Call for Papers
June 26, 2016

St. Alcuin House Theological Seminary
College of Christian Research and Applied Theology

Call for Papers

General Information
The College of Christian Research and Applied Theology (CCRAT) invites all students of SAHS as well as members of constituent organizations to submit electronic proposals for the 2016 regional meeting. The annual meeting will be held next June in connection with the Karl Barth Society Annual Meeting at Princeton Theological Seminary.  Proposals should be submitted via E-mail to Dr. John L. McMahon - Associate Professor, Religious Studies. When submitting the abstract, the researchers should submit the name of a "reader" or subject matter expert, who has agreed to read and grade the final paper.

Unless otherwise indicated, the deadline for paper proposal submission is May 15, 2017.

Powerpoint and Other Projection Media Presentations Policy
Due to the prohibitive costs of hotel audio-visual rentals, the CCRAT does not provide computers, projectors, or video monitors for presentations. Those persons submitting proposals for presentation must be prepared to provide their own equipment, or to plan for printed copies of any visual elements of their presentation.

The Arts, Literature, and Religion section invites proposals for papers on any topic concerning the intersection of the arts, literature, and religion. Proposals for papers should not exceed 500 words and should include title, brief description, and an indication of the main arguments of the presentation. FINAL RESEARCH PAPERS are due on or before September 15, 2017. Publication date for the SAH Journal is planned for November 2017.

Proposals should be E-mailed to:
Dr. John L. McMahon

College of Christian Research and Applied Theology Appoints New Provost
June 06, 2015
+Peter w. Riola, OSA will assume his new roll as Pres. Emeritus of St. Alcuin House Theological Seminary and the College of Christian Research and Applied Theology. ++ John L Simons, OSA will continue his very active role as Chancellor of the St. Alcuin House Theological Seminary.
New Course Offering - Columbia University Course in Literature 1928
November 06, 2014

Columbia University Course in Literature 1928

In his introduction to the Columbia University Course in Literature, Nicholas Murray Butler (April 2, 1862 – December 7, 1947 American philosopher, diplomat, and educator, president of Columbia University, Nobel Peace Prize 1931) writes, “It is not easy, even if possible, to say anything new about literature. Criticism, exposition, and analysis have long since been exhausted themselves and that which has stood their test has thereby become classic.” We read literature to find out about the conditions of life’s experience and to think about the ramifications. It is sometimes said authors and writers "write to find out what we think."

In 1928, this course in eighteen volumes, attempted to capture the great literary works, examining the fundamental conditions of life, thought, religious and economic experience which have shaped the literary expression of the ages. Over the next few months, perhaps two years, we propose to examine volumes thirteen (The Romantic Revival in England) and fourteen (The Great Victorians), with a focus on lesser known figures in British literature. Since the Columbia Course is very expensive, and hard to come by, we will also use other books including, but not limited to:

Masterpieces of Christian Literature in summary Form, and Masterpieces of World Literature in Digest Form, both by Frank N. Magill, Harper and Row

George Herbert and Henry Vaughan, The Oxford Authors, edited by Louis L. Martz, Oxford University Press

The Oxford Anthology of English Literature: The Literature of Renaissance England, by John Hollander and Frank Kermode, Oxford University Press, with a particular focus on John Donne.

The Oxford Book of English Verse, Arthur Quiller-Couch, Oxford University Press

The Idea is for each participant to select one author or one literary piece each month, developing the idea, and sharing with the other participants, collecting to be published at the end of the program on the web site or blog. We do not have to all be reading the same authors or use the same books. If you are interested in reading along, please email