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Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski is Associate Professor of Church History at CDSP. He received his PhD from Boston College where he studied the history of Christianity and comparative theology. He has been at CDSP since 2005 and has been a member of the Graduate Theological Union’s Core Doctoral Faculty since 2009.
The purpose of learning about the past is to engage with difference. The study of history, of other faith traditions, and of one’s own tradition at some point requires one to encounter the gap between oneself and what is studied. The goal of my classes involves not only mastering the traditions and topics presented but also how to account for the diversity of Christian experiences. This extends to my research interests in the history of Jewish-Christian relations in the early and medieval periods, Anglican theologies of religion, and comparative theology. My goal is to foster a stance of both openness to difference and critical reflection on the past that creates better practitioners in ministerial and academic contexts.
Typical Elective Courses
Christian Memories of the Maccabean Martyrs (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
A Christian Commentary on Mishnah Avot (Louvain: Peeters Press, book in progress)
“The Mother and Seven Sons in Late Antique and Medieval Ashkenazi Judaism: Narrative Transformations and Communal Identity” in Dying for the Faith, Killing for the Faith: Old Testament Faith-Warriors (1 and 2 Maccabees) in Historical Perspective, ed. Gabriela Signori. Studies in Intellectual History (Leiden: Brill, 2012), 127-146
“The Baptismal Ecclesiology of Holy Women, Holy Men,” Anglican Theological Review 94:1 (2012):27-36
“Comparative Theology and the Status of Judaism: Hegemony and Reversals” in The New Comparative Theology: Interreligious Insights from the Next Generation, ed. Francis X. Clooney, S. J. (New York: Continuum, 2010), 89-108
“Anglican History in the 21st Century: How Then Shall We Teach?” Anglican and Episcopal History 78.4 (December 2009): 364-372
When not reading all manners of academic and ecclesiastical texts, I enjoy listening to music and watching baseball. The San Francisco Bay Area is a great place to feed my enthusiasm for American folk music, old-time music, and bluegrass. I am a fan of the Boston Red Sox and find that the San Francisco Giants are beginning to grow on me. I do have a considerable collection of baseball essays and especially enjoy reading Roger Angell’s pieces.
I am reading Caroline Walker Bynum’s latest book, Material Christianity. It is a tremendous journey through the physical artifacts of medieval Christianity and tangible means by which Christians engaged with their faith.
I also have memorized several children’s classics including Goodnight, Moon and Baby Beluga during story time with my two small children.