Caleb Sage Hendrickson

Doctoral Student


  • University of Virginia: PhD in Religious Studies (Theology, Ethics, and Culture)
  • Yale Divinity School: MDiv (2013)
  • St. Olaf College: BA in Religion (2009)


My dissertation approaches the theologies of Paul Tillich, Franz Rosenzweig, and Karl Barth as modern attempts to retrieve a normative concept of the eternal. I consider the structures of theological imagination employed in this re-thinking of the eternal alongside modernist understandings of the visual image developed in early twentieth century aesthetics and art history. I propose that Tillich, Rosenzweig, and Barth share in an eternalist imagination deeply entangled with distinctly modernist presumptions regarding art, visuality, and the image. 

Research Interests

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


Instructor, University of Virginia

  • Religion, Art, and the Imagination, Summer 2018 (upcoming)

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.