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(p. xii) Contributors

(p. xii) Contributors

William J. Abraham is the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

Bill T. Arnold is vice president of academic affairs and professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at Asbury Theological Seminary. Arnold has authored or edited eight books, including most recently Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books (co-edited with H. G. M. Williamson; 2005) and Who Were the Babylonians? (2004). He is also co-editor for the New Cambridge Bible Commentary Series and is at work on the Genesis volume for that series.

Richard Bauckham is professor of New Testament Studies and Bishop Wardlaw Professor in the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His books include The Theology of the Book of Revelation (1993), The Climax of Prophecy: Studies in the Book of Revelation (1993), The Theology of Jürgen Moltmann (1995), and (with Trevor Hart) Hope against Hope: Christian Eschatology at the Turn of the Millennium (1999).

William C. Chittick is professor of religious studies in the Department of Asian and Asian-American Studies at Stony Brook University. He has published twenty-five books on Islamic intellectual history, including The Sufi Path of Love: The Spiritual Teachings of Rumi (1983), The Self-Disclosure of God: Principles of Ibn al-'Arabi's Cosmology (1998), and The Heart of Islamic Philosophy (2001).

Robert G. Clouse has been professor of history at Indiana State University for forty-five years. He is the author of The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views (1977), The End of Days: Essential Selections from Apocalyptic Texts (2007), and, with Bonnidell Clouse, Women in Ministry: Fours Views (1989). He is also the pastor of the First Brethren Church in Clay City, Indiana.

John J. Collins is Holmes Professor of Old Testament Criticism and Interpretation at Yale University. His books include a commentary on The Book of Daniel (Hermeneia series; 1993), The Scepter and the Star: The Messiahs of the Dead Sea Scrolls (1995), and The Apocalyptic Imagination (rev. ed., 1998). He has served as editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature, as president of the Catholic Biblical Association (1997) and as president of the Society of Biblical Literature (2002). He is co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Apocalypticism (1998). (p. xiii)

William Lane Craig is a research professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He has authored or edited more than thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological Argument; Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology; Time and the Metaphysics of Relativity; and Einstein, Relativity, and Absolute Simultaneity. He has published more than a hundred articles in professional journals, many of which are available online at

Brian E. Daley, SJ, is the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1964. Besides writing many articles on Patristic theology, he is the author of The Hope of the Early Church: A Handbook of Patristic Eschatology (rev. ed., 2003) and Gregory of Nazianzus (2006).

Stephen T. Davis is Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College. A graduate of Whitworth College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Claremont Graduate University, Davis is the author of more than seventy scholarly articles and the author or editor of fifteen books. His books include Risen Indeed: Making Sense of the Resurrection (1993), God, Reason, and Theistic Proofs, and Christian Philosophical Theology (OUP, 2006).

Douglas Farrow is a Catholic theologian and associate professor of Christian thought at McGill University in Montreal. He taught formerly at King's College, London. Representative publications include Ascension and Ecclesia (1999) and Recognizing Religion in a Secular Society (2004).

David Ray Griffin is professor of philosophy of religion and theology, emeritus, at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, where he remains one of the co-directors of the Center for Process Studies. His thirty-two books include Religion and Scientific Naturalism: Overcoming the Conflicts (2000), Reenchantment without Supernaturalism: A Process Philosophy of Religion (2001), Two Great Truths: A New Synthesis of Scientific Naturalism and Christian Faith (2004), Deep Religious Pluralism (ed., 2005), and Whitehead's Radically Different Postmodern Philosophy (2007).

Paul J. Griffiths was born and educated in England and has lived since 1980 in the United States, where he has held academic positions at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago. Since 2000, he has held the Schmitt Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. His most recent books are Lying: An Augustinian Theology of Duplicity (2004) and (with Reinhard Huetter) Reason and the Reasons of Faith (2005).

