Associate Professor of Religion (Aug. 2018-Present)
Assistant Professor of Religion (Aug. 2012-Aug. 2018)
Emory & Henry College
AOS: Christian Theology, Comparative Theology, Continental Philosophy, New Testament.
AOC: Jewish Philosophy and Theology, Hebrew Bible, Islamic Philosophy and Theology, Qur'an.
The University of Virginia
Ph.D. in Religious Studies in the area of Comparative Scripture, Interpretation and Practice (August 2012).
Dissertation: “Kenōsis as Reduction: Toward an Absolute Science of Scripture.”
Yale Divinity School
M.A.R in Biblical Studies.
Thesis: “Philosophy and 20th Century Biblical Hermeneutics.”
Wake Forest University
B.A. with Honors in Philosophy, Minor in Chemistry.
Honors Project: "Alexandre Kojève’s Interpretation of Hegel."
Monographs and Edited Collections (with links)
(2018) The Manifest and the Revealed: A Phenomenology of Kenōsis. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.
(2017) Phenomenologies of Scripture. Fordham, NY: Fordham University Press
Articles and Chapters (with links)
(2018) "Between Transcendence and Immanence: Husserl and Ibn al-'Arabi on the Imagination," Diakrisis, 1:1, May 2018: 165-178.
(2017) "A Tree with Many Branches: Abrahamic Approaches to Interreligious Dialogue," Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, 27:1, 25-44.
(2017) “In the Steps of Pope John XXIII, the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., and Archbishop Romero” (with James Dawsey) in Hoping Against all Hope: Peacebuilding in a Fractious World. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2017
(2016) “The Semiotic Lifeworld of John’s Gospel: A Phenomenological Reading,” Louvain Studies 39 (2015-16): 377-391.
(2014) “Ontological Experience,” Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, 13:1, June 2014.
(2014) “Christianity and Transcendental Phenomenology: An Introduction,” Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, 13:1, June 2014
(2012) “On Ethics and Christianity: Kierkegaard and Levinas,” The Heythrop Journal, 53:1, 71-80.
(2013) “A Genealogy of Marion’s Philosophy of Religion: Apparent Darkness by Tamsin Jones (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2011). vii + 235 pp.” Modern Theology 29:3, June 2013, 407-409.
(2010) “Review of Michel Henry’s Material Phenomenology,” Christianity and Literature 59: 2, Winter 2010, 382-385.
(2018) “Apocalypse and Time,” Western North Carolina Community of Continental Philosophers Meeting, Asheville.
(2017) “Between Transcendence and Immanence: Husserl and Ibn al-‘Arabi on the Imagination,” International Network in Philosophy of Religion, Institut Catholique de Paris.
(2017) “Between Transcendence and Immanence: Husserl and Ibn al-‘Arabi on the Imagination,” Western North Carolina Community of Continental Philosophers, Asheville.
(2017) “A Tree with Many Branches: Abrahamic Approaches to Interreligious Dialogue,” Invited presentation, Dickinson College, Carlisle.
(2016) “Race, Prisons, and the Nation of Islam,” MLK Event, Emory & Henry College, Emory.
(2015) “The Semiotic Lebenswelt of John’s Gospel,” Séminaire international des jeunes chercheurs, Institut Catholique de Paris.
(2015) “In the Steps of Pope John XXIII, the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., and Archbishop Romero” (with James Dawsey), Peace Builders Conference, the Atlantic Institute, Morehouse College, Atlanta.
(2015) “Philosophy and Religion on Contemporary Controversies” (with Brynn Welch), Lyceum Event, Emory & Henry College, Emory.
(2015) “Philosophy and Religion on Free Will” (with Brynn Welch) Lyceum Event, Emory & Henry College, Emory.
(2015) “Philosophy and Religion on Sex and Marriage” (with Brynn Welch) Lyceum Event, Emory & Henry College, Emory.
(2015) “Sin and the Legacy of White Privilege,” MLK Event, Emory & Henry College, Emory.
(2015) “Toward a Concept of Absolute Truth: A Phenomenological Reading of the Gospel of John,” The Phenomenology of Scripture Group, American Academy of Religion Meeting, San Diego.
(2014) “Philosophy and Religion on Death and Afterlife” (with Alma Ramirez and Brynn Welch) Lyceum Event, Emory & Henry College, Emory.
(2014) “Faith and Doubt,” Emory & Henry Encounter Event, Emory & Henry College, Emory. Invited.
(2013) “Ontological Experience,” The Phenomenology and Scripture Group, American Academy of Religion Meeting, Baltimore.
