As Director, Kyle's vision for the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (TMTC) is twofold: to deepen TMTC's key relationships in Toronto, particularly with the seven member colleges that comprise the Toronto School of Theology (TST), and to collaboratively expand TMTC's service to a wider Anabaptist/Mennonite constituency across North America and beyond. Kyle's research and teaching is in the area of systematic and philosophical theology. His first monograph, published as The Architectonics of Hope: Violence, Apocalyptic, and the Transformation of Political Theology, offers a genealogical reconstruction of the manner and extent to which the work of the German jurist and sometime Nazi apologist, Carl Schmitt, continues to have largely unrecognized and deeply troubling effects on contemporary political theology. His current research builds on this work by investigating the enormously contested theopolitical legacy of the great German idealist G. W. F. Hegel. He holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Conrad Grebel University College where he teaches in the Master of Theological Studies program and is also Crosslisted Faculty with graduate status at the Toronto School of Theology, where he serves on doctoral thesis committees and sits on TST's Academic Council. During his graduate studies in England, Kyle was active in the UK Anabaptist Network and co-authored the book God after Christendom? Upon his return to Canada he was a TMTC Postdoctoral Fellow from 2014–2017.
Graduate—Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo
Special Topics in Theological Studies: Evil, Suffering, God
Undergraduate—University of Manchester
Introduction to the History of Philosophy
Problems in Theology, Philosophy, and Ethics
From Religion to Politics
The Architectonics of Hope: Violence, Apocalyptic, and the Transformation of Political Theology, Theopolitical Visions, Foreword by Cyril O’Regan. Eugene: Cascade Books, 2017.
God After Christendom? Milton Keynes: Paternoster Press, 2015; Eugene: Cascade Books, 2017.
“Beauty and its Violences.” Political Theology vol. 17, no. 4 (July 2016): 316-36.
“The Recovery of Contestation and the Apophatic Body of Christ: Engaging Graham Ward’s The Politics of Discipleship.” Radical Orthodoxy: Theology, Philosophy, Politics vol. 2, no. 2 (June 2014): 291-97.
“The Architectonics of Hope: Apocalyptic Convergences and Constellations of Violence in Carl Schmitt and Johann Baptist Metz.” Telos no. 160 (Fall 2012): 53-76.
“Capitalism and Catholicity: Ecclesiological Reflections on Alain Badiou’s Pauline Universalism.” New Blackfriars vol. 92, no. 1041 (September 2011): 574-90.
Selected Conference Presentations
“‘I will put enmity between you…’: Scriptural Arcana in Carl Schmitt’s Political Theology.” Invited paper delivered at the Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture, North Park Theological Seminary, 28 September 2018.
“God after Christendom?” Invited lecture presented as part of the inaugural webinar series of the Centre for Anabaptist Studies, Bristol Baptist College, 2 June 2014.
“Jurist, Nazi, Theologian?: Carl Schmitt and the Re-emergence of Political Theology.” Invited paper presented at TMTC's Scholar’s Forum, University of Toronto, 24 September 2014.
“Beauty and its Violences: On the Mythical Investiture of the Poetic.” Paper presented at the Religions & Theology Postgraduate Seminar, University of Manchester, 30 May 2012.
“Trinitarian Metaphysics as Political Theology: Investigating John Milbank’s Schmittian Theo-Logic.” Invited paper presented at the Religions & Theology Research Seminar, University of Manchester, 16 December 2010.
“The Tragic Configuration of Johann Baptist Metz’s New Political Theology.” Paper presented at the American Academy of Religion conference, Atlanta, USA, 31 October 2010.
“On the Apocalyptic Re-emergence of ‘Political Theology’ in Late Modernity.” Paper presented at “Religion and Modernity in a Secular City,” Berlin, Germany, 17 September 2010.
“Tarrying with Hegel’s Legacy: Questioning the Conservative/Critical Dichotomy in the Political Theologies of Carl Schmitt and Johann Baptist Metz.” Paper presented at “Messianism – Jewish and Christian Perspectives”, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 13 July 2010.
“The Origins of ‘Radical Orthodoxy’ in John Milbank’s Theology and Social Theory.” Invited paper presented to the Faculty Working Group, Katholische Akademie in Berlin, Germany, 22 September 2009.
“Capitalism and Catholicity: Reflections on Alain Badiou's Pauline Universalism.” Paper presented at “The Grandeur of Reason: Religion, Tradition and Universalism,” Rome, Italy, 3 September 2008.
“Interrogating the Monstrous: Expropriating Alain Badiou’s Vulnerable Universalism.” Paper presented at “Saint Paul's Journeys into Philosophy,” Vancouver School of Theology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 5 June 2008.
Scholarships and Awards
Overseas Research Studentship, Higher Education Funding Council for England, 2008–2013
University Research Scholarship, University of Manchester, 2008–2013
Canadian Centennial Scholarship, Canadian High Commission, 2009–2011
Summer University Scholarship, Central European University, 2010
Visiting Research Fellowship, Katholische Akademie in Berlin, 2009
Responding to Excellence in the Arts Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Nottingham, 2006–2007