David Mahan Lecturer in Religion and Literature. A graduate of Yale Divinity School in religion and literature (1995) and winner of the Religion and the Arts Prize, Dr. Mahan has focused on the relationship between works of the literary imagination and the tasks of Christian theology. His doctoral research at the University of Cambridge specifically explored the connection between poetic form and the witnessing aims of a responsive theological discourse. He published his dissertation under the title “An Unexpected Light”: Theology and Witness in the Poetry and Thought of Charles Williams, Micheal O’Siadhail, and Geoffrey Hill (2009). In addition to numerous papers and book reviews, his essay “‘A summons to try to look, to try to see’” appears as a chapter in the collection Musics of Belonging: The Poetry of Micheal O’Siadhail (2007). His article “Hearts of Stone and Feet of Clay: Geoffrey Hill’s Troubled Pilgrims” appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of Christianity and Literature, and his most recent article, “Poetry and the Complexities of Remembrance: An Appeal,” appeared in the Autumn 2014 issue of Milin Havivin. Having served as a campus minister at Yale since 1987, Dr. Mahan is currently the Executive Director of the Rivendell Institute at Yale, a Christian research and study center founded in 1995.
B.A. Miami University of Ohio; M.A.R. Yale University; Ph.D. University of Cambridge