About Caryn Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition. She is Professor of Religion and also teaches Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has worked for over a decade teaching undergraduates to think critically and creatively about religion. She earned her Ph.D. and Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, holds a master’s degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and received her B.A. from Augustana College in her childhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Trump. Women Know “That Guy”

His response to a woman’s charge that his buddy assaulted her begins and ends with defending his buddy. We know that guy. He stages a made-for-tv apology reminiscent of an intimate abuser after publicly berating a woman for doing her job. We know that guy. He uses and abuses women who are, aren’t, and might [Read More…]

An Interfaith Leader’s Twelve-Step Response to the Pulse Massacre

In an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education today, Eboo Patel says: “An interfaith leader is someone with the vision, knowledge base, and skill set to create the spaces, organize the social processes, and craft the conversations such that people of different religions can share a common life together.” While the essay doesn’t talk [Read More…]

Hello, Christians Who Still Don’t Get Feminism

Recently, I sat down with Josh deKeijzer at HelloChristian.com for an interview about feminism and Christianity. Josh took the opportunity to ask me some of the main questions that Christians who remain skeptical or outright hostile to feminism still have. As much as I can’t believe that there are still people who think feminism is [Read More…]

16 Questions About Feminism & Christianity Answered

Though I wrote the book about eight years ago, I find myself still and once again answering basic questions that Christians have about feminism, and that feminists have about Christianity. This time, it is in preparation for an interview with another website. I’ll share more from that piece once it is published, but thought I’d go [Read More…]

#BlackLivesMatter in Barbershop’s Love Letter to Chicago

I spent five formative years in my mid-twenties living in Hyde Park on the South Side, learning about racial divides and economic stratification in ways that only Chicago can teach. And Barbershop: The Next Cut is above all else a love letter to Chicago. The film finds Calvin’s barbershop sharing space with Angie’s beauty shop [Read More…]

Prince Was My Third Tween Love (the naughty one)

After memorizing every word of every song on my Rick Springfield cassette tape of Living in Oz, and mooning over my poster of Michael Jackson in his yellow sweater-vest, I came of a certain-age knowing that there was something dangerous and the right amount of naughty about Prince. I knew that he was a different kind [Read More…]

Gender Theory & Religion, Brought to You by E!

How many viewers of reality shows on the E! Channel have studied gender theory? Thought about the religious roots of homo- and trans-phobia? Taken white male privilege seriously as a factor in shaping political alignment and the worldview of a trans* woman? Given serious consideration to how drag can be a deeply insulting to one [Read More…]

Finding Common Humanity with an Outlaw Christian

“Do you ever feel mad at God? Filled with doubt and questions?” So begins this compelling book trailer for Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith By Breaking the “Rules.” Dr. Jacqueline A. Bussie, director of the Forum on Faith and Life and Professor of Religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, follows up her Trinity Prize [Read More…]

Queering Difference, Correcting Coakley

The following is an excerpt of my discussion of Linn Marie Tonstad’s new book, God and Difference, published in full over at FeminismandReligion.com last month. [Read more…]

Water, Water, Everywhere: On Death, Flint & “Formation”

Consider images of water flooding recent news and pop culture: Parents holding up baby bottles filled with brown water. Black and brown children with invisible toxins running through their veins, attacking their futures. Families paralyzed, unable to sell houses hooked up to poisonous infrastructure. A police car submerged in water. Ladies in formation dancing in [Read More…]


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