Faculty Scholarship: Religion

Dr. An

 

Dr. An
Assistant Professor of Religion


B.A., Presbyterian College

M. Div., San Francisco Theological Seminary

Ph.D., Drew University
 

 

Dr. Robbins



Jeffrey W. Robbins

Professor Religion & Philosophy

B.A. Baylor University
M.Div.
Texas Christian University
M.Phil.
Syracuse University
Ph.D.
Syracuse University

 

His area of specialization is in continental philosophy of religion. His teaching interests include contemporary religious thought, philosophy of religion, world religions, Christianity, Islam, and religion and politics. In addition to teaching courses in religion, he also is the director of the American Studies program and the Undergraduate Research Symposium, and the Faculty Mentor for the Allwein Scholars Program. He was awarded the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Outstanding Teaching at LVC in 2005. He is a Fellow of the Westar Institute where he actively participates in the ongoing seminar on “God and the Human Future,” and is an affiliated faculty member of the Global Center for Advanced Studies.

Dr. Sayers



Matthew Sayers

Associate Professor Religion & Philosophy

B.A. University of Maryland Baltimore County
M.A.
Florida State University
Ph.D.
University of Texas at Austin

 

Matthew R. Sayers earned his Ph.D. in Asian Cultures and Languages at The University of Texas at Austin. His work focuses on the relations between the living and the dead and his research includes the Hindu and Buddhist traditions in ancient India as well as the later history of and contemporary practice at the pilgrimage site Gaya in Bihar, India. His book, Feeding the Dead: Ancestor Worship in Ancient India, discusses the development of ancestral rites from the Veda to the formative stages of Hinduism and is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He is currently working on the development of Gaya as a pilgrimage place in the Puranic period. He teaches across the religion curriculum, including special courses on Evil, Death and Dying, and Scripture, and also teaches introductory Sanskrit.

Dr. Schade

Leah D. Schade
Adjunct Instructor in Philosophy

M.Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Ph.D., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

The Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, Ph.D. is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America serving as the Pastor of United in Christ Lutheran Church in rural Lewisburg, PA, in the Upper Susquehanna Synod (USS). She earned her doctorate from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (where she received her Master of Divinity in 2000), having completed her dissertation focusing on homiletics (preaching) and ecological theology (caring for God’s creation). Her forthcoming book, "Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecological Theology and Homiletics," will be published by Chalice Press in the fall of 2015. She is also an anti-fracking activist and advocate for environmental justice issues, and is a trained workshop leader for Lutherans Restoring Creation, a grassroots movement helping congregations learn how to “go green.”

Dr. An's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2017 Celebration

An, Y. (2016). The decolonial abyss: Mysticism and cosmopolitics from the ruins.  New York: Fordham University Press.

Dr. Robbins' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2017 Celebration

Blanton, W., Crockett, C., Robbins, J. W. & Vahanian, N. (2016). An insurrectionist manifesto: Four new gospels for a radical politics. New York: Columbia University Press.

Robbins, J. W. (2016).  The invisibility of intellectual freedom. Continental Thought and Theory, 1(1), 25-28.

Robbins, J. W. (2016). Radical theology: A vision for change.  Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Robbins, J. W. (2016).  “Renewing materialism: Gianni Vattimo and Santiago Zabala and the hermeneutical option for the poor."  Philosophy Today, 60(3), 687-702. 

Dr. Robbins' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2016 Celebration

Crockett, C., & Robbins, J. W. (13 October 2015). A radical theology of the future: Five theses. Palgrave Communications, 1(15028).  doi:10.1057/palcomms.2015.28

Robbins, J. W. (2015). Response: On the virtue and variety of movement(s). In J. Rieger, & E. Waggoner (Eds.), Religious experience and new materialism: Movement matters (pp. 157-172). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Robbins, J. W. (2015). Changing ontotheology: Paul Tillich, Catherine Malabou, and the plastic God. In R. Re Manning (Ed.), Retrieving the radical Tillich: His legacy and contemporary importance. (pp. 159-178). N.Y.: Palgrave.

Robbins, J. W. (2015 November). Denostalgizing the secular: A response to navigating the boundaries of the 'religious' and 'secular' in contemporary social and political circumstances. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, Ga.

Robbins, J. W. (2015, April). The secret of the cross and the lynching tree. Paper presented at the Society for Race, Ethnicity and Religion, Denver, Colo.

Robbins, J. W. (2015, November 20). Paul Tillich and the plastic being of God. Paper presented at the Westar Institute, Taking the Scholarship of Religion Public, Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Robbins' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2015 Celebration

Crockett, C., Putt, B. K., & Robbins, J. W. (Eds.). (2014). The future of continental philosophy of religion. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Robbins, J. W. (2014). The death of God and the politics of democracy. In D. Peterson, & M. Zbaraschuk (Eds.), Resurrecting the death of God: The past, present, and future of radical theology (pp. 105-124). Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Robbins, J. W. (2014). Necessity as virtue: On religious materialism from Feuerback to Zizek. In C. Crockett, B. K. Putt & J. W. Robbins (Eds.), The future of continental philosophy of religion (pp. 229-241). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Robbins, J. W. (2014). Unearthing the dead: A more radical Paul and more insurrectionary politics. Syndicate, 1(4), 58-62.

