Dr. Jane Barter

Religion and Culture

Jane Barter Title: Professor
Office: 4M34
Building: Manitoba Hall
Phone: 204-789-1453


Jane Barter is originally from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She earned her BA in English at Dalhousie (1991), her Master’s degree from the Atlantic School of Theology (1994), and her PhD from the University of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto (2004).  Her research interests include Christian political thought, feminist theory, and continental philosophy of religion. She is particularly interested in the manner in which religions can give rise to social and political change. 

She has published two monographs of Christian Theology: Lord, Giver of Life (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006) and Thinking Christ: Christology and Contemporary Critics (Fortress Press, 2011). Barter has also edited two scholarly volumes: The Future of Theological Education in Canada (Toronto Journal of Theology, 2008) and Kenneth Hamilton’s The Doctrine of Humanity in the Theology of Reinhold Niebuhr (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013). She has published several articles in feminist theory and religion in journals such as The Journal of the Mothering Initiative, Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, Scottish Journal of Theology, and Canadian Woman Studies/cahiers de la femme.  She is fond of long walks with her Lhasa Apso/soul mate, Scruffy.

Teaching Areas:

Christianity, Modern Jewish and Christian Thought, (Western) Religion and Feminism.

  • Atheism, Skepticism and Religion (REL-2304)
  • Early and Medieval Christianity (REL-2305)
  • Religion and Moral Issues (REL-2425)
  • Modern Christian Denominations (REL-2605)
  • The Problem of Evil (REL-3/4504)

Research Interests:

Augustine, Early Christian thought, feminist theory, Religion and Continental Philosophy, Postmodern theory, Religion as a source for political and social change.


Thinking Christ by Jane Barter MoulaisonBarter, Jane. “The Language of Lament and Love: On Women’s Discourse and Hidden Capital.” The Journal of the Mothering Initiative, 3.2 (2013): 33-48.

________. Thinking Christ: Christology and Contemporary Critics. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012.  

________. “He Who Brings Light to Dark Places: Christ and the Redemption of Memory.” In the Church Made Strange for the Nations: Essays in Honour of Harry Huebner. Eds. Paul Doerksen and Karl Koop. Princeton: Pickwick Publishing, 2011. 

________. “Bodies without Borders: Desire and Abjection in Recent Theologies of Sexuality.” In Human Sexuality and the Nuptial Mystery. Ed. Roy Jeal. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2010. 

________. “Missteps on The Way to Nicea: A Critical Reading of Lonergan’s Theory of the Development of Nicene Doctrine.” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses. 38/1 (2009): 51-69. 

_________. “Our Bodies, Our Selves? The Body as Source in Feminist Theology.” Scottish Journal of Theology 60/3 (2007): 341-359.

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