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Dr. Christopher M. Leighton
Dr. Christopher M. Leighton is an ordained Presbyterian minister who has served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies since its inception in 1987.
In addition to his work at the ICJS, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University and the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary & University. After co-editing Talking About Genesis: A Resource Guide for the Bill Moyers series, he conducted a variety of educational programs that explored the challenges of reading and interpreting Genesis with public and independent high school students, individuals in retirement homes and a maximum security prison, as well as a diverse cross section of churches and synagogues.
There are no warning labels affixed to sacred writings; maybe there should be
One of my most important teachers was a fellow student who helped convince me that a genuine education begins when we step outside the familiar
Here is a book that inspires us to push through heartache to retrieve a standard of generosity and humility, intelligence and fortitude
Peter W. Culman died on August 18, and the world will be a dimmer place without him
Recommended Reading: Paul Woodruff’s "The Ajax Dilemma"
Author Matthew Tapie writes with uncommon clarity, care, and precision
The slaughter of three Muslim students in North Carolina demonstrates that extremism is not the exclusive province of religious zealots
Films that revisit ancient narratives serve as both windows and mirrors
Essay by ICJS Executive Director, Chris Leighton, featured in "Plowshares into Swords? Reflections on Religion and Violence"
Dr. Christopher Leighton reflects on Peter Matthiessen’s new novel "In Paradise"
In his new book, Philip Jenkins explores the role religion played in World War I
Friendship plays an important role in encouraging us at the right moments
Recent headlines remind us that religious zealotry continues to ignite passions and give rise to deadly violence
Why IPMN's study guide "subverts the ideals and the practices that our Church has striven to uphold"
Wesley Ariarajah's newest book begins with a call to rethink the Christian theological doctrine
In this episode of “Humanities Connection,” Dr. Leighton discusses the challenges of having conversations “for the sake of heaven”
In this quest for restoration, we encounter the dialectic of God’s justice and mercy and the dangers of elevating one divine attribute to the exclusion of the other
Humor and Religion: Introduction by Dr. Christopher M. Leighton
Should businesses participate in the act of sacred arguing?
Two novels that carry readers into the paradox of faith
Listen to Dr. Leighton’s interview with Aleisa Fishman from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Can Christians develop a Christology that remains faithful to the tradition yet honors the integrity of others?
I remain a reader of fiction over the years because this genre feeds my soul as no other
Dr. Leighton's poignant closing remarks from ICJS' 25th Anniversary Publication