Dr. Christopher M. Leighton

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

There are no warning labels affixed to sacred writings; maybe there should be

Education After Charleston

It was a fellow student who helped convince me that a genuine education begins when we step outside the familiar

The Woes of Esther

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"

Chris Leighton reviews Robert Harris' "An Officer and a Spy"

A Tribute To LeRoy Hoffberger

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"

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

Here is a book that inspires us to push through heartache

A Tribute to Peter W. Culman

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

Recommended Reading: Paul Woodruff’s "The Ajax Dilemma"

Thomas Aquinas and the Question of Supersessionism

Author Matthew Tapie writes with uncommon clarity, care, and precision