Phone: (914) 637-2744
Monday 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 12:30 - 2:00 pm
and by appointment
Professor of Religious Studies.
Iona College Department of Religious Studies
715 North Ave.
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone: (914) 637-2743
Fax: (914) 633-2248
Tuesday and Thursday 12 noon - 2:00 pm
PhD Theology: University of Notre Dame, 1995.
MTS Biblical Studies: Harvard Divinity School, 1990.
BA Liberal Arts: St. John's College (Annapolis, MD), 1998.
Departmental Information and Courses
Dr. Paffenroth joined the department in 2001, after teaching at Villanova University and the University of Notre Dame. He teaches RST 101, Religion in the Contemporary World; RST 204, Catholicism in the Contemporary World: Christian Scriptures; RST 338, The Gospels; and RST 375, Wisdom Literature. He also teaches the first year of the Honors Humanities Seminar (HON 101 and 102).
Dr. Paffenroth was trained primarily in the study of the New Testament and the Early Church, and he continues to publish in these areas. His work on St. Augustine (354-430 CE) is especially noteworthy. He also investigates how early Christian beliefs are expressed in more recent works of literature or other art â€“ either in what used to be called "high culture" or in popular culture. In the latter area, he has focused his attention on what many would consider non- or anti-Christian genres, especially horror literature, films, and television. His zombie novels have enjoyed some success in the last several years, and been translated into German, Italian, and Russian.
Society of Biblical Literature
Catholic Biblical Association of America
American Academy of Religion
North American Patristic Society
Dante Society of America
Chicago Society of Biblical Research
College Theology Society
Horror Writers Association
Delta Epsilon Sigma
Professional Research and Publications
Books (non-fiction) (selected):
Creative Work (fiction) (selected):
Articles and Essays (selected):
Have appeared in Ars Disputandi: The Online Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Augustinian Studies, Biography, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Catholic Historical Review, Catholic Studies Online, Evolution: Education and Outreach, Horror Studies, Journal of Beliefs and Values, Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal of Early Christian Studies, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Journal of Religion, Pastoral Psychology, Religion and the Arts, Religious Studies Review, and Review of Biblical Literature.
Papers Presented to Learned Societies:
Have been read at the meetings of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Academy of Religion, the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Association for Core Texts and Courses, the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, the World Science Fiction Convention, and the Catholic Biblical Association.
Honors and Awards (selected):
Summer Seminar in Christian Scholarship, Calvin College, 2010
Finalist, Black Quill Award, 2008
Finalist, International Horror Guild Award, 2007
Silver Medal, Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year, 2007
Winner, Bram Stoker Award, 2006
Speaker, New York Council for the Humanities Speaker Program, 2003-2005
Summer Seminar in Christian Scholarship, Calvin College, 2004
Travel Grant, Devers Program in Dante Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2003
Louisville Institute Summer Stipend, 2003
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