Global Center for Religious Research
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    Patristic Exegesis: The Myth of the Alexandrian-Antiochene Schools of Interpretation
    Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry 1 (2): 155-176. 2019.
    The notion that there existed a distinction between so-called “Alexandrian” and “Antiochene” exegesis in the ancient church has become a common assumption among theologians. The typical belief is that Alexandria promoted an allegorical reading of Scripture, whereas Antioch endorsed a literal approach. However, church historians have long since recognized that this distinction is neither wholly accurate nor helpful to understanding ancient Christian hermeneutics. Indeed, neither school of interpr…Read more
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    Responses to the Religion Singularity: A Rejoinder
    with Kenneth W. Howard
    Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry 1 (1): 51-74. 2019.
    Since the publication of Kenneth Howard’s 2017 article, “The Religion Singularity: A Demographic Crisis Destabilizing and Transforming Institutional Christianity,” there has been an increasing demand to understand the root causes and historical foundations for why institutional Christianity is in a state of de-institutionalization. In response to Howard’s research, a number of authors have sought to provide a contextual explanation for why the religion singularity is currently happening, includi…Read more
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    What is the Socio-Historical Method in the Study of Religion?
    Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry 2 (1): 1-15. 2020.
    The purpose of this article is to answer what the socio-historical method is when applied to the study of religion, as well as detail how numerous disciplines contribute to its overall employment. In the broadest definition possible, a socio-historical study of religion coalesces the aims, philosophies, and methodologies of historiography with those of the social and cultural sciences, meaning it analyzes the interpretation and practice of religion through the lens of social/historical contexts,…Read more