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Frederick Schmidt

Columnist

Spirituality, New Testament Studies (esp., Historical Jesus, Early Jewish and Christian Apocalyptic Literature, Ethics and Eschatology), Issues in Anglican and Episcopal Church life, Women's ordination, Issues in Bioethics

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The Reverend Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt, Jr. holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, and directs the Job Institute for Spiritual Formation. He is an Episcopal Priest, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, conference leader, writer, and Consulting Editor at Church Publishing in New York. He is the author of numerous published articles and reviews, including forty-four entries in Doubleday’s Anchor Bible Dictionary, as well as articles in Feminist Theology and The Scottish Journal of Theology. He is author of A Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination and the Church (Syracuse University Press, 1998), The Changing Face of God (Morehouse, 2000), When Suffering Persists (Morehouse, 2001), in Italian translation: Sofferenza, All ricerca di una riposta (Torino: Claudiana, 2004), What God Wants for Your Life (Harper, 2005), Conversations with Scripture: Revelation (Morehouse, 2005), and Conversations with Scripture: Luke (Morehouse, 2009). His most recent publication is The Dave Test: A Raw Look at Real Life in Hard Times (Abingdon Press, 2013). He is also the series editor for the new Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars Study Series.

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The Spiritual Landscape

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Recent Articles

Social Media Chaos, Leadership Crises, and General Theological Seminary

What was already chaotic became tragic for the Seminary in the space of just a few hours. An internal crisis became a public crisis. Read More »

Provoked to Politic: The Pew Foundation, Clergy, and Public Theology

What people need most in an ever-changing political landscape are the tools to make faithful decisions, not a crib sheet for the voting booth. Read More »

Is the Islamic State Islamic?

If the descriptive shoe fits, from a sociological or anthropological point of view, you have to wear it. Read More »

Teach Us How to Die

Avoiding pain and death are not preeminent Christian values. A good death is one faced in confident dependence upon God. Read More »

Is the World Any Thinner? No.

I am not at all convinced that we are living into a new era of spiritual consciousness. I don't think that the world is becoming "thinner," or that God is more available than ever before. Read More »

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