Jeffrey Pugh

Professor of Religious Studies
Spence Pavilion-Religion/Phil. 213
2340 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
pughjeff@elon.edu (336) 278-5712

Brief Biography

Jeffrey C. Pugh, Maude Sharpe Powell Professor of Religious Studies, came to Elon in 1986. He was named Daniels-Danieley Professor in 2000, and was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2010. In the time he has been at Elon he has been part of two major long range planning committees and has been part of such inititatives as the Service Learning Community, where he served as one of two founding professors, and the global studies core courses, where he worked as one of the founding members of the course. His scholarly work has spanned the spectrum from Nazi-era theologians Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, to an ongoing interest in the continuing discussions of religion and science, giving presentations internationally. Most recently he has been working on a book of the revolutionary Anabaptist takeover of Münster, Germany in 1534.

Education

Ph.D., Drew University Graduate School, 1985 in Theological and Religious Studies with concentration in systematic and historical theology.

M.Phil. Drew University Graduate School, 1982

M. Div., magna cum laude, Wesley Theological Seminary, 1980

B. S. Ferrum College, 1977

Employment History

Elon University, 1986- Maude Sharpe Powell Professor of Religious Studies

Tennessee Wesleyan College, 1983-86, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Chaplain.

Drew University, 1982-83, Teaching Fellow, Graduate School

Courses Taught

A sample of classes taught in the last couple of years:

REL 110  Religion in a Global Context

REL 204  Christian Traditions

REL 332  Religion and Science: Conflict or Convergence

REL 337 Theologians Under Hitler

REL 339  God and Politics

REL 473  Spirit in the Synapse: The Brain, Religion, and Consciousness

REL 292  Approaches to Religion: Research and Methods

Leadership Positions

Member of the Board of Directors of the International Bonhoeffer Society, 2005-2013.

 

Current Projects

I am currently finishing a book on one of the most interesting moments in European history, the takeover of the city of Münster, Germany in 1534 by a group of apocalyptic fueled revolutionary Anabaptists. Holding the city captive for sixteen months, they were finally overcome through betrayal and starvation. The working title is Stealing Zion.

Publications

Books

Devil's ink: Blog from the Basement Office, Fortress Press, 2011

Religionless Christianity: Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Troubled Times, T and T Clark, 2008

Entertaining the Triune Mystery: God, Science, and the Space Between, Continuum Pubiishing, 2003

The Matrix of Faith: Reclaiming a Christian Vision, Crossroad Publishing Company, 2001

The Anselmic Shift: Christology and Method in Karl Barth's Theology, Peter Lang Publishing, 1990

ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS

“Religion in the Global Context” Understanding the Global Experience: Becoming a Responsible Citizen, Thomas Arcaro and Rosemary Haskell, Eds. (New York: Allyn and Bacon, 2009)                                     

“Science and Religion” Revision of article in The Encyclopedia of the South (Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2005)

“Design Not Ready for Class” editorial page of Raleigh News and Observer, August 21, 2005.

“Unplugging From the Matrix” Understanding the Global Experience.  Thomas Arcaro and Duane McClearn, Eds. (Elon: Carpe Viam Press, 2000)

"Fides quaerens intellectum:  Anselm as Contemporary." Theology Today, Vol. 55, No. 1 (April, 1998)

"Listening to Guguletu:  F. W. deKlerk and the Future of South Africa."  Greensboro News and Record, April 20, 1997

"Thomas C. Oden."  A New Handbook of Christian Theologians.  Donald Musser and Joseph Price, Eds.  (Nashville:  Abingdon Press, 1996)

"Barth and Schleiermacher:  The Impasse Remains."  Understanding Schleiermacher.  Edwina Lawler, Ed.  (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press), 1996

"Theological Themes."  Lectionary Homiletics, Vol. VI, Number 1, December, 1994

"Theological Explorations" for Lectionary Homiletics, Vol. V, Number 2, April, 1993

"A Still Small Voice Beats Blowing in the Wind:  A Look at the AAR/SBL."  Books and Religion:  A Quarterly Review, Vol. 18, No. 1,  Spring, 1991

"Religion:  Persian Gulf Wild Card."  Sunday Op-Ed Essay, Greensboro News and Record, February 3, 1991

"Schleiermacher's Christology:  Paving the Road for the Postmodern Christ." Essays on Schleiermacher's Philosophy and Theology, ed. by Terrence N. Tice (Ann Arbor, Michigan:  University of Michigan, 1990).

"Is Anything There:  Can Religious Studies Be Taught Objectively?" Excursus:  A Review of Religious Studies, Vol. 2, No. 1, March 1989

"Rediscovering Barth."  The Christian Century, October 23, 1985

Presentations

“The Singularity is Nowhere Near: Gnosticism, Consciousness, and Neuroscience” Persons and Their Brains Conference, Oxford, UK, July 11-14, 2012.

“Devil’s Ink: Blog from the Basement Office,” Elon University Distinguished Lecture, April, 2011.

“Living in the World Come of Age: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Secular Age,” American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, October 31, 2010.

“Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Contemporary Challenge” American Academy of Religion, Southeast regional meeting, Greensboro, NC, March 5, 2009.

“Religionless Christianity: Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Troubled Times” X International Bonhoeffer Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, July 24, 2008.

“Rethinking the Narrative: Creation and Science” Templeton Lectures, St. Johns University, Collegeville, Minn. February, 2007.

“God, Science, and the Space Between” Science and Religion Consultation, Ian Ramsey Centre, Oxford University, UK., July 2006.

“Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Religion and Science: In About Two Hours" Presentation to the Local Societies Initiative, Church of the Holy Nativity, Raleigh, NC, September, 2005.

“A New Model for Science: Irenaeus and Contemporary Science" Metanexus Institute, Philadelphia, Pa., June, 2005.

