Dr. Matthew Robert Anderson, PhD
Lecturer, Theological Studies
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Pilgrimage, the New Testament: Revelation, the Pauline letters, History of Christianity, the Bible and Western Culture, Theology and Film, First Nations and Settler/Newcomer Theology, Cultural Studies, Environmental Sustainability
B.A. (University of Saskatchewan; Political Science, with Distinction), Master of Divinity (Lutheran Theological Seminary), Ph.D. (McGill, Faculty of Religious Studies, thesis topic: ‘Before the Fact: How Paul’s Rhetoric Made History’)
History, writing fiction (I’ve published a number of short stories and am a member of the Quebec Writers’ Federation) documentary film-making (2012 Something Grand; 2014 Under the North Star, trailers at http://www.somethinggrand.ca)
(Co-editorwith S. Terreault)The Pilgrim Body: An Anatomy of Christian and Post-Christian IntentionalMovement, accepted for publication by Ashgate Publishing, UK. Nine contributors. Also writing two chapters within volume.
Chapters in books
2014 “The First Cut is the Deepest: First Century Attitudes towards Masculinity and Circumcision,” in Biblical Masculinities Foregrounded, eds. Peter-Ben Smit and Oviudu Creanga. Sheffield-Phoenix Press, co-written with K.B. Neutel, University of Groningen Netherlands
2008 “Albert Schweitzer and a Mystical Ecology for Paul” in Consensus: Festschrift in Honour of Erwin Buck. Vol 33.1: 9-22.
2006 “The Reluctant Biblical Historian: A Rhetorical Rationale,” in Festschrift: Essays in Honour of Frederik Wisse. ARC. The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies: 342-357.
Articles in refereed journals
2014 (in press) “De Vieux-Montréal à Kahnawa:ké: the story of an urban pilgrimage between settler and aboriginal cultures,” in the Urban Pilgrimage Issue, Room One Thousand, the Journal of the Dept of Architecture, University of California (Berkeley). Co-authored with S. Terreault.
2006 – “Adaptation: The Self-Proclaiming Rhetoric of Charlie Kaufman and of the Apostle Paul” in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. Vol XIII.
2005 – “The Three Reformation Solas and Twenty-First Century Ethical Problems,” in Consensus. Vol 30, No 1:77-87
2004 – “In a Mirror Very Darkly: Pauline Argument and the Problem of History,” in the Lexington Theological Quarterly. Vol 39, No 4: 225-242.
2003 – “A Brief Discussion of Christianity and the State in the New Testament,” in Consensus Vol 29 No1: 103-108.
Articles in media or non-refereed journals
2014, June “From Old Montreal to Kahnawake: A Pilgrimage to End Ignorance,” in Concordia Now.
2014 July “My Pilgrim Boots – I Mean Roots” in The Canada Lutheran.
2014 May “Following the Saints, Footfall by Footfall” in The Montreal Review.
2001 – “The Joint Declaration on Justification Between the Roman Catholic and Lutheran Churches,” in Ecumenism 36:141
2010 – Review of “The Faith of Jesus Christ: Exegetical, Biblical and Theological Studies ,” Michael F. Bird and Preston Sprinkle, eds. Peabody MA: Hendrickson Paternoster, 2009. At the request of, and for, The Toronto Journal of Theology
2007 – Review of “The Bible after Babel: Historical Criticism in a Postmodern Age,” by John Collins. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005. At the request of The Journal of Hebrew Studies, Vol XLVIII: 343-345.
2004 – Apocalypse Recalled: The Book of Revelation after Christendom, by Harry O. Maier. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002, in Consensus. Vol 29, No 2: 162-164.
Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries
2012 “Thorn in the Flesh,” (solicited article) for Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture. Eds. Michael Gilmour and Mary Ann Beavis. Sheffield-Phoenix Press
2012 “The Garden of Eden,” (solicited article; also used as template for call for submissions) for Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture. Eds. Michael Gilmour and Mary Ann Beavis. Sheffield-Phoenix Press
Recent Academic Papers
June 2015 (panel proposal to the Canadian Theological Society for June 1-3 meeting at Congress) The New Pilgrimages: Postmodernity and the Theology and Politics of Journey
June 2015 (panel proposal to the Eastern Regional Meeting of the American Association of Religion for May 1-2 meeting at McGill) The Eros of Peripatetics: Pilgrimage and Desire
May 2015 (paper accepted) The North-West Mounted Police Trail at “Indigenizing Pilgrimage” May 8-9, Concordia University Montreal
Sept 2014 The Pilgrimage that Ended Pilgrimages, (Reformation effects on European pilgrimage) at 2014 Symposium on Pilgrimage Studies. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA
July 2014 “Pilgrimage as a Reconciliatory Act:Aboriginals and Settlers in Canada” at Interdisciplinary Group, Mansfield College, Oxford UK.
July 2014 “The Future of Pilgrimage Studies”, invited guest for closing panel discussion,University of York, York UK, at Pilgrimage Centre conference.
March 2014 “The Curious Journey of Christ: Katabasisin 1 Peter” at the interdisciplinary, interuniversity Katabasis workshop, Concordia
Oct 2013 Keynote invited speaker: The Heroic Journey, 2013 Symposium on PilgrimageStudies. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA
Sept 2013 “Teaching Paul: From the ‘Feet of Gamaliel’ to the Ears of my Students”, Christian Faith and the University. McGill University, Montreal
Aug 2011 The Neglect of Jewish-Gentile Themes in 1 Corinthians; paper presented to the annual meeting of The European Association of Biblical Studies, Thessaloniki Greece.
July 2010 Deconstructing the Temple: Paul and the Temple Allusions of 1 Cor 3; paper presented in Tartu Estonia at the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.
2014 (Sept) “Journeys of Faith”. An interview with the Catholic Times
2014 (June 18) “From Old Montreal to Kahnawake: A Pilgrimage to End Ignorance,” in Concordia Now http://www.concordia.ca/cunews/main/stories/2014/06/18/from-old-montrealtokahnawakea34kmpilgrimagetocombatignorance.html
2014 (June 15) CBC Radio One (Quebec) interview on “All in a Weekend” about Concordia student pilgrimage to Kahnawake Mohawk Territory.
2014 (June) The Eastern Door (Kahnawake Mohawk newspaper): “Montreal to Kahnawake Pilgrimage” by Cecilia Macarthur
2014 (June) “Walking Towards the Light”, excerpt from my The Montreal Reviewarticle, featured on “The Dish” blog, with over 110,000 followershttp://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/06/15/walking-towards-the-light/
April 20,2014 CBC Radio One (national) radio interview on pilgrimage and the new spirituality
Jan 25, 2014 CBC Radio One (Quebec) interview on “All in a Weekend” about Conference on Aboriginal Spirituality
April 2014 Montreal Gazette and cross-Canada Postmedia chain newspapers (ie Victoria BC, Saskatoon, Ottawa etc) interview in feature piece about pilgrimage and spiritual transformation
November 2012 CBC Radio One (Quebec) interview about my documentary on the Camino pilgrimage, “Something Grand”