Dr. Christopher M. Leighton is the Protestant Scholar at the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies.
Dr. Christopher M. Leighton is an ordained Presbyterian minister who served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies in Baltimore, Maryland since its inception in 1987 through June 2016. He is also the ICJS Protestant Scholar. 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.
Teaching and Preaching Difficult Texts
August 24, 2015
There are no warning labels affixed to sacred writings; maybe there should be
Education After Charleston
July 2, 2015
It was a fellow student who helped convince me that a genuine education begins when we step outside the familiar
The Woes of Esther
January 4, 2017
The ICJS recently brought together a mix of rabbis, ministers, and priests who explored some of the ways that the story of Esther lives within Jewish and Christian communities
Summer Reading Recommendation, "An Officer and a Spy"
August 11, 2016
Chris Leighton reviews Robert Harris' "An Officer and a Spy"
A Tribute To LeRoy Hoffberger
August 5, 2016
His passing leaves a hole in the universe that will not be readily filled, and we’ll carry that grief with us
Christopher Leighton reviews "American Apostles"
June 23, 2016
Heyrman’s book reminds us that domestic and international policies are entangled in the messy business of interreligious relations
Musings on "Lincoln’s Melancholy" by Joshua Wolf Shenk
November 25, 2015
Here is a book that inspires us to push through heartache
A Tribute to Peter W. Culman
August 28, 2015
Peter W. Culman died on August 18, and the world will be a dimmer place without him
From the Battlefield to the Streets of Baltimore
June 4, 2015
Recommended Reading: Paul Woodruff’s "The Ajax Dilemma"
Thomas Aquinas and the Question of Supersessionism
March 19, 2015
Author Matthew Tapie writes with uncommon clarity, care, and precision