Paul M. Blowers
Dean E. Walker Professor of Church History
• Ph.D. and M.A. University of Notre Dame
• M.Div. Emmanuel School of Religion (now Emmanuel Christian Seminary)
• B.A. Milligan College
• On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ: Selected Writings of St. Maximus the Confessor
• The Bible in Greek Christian Antiquity, ed. and trans.
Three years in associate and cross-cultural ministry
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Paul Blowers joined the faculty in 1989, and is the Dean E. Walker Professor of Church History. He is a scholar of patristics and early Christianity, and has of late written on patristic biblical interpretation, on the relation between human emotions and Christian moral formation in patristic thought, and on the early history of the doctrine of creation. He also teaches and researches the Stone-Campbell heritage.
Dr. Blowers graduated from Milligan College and Emmanuel, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a John O’Brien Fellow. He is a member the North American Patristics Society (and its President in 2008-09), the American Society of Church History, and the Disciples of Christ Historical Society. He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Early Christian Studies.
Paul has authored Drama of the Divine Economy: Creator and Creation in Early Christian Theology and Piety
(2012), Exegesis and Spiritual Pedagogy in Maximus the Confessor
(1991) and translated On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ: Selected Writings of St. Maximus the Confessor
(2003). He also has articles in the Journal of Early Christian Studies, Vigiliae Christianae, Studia Patristica, Pro Ecclesia, Church History, Modern Theology, The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies,
and the Cambridge History of Christianity.
Paul edited The Bible in Greek Christian Antiquity
(1997) and was a general editor of The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement
(2004). He is currently working on co-editing, with Peter W. Martens, The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation.
Paul has presented papers for the North American Patristics Society, Oxford Patristics Conference, the Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science, and the 2012 International Symposium on Maximus the Confessor in Belgrade, Serbia.
Beyond the classroom, Paul volunteers with the Interfaith Hospitality Network and in hospital chaplaincy. He and his wife Sandy, a home health nurse, have four children and seven grandchildren.