Dale C. Allison Jr. is Princeton Theological Seminary’s Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament. He earned his MA and his PhD from Duke University. His academic research has focused on the historical Jesus, the Gospel of Matthew, the Sayings Gospel (Q), early Jewish and Christian eschatology, inner-biblical exegesis, the history of the interpretation and application of biblical texts, and the Jewish Pseudepigrapha. His book, Constructing Jesus, was selected as “Best Book Relating to the New Testament” for 2009–2010 by the Biblical Archaeology Society. He served for several years as the main New Testament editor for de Gruyter’s international Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception and has been on the editorial boards of New Testament Studies, Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Horizons in Biblical Theology, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Review of Biblical Literature. On a more popular level, he has written books on the Sermon on the Mount, George Harrison, religious experience in the modern world, and death and what might lie beyond. His most recent book is Encountering Mystery: Religious Experience in a Secular Age. He is an ordained elder in the PC (USA).
Tuesday, May 16, 9:00 a.m.
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Encountering Mystery: Religious Experience in a secular age
The number of modern individuals who have metanormal experiences that they interpret in religious terms—moments of loving rapture, moments of inexplicable terror, overpowering visions, unexplained voices, near-death experiences, the sense of an invisible presence—is astounding. What should rationally minded people make of their reports? How might we connect some of them with our theology? How should we respond pastorally?