Associate Professor of Moral Theology

Matthew J. Tuininga

Biography

Education
B.A., History (Covenant College, 2004)
M.Div. (Westminster Seminary California, 2009)
Ph.D., Religion, Ethics and Society (Emory University, 2014)

Matt began teaching at Calvin Theological Seminary in 2016. He previously taught at Emory University and Oglethorpe University, in Atlanta, Georgia, and at Sewanee, University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee. His research focuses on religion, society and politics in American history. He is currently writing a book entitled The Wars of the Lord: The Puritan Conquest of America’s First People, a narrative of religion, colonialism, and race in early America. His first book, Calvin’s Political Theology and the Public Engagement of the Church: Christ’s Two Kingdoms, was published with Cambridge University Press in 2017. He is the editor of On Charity and Justice, a volume of Abraham Kuyper’s collected works in public theology, forthcoming with Lexham Press in 2021. He has also written a number of journal articles and book chapters on Christianity and slavery before the Civil War and on the history of Reformed political thought.

Matt teaches courses in ethics, history, and political thought. He formerly worked as a legislative correspondent for a Member of Congress and as a counter-terrorism intelligence analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Matt and his wife Elizabeth have three children.