David Bentley Hart is an Eastern Orthodox theologian and writer, born in Maryland, who has taught at the University of Virginia, Duke Divinity School, the University of St. Thomas, and Providence College, Rhode Island, where he occupied the Robert J. Randall Distinguished Chair in Christian Culture during the 2006–2007 academic year. He is the author of The Beauty of the Infinite, among other volumes. (p. xiv)

Heidi J. Hornik is professor of art history at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where she has taught since 1990. Her area of expertise is Italian Renaissance and Baroque art. She has co-authored three interdisciplinary books (and co-edited one) in art history and biblical studies with Mikeal C. Parsons. Her archival research on the Florentine Renaissance painter Michele Tosini has appeared in the journals Paragone and Artibus et Historiae and in chapters in books on Renaissance paintings.

Robert Jewett taught for twenty years at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary before becoming in 2000 a guest professor at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, where he directs a bibliography project related to Paul's letter to the Romans. Among his nineteen books are Paul's Anthropological Terms (1971) and Romans: A Commentary, in the Hermeneia Series (2006). In collaboration, with John Lawrence, Jewett has written The Myth of the American Superhero (2002) and Captain America and the Crusade against Evil (2003).

David M. Knipe, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, is a historian of religions specializing in Vedic studies and Hinduism. His field research since 1980 has focused on coastal Andhra Pradesh, India. He is author of Hinduism: Experiments in the Sacred; In the Image of Fire; and the forthcoming Godavari Voices: The Last Vedic Sacrificers of Coastal Andhra, as well as numerous book chapters, essays, and programs for educational television.

Jonathan L. Kvanvig is currently distinguished professor of philosophy at Baylor University, having formerly held positions at the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University. He is best known in the philosophy of religion for his work on the problem of hell and the doctrine of omniscience, and in epistemology for work on value-driven approaches to the area.

John Shelton Lawrence of Berkeley, California, is professor of philosophy, emeritus, Morningside College. With Robert Jewett he has written The American Monomyth (1977), The Myth of the American Superhero (2002), Captain America and the Crusade against Evil (2003), and numerous articles. His most recent publication is the edited book Finding the Force of the Star Wars Franchise (2006).

Andrew Louth is professor of Patristic and Byzantine studies in the University of Durham, United Kingdom, and the author of several books, most recently St. John Damascene: Tradition and Originality in Byzantine Theology (2002). He is also a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).

Frank D. Macchia is professor of systematic theology at Vanguard University of Southern California. He is past president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and edits the Society's Journal, Pneuma. He is also a member of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Christian Churches (USA). His many publications include Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology (2006).

Jan Nattier has taught at Macalester College, Stanford University, the University of Hawaii, and Indiana University. She is currently a professor at the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology at Soka University in Tokyo, Japan.

David Novak is the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Professor of Jewish Studies in the Centre for the Study of Religion, the Department of Philosophy, and University College at the University of Toronto since 1997. He is an ordained rabbi and the author of thirteen books, the two latest being The Jewish Social Contract: An Essay in Political Theology and Talking with Christians: Musings of a Jewish Theologian.

Wolfhart Pannenberg, one of the leading theologians of the twentieth century, was professor of systematic theology on the Protestant Faculty of Theology at the University of Munich. Among his many important books are Jesus: God and Man and his three-volume Systematic Theology.

Christopher Partridge is professor of religious studies at Lancaster University and co-director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Popular Culture at the University of Chester, United Kingdom. His research and writing focuses both on new religions and also on popular culture. He has a particular interest in the relationship between popular music and religion. He is the author of The Re-Enchantment of the West, 2 vols. (2004, 2006), co-editor of the journal Fieldwork in Religion, and the co-editor of the series Studies in Popular Music. He is the editor of several volumes on religious belief in the contemporary world, including The World's Religions (2005), Encyclopedia of New Religions (2004), and UFO Religions (2003).

Michael L. Peterson is professor of philosophy and chair of the department at Asbury College. Among books he has written are Evil and the Christian God and God and Evil: An Introduction to the Issues. Among the books he has edited or co-edited are The Problem of Evil: Selected Readings and Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Religion. He is general editor of the Blackwell series “Exploring Philosophy of Religion” and since 1984 has served as managing editor of the scholarly journal Faith and Philosophy.

Peter C. Phan currently holds the Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University and has authored or edited more than twenty books and three hundred articles. He is currently working on a companion to the Trinity, an introduction to Asian Christianity, and a handbook to Roman Catholic theology. He is also the general editor of the “Theology In Global Perspective” series and the “Pastoral Spirituality” series.

