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 treats the theologies of Paul Tillich, Franz Rosenzweig, and Karl Barth. It focuses on major works produced by each thinker during the interwar years (roughly 1918-1939). I pay attention to metaphors of vision and sight as they come to shape each thinker's view of revelation, and, in turn, history, time, and reason. The project aims to situate these major figures of twentieth-century religious thought within shared traditions of visual thinking and material conditions of visuality. It hopes to demonstrate that theology can be profitably read through the lens of visual studies, and that religious discourse can help deepen the categories we use to think about visuality and the nature of the visual image. 

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.