My recent research involved examining evidence for the survival of the individual soul after death (scientific instruments and techniques, near-death experiences, reputable psychics and mediums, out-of-body experiences) and related issues: reincarnation, pre-birth decisions, karma (the law of cause and effect), and the relationship between the afterlife and Christian tenets (love, peace, joy, heaven, eternity, reunion with loved ones). For my blog, WisdomWordsPPF, I rely on facts and evidence to support arguments on issues in the early church and women in antiquity (Past), social justice (Present), and the relationship between the afterlife and how we live our lives on earth (Future).
Current research areas:
Social justice issues, especially how other Western democracies solve problems that we in the US seem unable to solve.
Recent scholarly activity:
Review, Elizabeth A. Johnson, editor, The Strength of Her Witness: Jesus Christ in the Global Voices of Women (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016), for Anglican and Episcopal History, in progress.
Review, Clare Amos, ed., The Bible in the Life of the Church. Canterbury Studies in Anglicanism. Series Editors: Martyn Percy and Ian Markham (Harrisburg, PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2014) in Anglican and Episcopal History, Vol. 85, No. 1 (March 2016) 106-08.
“Priestesses and Other Female Cult Leaders at Philippi in the Early Christian Era,” in Joseph A. Marchal, ed., The People beside Paul: The Philippian Assembly and History from Below, 25-62. Atlanta, GA: SBL Press, 2015.
Paranormal: A New Testament Scholar Looks at the Afterlife. Self-published 2015; printed by Shires Press, Manchester Center, VT.
"Same-sex Relations: Early Church,” in Julia M. O’Brien, Editor in Chief, Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies, Vol. 2, 285-90. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Review, Rebecca Moore, Women in Christian Traditions (New York and London: New York University Press, 2015), in Anglican and Episcopal History, submitted
Review, John Boswell, Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century (Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Edition; Foreword by Mark D. Jordan; Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2015), in Anglican and Episcopal History, submitted