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Dr. Matthew Robert Anderson, PhD

Affiliate Professor, Theological Studies
Affiliate Professor, Loyola International College



Research interests

Pilgrimage, Mobility, New Testament: the Pauline letters, History of Christianity, the Bible and Western Culture, Theology and Film, Decolonizing Settler Biblical Studies and Theology, Indigenous studies (from a settler perspective), Cultural Studies, Masculinity Studies

B.A. (University of Saskatchewan; Political Science, with Distinction), Master of Divinity (Lutheran Theological Seminary), Ph.D. (McGill, Faculty of Religious Studies, thesis topic: 'Before the Fact: How Paul's Rhetoric Made History')

Other interests

History, non-fiction writing about pilgrimage, biblical studies and pop culture (3 books currently in press), writing fiction (I've published a number of short stories and am a member of the Quebec Writers' Federation) documentary film-making (2012 Something Grand; 2014 Under the North Star, trailers at www.somethinggrand.ca), and podcasting my series "Pilgrimage Stories from Up and Down the Staircase"

A poster for my 2018 presentation on First Century Roman life in Pompeii
Photo credit: Matthew R. Anderson
Poster for one of my Gospels and Beatles presentations
Photo credit: M. Anderson
Pilgrimage Stories From Up and Down the Staircase
Photo credit: M. Anderson

Publications

Books

2021                Our Road to Walk: A Settler Christian’s Guide to Rediscovering Treaty (Kelowna BC: WoodLake Books,forthcoming) Co-written with Dr Raymond Aldred

 

2021                The Bible and Booze: Pairings (Toronto: Novalis Press, forthcoming)

 

2021                The Good Walk: Unsettling Pilgrimages on the Prairies. Regina: University of Regina Press (in review).

Articles in refereed journals

2021                “The Historicity of Acts 20:16and a Shavu’ot Setting for the Pauline Collection,” in Journal for the Studyof the Pseudepigrapha (submitted).

 

2019                “‘Aware-Settler’ BiblicalStudies: Breaking Claims of Textual Ownership,” 42-68 in Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies 1,1 (2019): 42-68.



2019                “Strangers on the Land: What“Settler-Aware” Biblical Studies Learns from Indigenous Methodologies,” in Critical Theology 1:2 (Winter 2019): 10-14.

 

2019                “Walking to be Some Body: desire and diaspora on the St-Olaf Way,” in International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage 7:1. 63-76.

 

2019                “Luther’s Failed Pilgrimage and the Body of Christendom,” in International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage 7:1. 53-62.


2018                “Post-Reformation Christian Pilgrimage and the Globalization of Sentiment,” in Theoforum 48/1, 2018

 

2017                “The Tough Wedge: Reformation Now and Onward,” in Consensus 38:2, 5

 

2015                “The Curious Voyage of Christ: katábasis, anábasis, and the New Testament,” in Les Études Classiques. 83:1

 

2014                "De Vieux-Montréal  à Kahnawa:ké : the story of an urban pilgrimage between settler and aboriginal cultures," in Urban Pilgrimage, Room One Thousand, University of California (Berkeley). Co-authored: S. Terreault

 

2006                “Adaptation:The Self-Proclaiming Rhetoric of Charlie Kaufman and of                                 Paul” in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. Vol XIII.

 

2004                “In a Mirror Very Darkly: Pauline Argument and the Problem of History,” in the Lexington Theological Quarterly. VolXXXIX, No.4: 225-242

Chapters in books

2020                “Paul’s collection and his final pilgrimage to Jerusalem” in Comparativism and Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage, Århus: Århus University Press (invited and submitted)


2019                "Settler-Aware Pilgrimage: the Canadian Context," in Pilgrimages and Peace-Building, eds. Nour Farra Haddad and Ian S. McIntosh. Cambridge Scholars Press, pages 98-120.

 

2018                "Pilgrimage and the Challenging of a Canadian Foundational Myth," in Pilgrimage in Practice: Narration, Reclamation and Healing, eds.Ian S. McIntosh, E. Moore Quinn and Vivienne Keely. CABI Publishing.


