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JIM METZGER

Office: AB Whitley, Room 206
Phone: (252) 493-7748
e-mail: jametzger540@my.pittcc.edu

AREAS OF INTEREST:

Chronic Illness, Disability, & Healing in the Biblical Writings

Theories of Religion

Philosophy of Religion

Ethics of Belief

Philosophy of Pain

Elective Death (Euthanasia & Suicide)

COURSES TAUGHT:

REL 110 World Religions
HUM 115 Critical Thinking
PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics

EDUCATION:

B.A., UNC - Chapel Hill
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
M.T.S., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
M.A., East Carolina University (English)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (Religious Studies)

ON-CAMPUS ROLES:

Faculty Advisor: PCC Philosophy Club
Assistant Editor: The Reedy Branch Review
University Transfer Advising
Way to Success Coach

PUBLICATIONS (selected):

Academic Articles, Book(s), Essays, & Reviews

“Voluntary Active Euthanasia and the Lukan Jesus.” In Luke-Acts: Texts @ Contexts, ed. James P. Grimshaw. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, forthcoming Fall, 2016.

“Humanism, Illness, and Elective Death: A Case Study in Utilitarian Ethics.” Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism, forthcoming Fall, 2016.

“Is It Wrong to Accept God’s Gift of Salvation?” Free Inquiry 36.2 (2016): 25-28.

“Taking Paul Seriously.” Scriptura 113 (2014): 1-13.

“Three Reasons Why Atheists Should Be More Charitable.” Beliefnet (November 26, 2014).  Online @: http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/Articles/3-Reasons-Why-Atheists-Should-Be-More-Charitable.aspx.

“Why Justices Kagan and Breyer Didn’t Go Far Enough.”  The Humanist (July/August, 2014): 6-7.

“Why I Am Not A Progressive Christian.”  Free Inquiry 34.5 (2014): 35-37.

“Can Liberal Christians Save the Church?  A Humanist Approach to Contemporary Progressive Christian Theologies.Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism 21.2 (2013): 19-46. 

“Why Atheists Should Read – And Love – The Book of Job.” The Bible and Interpretation. (October, 2013). Online @: http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/2013/10/met378008.shtml.

“Evaluating the New Atheists’ Criticism of Scripture.” Free Inquiry 33.5 (2013): 54-56.

“What Atheists Want.” Beliefnet (April 10, 2013).  Online @: http://www.beliefnet.com/Faiths/What-Atheists-Want.aspx#.

“Spending Christmas with Linus.” Free Inquiry 33.1 (2013): 47-51.

“Reading Matthew’s Healing Narratives from the Perspectives of Caregiver and the Disabled,” coauthored with James P. Grimshaw. In Matthew: Texts @ Contexts, eds. Nicole Duran and James Grimshaw. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013: 133-54.

“Illness and Deicide.” Journal of Religion, Disability & Health 16.3 (2012): 296-302. 

“Why We Must Treat the Bible No Differently Than Any Other Book.” The Bible and Interpretation (January, 2012).  Online @: http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/met368030.shtml.

“Re-visioning Kafka’s Metamorphosis through Illness and Disability.” Journal of the Kafka Society of America 33/34 (2011): 56-61.

“Reclaiming a ‘dark and malefic sacred’ for a Theology of Disability.” Journal of Religion, Disability & Health 15.3 (2011): 296-316.

“Disability and the Marginalization of God in the Parable of the Snubbed Host (Luke 14:15-24).” The Bible and Critical Theory 6.2 (2010): 1-15.

“God as F(r)iend?  Reading Luke 11:5-13 & 18:1-8 with a Hermeneutic of Suffering.” Horizons in Biblical Theology 32.1 (2010): 33-57.

Book Review: Terry R. Wright, The Genesis of Fiction: Modern Novelists as Biblical Interpreters. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007. Review of Biblical Literature 12 (2010): 145-48.

“Jesus on Economic Justice in Luke: Accommodationist or Subversive?” Prism 23.1 (2009): 45-58.

“Where has Yahweh Gone? Reclaiming Unsavory Images of God in New Testament Studies.” Horizons in Biblical Theology 31.1 (2009): 51-76.

Book Review: Henry Ansgar Kelly, Satan: A Biography. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Review of Biblical Literature (4/2009). Online: http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/5590_7276.pdf.

Book Review: Elizabeth V. Dowling, Taking Away the Pound: Women, Theology and the Parable of the Pounds in the Gospel of Luke. LNTS 324. New York: T & T Clark, 2007. Review of Biblical Literature 11 (2009): 381-84.

“Boanerges”; “Chuza”; “Dawn”; “Drachma”; “Ethiopic Version”; “Flaminius, Circus”; “Forum”; “Fullness of Time”; “Funerals”; “Gallon”; “Garland”; “Talents”; “Tax Office”; “Theon”; “Timaeus”; “Tribune”; “Trustee.” The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. Edited by Katharine D. Sakenfeld. 5 vols. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2006-2009.

Consumption and Wealth in Luke’s Travel Narrative. Biblical Interpretation Series 88. Leiden: Brill, 2007.

Book Review: Charles W. Hedrick, Many Things in Parables: Jesus and His Modern Critics. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004. Review of Biblical Literature (1/2005). Online: http://www.bookreviews.org/pdf/4261_4216.pdf.

Book Review: Catherine M. Murphy, John the Baptist: Prophet of Purity for a New Age. Interfaces Series. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2003. Review of Biblical Literature 6 (2004): 399-402.

Creative Writing & Op-Eds

“‘Honoring ancestors’ with flags, monuments needs specificity.” The Daily Reflector (July 30, 2015): A6. (Note: The title was provided by the editor.) 

“Dying well, knowing the costs.” Raleigh News & Observer (June 15, 2013): 13A. (Note: The title was provided by the editor.)

The Tub & Other Strange Tales. Scotts Valley: Red Salamander, 2013.

“Believing in Belief.” Aries: A Journal of Art and Literature 27 (2013): 11-13.

“The Old Woman.” Bartleby Snopes: A Literary Magazine (June, 2012).  Online @: http://www.bartlebysnopes.com/theoldwoman.htm.

Dim: A Novel. Washington, D.C.: Aberdeen Bay, 2011.

“Biblical anti-gay-marriage arguments require specifics.” The Daily Reflector (September 25, 2011), A13. (Note: The title was provided by the editor.)

“At 4 in the Morning.” Short Story (Society for the Study of the Short Story; Columbia: Wentworth) 12.1 (2004): 48-54.