(2013) “11 O’clock Sunday Morning: Race and the Church,” Martin Luther King Day Celebration, Emory & Henry College, Emory. Invited.
(2012) “Introduction” and “Response,” The Phenomenology and Scripture Group, American Academy of Religion Meeting, Chicago.
(2011) “Bracketing Dasein: Crescas and Heidegger on Finitude,” The Phenomenology and Scripture Group, American Academy of Religion Meeting, San Francisco.
(2010) “Introductory Remarks,” The Phenomenology and Scripture Group, American Academy of Religion Meeting, Atlanta.
(2010) “Biblical Reduction,” Meeting of the Northeast Region of the American Academy of Religion, Princeton.
(2010) “Text and Context: A Few Methodological Issues,” UVA-Duke Colloquium, Charlottesville. Invited.
(2009) “Kenosis as Reduction,” American Academy of Religion Meeting, Toronto.
(2009) Response to Rebekah Eklund, UVA-Duke Colloquium, Durham. Invited.
(2018) Reviewer for Modern Theology
(2018) Reviewer for Oxford University Press
(2017) Grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities' "Humanities Connections" program.
(2015) Grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities' "Enduring Questions" program.
(2010-12) Reviewer for the Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture
(2018-) Academic Standards Committee
(2018-) Core Curriculum Revision Committee
(2017-) Faculty Advisor to the Calliopean Literary Society
(2017-) Director of Foundations (core course required of all students)
(2016) Faculty representative on the Academic Strategic Focus Committee.
(2015-) Co-director of the Aristotle Center for Science and the Humanities at Emory & Henry College.
(2014-) Faculty Governance Committee (chair, 2015-16 and 2017-18).
(2013-16) Faculty Admissions and Student Aid Committee (chair, 2014-15).
(2013-14) Faculty representative on the Program Prioritization Committee
(2013-16) Director of Foundations I (common syllabus course required of all students)
RELG 111: World Religions (x13, x2 online)
Important traditions, ideas, and practices of major religions in historical and cultural contexts
RELG 132: New Testament Survey (x3)
The life and teachings of Jesus, the message of Paul, first-century Judaism and Greco-Roman culture, and development of the early Christian Church explored by using modern historical methods
RELG 212: Asian Religions (x3)
Beliefs, scripture, understandings of life, and historical development of Hindusim and Buddhism; Confucianism and Daoism in China; Zen, Shinto and religions of Japan.
RELG 213: Comparative Theology: Abrahamic Traditions (x2)
Study of major theological and philosophical themes in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
RELG 314: Islam (x2)
A historical, theological, and philosophical survey of Islam from its origin to the modern period.
RELG 335: Philosophy of Religion
Critical examination of philosophical problems of religion: nature of religion, religious experience, theistic proofs, religious knowledge, religious language, alternative views of God, problem of evil, relation of religion and value-experience.
ETLA 100: Transitions I (x2— "Faith and Atheism" and “Dismantling Racism”)
This course introduces students to the concepts and methods of a liberal arts education, teaches students to use different methodological proficiencies to explore and analyze complex ideas, encourages students to develop their curiosity and creativity, and urges students to take responsiblity for their own learning. Each section of the course focuses on a different topic, theme or idea.
ETLA 101: Foundations I (x4)
Introduction to selected fundamental questions raised by texts and other cultural sources. Examination of ideas and practices from pre-history into the sixteenth century CE.
ETLA 311: The Gospel of John in Context (x2)
A study of the Gospel of John in its literary, religious, philosophical, and socio-historical contexts. This course is motivated by the following questions: How does John relate to other gospels? To what degree does John appropriate Greco-Roman philosophy, religion, and economic structures? For what sort of religious community was John written? What is John's rhetorical purpose?
(2018) Exemplary Teaching Award from the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
(2017) Curriculum Development Grant from Emory & Henry College. ($2,000)
(2014-15) Planning Grant from the Teagle Foundation to support the Aristotle Center for Science and the Humanities at Emory & Henry College. ($25,000)
(2013) Maurice L. Mednick Memorial Grant for Research at the Eugen-Fink-Archiv (Freiburg, Germany). ($2,000)
(2010) University Grant for Dissertation Research in France. ($5,000)
(2004-2007) Sullivan Scholarship at Yale Divinity School.
(2005) Two Brothers Fellowship for study at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. ($5,000)
(2003) Dean’s Honor Scholarship at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. (Declined)
(2001) Honors in Philosophy at Wake Forest University.
(2000) One of eight students in the US (the first from Wake Forest University) to be awarded the Eastern Analytical Symposium Undergraduate Student Award.
(2000) Wake Forest University Chemistry Department Research Grant.