Dr. Anton Jacobs

Dr. Anton Jacobs

Associate Professor

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Dr. Jacobs has been teaching for almost thirty years. He also served concurrently about twenty-five years as a United Church of Christ pastor. Besides teaching and pastoring, he has worked as a newspaper editor, columnist, truck driver, sales clerk, psychiatric technician, short-order cook, and car hop. He is originally from St. Louis, MO, but has lived in Louisville, KY, South Bend, IN, Vienna, Austria, and Kansas City, MO. His wife Jean and he have been married twenty-eight years; he has five grown step-children and six step-grandchildren. He plays tennis and softball, enjoys movies, and likes reading, studying, and writing.


Ph.D. – University of Notre Dame (sociology [religion, family, social theory])

MA. – University of Louisville (sociology [labor studies])

M.Div. – Eden Theological Seminary (theology)

B.A. – University of Missouri—St. Louis (sociology)

Courses taught

Social Problems & Law Enforcement; Social Problems; Introductory Sociology; Social Theory & Democracy; Philosophy of Human nature; Class & Inequality in America; Social Issues of Development; Social Conflict Analysis; Psychology of Religion; Sociology of the Family; Sociology of Cults; American Decisions & Developing Nations; A Critique of Contemporary Cultural Idols; Public Decision-making in America; Christian Faith & Social Science; Social Scientific Study of Religion; Law & Society; Foundations of Modern Social Theory; Social Theory; Social Conflict, War, & Terrorism; Religion & the Critical Mind; Plato; Western Thought; Eastern Philosophy & Religion; Intercultural Communications; Methods of Social Research; Cultural Anthropology

Research Interests

Intellectual history; urban & rural sociology; cultural anthropology; sociology of religion; social theory; local history


Review of Theology in a Social Context: Sociological Theology, Vol. 1 by Robin Gill in Religious Studies Review, vol. 39, no. 3, September 2013.

Review of Secularization: In Defence of an Unfashionable Theory, by Steve Bruce in Religious Studies Review, vol. 39, no. 2, June 2013.

Introductory Sociology: An Interactive Text. With Anthony J. Blasi. San Diego, CA: National Social Science Press, 2013.

Religion and the Critical Mind: A Journey for Seekers, Doubters, and the Curious. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2010.

Editor and translator (with Anthony J. Blasi and Mathew Kanjirathinkal), Sociology: Inquiries into the Construction of Social Forms (Soziologie: Untersuchungen über die Formen der Vergesellschaftung) by Georg Simmel. Leiden: Brill, 2009.

Review of Labor of Fire: The Ontology of Labor Between Economy and Culture by Bruno Gullì in Humanity & Society, vol. 32, no. 1, February 2008.

"The New Right, Fundamentalism, and Nationalism in Postmodern America: A Marriage of Heat and Passion." Social Compass, 53(3), 2006, 359-368.

"'We’re all brothers! All worm meat!' A Consideration of Kazantzakis’ Zorba the Greek in the Quest for the Just Society." Contemporary Justice Review, 8/2 (June 2005): 229-237.

“The Politics of Philanthropy: The Contrasting Styles of Pendergast and Volker.” Kawsmouth. 4/1 (Summer-Autumn 2002): 5-17.

"Ideology, Self-Esteem, and Religious Doctrine: Toward a Socio-Psychological Understanding of the Popularity of Evangelicalism in Modern, Capitalist America." Ultimate Reality and Meaning: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Philosophy of Understanding. 13/2 (June 1990): 122-133.

Review of The Church as a Social Institution by David O. Moberg in Sociological Analysis vol. 46, no. 4, Winter 1985.

"Nietzsche and Contemporary Meta-Science: Contributions to the Interpretive Turn." Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, vol. 9, no. 1, Fall/Winter 1981/82.

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Religion; American Anthropological Association; American Philosophical Association; American Sociological Association; Midwest Sociological Society


English, German

Intercultural Experience

Three years residence in Austria; study stays in Germany, Mexico, and Japan; travels to Ireland, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Lichtenstein, India, Israel, Canada, Hungary, and Italy.

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