Niebuhr

Scholarly Activities

New Festschrift in honor of my work entitled "Report from the Front Lines--Conversations on Public Theology." Many lectures, articles, editorials, columns.


  • Board of Faith Christian Classical School
  • Mutual Ministry Committee of College Lutheran Church
  • Bio-Ethics Committee of Lewis-Gale Hospital


Ten books

Recent Publications

See above....and web page for a thorough enumeration.

Available as a Media resource for the following topics

Any I've listed above in my areas of interest.

Willing to speak to professional, social or civic groups on

Any I've listed above