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New Ph.D. Concentration in History of Christianity and Historical Theology

April 5, 2012

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is excited to introduce a new doctoral concentration starting in the fall of 2012. The Ph.D. in History of Christianity and Historical Theology, the newest of six concentrations, will focus on historical themes, issues, and methodologies in religious studies. Students in the program will have the opportunity to study a major historical emphasis and minor in another theological discipline or earn the seminary’s certificate in African American Studies.

Originally housed within the concentration Theology, Ethics, and History, the creation of the History of Christianity and Historical Theology concentration was approved by the faculty in February 2012.  This track will prepare persons for teaching in theological seminaries and undergraduate church-related colleges, as well as for denominational leadership, and productive scholarship.  When asked about this newly-created concentration, Dr. Jack Seymour, professor of religious education and director of the Ph.D. program, said, “The History of Christianity and Historical Theology concentration will draw a cohort of students interested in areas of Early Church, Reformation, Methodism, and the African American Church.  It will creatively combine the resources of historical and theological studies. ”           

The core faculty for this concentration includes: Dr. Jim Papandrea, assistant professor of church history (early church); Dr. Anna Johnson, assistant professor of reformation history; and Dr. Larry Murphy, professor of the history of Christianity (modern church history).  Supporting faculty, who maintain specializations in Wesleyan and Methodist studies, evangelism, global Christianity, and world religions, will aid in providing a broad range of support to meet the needs of students in this Ph.D. concentration.

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