Benjamin Valentin’s teaching and research interests are in contemporary theology and culture, constructive theology, U.S. Hispanic/Latino(a) Christianity and theology, liberation theology, and Christianity in Latin America. In general, his focus is on leading people to explore the possibility of a theological outlook that is responsive to new occasions, challenges, and duties in our late modern era.
He is the author of the award winning Mapping Public Theology: Beyond Culture, Identity, and Difference (winner of the Hispanic Theological Initiative's 2003 Latino/a Book of the Year Award) and, more recently, of Theological Cartographies: Mapping the Encounter with God, Humanity, and Christ (2015). He is also editor of New Horizons in Hispanic/Latino(a) Theology (2003) and In Our Own Voices: Latino/a Renditions of Theology (2010), and co-editor of The Ties That Bind: African American and Hispanic American/Latino(a) Theologies in Dialogue and Creating Ourselves: African Americans and Hispanic Americans On Popular Culture and Religious Expression (2009). Benjamin is currently at work on two book projects. One explores the present and future of theological education in the United States; another explores the musings of Latino/a intellectuals on the relation of religion to American public life.
In 2002 Benjamin established the Orlando E. Costas lectureship in Latino/a religion and theology, a lecture series that he continues to program and direct at Andover Newton Theological School. Benjamin joined the Andover Newton faculty in 2000.
Primary course areas:
Theology and Culture
U.S. Hispanic/Latino(a) Christianity and Theology
Christianity in Latin America
See the Andover Newton course schedule for current course offerings.