Dr David H. Nikkel

  • Professor of Religion & Department Chair
  • Philosophy and Religion , UNCP
  • david.nikkel@uncp.edu
  • 910-521-6892
  • Sampson 113
  • Pembroke NC 28372

David H. Nikkel received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Yale University, a Master of Divinity degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University. He is ordained in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. Prior to coming to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, he taught at several universities and pastored several United Methodist Churches. His scholarly interests include theology, philosophy of religion, and the dialogue between science and religion.

There are 16 included publications by Dr David H. Nikkel :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
Dealing with Religious Relativism in the Classroom 1998 3123 Religious relativism often manifests itself in student essays and discussion in religious studies classes. This article sets forth issues and methods conducive to engendering critical awareness of the religious relativism endemic to contemporary ...
Discerning the Spirits of Modernity and Postmodernity 2007 2834 I characterize controlling pictures or assumptions and concomitants of first modernity and then postmodernity. In brief, these assumptions are the possibility of absolute transcendence of one’s body, language, and culture versus the inescapability o...
Humanity and Divinity as Radically Embodied 2006 1493 Pursuant to the Philosophical and Theological Foundations of the Science and Religion Dialogue, this essay will develop an anthropological theory I call "radical embodiment," a biologically informed theory of human nature, rationality, and meaning. ...
The Mystical Formation of Paul Tillich 2006 4928 This article takes up the biographical and philosophical task of examining how Tillich’s life experiences encouraged him to valorize mysticism and to construe the mystical and its implications in a distinctive manner. These experiences tend to fall ...
Negotiating the Nature of Mystical Experience, Guided by James and Tillich 2007 3180 The nature of mystical experience has been hotly debated. Essentialists divide into two camps: 1) immediate identity beyond any subject-object structure 2) the mystical object maintaining some distinctness at the point of contact. Paul Tillich’s mys...
Negotiating the Nature of Mystical Experience, Guided by James and Tillich 2010 25 The nature of mystical experience has been hotly debated. Essentialistsdivide into two camps: 1) immediate identity beyond any subject-object structure 2)the mystical object maintaining some distinctness at the point of contact. PaulTillich’s mystica...
Panentheism 2003 5622 Defines “panentheism” in relation to divine immanence, transcendence, and all-inclusiveness, while noting distinctions between God as including whole and creatures as included parts, both in terms of attributes and mutual freedom. Panentheism’s affir...
Panentheism in Hartshorne and Tillich 1995 8288 This work in philosophical theology argues that the concept of panentheism (literally, “all [is] in God”) is crucial for understanding Tillich’s doctrine of God, as it painstakingly explicates relevant Tillichian expressions, including his famous cla...
Polarities in Tillich’s Thought on Revelation in the World Religions 2000 4073 This article explores the polarity in Tillich’s thought of the finality of divine revelation in Jesus Christ versus the reality of the revelation of the ultimate in every major world religion. In turn Tillich’s understanding of the polarity of absolu...
The Postmodern Spirit and the Status of God 1994 3113 The postmodern spirit has challenged modern standards of truth and selfhood. This paper overviews possible responses to this postmodern spirit regarding the concept of God (including rejection of any such concept). It argues that a fairly traditional...
Rebalancing the Poles in Mark C. Taylor’s (A)Theology. 2013 19 Mark C. Taylor’s After God offers resources for constructive theology, or (a)theology, asit develops an ontology of complexity. Taylor posits two poles pertaining to self-organizingwholes: (1) that of the formation of structures and (2) that of desta...
St. Augustine and the Goodness of Creaturely Existence 1978 3578 Augustine's life and writings can be viewed as a struggle between denying and affirming bodily existence in time. Related to this is the question of how created goods are to be appreciated and valued in relation to enjoying and loving God. Stages in ...
Teaching Two Classics in Religion/Theology and Culture 2013 20 I regularly teach undergraduates about two ofPaul Tillich’s most accessible works: The Courageto Be and Theology of Culture. The former serves asone of three primary source texts in the course,“Modern Religious Thought,” while the latter is oneof two...
Tillich’s ‘God above God’ after Mark Taylor’s After God 2010 16 In his book After God, Mark C. Taylor has continuedto move beyond his deconstructive phase witha creative theological and metaphysical effort centeringon complex systems. While judging that traditionalconcepts of God no longer speak to our age,Taylor...
Updating Tillich on Religion and Art 2011 19 Paul Tillich wrote much about art and religioussymbolism and experience. Despite the diversity of these writings, one can discern a positing of three basic artistic styles: idealism, naturalism, and expressionism—the latter divided into a negative va...
The Varieties of Mystical Experience: Paul Tillich and William James 2006 2751 Paul Tillich and William James both offer rich resources for thinking about mysticism, religious faith, the nature of the object of religious faith, and the ultimate meaningfulness of life. While there are interesting similarities in their efforts, b...