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Terrence Lindvall

Terrence Lindvall

C.S. Lewis Endowed Chair in Communication and Christian Thought
Professor of Communication

Degrees Held

B.A., Vanguard University
M. Div., Fuller Seminary
Ph.D., University of Southern California

Office Location: Clarke Hall 107 - CSRF
Phone: 757-455-3277
- Communication
- Religious Studies

Lindvall occupies the C. S. Lewis Chair of Communication and Christian Thought at Virginia Welseyan College, since 2006.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, his MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his BA in Literature/Biology from Vanguard University; he has taught at Azusa Pacific University, Wheaton College, and Regent University.  He was also a Visiting Professor at Duke University School of Divinity and the Walter Mason Fellow in Religious Studies at the College of William and Mary. He also slummed as a former president of Regent University for four years where he was called "Peck's Bad Boy.".

Lindvall, Terry.  w/Chris Lindvall and Dennis Bounds. Divine Film Comedies: Biblical Narratives, Film Sub-Genres, and the Comic Spirit. New York: Routledge, 2016. 

Lindvall, Terry.  God Mocks: A History of Religious Satire from the Hebrew Prophets to Stephen Colbert. New York: New York University Press, 2015.

Lindvall, Terry. with John Lawing A Mirror for Fools: An Illustrated Alphabet of Religious Satire. Virginia Beach: Koehler Books, 2015.

Lindvall, Terry w/ Caroline Lindvall. The Girl Who Couldn't Laugh.  Hastings-on-the-Hudson: Newington Cropsey, 2012. 

Lindvall, Terry w/ Andrew Quicke. Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry: 1930-1986. New York: New York University Press, 2011. 

Lindvall, Terry. Sanctuary Cinema: Origins of the Christian Film Industry. New York: New York University Press, 2007.

Lindvall, Terry. (DVD executive producer w/ Barbara Newington and Adelia "Dolly" Rasines) Cradle of Genius. Hastings-on-the-Hudson: Newington Cropsey, 2003. 

Lindvall, Terry. The Silents Of God: Selected Issues & Documents In Silent American Film & Religion, 1908-1925. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2001.

Lindvall, Terry. The Mother of all Laughter: Sarah & the Genesis of Comedy. Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2003.  

Lindvall, Terry. Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C. S. Lewis. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Press, 1996.   

Lindvall, Terrence R., William J. Brown, and John D. Keeler. "Audience Responses to The Passion of the Christ." Journal of Media and Religion 6.2 (2007): 87-107.

Lindvall, Terry, ed. Opening the Doors: Faith and Literature. Boston: Beford/St. Martin Press, 2008.

Lindvall, Terry. "Silent Cinema and Religion: An Overview (1895-1930)." The Routledge Companion to Religion and Film. Ed. John Lyden. New York: Routledge, 2009.

Lindvall, Terry. "God in the Saddle: Silent Western Films as Protestant Sermons." Australian Religious Studies Review 21.3 (2009): 318-344.

Lindvall, Terry."Local Television Evening News." State of the Region: Hampton Roads 2008. Ed. James V. Koch. Old Dominion University, 2008.

Lindvall, Terry. "Sundays in Norfolk: Toward a Protestant Utopia Through Film Exhibition in Norfolk, Virginia, 1910-1920." Going to the Movies: Hollywood and the Social Experience of Cinema. Eds. Richard Maltby, Melvyn Stokes, and Robert Allen. Exeter, UK: University of Exeter Press, 2008. 76-93.

Lindvall, Terry. "Cinema Virtue, Cinema Vice: Race, Religion, and Film Exhibition in Norfolk, Virginia, 1908-1922." Hollywood in the Neighborhood: Historical Case Studies of Local Moviegoing. Ed. Kathryn Fuller-Seeley. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2008. 91-103. 

Lindvall, Terry. "Moving from Film to Digital Movies." Understanding Evangelical Media: The Changing Face of Christian Communication. Eds. Quentin J. Schultze and Robert H. Woods. Downers Grove, IL:InterVarsity Press, 2008. 58-70.

Publisher's Desk: New Books by Terry Lindvall

VWC religious studies and communication professor brings religion, history and humor to recent trio of works

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Tpc: Sitcoms;Seminar in C S Lewis;Seminar in C S Lewis;HNRS: Seminar in C S Lewis;HNRS: Seminar in C S Lewis;Methodism;TU: Tpc:The Inklings


Sem:Fairy Tales:Media & Cultu;Saints & Heretics: Chr Hist I;Tpc: Theology and Humor;Tpc: Theology and Humor;HNRS: Tpc: Theology and Humor;HNRS: Tpc: Theology and Humor


Tpc: Walt Disney's America