Nebraska Authors

Donald Eric Capps

Born 1939-01-30 Omaha, NE (USA)

Died 2015-08-26
Trenton, NJ (USA)

Capps was a theologian who wrote, co-authored, edited and co-edited dozens of books and journal issues and published more than one hundred chapters, articles, and reviews in books and journals. He was particularly concerned with the psycho-historical analysis of faith and vocational struggles.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE
Portland, OR
New Haven,CT
Chicago, IL
Lincoln, NE
Princeton, NJ

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Theology; Psychology of Religion


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1960, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR
Master of Sacred Theology Degree, 1965, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT
Ph.D., 1970, University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, IL
Honorary Ph.D., University of Uppsala, SWEDEN


Professor of Theology
Book Review Editor for the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Ordained Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Places Worked

University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, IL (1969-74)
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ


He was the William Harte Felmeth Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary
William F. Bier Award for contribution to Psychology of Religion, 1995, American Psychological Association
Joseph A. Sittler Award for Theological Leadership, 2003, Trinity Lutheran Seminary


Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, President


Religious Personality. 1970.
The Biographical Process. 1976.
Psychology of Religion: A Guide to Information Sources. 1976.
Encounter With Erikson: Historical Interpretation and Religious Biography. 1977.
Life Cycle Theory and Pastoral Care. 1983.
Deadly Sins and Saving Virtues. 1987.
The Hunger of the Heart: Reflections on the Confessions of Augustine. 1990.
Reframing: A New Method in Pastoral Care. 1990.
The Depleted Self: Sin in a Narcissistic Age. 1993.
The Poet's Gift: Toward the Renewal of Pastoral Care. 1993.
The Child's Song: the Religious Abuse of Children. 1995.
Social Phobia: Alleviating Anxiety in an Age of Self-Promotion. 1999.
Jesus: A Psychological Biography. 2000.
Freud and Freudians on Religion: A Reader. 2001.

Published many other books and articles.

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