Dr. Marvin Anderson

Sessional Instructor 



B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) Trinity College, Chicago
M.A. Religious Studies, Mundelein College, Chicago
Ph.D. Theology, University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto

Personal statement

I am delighted to be teaching the online course on Mysticism and Monasticism in Context: Love, Longing, and Belonging for AST this summer. Given the ever-rising threat of Covid-19, we turn to the pool of wisdom of “that great cloud of witnesses” among the medieval women mystics who not only endured pandemics, but systemic silence and suppression. Their courageous voices have stood the test of time to anchor us amidst the chaos of our turbulent world with their inspired teachings of divine love, freedom and joy.

Courses taught on the history of Christianity

Society, Culture, and Religion in the Renaissance and Reformation; Late Medieval Mysticism and the Roots of Dissent; Spiritual Forerunners of the Reformation; Early Church History; Luther; Witches, Mystics and Free Spirits

Previous teaching positions

Sessional Lecturer, Department of History, University of Toronto
Sessional Lecturer, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
Visiting Instructor, Chair of Town and Country Ministries, Saint Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri
Sessional Lecturer, Emmanuel College, Knox College, and Toronto School of Theology

Research interests

Import of late medieval Rhineland German mysticism and spiritual movements, i.e., the Beguines, Marguerite Porete, Meister Eckhart, Johannes Tauler and Henry Suso on the sixteenth-century Radical Reformation          

Organizer of major international conference

Coordinated the 32nd annual meeting (2019) of The Eckhart Society in Leeds, U.K. (http://www.eckhartsociety.org) on the topic: “Eckhart and the Radical Reformation.” All the papers, including his own paper, have been published in Medieval Mystical Theology.

Relevant link on personal website to course: http://www.ruraljustified.com/Course2.html

Recent publications

  • “‘Hearing the Inner Word’: The Eckhartian Roots of Radical Dissent and ‘Enthusiasm,’ Medieval Mystical Theology, vol. 29/2, 2020.
  • “Fighting the Thirty Years’ War on Two Fronts: Religious Intolerance and Militant Nationalism as Threats to Christ’s Presence in the World,” in Reframing Reformation: Understanding Religious Difference in Early Modern Europe, ed. Nicholas Terpstra (Toronto: CRRS, 2020).

Academic Societies

  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Sixteenth Century Society and Conference
  • The Eckhart Society U.K.