2014              "The First Cut is the Deepest: First Century Attitudes towards Masculinity and Circumcision," in Biblical Masculinities Foregrounded, eds. Peter-Ben Smit and Oviudu Creanga. Sheffield-Phoenix Press, co-written with K.B. Neutel, University of Oslo Norway

Articles in media or non-refereed journals


2020Article “’Life of Brian’: Terry Jones’s Legacy of a Surprisingly HistoricalJesus,” in The Conversation: Canada http://theconversation.com/life-of-brian-terry-joness-legacy-of-a-surprisingly-historical-jesus-130582

 

2020Article “The Good Place: Ethics Comedy Asks if There’s a Second Chance atLife,” in Salon https://www.salon.com/2019/11/30/the-good-place-ethics-comedy-asks-if-theres-a-second-chance-at-life_partner/

 

2019Article “Learning the Land: Walking the Talk of Indigenous LandAcknowledgements,” in The Conversation: Canada: https://theconversation.com/learning-the-land-walking-the-talk-of-indigenous-land-acknowledgements-125369

 

2019Article “A Blanket Argument for Empathy” for Friends of Canadian Broadcasting: https://friends.ca/explore/article/a-blanket-argument-for-empathy/#site-pages

 

2019Article: “The Man Who Painted Jesus” in ArtCritique: https://www.art-critique.com/en/2019/07/the-man-who-painted-jesus/


Article “Why Canadians Need the Right to Roam” in The National Post online: https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/why-canadians-need-the-right-to-roamin The Ottawa Citizen online: https://ottawacitizen.com/pmn/news-pmn/why-canadians-need-the-right-to-roam/wcm/8f8056ee-131e-4de2-b1eb-9b24ef178afc?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1532962207And in HuffPost Canada: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/the-conversation-canada/bring-the-right-to-roam-to-canada_a_23492516/


Article about the movie “Paul, Apostle of Christ” in The National Post online: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/paul-apostle-of-christ-owes-more-to-coca-cola-than-to-the-bible


Article about Charles Dickens and the Gospels in The Toronto Star online: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2017/12/12/charles-dickens-the-man-who-invented-christmas-plagiarized-jesus.html


HeritageSaskatchewan video for Canada 150: https://somethinggrand.ca/2017/10/19/walking-the-land-a-canada-150-post/

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/831195203503

http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/pour_faire_un_monde/2014-2015/chronique.asp?idChronique=380260

http://www.lehtiluukku.fi/lue/lappilainen-25.02.2015/70979.html

http://www.rovaniemenseurakunta.fi/viestinta/seurakuntaradio_rovadei/kuuntele_haastatteluita/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLUdJZC72GU&feature=youtu.be&t=2m45s

https://somethinggrand.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/prairie-post-aug-28-2015.pdf

2014, June  "From Old Montreal to Kahnawake: A Pilgrimage to End Ignorance," in Concordia Now.

2014 May "Following the Saints, Footfall by Footfall" in The Montreal Review.

Academic reviews

2020                Unsettling Spirit: A Journeyinto Decolonization (Denise M. Nadeau) for Studies in Religion /Sciences Religieuses. Sarah Rollens, ed. (upcoming)

 

2020                Cast Out of the Covenant(Adele Reinhartz) for Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses. SarahRollens, ed. https://doi.org/10.1177/0008429820911618

 

2020                Cast Out of the Covenant(Adele Reinhartz) for Critical Theology 2,2 (Winter 2020): 18-20.Christine Jamieson, ed.


2010 - Review of "The Faith of Jesus Christ: Exegetical, Biblical and Theological Studies ," Michael F. Bird and Preston Sprinkle, eds. Peabody MA: Hendrickson Paternoster, 2009. At the request of, and for, The Toronto Journal of Theology

2007 - Review of "The Bible after Babel: Historical Criticism in a Postmodern Age," by John Collins. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005. At the request of The Journal of Hebrew Studies, Vol XLVIII: 343-345.

Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries


2020                “Paul and Pauline Letters,”(solicited article) for the Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Wiley-Blackwell.


