Department of Religion

Faculty Activities

Pamela Brubaker's book Globalization at What Price? Economic Change and Daily Life was recently reissued in a revised and expanded edition by Pilgrim Press. Other recent publications include “Rich and Poor in an Era of Globalized Religion and Economies: Challenges to Lutheran Colleges,” Intersections: faith+life+learning, Spring 2007; a co-edited volume, Justice in a Global Economy: Strategies for Home, Community and World (Westminster/John Knox, 2006); and "A Feminist Vision of Life-Promoting Trade" (In God's Image: Journal of Asian Women's Resource Centre for Culture and Theology 25, March 2006), which was initially an address delivered in Hong Kong in December 2005. Dr. Brubaker also recently participated in the panel "Abrahamic Perspectives on Alternatives to War: A Jewish-Muslim-Christian Consultation,” Stony Point, New York, funded by the U.S. Institute for Peace.

Guy Erwin returned to CLU after a year’s sabbatical leave, which he spent as a visiting professor of church history at Yale Divinity School. During that time he taught seminars on German pietism and the theology of Martin Luther, and advised Lutheran students there. He also completed a monograph on the 18th century Swedish visionary Emanuel Swedenborg’s Summaria expositio doctrinae novae ecclesiae, published in 2008 in the New Century Edition of Swedenborg’s works. He is currently co-authoring An Introduction to World Lutheranism for Cambridge University Press, and is writing the first English-language scholarly biography of Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-60), Lutheran theologian and community-builder. During the summer of 2007, Dr. Erwin gave lectures on Baltic and Scandinavian history while at sea on a cruise liner in the Baltic Sea, and later that summer presented a paper at the 11th International Congress for Luther Research in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Julia Lambert Fogg led 17 CLU students on a travel seminar to Turkey in May 2009. After “Walking in Paul’s Footsteps,” exploring a secular Muslim country, visiting the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul, and standing barefoot in ancient Mosques, these students created a liturgy to share their transformative experiences during the CLU Chapel Service. Because of the powerful experiences of these students, Fogg is coordinating with the CLU International Studies Center to lead a second trip to Turkey in May 2011 for faculty, staff, and friends of CLU.

Fogg’s recent scholarly activities include: “Christology in the Los Angeles Murals?” a paper presented at Gordon College’s Christ and Culture Conference in 2006; “Asklepios and Temples of Healing in the Ancient World,” a paper presented in Turkey, 2006, and three chapters entitled, “All the Senses of Revelation 8: Experiencing First Century Rhetorical Strategies,” “Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: A Lesson in Citizenship,” and “Visual Exegesis: An Introduction to Biblical Interpretation,” Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction (SBL).

Rahuldeep Singh Gill's recent professional activities include a paper on "Linguistic Choices of Bhai Gurdas Bhalla" at a conference on Sikh Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara (November, 2009); encyclopedia articles on Punjabi-Americans for the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore (January 2010); and a presentation at the American Academy of Religion-West (WECSOR) entitled "Frontier's First Imagining" on the geography of early Sikh tradition (March 2010).

Kapp Johnson published a Faculty Viewpoint article titled "Business Ethics: The Art of the Decision," in the February 2007 edition of the CLU Magazine. In addition, he collaborated with Paul Witman of the School of Business in the publication of "A Guide to Non-Disclosure Agreements for Researchers," in the Handbook of Research on Information Security and Assurance.

Jarvis Streeter recently published the book, Human Nature, Human Evil and Religion: Ernest Becker and Christian Theology (University Press of America). The book relates the anthropological theories of social scientist Ernest Becker to Christian anthropology as it pertains to human evil. (Purchase the book by clicking here.) Dr. Streeter delivered a paper at the Oxford Roundtable in March, 2007 at Oxford University:  "Theistic Evolution:  More Christian than Creationism."  He also recently led four 1 1/2-hour sessions on “Science and Christian Theology” at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Westlake Village, CA. Dr. Streeter is presently working on a book manuscript on science and theology.

Samuel Thomas has several recent publications, including an article on the Dead Sea Scrolls titled, “Riddled with Guilt: The Mysteries of Transgression, the Sealed Vision and the Art of Interpretation in 4Q300 and Related Texts” (Dead Sea Discoveries) and the article "Enoch, Elijah, and the (Eschatological) Torah" (Henoch). He recently published the book The "Mysteries" of Qumran: Mystery, Secrecy and Esotericism in the Dead Sea Scrolls (Early Judaism and Its Literature series; SBL/Brill). Additionally, he wrote three essays for the Dictionary of Early Judaism (ed. John J. Collins and Daniel Harlow; Eerdmans, 2009), and several entries for the Theologisches Wörterbuch zu den Qumrantexten (Theological Dictionary of the Qumran Texts; de Gruyter, forthcoming). In July 2008 Dr. Thomas delivered a paper in Aix-en-Provence, France, with the title, "Esoteric Knowledge in Qumran Aramaic Texts." In November 2008 he presented two papers at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature: "Eternal Writings and Immortal Writers: On the Non-Death of the Scribe in Early Judaism" (Qumran / Social History of Formative Judaism and Christianity sections), and "Vision, Interpretation, Mediation: Textuality and Religious Experience in Qumran Literature" (Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Christianity section). In August 2009 he presented at the annual meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association, "Watchers and Giants in Qumran Sectarian Texts: Appropriations and Translations." His most recent scholarly presentation was at the International Organization for Qumran Studies meeting in Helsinki Finland in August, 2010, where he gave a paper with the title, "Hearing the Vision: galah 'ozen as a Mode of Perception in Qumran Texts."