“Ancient Wisdom for a Scientific World” American Academy of Religion, Southeast regional meeting, Winston-Salem, NC, March, 2005.

“Wrestling With Bonhoeffer: What is Christianity for Us Today?” Davis Lectures Shenandoah University, Winchester, Va. January 25-27, 2005.

“Border Crossings: Opportunities for Dialogue in Science and Religion” Dreaming Landscapes: International Campus Ministers Conference, Brisbane, Australia, July 1-7, 2004.

“Ancient Wisdom for a Scientific World: Old Narratives for a New Age” European Society for the Study of Science and Theology, Barcelona, Spain, April 1-6, 2004.

“Leaving Doctorow’s City of God: Theology as Critique of Ideology” Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Charlotte, NC, March, 18. 2001.                                                                  

“Bonhoeffer, Nietzche, and the Future of Theology.”  International Bonhoeffer Congress, Berlin, Germany, August 26, 2000.   

“On Rethinking Aquinas.”  Templeton Seminar on Science and Religion, St Anne’s College, Oxford, England, July,2000.

“Concrete Spirituality:  Connecting the Classroom to the World.”  Phoenix Rising, International Campus Minister’s Conference, Vancouver, Canada, July, 2000.

"Fides quaerens intellectum:  Anselm as Contemporary."  Southeast Region, American Academy of Religion, Knoxville, Tennessee. 1998

"A Case Study Approach to Teaching the Introduction to Religious Studies Course." American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. 1997

"Connecting the Abstract to the Concrete:  The Community as Learning Context." Challenge and Response:  Rethinking Key Issues in College Learning. National Conference on Undergraduate Teaching, Elon College, September 25-27. 1997

"Theology and a Suffering World:  The Promise of Bonhoeffer for a Postmodern Theology." University of Capetown, South Africa, January 11, 1996

"Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Promise for Contemporary Theology" Celebrating the Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina, April 20-22, 1995.

"Barth and Schleiermacher:  The Impasse Remains." I Modelli Di Dialecttica Nella Cultura Romantica, Universita Federico II Di Napoli, Naples, Italy, July 27-29, 1994. 

"Schleiermacher and the Contemporary Critique." American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, Atlanta, GA, 1994

"Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Postmodernity:  The Praxis of Suffering."1993 American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, Charleston, SC, 1994.

"Where Did We Come From?"  Denominationalism in America" Duke Divinity School of Continuing Education, April, 18-25, 1993

"Was Schleiermacher Right?  Religious Experience and Postmodernity." International Schleiermacher Society, American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 1993

"Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Postmodern Theology" International Bonhoeffer Conference, Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York, 1992.

"Without and Within:  Transcendence and Immanence in the Postmodern World," American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, Atlanta, Georgia, 1992.

"Spirituality in the Contemporary Parish" Duke Divinity School, Continuing Education Seminar, 1992.

"What Is Christianity for Us Today?  Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Theological Construction" American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, 1991.

"Taking the Crown of Madness:  Pacifism as Sacrifice" Respondent Reflections in Religion, War, and Peace Section. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, 1991

"New Age--New Models:  God and Humanity in the  Postmodern World" Lyceum Series, Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia, 1991

"Without and Within:  Transcendence and Immanence as an Epistemological Problem" Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion, Elon College, Elon College, North Carolina, 1991

"Schleiermacher's Christology:  Harbinger of the Postmodern Christ" American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, Atlanta, Georgia 1991.

"A Pilgrim's Process" Staley Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series, Hiwassee College, 1991.

"Uncivil Religion:  God and War in America" Catawba College's Symposium X, "American Values:  Fact and Fiction." 1991.

"Schleiermacher's Christology:  Paving the Road for the Postmodern Christ" International Schleiermacher Society, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana 1990

"Doing Theology in a Postmodern Context" Duke Divinity School, Continuing Education Seminar, 1990

"Telling Stories" Staley Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series, Tennessee Wesleyan College, 1990

"The Articles of 1525 and Revolutionary Theology" American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Anaheim, California, 1989

"The Use of Scripture in Revolutionary Christianity" North Carolina Religious Studies Association, Meredith College, Raleigh, 1989.

"Roadmaps To Liberation: The Peasants of Upper Swabia, 1525, In Light of Liberation Theology", American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, 1989.

"Thinking About Theology: Reflections on the United Methodist Theological Statement", Duke Divinity School, Continuing Education Seminar. 1989

"The Task Is Harder than We Think:  Thinking About Our Theological Statement" North Carolina Conference Clergywomen's Retreat, Emerald Isle, N.C. 1989                 

"Is Anything There?:  Can Religious Studies Be Taught Objectively?" Symposium at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on "The Place of Religious Studies in the Academy", 1988

"From Moses David to Sun Myung Moon:  Some Thoughts on the Impossibility of Teaching New Religious Movements Objectively. Paper presented as basis for panel discussion at American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, Macon, Georgia, 1988.

"The Divine Dialectic: Friedrich Schleiermacher and Trinitarian Formulation." American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, Atlanta, Georgia, 1987.

"Christology and Method in Karl Barth's Theology" American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, Atlanta, Georgia, 1987.

"The Christological Nexus" Paper presented at American Academy of Religion, Southeastern Region, 1986.

"Tracking the Footsteps:  An Examination of Karl Barth's Christological Principle." Barth Symposium presentation at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, 1985.

"Spirituality in the Modern World"  Staley Distinguished Lecture Series, Ferrum College, Ferrum, Virginia, 1985.

"Karl Barth's Scripture Principle" Invited guest, E.T.S. regional meeting, Cleveland, Tennessee, 1985.                                                                                                  

“Christianity and Creativity" Keynote speaker Holston Conference Colleges Student Convocation, 1984.