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Paul Blowers

Dr. Paul Blowers

Dean E. Walker Professor of Church History - Emmanuel Christian Seminary

Phone: 423.461.1505
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Office: B.D. Phillips Building
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Paul M. Blowers, Ph. D., B.A. Milligan College; M.Div. Emmanuel Christian Seminary; M.A. and Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Ministry Experience: Three years in associate and cross-cultural ministry

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 role of human emotions in 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 was its President in 2008-09), the American Society of Church History, the International Association of Patristic Studies, 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, and Studies in Christian Ethics. He has also produced long essays for The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies, the Cambridge History of Christianity, the Oxford Handbook to Maximus the Confessor, and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Biblical Interpretation. 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 co-editing, with Peter W. Martens, The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation.

Paul has presented papers and lectures for the North American Patristics Society, Oxford Patristics Conference, the Florovsky Symposia at Princeton Theological Seminary, and the 2012 International Symposium on Maximus the Confessor in Belgrade, Serbia.

Beyond the classroom, Paul volunteers with Family Promise and in hospital chaplaincy. He and his wife Sandy, a home health nurse, have four children and nine grandchildren.