Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Joel Okamoto

Scripture References in this Resource

Romans 9:4b; Acts 4:12; Romans 1:5; John 14:6; Acts 26:17; 18; Romans 3:25; Hebrews 2:17; John 3:18; 1 Corinthians 1:21b; Romans 10:13-14a; Isaiah 53:5; Judges 6:25; Deuteronomy 12:2; Exodus 34:13; Deuteronomy 34:10-25; Exodus 20:2-17; Exodus 34:14; 1 Peter 2:13-14; Proverbs 14:34


Oswald, Timothy J. “Christian Navy Chaplains and the Challenge of Expanding Religious Pluralism.” D.Min. Major Applied Project, Concordia Seminary – St. Louis. 2013. 245 pp.

Navy chaplains are expected to facilitate for the religious needs of those from other faiths. For chaplains who believe in the exclusivity of the Christian religion, this can create theological and even personal tensions about support for religious practices which the chaplain believes to be false.

This project explores those tensions and proposes ways to help exclusivist Navy chaplains navigate them. The final ministry product is a Power Point® brief. It draws from bibliographic research, a survey of some Navy chaplains and selected interviews to argue that chaplains can serve in ways that are respectful, legal, and yet theologically faithful.

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