Religion


EASTERN ORTHODOXY

Sex, Christians, and the Church:
An Outline Guide Based on Scripture and Christian Tradition 

This topical guide contains a plethora of relevant Biblical verses and theological teachings on the issue of sex and homosexuality.  The outline is designed with large, bold headings to provide topical summaries and enable users to locate material quickly.  My comments are printed in green type.

What is Orthodox Christianity?

Eastern Orthodoxy is often difficult to describe to those who have never attended an Orthodox parish.   This primer is a two-sided, trifold brochure intended for visitors to my parish.  It highlights some of the basic theological and liturgical elements of the faith.
  

 
ISLAMIC STUDIES

Life of Muhammad:  A Descriptive Chronology Based on the Quran, Early
Muslim Biographies, and Canonical Traditions (with Glossary)

This seven page chronology includes detailed descriptions of selected events in Muhammad's life which are not normally found in a basic timeline.  A glossary of Arabic terms is appended. 

Are Islamists Conducting a New Jihad against the West?

The Islamic doctrine of Jihad comes to us only in bits and pieces through the media. Here is a more complete overview based on the work of a respected, Muslim, religious and legal scholar. Jihad cannot be separated from other Islamic beliefs. Since it is based directly upon the example of Muhammad, it is woven into the very fabric of Islam.


For those who are interested in the potential impact of Islam on American society, this essay clearly explains the causes and principles that motivate Islamic extremism, and how these differ from the Judeo-Christian ideals of Western democracy.  
The article also describes the threat that radical Islam poses to Western culture and draws an important distinction between Islamism as a political philosophy and peace loving Muslims who have embraced democracy.  
If you are not familiar with the political theology of Islam, or have wondered why radical Muslims hate the U.S., this article will be an eye opener (hint: it has little to do with our foreign policy).  For those who want to dig deeper, there are over 100 references embedded in the footnotes.

Outline of Islam: An Analytical Index of Key Concepts & Major Articles 
(companion to A Dictionary of Islam, by Thomas Patrick Hughes)

A Dictionary of Islam, by Thomas Patrick Hughes (1885), is an exposition of the traditional beliefs of  Islam, drawn primarily from the Quran and the Hadith (traditions).  Though published over 125 years ago, it remains an invaluable guide for understanding the theology, traditions, and practices which underlie Wahhabism, Salafism, Islamic jihad, and Islamic law (shariah).  The work is still in print and is also available on the web.

Many of the articles in the Dictionary are encyclopedic in length.  However, they are organized alphabetically, which is not conducive to a methodical study of Islam.  The Outline of Islam enables users of the dictionary to research the Muslim faith systematically and topically under numerous categories.  

CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY

Below is a list of my published works in Christian theology and history.  Journal articles in the New Mercersburg Review are available online (Lancaster Theological Seminary).  See also the resources from the Mercersburg Society. 


Major Works
The Interior Sense of Scripture:  The Sacred Hermeneutics of John W. Nevin (Mercer University Press, 1998).

 Annotated Index of Authors and Works of the Ante-Nicene, Nicene, and Post-Nicene Fathers.  In The Ante-Nicene Fathers, 10: 267-399 (Hendrickson, 1994).

"The Dynamic Realism of Mercersburg Theology:  The Romantic Pursuit of the Ideal in the Actual" (Dissertation, Marquette University, 1994). Director: Patrick Carey.


Book Essays & Reviews

"Word," in Tradition and Trajectory:  The Mercersburg Movement in the 21st Century, Theodore Trost, ed. (forthcoming).

"Philip Schaff:  An Evangelical's Non-Evangelical."  Review of Cosmos in the Chaos:  Philip Schaff's Interpretation of Nineteenth-Century American Religion by Stephen R. Graham. Evangelical Studies Bulletin 13 (Summer 1996): 3-4.

"Nevin's Idealistic Philosophy," in Reformed Confessionalism in Nineteenth Century America:  Essays on the Thought of John Williamson Nevin, Arie J. Griffioen and Sam Hamstra, Jr., eds.  American Theological Library Association Monograph Series (Scarecrow Press, 1995).


Journal and Magazine Articles


“Mercersburg Now: The Present and Future of Mercersburg Theology.”  The New Mercersburg Review 27 (Fall, 2000): 4-33.

"Mercersburg and Contemporary Thought:  The Incarnation as Meta-Narrative."  The New Mercersburg Review 20 (Fall, 1996): 29-52.

"Hermeneutics and the Rule of Faith: An Ancient Key to Biblical Interpretation," Premise II (9), October 19, 1995. 

"Before Mercersburg: Nevin's Philosophy."  The New Mercersburg Review 17 (Spring, 1995): 15-24.

"Nevin & Coleridge."  The New Mercersburg Review 17 (Spring, 1995): 59-63.


Dictionary Entries (selected)

"Nevin, John Williamson," "Schaff, Philip," and "Neander, Augustus," in Biographical Dictionary of Christian Theologians, Patrick W. Carey, ed. (Greenwood Press, 2000).

"John Nevin," and "F.A. Rauch," in The Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography:  1730-1860, Donald Lewis, ed. (Basil & Blackwell, 1995).