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Winter 2008, Vol. 35 No. 1


Mark Chancey is an Associate Professor and chair of Religious Studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University. A biblical scholar, he is the author of two books on the archaeology of Galilee: The Myth of a Gentile Galilee (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Greco-Roman Culture and the Galilee of Jesus (Cambridge University Press, 2005). His recent research has focused on the issue of Bible courses in public schools. He has written two reports on the topic, both available at the Texas Freedom Network website ( The Bible and Public Schools: The National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (2005), Reading, Writing, and Religion: Teaching the Bible in Texas Public Schools (2006) and articles for Religion & Education, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Journal of Church and State.

James Garrison is the Associate Dean for Student Development as well as the Co-Chair for Self-Study and Coordinator of Non-Academic Assessment at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas.

Elizabeth A. Goodine is Visiting Assistant Professor of Early Christianity at Loyola University New Orleans. In her teaching and research, she is most interested in showing the relevance of the early Christian experience for our own day. Her research focuses on relationships of power between early martyrs and authority figures, and more recently on the problem of theodicy for both the ancient and the modern Christian.

Emile Lester is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Mary Washington. He is currently working on a book on religion in public schools entitled, The Center Can Hold: How Public Schools Should Address the Culture Wars.

Christy D. Moran is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education, Counseling & Student Affairs at Kansas State University. Her research focuses on issues related to spirituality and religion in higher education.

David Sander teaches Religious Studies at Humboldt State University in California. His MA was in Religious Studies, and his PhD in Educational Foundations (University of Colorado) brought aesthetic concerns together with critical pedagogy in a comparison of Islamic and Western perspectives on literacy. His interests include aesthetics, epistemology, myth and poetics, particularly in Sufi texts.

David Shirkey is a Mathematics Instructor at Cloud County Community College in Kansas.