Areas of Expertise
Modern Russian theology and Russian religious philosophy.
History of Christianity, with focus on church councils and ecclesiastical decision-making.
Russian, Ukrainian and Baltic civilization.
Modern religious thought.
Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
Conciliarism: A History of Decision-Making in the Church. Cambridge University Press, 2012. 289 pp.
Modern Russian Theology: Bukharev, Soloviev, Bulgakov. Orthodox Theology in a New Key. Edinburgh: T&T Clark; Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000. 443 pp.
Change and Tradition in Russian Civilization. Westland, Michigan: Hayden-McNeill Publishing, Inc., 1994; rev. ed., 1995. 138 pp.
Holy War and Pentecostal Peace. New York: The Seabury Press, 1983. 162 pp.
See Curriculum Vitae for complete list of publications.
Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
RELIGION COURSES: TI 250: Religions of the World. RL 304: Book of Psalms. RL347: History of Christianity. RL 372: Mysticism. RL 391-392: Seminar on Religion and World Civilization.
HONORS COURSES: HN 110-111: Faith, Doubt and Reason (Honors First Year Seminar). HN 200: Hugo's Les Miserables and Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago (In-depth Honors Seminars).
BUTLER SEMINAR ON RELIGION AND WORLD CIVILIZATION: founder, frequent contributor.
CENTER FOR FAITH AND VOCATION: faculty coordinator, chair of supervisory committee.
Attending ballet, theater and musical events.
Birding and hiking.
B.A. (English), Williams College, 1965.
M.A., Ph.D. (Religion), Columbia University, 1968, 1974.
Association Memberships (professional/educational)
American Academy of Religion.
Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies.
American Society of Church History.
Columbia University, Department of Religion, Instructor and Assistant Professor, 1971-1982.
Dean of University College, Butler University, 1982-1987.
Associate Professor and Professor of Religion, Butler University, 1982-present (McGregor Professor in the Humanities since 1993).