Faculty & Staff News

Monthly updates from Candler faculty and staff.

November 2023

James T. and Berta R. Laney Professor in Moral Leadership Robert M. Franklin, Jr. was quoted in the recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution article “Jewish and Muslim faith leaders grapple with how to support congregants.” Read the story here.

Robert W. Woodruff Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Christian Origins Luke Timothy Johnson will give the 2023 Drumwright Lecture at Baylor University on November 7 on “The New Testament Scholar and the Church: A Way Forward?”

Associate Professor of American Religious History Helen Jin Kim was quoted in the October 18 Christianity Today story “As Asian American Christians Decline, Most ‘Nones’ Still Feel Close to Religion.” Read the article.

Associate Dean of Faculty and Charles Howard Candler Professor of Divinity Ted A. Smith will present the lecture “Affordances for Theological Education in An Age of Individualization” at Boston University on November 2 in partnership with public radio station WGBH. Learn more.

Assistant Professor of Early Christianity and Anglican Studies Gabrielle Thomas was interviewed by NPR about the impact of the 1973 movie The Exorcist and what theological lessons might be gleaned from it. Read/listen to the story.

Thomas was also featured on the podcast The Leader’s Way from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale about fourth century Christians’ understanding of the devil. Listen here.

Professor of Hebrew Bible Jacob L. Wright’s newest book, Why the Bible Began: An Alternative History of Scripture and its Origins (Cambridge University Press, 2023) was released on October 19. A book launch with Wright in conversation with Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling Gregory C. Ellison II took place on October 26 at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.

Wright was featured on a recent episode of the podcast Martini Judaism with Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, sponsored by Religion News Service, covering Israel, Hamas, the Bible and trauma.

Wright’s book has also been selected as one of five in the religion category in Publisher’s Weekly list of “Best Books of 2023.”