2012  “Thorn in the Flesh,” (solicited article) for Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture. Eds. Michael Gilmour and Mary Ann Beavis. Sheffield-Phoenix Press


2012  “The Garden of Eden,” (solicited article; also used as template for call for submissions) for Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture. Eds. Michael Gilmour and Mary Ann Beavis. Sheffield-Phoenix Press


Recent Academic Papers

Keynote and Invited Presentations

2021                Hypermasculine in thePresence of Women: Jerome and Late-Antique Christian Masculinity, Nangaronimeeting, Enoch Seminar, online July 2021.

 

2020                Strangers on the Textual Land: Aware-Settler Biblical Studies,University of Nottingham Theology and Religious Studies Research SeminarSeries, Nottingham, UK. March 13 (online).


2019                The Pauline Collection in Light of Shavu’ot in SecondTemple Judaism, The Biblical Seminar, March 29, University of Nottingham

 

2019                Unsettled Pilgrimages: Settlers Walking toward Reconciliation on the Canadian Prairies, University of Nottingham Research Seminar Series, February 23, 2019.

 

2019                Strangers on the Land: What Biblical Studies in the Canadian Settler Context Can Learn from Indigenous Methodologies, Research Seminar for the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, February 18, Sheffield University, UK.

 

2018                Response to Sheinfeld, Gender and Second Temple Judaism: Challenges& Possibilities, 10th Nangeroni Meeting of the Enoch Seminar, June, Rome.


2017                Our Work, Our Walk. Invited keynote at the “Sustainability Across Disciplines Conference,” Concordia University, JohnMolson School of Business. March 17, 2017.

 

2017                Mapping with our Feet: Pilgrimage and Pedagogy in Montreal and Mohawk Spaces. Invited presentation at Concordia University Dept. of Applied Human Sciences, to faculty and grad students. Jan12, 2017.

 

2016                Land and Meaning-Making: the Environmental Seminar Series. Presenting with Orenda Boucher-Curotte, Coordinator of First Peoples’ Studies, Dawson College, Montreal. Invited speaker.

 

2016                Pilgrimage, A Retreat of our Own,Canmore Alberta Canada, September. Keynote speaker.

 

2015                Sola Scriptura, Presbyterian College of Montreal, in association with McGill University, Montreal (invited panel)

 

2013                The Heroic Journey, 2013 Symposium on Pilgrimage Studies. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA, USA (keynote address)

Presentations


2017                Masculinity in the New Testament: a changing ideal. At Universityof Nottingham, UK, Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies.

 

2017                Imagining Iceland: Pilgrimage. Invited panelist at the “ImaginingIceland: From Concordia to the North,” Concordia University, Visual ArtsBuilding. Sept 20, 2017.

 

2017                Our Work, Our Walk. Invited keynote at the “Sustainability AcrossDisciplines Conference,” Concordia University, John Molson School of Business.March 17, 2017.

 

2017                Mapping with our Feet: Pilgrimage and Pedagogy in Montreal and MohawkSpaces. Invited presentation at Concordia University Dept. of Applied HumanSciences, to faculty and grad students. Jan 12, 2017.

 

2016                Land and Meaning-Making: the Environmental Seminar Series. Presentingwith Orenda Boucher-Curotte, Coordinator of First Peoples’ Studies, DawsonCollege, Montreal. Invited speaker.


2016                Indigeneity, Journey, and Historical Recollection on the Northern Great Plains, American Academy of Religion,Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX

 

2016                Mapping with our Feet: Pilgrimage as Pedagogy in Mohawk and Montreal Spaces, American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX

 

2016                Horror and the Hidden: Luther, Paul, and Tracy on the hiddenness of God, paper at the Hiddenness of God conference, King’s College, Western University, London ON

 

2014                The Pilgrimage that Ended Pilgrimages, Reformation effects on European pilgrimage, at 2014 Symposium, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA

 

2014                The Curious Journey of Christ: Katabasis in 1 Peter,  at the                          interuniversity Katabasis colloquium, Concordia

 


Media Appearances

media appearances


2016   Interview on CBC Radio One, with playlist of music, about pilgrimage, Indigenous rights, and my research and work. Host Nantali Ndongo.

