Steve Haynes

Steve Haynes

Professor of Religious Studies, Albert Bruce Curry Professor of Religious Studies

Stephen R. Haynes holds a Ph.D. in Religion and Literature from Emory University, the M. Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, an M. A. from Florida State University, and a B. A. from Vanderbilt University. Professor Haynes has been at Rhodes since 1989 and offers courses on the Holocaust, the Bible and its reception, religion and reconciliation, and religion and addiction. In addition to these subjects, he has research interests in Jewish-Christian relations, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the biblical justifications for slavery and segregation. Dr. Haynes was ODK Untenured Teacher of the Year at Rhodes in 1993 and SGA Outstanding Faculty Member in 1995. In 1997 he received the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research and in 2001 was awarded the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching. He is also a graduate of Leadership Memphis. Since 2016 he has directed the Rhodes Liberal Arts in Prison Program at West Tennessee State Penitentiary.


The Battle for Bonhoeffer: Debating Discipleship in the Age of Trump (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018).

Prospects for Post-Holocaust Theology: ′Israel′ in the Theologies of Karl Barth, Jürgen Moltmann, and Paul van Buren, American Academy of Religion Academy Series, Volume 77 (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1991).

To Each Its Own Meaning: An Introduction to Biblical Criticisms and Their Application, edited with Steven L. McKenzie (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1993; second revised edition, 1999).

Reluctant Witnesses: Jews and the Christian Imagination, Macmillan Studies in Literature and Religion (London: Macmillan, 1995; Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1995).

Holocaust Education and the Church-Related College: Restoring Ruptured Traditions, Christianity and the Holocaust: Core Issues Series (New York: Greenwood, 1997).

The Death of God Movement and the Holocaust: Radical Theology Encounters the Shoah, edited with John K. Roth (New York: Greenwood Press, 1999).

Noah’s Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery, Religion in America Series (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002).

Professing in the Postmodern Academy: Faculty and the Future of Church-Related Colleges, Religion and Higher Education Series (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2002).

The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon: Portraits of a Protestant Saint (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).

The Bonhoeffer Legacy: Post-Holocaust Perspectives (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2006).

Bonhoeffer for Armchair Theologians (co-authored with Lori Brandt Hale) (Lousiville: Westminster/John Knox, 2008).

The Last Segregated Hour: The Memphis Kneel-Ins and the Campaign for Southern Church Desegregation (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).


Ph.D., Emory University
M.Div., Columbia Theological Seminary
M.A., Florida State University
B.A., Vanderbilt University