Clark H. Pinnock is professor emeritus of theology at McMaster Divinity School in Hamilton, Ontario. He is author of The Flame of Love, A Wideness in God's Mercy, and Most Moved Mover.

Christopher Rowland is Dean Ireland Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture in the University of Oxford. He has written widely on the history of apocalypticism and the eschatological character of early Christian thought.

Rosemary Radford Ruether, Professor Emeriti at Pacific School of Religion, also taught for many years at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She is the author of numerous works including Sexism and God-Talk, a classic of feminist theology. (p. xvi)

Robert Russell is the Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science in Residence, the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, where he has taught since 1981. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. He has written and edited numerous works on the relationship between science and theology, the most recent of which is Cosmology, Evolution and Resurrection Hope (2006)

Gerhard Sauter is professor of systematic and ecumenical theology (emeritus), University of Bonn, Germany, and external member of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Oxford. His publications include The Question of Meaning: A Theological and Philosophical Orientation (1995); Eschatological Rationality: Theological Issues in Focus (1996); What Dare We Hope? Reconsidering Eschatology (1999); and Protestant Theology at the Crossroads: How to Face the Crucial Questions for Theology in the Twenty-First Century (2007).

Max L. Stackhouse is the Rimmer and Ruth deVries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life at Princeton Theological Seminary and the author or editor of some twenty-two books. His recent work has focused on a four-volume set of studies on God and globalization, which includes the recognition that globalization entails new encounters of the world religions and their theologies of history—perhaps as influential in shaping technological, cultural, and political developments as economic interests.

Thomas Talbott is professor emeritus of philosophy at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and has defended a doctrine of universal reconciliation in both theological and philosophical contexts. His writings on the subject include “The Doctrine of Everlasting Punishment” (Faith and Philosophy, 1999), “Freedom, Damnation, and the Power to Sin with Impunity” (Religious Studies, 2001), and The Inescapable Love of God (1999).

Charles Taliaferro is the author or editor of six books, most recently Evidence and Faith: Philosophy and Religion since the Seventeenth Century (2005) and Cambridge Platonist Spirituality (2005). He has published in Religious Studies, the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Sophia, and elsewhere. (p. xvii)

Benedict T. Viviano is a Dominican priest and professor of New Testament at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. His previous appointments were at the French Biblical and Archaeological School in Jerusalem and at Aquinas Institute (St. Louis, Missouri). He is the author of Study as Worship: Aboth and Matthew; The Kingdom of God in History; Trinity-Kingdom-Church, a commentary, and several other works on Matthew. He has served on several ecumenical dialogue commissions for the Swiss bishops and the Vatican.

Jerry L. Walls is professor of philosophy of religion at Asbury Seminary, where he has taught since 1987. Previous works in eschatology include Hell: the Logic of Damnation (1992) and Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy (OUP, 2002).

Stephen H. Webb is professor of religion and philosophy at his alma mater, Wabash College. He is the author of nine books on topics ranging from the theology of sound to the doctrine of providence. His most recent book, Dylan Redeemed, uses Dylan's career to probe the relationship between Christianity and rock and roll. He writes for various magazines and journals, including First Things and Books & Culture. For more information about his work, see

Timothy Weber is the former president of Memphis Theological Seminary, and his books include Living in the Shadow of the Second Coming: American Premillenialism, 1875–1982 and On the Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel's Best Friend.

Vítor Westhelle is professor of systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Ordained in the Lutheran church of his home country of Brazil, he served in several faculties of theology for the last quarter of a century and was the coordinator of the Ecumenical Commission on Land in Paraná working with landless peasants. The Scandalous God: The Use and Abuse of the Cross is his most recent book.

Carol Zaleski is the professor of world religions at Smith College. She is the author of Otherworld Journeys: Accounts of Near-Death Experience in Medieval and Modern Times and The Life of the World to Come: Near-Death Experience and Christian Hope (both OUP), co-author with Philip Zaleski of Prayer: A History, and co-editor with Philip Zaleski of The Book of Heaven (OUP) and The Book of Hell (forthcoming from OUP).