Mary Gaebler


Professor Gaebler teaches in the area of theological ethics. Her work emerges from a preliminary interest in Martin Luther, the Protestant Reformation, and Lutheran theology.  Teaching and research interests include theological anthropology and the related issues of identity and human agency.  Of particular interest is the formation of "self" and the challenge of difference, particularly the personal and social challenges raised by religious differences of "ultimate concern." Professor Gaebler has a growing interest in theological issues related to consumerism, environmental degradation and the economic/social effects of a globalized capitalism. Publications include, The Courage of Faith: Luther and the Theonomous Self (Fortress Press, 2013),  "U.S. Property Law Reconsidered in Light of the Lutheran Finitum Capax Infiniti," Lutherans and the Law, (Eerdman's 2015), "Luther on the Self" Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 2002; and a review of "Law and Protestantism: The Legal Teachings of the Lutheran Reformation" by John Witte Jr. in the Journal of Lutheran Ethics, Feb. 2004.

An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Gaebler also worked as a professional singer/actress in the New York musical theater for 10 years prior to joining the Church and going on to seminary and further graduate study. She taught at Concordia College, Moorhead before joining the Gustavus community. At Gustavus since 2003.


B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1974; M.Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 1990; S.T.M., M.A., Ph.D.,Yale, 1991, 1994, 2003

Courses Taught


REL-123 (Faith, Religion, and Culture) and REL-243 (Ethics and Medicine)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
REL-123Faith, Religion, and Culture392014/FA, 2014/SP, 2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2004/SP, and 2003/FA
REL-233Christian Social Ethics102014/SP, 2013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, and 2004/SP
E/M-251Ethics in Business and Economics102010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2006/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, and 2005/SP
REL-262God & Gender42014/FA, 2012/FA, 2010/FA, and 2004/FA
FTS-100FTS:Affluenza32013/FA, 2011/FA, and 2008/FA
REL-162How Much Is Enough?32011/JN, 2006/JN, and 2004/JN
REL-282Perspectives on Evil, Sin, and Suffering12009/SP
REL-209Acting and Ethics12005/JN