Robbins, J. W. (2014, Forthcoming). Louis Armstrong: A rhapsody on repetition and time. In M. Grimshaw (Ed.), The counter-narratives of radical theology and popular music: Songs of fear and trembling (pp. 81-94). Palgrave Macmillan: New York.

Dr. Robbins' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2014 Celebration

Crockett, C., Putt, B. K., & Robbins, J. W. (2014). Introduction: Back to the future. In C. Crockett, B. K. Putt & J. W. Robbins (Eds.), The future of continental philosophy of religion (pp. 1-18). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Karkov, N., & Robbins, J. W. (2013). Decoloniality and crisis: An introduction. Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, 12(14), 1-10.

Robbins, J. W. (2013). Reinterpreting the reckless mind: The political becoming of hermeneutics? In S. Mazzini (Ed.), Weakening communism? Reading Vattimo and Zabala.  New York: Palgrave McMillan.

Robbins, J. W. (2013, Forthcoming). Louis armstrong: A rhapsody on repetition and time. In M. Grimshaw (Ed.), Heaven knows I’m miserable now: Religion and popular music.  New York: Palgrave.

Robbins, J. W. (February 15-17, 2013). The post-secular and pluralization of political theology. Plenary Session of the 7th Annual Telos Conference, New York, NY.

Robbins, J. W. (Forthcoming, 2013). "Necessity as virtue: On religious materialism from Feuerbach to Žižek. In C. Crockett, B. K. Putt & J. W. Robbins (Eds.), The future of continental philosophy of religion. Bloomington, IN:  Indiana University Press.

Dr. Robbins' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2013 Celebration

Crockett, C., & Robbins, J. W. (2012). Religion, politics, and the earth : The new materialism. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, Projected Date: 1211.

Robbins, J. W. (2011). Alain badiou and the secular reactivation of theology. The Heythrop Journal, XLVII, 1-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2265.2011.00695.x

Robbins, J. W. (2011). Too hard to believe? A reading of religious eclecticsm in yann martel's life of pi. The Journal of Religion and Society, 13

Robbins, J. W. (2012). Minimal or maximal? richard rorty, gianni vattimo, and the contemporary theological critique of secular reason. Avello Publishing Journal, 2(1), 1-16.


 

Dr. Robbins' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2012 Celebration

Robbins, J. W. (2010). Thinking transcendence with levinas: From the ethico-religious to the political and beyond. Analecta Hermeneutica, 2, 1-22.

Robbins, J. W. (2010). Richard Rorty: A philosophical guide to talking about religion. In R. Rorty. An ethics for today: Finding common ground between philosophy and religion (pp. 8-23). New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Robbins, J. W. (2011). God is green; or, a new theology of indulgence. In D. Bowman, & C. Crockett (Eds.), Cosmology, ecology, and the energy of God (pp. 151-162). New York, NY: Fordham University Press.

Robbins, J. W. (2011). Radical democracy and political theology. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Robbins, J. W., & Rodkey, C. (2010). Beating 'God' to death: Radical theology and the new atheism. In A. Amarasingam (Ed.), Religion and the new atheism: A critical appraisal (pp. 25-36). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

Dr. Sayers' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2014 Celebration

Sayers, M. R. (2013). Feeding the dead: Ancestor worship in ancient india. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Dr. Sayers' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2013 Celebration

Geary, D., Sayers, M. R., & Amar, A. S. (Eds.). (2012). Cross-disciplinary perspectives on a contested buddhist site. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

Sayers, M. R. (2012). Claiming modes of mediation in ancient hindu and buddhist ancestor memorial ritual. Journal of Ritual Studies, 26(1), 5-18.

Dr. Sayers' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2012 Celebration

Sayers, M. R. (2010). Gaya-Bodhgaya: The origins of a pilgrimage complex. Religions of South Asia, 4(1), 9-25. doi:10.1558/rosa.v4il.9

Dr. Schade's Scholarship and Pedagogy 2015 Celebration

Schade, L. D. (2014). Into—and out of—the fiery furnace: The role of religion in the grassroots effort to stop a tire burner. New Life Theological Journal, 4(1), 33-47.

Schade, L. D. (2014, November 1). Into—and out of—the fiery furnace: The role of religion in the grassroots effort to stop a tire burner. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Indianapolis, IN.

Schade, L. D. (2014, November 21). I am water, I am waiting: An ecofeminist hermeneutic for preaching as the character of water in John 4:1-42 (The woman at the well). Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Homiletics, San Diego, CA.

Schade, L. D. (2014, November 25). Is Romans 8:18-25 truly a green text?: An ecofeminist critique. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA.

Dr. Sayers' Scholarship and Pedagogy 2016 Celebration

Sayers, M. R. (2015, June). The Śrāddha: The development of ancestor worship in classical Hinduism. Religion Compass,

9(6), 182-197.