                                     http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/831195203503

        

2015 (July/Aug)         Interview (in French) and an accompanying web essay, with Radio-Canada, about my pilgrimage on the North West Mounted Police Trail, inSK, July and August 2015 http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/pour_faire_un_monde/2014-2015/chronique.asp?idChronique=380260


South-West TV news did a short mini-documentary onme and on the walk. It can be found here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLUdJZC72GU&feature=youtu.be&t=2m45s

 

July 20, 2015, radio interview with CKOM Saskatoon’s John Gormley about my pilgrimage along the 310 km North West Mounted Police Patrol Trail. Live on the phone from our abandoned farm house where we were eating lunch and taking refuge from the heat and the sun:http://ckom.com/audio/dr-matthew-andersond-21-day-310-km-trek-across-southwest-saskatchewan-and-join-show/569417

 

July 20, 2015              Article in the Gull Lake Advance: https://somethinggrand.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/gull-lake-advance-july-20-2015.pdf

July 10 and Aug 28, 2015. Articles inthe Prairie Post: https://somethinggrand.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/prairie-post-aug-28-2015.pdf

2014 (Sept)     "Journeys of Faith". An interview with the Catholic Times

2014 (June 18)  "From Old Montreal to Kahnawake: A Pilgrimage to End Ignorance," in Concordia Now  http://www.concordia.ca/cunews/main/stories/2014/06/18/from-old-montrealtokahnawakea34kmpilgrimagetocombatignorance.html

2014 (June 15) CBC Radio One (Quebec) interview on "All in a Weekend" about     Concordia student pilgrimage to Kahnawake Mohawk Territory.                   

2014 (June)  The Eastern Door (Kahnawake Mohawk newspaper): "Montreal to  Kahnawake Pilgrimage" by Cecilia Macarthur

2014 (June)  "Walking Towards the Light", excerpt from my The Montreal  Review article, featured on "The Dish" blog, with over 110,000 followers http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2014/06/15/walking-towards-the-light/

April 20,2014  CBC Radio One (national) radio interview on pilgrimage and the new spirituality

Jan 25, 2014  CBC Radio One (Quebec) interview on "All in a Weekend" about  Conference on Aboriginal Spirituality

April 2014 Montreal Gazette and cross-Canada Postmedia chain newspapers (ie Victoria BC, Saskatoon, Ottawa etc) interview in feature piece about pilgrimage and spiritual transformation



Public Talks

Recent Public Talks


2016    Indigeneity,Journey, and Historical Recollection on the Northern Great Plains, AmericanAcademy of Religion, Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX

 

2016    Mappingwith our Feet: Pilgrimage as Pedagogy in Mohawk and Montreal Spaces, AmericanAcademy of Religion, Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX

 

2016    Horrorand the Hidden: Luther, Paul, and Tracy on the hiddenness of God, paper at theHiddenness of God conference, King’s College, Western University, London ON


Oct, 2014  He's Our Man: Why Leonard Cohen is Secretly Saint Paul, at St.  Veronica's Parish, Dorval, QC

 

Oct, 2014   Luther and his Cities - a look at the Reformation. St-Lambert QC

 

2008-2014 Vancouver, Toronto, Kitchener, Montreal: The Gospels and the Beatles.  An exploration of the "Fab Four" in music, culture and critical theory

 


Keynote and Invited Talks

2017    OurWork, Our Walk. Invited keynote at the “Sustainability Across DisciplinesConference,” Concordia University, John Molson School of Business. March 17,2017.

 

2017    Mappingwith our Feet: Pilgrimage and Pedagogy in Montreal and Mohawk Spaces. Invitedpresentation at Concordia University Dept. of Applied Human Sciences, tofaculty and grad students. Jan 12, 2017.

 

2016    Landand Meaning-Making: the Environmental Seminar Series. Presenting with OrendaBoucher-Curotte, Coordinator of First Peoples’ Studies, Dawson College,Montreal. Invited speaker.

 

2016    Pilgrimage,A Retreat of our Own, Canmore Alberta Canada, September. Keynote speaker.

 

2015    SolaScriptura, Presbyterian College of Montreal, in association with McGillUniversity, Montreal (invited panel)

 

2013    TheHeroic Journey, 2013 Symposium on Pilgrimage Studies. College of William andMary, Williamsburg VA, USA (keynote address)

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