Founder & Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture and Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School
He was educated in his native Croatia, the United States, and Germany, earning doctoral and post-doctoral degrees (with highest honors) from the University of Tübingen, Germany. He has written or edited more than 20 books, over 100 scholarly articles, and his work has been featured in the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Christian Century, Sojourners, and several other outlets, including NPR, On Being with Krista Tippett, and Public Television’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.
His books include Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation, Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace, Allah: A Christian Response, After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity, A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good, The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World, Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World, For the Life of the World: Theology that Makes a Difference (with Matthew Croasmun), and The Home of God: A Brief Story of Everything (with Ryan McAnnally-Linz).
Director of the Life Worth Living program at the Yale Center for Faith & Culture
He received his B.A. in Music from Yale College, an M.A.R. in Bible from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies (New Testament) from Yale University. In 2015, he was awarded the Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise.
He is author of The Emergence of Sin: the Cosmic Tyrant in Romans, Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus, co-editor of Envisioning the Good Life: Essays on God, Christ, and Human Flourishing in Honor of Miroslav Volf, and co-author with Miroslav Volf of For the Life of the World: Theology that Makes a Difference and The Hunger for Home: Food & Meals in the Gospel of Luke.
Much of Matthew’s work, from the Life Worth Living program at YCFC to the faith initiative at Grace Farms, operates at the boundaries of religious and ideological identity, helping diverse communities ask the big questions of life across important and enduring lines of difference.
Associate Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture
He works at the intersection of theology, ethics, and cultural criticism. His interests include the theological ethics of humility, the place of eschatology in Christian thought and life, biblical theology, the philosophy of Charles Taylor, and understanding the work of his many teachers. He is author, with Miroslav Volf, of Public Faith in Action and The Home of God: A Brief Story of Everything; and he is co-editor of The Joy of Humility: The Beginning and End of the Virtues and Envisioning the Good Life: Essays on God, Christ, and Human Flourishing in Honor of Miroslav Volf. His scholarly articles have appeared in Modern Theology, The Scottish Journal of Theology, and elsewhere.
A native of Southern California with strong ties to Latin America and sensibility-shaping sojourns in both Buckinghamshire, England and Hanover, NH, Ryan has made his home—with only the slightest reluctance—in New Haven since 2008. Ryan is married to Heidi McAnnally-Linz, and they have two children. They worship with and serve at the Elm City Vineyard in New Haven.
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