B.A.Wheaton College

M.Div. Princeton Theological Seminary

Ph.D. University of Notre Dame


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CV for Dr. Kantzer Komline


  • TH100 Church History I
  • TH113 Systematic Theology I
  • TH532 Augustine of Hippo: His Life and Thought
  • TH533 From Africa to Anatolia: Mothers and Fathers of the Church
  • TH536 What Does it Mean to Be Human? Help from the Early Church
  • TH124 Credo
  • TH126 Summative Evaluation (for MA students)

Speaking Engagements

June 27, 2023 – Radboud University

“Apologists for Innovation: Justin Martyr, Irenaeus of Lyons, and Clement of Alexandria as Defenders of the ‘New.’” Anchoring Innovation Project. Focus Point: Anchoring Religious Change in Late Antiquity.

Han-luen Kantzer Komline

Professor of Church History and Theology

Han-luen Kantzer Komline joined the faculty at Western Theological Seminary in 2014.  She is the author of Augustine on the Will: A Theological Account (Oxford University Press, 2020), which received the Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise in 2020.  Her research focuses on early Christian theology.  Many of her publications concern topics in Augustine or his relationship to other thinkers, ranging from Ambrose and Cyprian to Karl Barth and Marilynne Robinson.  She has also published on more recent figures such as John Calvin, Jürgen Moltmann, and Erich Przywara.  Kantzer Komline’s research has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Commission (2008-2009), the Louisville Institute (2015-2017), the Augustinian Institute at Villanova (2020), and the Humboldt Foundation (2022-2023).  Her current book project, The Idea of the New in Early Christian Thought, analyzes how Christians of late antiquity conceptualized and defended the innovative character of the Christian faith.

Dr. Kantzer Komline serves as a co-editor of the International Journal of Systematic Theology, on the steering committee of the Development of Early Christian Theology section of the Society for Biblical Literature, and as an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America.

“I see my vocation at Western Theological Seminary as Elizabethan.  The biblical character Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist.  She raised up a herald of the kingdom of heaven.  My task is to nurture and raise up women and men who will lead the church in mission by doing what John the Baptist did, joyfully welcoming and proclaiming the coming of Christ.”