Caleb Hendrickson Religious Studies

Caleb Sage Hendrickson

Doctoral Student


  • University of Virginia: PhD in Religious Studies (anticipated completion date: May 2019)
  • Yale Divinity School: MDiv (2013)
  • St. Olaf College: BA in Religion and Studio Art (2009)


My dissertation deals with the thought of Paul Tillich, Franz Rosenzweig, and Karl Barth. I argue that these thinkers represent a visual turn in early modern religious thought. My reading of their repsective early bodies of work (roughly limited to a period between 1914 and 1938) highlights the ways each thinker employs visual motifs in conceiving revelation as a category of religious knowledge. The dissertation aims to situate these major figures within shared traditions of visual thinking and material conditions of visuality. It hopes to demonstrate that theology can be read profitably through the lens of visual studies, and, in turn, that theological reflection can deepen the categories we use to think about images and visuality. 

Research Interests

Religion and art; theology and aesthetics; visual studies; image theory; modern Christian theology; modern Jewish thought  


Head Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia

  • Theology, Ethics, and Medicine, Fall 2015 (James Childress, Nichole Flores)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia

  • The Kingdom of God in America, Spring 2017 (Charles Marsh)

  • Introduction to Western Religious Traditions, Fall 2016 (Heather Warren)

  • New Testament and Early Christianity, Spring 2016 (Janet Spittler)

  • Religion in America Since 1865, Spring 2015 (Heather Warren)

  • Theology, Ethics, and Medicine, Fall 2014 (James Childress) 

Teaching Fellow, Yale Divinity School

  • Faith, Morality, and the Law, Fall 2013 (Cathleen Kaveny)

Papers Presented

  • "The Demonic Arts & The Politics of Critique: Discerning the Spirits of Visual Culture with Paul Tillich." Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Boston, November 2017.  

  • “Theology of the Cross: The Past and Present of God’s Death” (on Eberhard Jüngel's theology of the cross). University of Chicago and Notre Dame Joint Graduate Conference: Theology, Ethics, and the Death of God. University of Chicago, October 2016.

  • “Rosenzweig, the Neighbor, and the Death Drive.” Psychology and the Other conference. Lesley University, Cambridge, Mass., October 2011.


  • Book ReviewProphetic Interruptions: Critical Theory, Emancipation, and Religion in Paul Tillich, Theodor Adomo, and Max Horkheimer (1929-1944) by Bryan Wagoner, Reading Religion, April 2018.