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Joel Daniels
Boston University
Division of Religious and Theological Studies
joeld@bu.edu


Education

Boston University (2009-)
Doctoral Candidate, Division of Religious and Theological Studies

The General Theological Seminary (2003-2007)
Master of Divinity, cum laude

Columbia University (1996-2000)
B.A., English
Thesis: “Religious Imagery in the Fiction of William Faulkner”


Honors and Awards

Division of Religious and Theological Studies Scholarly Travel Award (Spring, 2011)

Teaching Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (AY 2010-2011)
Division of Religious and Theological Studies Scholarly Travel Award (Spring, 2010)
IBCSR Lindamood Fellowship (2009-present)
Graduate Research Assistant Scholarship (AY 2009-2010)
J. Wilson Sutton Prize for best senior thesis (2007)
        “Ecce Homo: Theological Anthropology for a Scientific Age”
William Heath Educational Scholarship (2005-2007)
Columbia University Dean’s List (1998-2000)

 Presentations

“The Doctrine of the Soul in a Scientific World.” Presentation at “The Path of Discovery: Science, Theology, and the Academy.” Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. June 16, 2011. (Upcoming)

“Christology and Ecclesiology in the Thought of Rowan Williams and Robert Jenson.” Presentation at “Ecclesiology and Exclusion: Fifth Annual International Conference of the Ecclesiological Investigations Research Network.” University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio. May 18, 2011. (Upcoming)

“We Go On Saying God: Rowan Williams and the Program of Modern Secularism.” Presentation at the University of Virginia Graduate Colloquium on Theology, Ethics, and Culture. Charlottesville, Virginia. April 15, 2011. (Upcoming)

“The Evolutionary Roots of Religion.” Lecture to RN 239. April 12, 2011. (Upcoming)

“The Evolution of Evolutionary Christology.” Presentation to the Zygon Center for Religion and Science Symposium on Science and Spirituality. Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago. March 25, 2011. (Upcoming)

“Who have you said that I am? Christological Responses to Darwinism.” Presentation to adult education class at Saint Thomas Church, New York City. January 9, 2011.

“‘Our heart is restless’: Meditation and the Origin of Our Species.” Presentation to the Zygon Center for Religion and Science Symposium on Science and Spirituality, Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago. April 16, 2010.


Publications

Review of Saving God: Religion After Idolatry by Mark Johnston, published in the Anglican Theological Review 92(4). Fall, 2010.

Review of Christology and Science by F. LeRon Shults, published in the Anglican Theological Review 91(1). Winter, 2009.

“Notes from the 2008 AAR Meeting” published in the Newsletter of the Episcopal Church Network  for Science, Technology and Faith. November, 2008.

Review of Bodies and Souls? Or Spirited Bodies? by Nancey Murphy, published in the Anglican Theological Review 89(2). Spring, 2007.


Academic Experience

Teaching Assistant, Boston University.
RN 239: Religion and Science (Spring 2011)
RN 384: The Holocaust in Historical Context (Fall 2010).

 

Editor, Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion Research Review (2009-)
Collect and provide abstracts for a monthly review of all scientific research on religion, brain, and behavior published in the previous month; approximately 100 articles per month. The Research Review is distributed to over 300 researchers around the world. (Sample)

 

Graduate Researcher, Boston University and the University of Pittsburgh (2009-2011)
For NIH-funded study “Effect of meditation and chant on vocal fold inflammation,” assisted with experimental design, created subjects’ practice regimen, assisted with grant writing, wrote applications for the Boston University Institutional Review Board, and trained in statistics and agent-based modeling.

 

Research Assistant, The General Theological Seminary (2006-2009)
Edited text by, and provided research for, W. Mark Richardson, then Professor of Systematic Theology, for his book regarding theological perspectives on evolution among Anglican theologians of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Other Professional Experience

Assisting Priest, Saint Thomas Church, New York (2010-)

Associate Rector, The Church of St. Barnabas, Irvington, New York (2007-2009)

Seminarian Intern, Grace Church, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York (2005-2007)

Editorial Director, Instinet Group, New York (1999-2004)


Professional Associations

American Academy of Religion
Institute on Religion in an Age of Science


Unpublished essays