Faculty News

July 24, 2014

Faculty Contribute to New Biblical Resource

Five Candler faculty have contributed to the development of Bible Odyssey, a new educational website designed to make the Bible more accessible to the general public.

Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament Carol A. Newsom, Professor of Old Testament Brent A. Strawn, Candler Associate Professor of Old Testament Joel M. LeMon, and Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible Jacob L. Wright  wrote articles for the site, and R.W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins Luke Timothy Johnson served as a consultant on the project. Strawn and Wright also served on the editorial board.


July 17, 2014

Long's Latest Book Takes Silver

Tom LongCandler’s Bandy Professor of Preaching Thomas G. Long has received a new accolade for his most recent book.

The Good Funeral: Death, Grief and the Community of Care won the silver award in the religion category at Foreword ReviewsIndieFab Book of the Year Awards. The honorees were announced June 27 at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

IndieFab winners were selected by a group of librarians and booksellers from around the country, and exemplify the best work coming from today’s independent authors and publishers.


April 30, 2014

Franklin Quoted in Story on Election Rigging in Nigeria

Robert M. Franklin Jr., Candler’s incoming holder of the James T. and Berta R. Laney Chair in Moral Leadership, was quoted in an article reporting on a speech by the leader of Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress (APC) warning against rigging in upcoming elections. The article appeared in the April 24 edition of The Punch, a daily newspaper in Nigeria.

In his speech, APC head Asiwaju Bola Tinubu warned that any who rig upcoming gubernatorial elections in the Nigerian states of Ekiti and Osun, would be “roasted.” Tinubu went on to criticize government corruption, unemployment and economic disparity, and the rise of terrorism in the northeast region of Nigeria.

Franklin, who was visiting Nigeria at the time, acknowledged that inequality is a real threat to democracy not only in Nigeria, but in Africa as a whole.

“Unless plans for a democratization of opportunity and a shared prosperity are in place, as Nigeria’s economy grows and the West African region becomes more robust, we could see vast inequalities in wealth and power that have occurred in western industrial nations.”

Read the full article: http://www.punchng.com/news/tinubu-warns-pdp-against-rigging-in-ekiti-osun/


April 24, 2014

The Role of Religious Ritual

Nichole Phillips

Dr. Nichole R. Phillips, Assistant Professor of Religion and Human Difference, was interviewed for an article in Emory Report exploring the power of religious rituals to create social cohesion and dismantle barriers.

In the classroom, Phillips' students examine the "socially transformative nature of rituals," leading one student into a study of the tradition of the "welcome moment" at her home church in North Carolina.

"We deal with very real, contemporary issues and look for the answers religion and theology brings to those perspectives," Phillips explained. "The classes enable them to draw on their personal experiences and backgrounds. I provide the tools for them to go out into the community and look for answers."

Phillips is a recipient of the Humanistic Inquiry Program Fellowship, a grant program of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that aims to strengthen the humanities and expand interdisciplinary inquiry at Emory University.

Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/1mJgny7 


March 3, 2014

One Nation Under God: Exploring America's Religious Fervor

praying-man.jpg E. Brooks Holifield, Charles Howard Candler Professor of American Church History, Emeritus, wrote an article featured on Huffington Post's Religion section exploring America's focus on religion, especially compared to that of other Western powers.

"Many Western Europeans think of Americans as hopelessly, bafflingly, and dangerously, religious. Many Americans think of Western Europeans as distressingly, inexplicably, and unrelentingly, secular," writes Holifield. 

Originally appearing on Emory University's blog Sacred Matters, Holifield's article looks to America's history for answers to its religious leanings.