The Rev. Thomas L. Holtzen, PhD

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The Rev. Thomas L. Holtzen, PhD

Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology

tholtzen@nashotah.edu | (262) 646-6524

PhD, Systematic Theology, Marquette University
MA, Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
BA, University Studies in Theology, University of Nebraska—Lincoln

Get to Know Fr. Holtzen

Fr. Holtzen has a passion for teaching classical theology as practical learning for life and ministry. He teaches both Systematic and Historical Theology at Nashotah House. His professional interests include Christian doctrine, especially the Trinity, Incarnation, soteriology, grace, justification, sacramental theology, Anglican theology, and the theologies of Sts Augustine and John Henry Newman. He teaches elective courses such as “Augustine,” “The Trinity,” “Newman’s Lectures on Justification,” “The Theology of Richard Hooker,” “The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion,” and “Anglican Eucharistic Theology.” He has written many academic articles for publication, given numerous papers at academic conferences, and written a number of pieces for popular publications.

Since his ordination in 2003, Fr. Holtzen has served as an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Milwaukee. He is priest-in-charge at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ashippun, Wisconsin, one many area churches founded as missions by Nashotah House over 150 years ago. He served on the Diocese of Milwaukee’s Task Force on Human Sexuality, co-authoring the report. He served as a retreat leader.

Some of Fr. Holtzen’s personal interests include ultralight backpacking, farming, fishing, camping, woodworking, and poetry.

Selected Publications

  • Articles and Book Chapters
    • - “Unity and Diversity in Anglican and Lutheran Ecclesiology” in Church as Fullness in All Things: Recasting Lutheran Ecclesiology in an Ecumenical Context. Ed. Jonathan Mumme, Richard J. Serina, Jr., and Mark Birkholz (New York: Lexington/Fortress, 2019), 189–204.

    • - “The Anglican Via Media: The Idea of Moderation in Reform.” Journal of Anglican Studies 17/1 (May 2019): 48–73.

    • - Préface to John Henry Newman, Conférences sur la Doctrine de la Justification (Paris: Ad Solem), 2017, i–xxiv.

    • - "Newman’s Interpretation of Luther: A Reappraisal,” Theological Studies 78/1 (March 2017): 121–146.

    • - "Edward Bouverie Pusey (1800–1882),” In Karla Pollmann and Willemien Otten, eds. Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine from 430 to 2000. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

    • - “Sacramental Causality in Hooker’s Eucharistic Theology,” Journal of Theological Studies, NS, 62, 2 (October 2011): 607–648.

    • - “Newman’s Via Media Theology of Justification,” Newman Studies Journal 4/2 (Fall 2007): 64–74.

    • - “The Therapeutic Nature of Grace in St. Augustine’s De Gratia et Libero Arbitrio,” Augustinian Studies 31/1 (2000): 93–115.