Daniel F. Eppley, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion, Department Chair
Livingston Hall 320
I am the Chair of the Department of Religion and a Professor of Religion. I received my Ph.D. in History of Religion in the West from the University of Iowa in 2000, and I have been at Thiel since 2007.
I enjoy exploring religion and culture from a variety of perspectives with students in my classes at Thiel. Among the classes I teach are a survey of the Western Humanities, Interpreting the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, World Religions, History of Christianity, and Religion in the United States.
My research focuses on the interpretation of the Bible and the relationship between religion and politics in England in the 1500s, the time of Martin Luther, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Shakespeare. I have published numerous essays and a book, Defending Royal Supremacy and Discerning God's Will in Tudor England (2007), on this topic, and in 2013 I was honored to be recognized as the Thiel Distinguished Scholar of the Year. My current research is focused on introducing insights from the late-1500s into discussions of authority in modern Christian churches.