Dr. Stulting

Claude Stulting

Associate Professor of Religion

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Dr. Stulting is Associate Professor of Religion. A native of Charlottesville, VA, he has taught at Furman since 1984.

Dr. Stulting enjoys and values interdisciplinary study, and this is reflected in the courses that he teaches: Religion and Art, which investigates the intersection of religious and aesthetic experience in Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam; Religion and Literature, which explores the way in which literature opens readers up to the sacramental imagination; and Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem, one of his newer courses, which uses detective stories to examine the nature of narrative and how narrative is a fundamental way of creating identity and meaning.


  • Ph.D. University of Virginia
  • M.Div. Duke University
  • B.A. University of Virginia

Research Interests

His current research focuses on the prelapsarian books of John Milton’s’ epic, Paradise Lost, and how they reflect the fourth century Greek Fathers’ sense of nature as a sacrament. He has published articles on Milton’s epic, and he frequently presents papers at meetings of both the International Milton Symposium and the International Orthodox Theological Association.

Representative Publications

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“‘New heavens, new earth’: Apocalypse and the Loss of Sacramentality in Milton’s Paradise Lost,” published in Milton and the Ends of Time, ed. Juliet Cummins (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003) 

“Theosis and Paideia in the Writings of Gre¬gory of Nyssa and the Prelapsarian Books of Milton’s Paradise Lost,” published in Living Texts: Interpreting Milton, ed. Charles W. Durham and Kristin A. Pruitt (London: Associated University Presses, 2000)

"Différance and the Deus Absconditus: The Satanic Predica¬ment in Paradise Lost," pub-lished in “All in All": Unity, Diversity, and the Miltonic Perspective, ed. Charles W. Durham and Kristin A. Pruitt (London: Associated University Presses, 1999)

Additional Professional Activity

Dr. Stulting frequently directs both semester and May study away programs. He has directed May X programs to Turkey; southern Italy & Sicily; Greece; Russia; Israel & Jordan; and Italy & Switzerland. He has also directed semester programs to India and to Turkey, Greece, and Italy. Dr. Stulting greatly enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for travel study with students.