Sewanee School of Theology announces three new faculty appointments

June 1, 2009

The School of Theology at Sewanee: The University of the South has announced the appointment of three new members of its faculty: Dr. Paul Holloway as associate professor of New Testament, the Rev. Robert MacSwain as instructor of Theology and Christian Ethics, and the Rev. Dr. Benjamin King as assistant professor of Church History. All appointments are effective July 1.

Holloway is senior lecturer in theology and religious studies at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He has taught New Testament for 20 years, educating graduates, undergraduates, and students preparing for ordained ministry. Holloway has a doctorate in New Testament and Early Christian Literature from the University of Chicago, and a master's degree in Religious Studies from Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Holloway has published numerous articles and reviews as well as two books, "Consolation in Philippians: Philosophical Sources and Rhetorical Strategy" and "Coping with Prejudice: 1 Peter in Social Psychological Perspective".

MacSwain comes to Sewanee from the School of Divinity at St. Mary's College, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he has been working toward a doctorate in systematic and philosophical theology. He has received a Master of Theology from the University of Edinburgh, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a diploma in Anglican Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary.

MacSwain has been the chaplain at St. Chad's College at the University of Durham, U.K. He served as a parish priest at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Kinston, North Carolina, and spent a year as the research assistant to the Archbishop of Canterbury. The recipient of an Episcopal Church Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, MacSwain has edited books including The Truth-Seeking Heart: Austin Farrer and His Writings (with Ann Loades) and Grammar and Grace: Reformulations of Aquinas and Wittgenstein (with Jeffrey Stout). He has published many articles, including several about Austin Farrer and C.S. Lewis, and numerous book reviews.

King has served as Episcopal chaplain at Harvard University for almost four years and has been an adjunct professor at the Harvard Divinity School and Boston College. He served five years in a Boston parish before becoming chaplain at Harvard. King received a Master of Theology from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate in Theology and Church History from the University of Durham, U.K.

King's history studies have focused on the early church, the middle ages, the early modern era, and 19th-century England and America, with particular expertise in the interrelation of Anglican and patristic history. His first book, Newman and the Alexandrian Fathers: Shaping Doctrine in Nineteenth-Century England, is expected to be published in June.

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