Experts Guide — Religion

Homelessness and poverty — World hunger — Religion and violence — Liberation theology — Development, human rights, and sustainability — Christian ethics — Moral responsibility, social justice, and public protest
Rick Axtell

Associate Professor of Religion, College Chaplain
B.A., Mississippi College;
M.Div., Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Expertise on issues of hunger and homelessness; former director of Louisville United Against Hunger and case manager working with homeless men. Has guided students to first-hand understanding of homeless shelters. Research on day laborers; public housing residents displaced by HOPE VI. Travel and study in Bangladesh, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua focused on sustainable development, human rights, and poverty. Honored as a teacher and a hunger activist.



Biblical studies and Biblical history — The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and Hebraic literature — World religions: Judaism and Islam — New Testament studies — Ancient languages
Beth Glazier-McDonald

Stodghill Professor of Religion
B.A., The George Washington University;
M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

A scholar of the Hebrew bible and biblical literature. Expert on ancient languages. Contributing author to Eerdman's Dictionary of the Bible. Served as a scholar-in-residence and guest speaker at Temple Adath Israel in Lexington, giving a series of lectures on topics including wisdom literature of the Bible, the tower of Babel story, and the Book of Job.



Christianity and Christian thought — Biblical history — Contemporary Middle East — Archaeology in the Middle East
Tom McCollough

Rodes Professor of Religion
B.A., University of Florida; M.Div., Duke University Divinity School;
M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Expertise in the history of Christianity and Christian thought, Biblical history and archaeology, and the contemporary Middle East. An avid participant in archaeological digs in Israel, often taking Centre students. He and his students were part of a team that uncovered at Sepphoris rare amulets estimated to be around 2000 years old. Co-editor, along with Douglas R. Edwards, of Archaeology and the Galilee: Text and Context in the Graeco-Roman and Byzantine Periods (Scholars Press, 1997).



Conservative vs. liberal churches — Anything Presbyterian — Sociology of family life — Marriage — Dating, mate selection — How to be a better boyfriend — Coffee and cafes — Academic blogging
Beau Weston

Van Winkle Professor of Sociology
B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A.R. (ethics), Yale Divinity School;
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (sociology), Yale University

Special interest in the sociology of religion. Author of Presbyterian Pluralism: Competition in a Protestant House (University of Tennessee Press, 1997). Editor of and contributor to Education and the American Family: A Synthesis of Research (New York University Press, 1989). Research and teaching on topics related to family life and major contemporary social issues. Authored full-length history of Centre College titled Centre College: Scholars, Gentlemen, Christians (published October 2010).