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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 and others in press), writing fiction (I'm a two-time Canada Council for the Arts major grant recipient for fiction), short fiction writer, member of the Quebec Writers' Federation, documentary film-making (2012 Something Grand; 2014 Under the North Star, trailers at, and podcasting: series "Pilgrimage Stories from Up and Down the Staircase"

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
Pairings: The Bible and Booze
Photo credit: M. Anderson



2023                Leonard and Paul: Cohen and Apostle (Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, forthcoming).

2022                Our Home and Treaty Land (Kelowna BC: Wood Lake Books).


2022                Apocalypse et gin-tonic (Montreal: Novalis Press)


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

Articles in refereed journals

2022                “’One of the Boys’: Jerome’s Fabulous Frontier Masculinity,” The Bible & Critical Theory 18, 1(2022)

2022                “The Historicity of Acts 20:16 and a Shavu’ot Setting for the Pauline Collection,” (submitted and under consideration).

2021                “The Promise and Peril of Walking Indigenous Territorial Recognitions carried out by Settlers,” International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage. 9, 2 (2021): Article 7. Co-authored: Ken Wilson.

2019                “‘Aware-Settler’ Biblical Studies: 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

2023                “Judeophobia and Pauline Scholarship,” in Judeophobia and the New Testament. Edited by Sarah Rollens, Meredith Warren, and Eric Vanden Eykel. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans (forthcoming)

2022                “’One of the Boys’: Jerome’s Fabulous Frontier Masculinity,” in Constructions of Gender in Late Antiquity, eds. Kathy Ehrensperger and Juni Hoppe, Lanham: Lexington Fortress, 2022


2022                “The Promise and Peril of Walking Indigenous Territorial Recognitions carried out by Settlers,” in Sacred Journeys: Global Direction in Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, eds. Ian S. McIntosh, Daniel Olson and Dane Munro, 98-120. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2022


2022                “Paul’s collection and his final pilgrimage to Jerusalem” in Comparativism and Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage, Århus: Århus University Press, 2022 (invited, submitted, and forthcoming).

2021                « De Concordia à Kahnawà:ke en passant par l’Europe et la Saskatchewan. »141-163, Éric Laliberté and Michel O’Neill, eds. Pèlerinage, marche pèlerine et marche de longue durée au Québec. Laval : Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2021.


2020                “Settler-Aware” Pilgrimage and Reconciliation: The Treaty Four Canadian Context,” in Peace Journeys: A New Direction in Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Research, eds. Ian S. McIntosh, Nour Farra Haddad and Dane Munro, 98-120. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2020.


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, 2018.


2014                “The First Cut is the Deepest: Masculinity and Circumcision in the First Century,” in Biblical Masculinities Foregrounded, eds. Peter-Ben Smit and Oviudu Creanga. Sheffield-Phoenix Press, co-authored: K.B. Neutel, 2014

Articles in media or non-refereed journals

2021    Winnipeg Free Press“Drinking in Scripture” (feature religion article)

2021 Article "Apocalypse, Booze, and Christmas: An Ancient ABC," in The Tyee:

2020 Article “’Life of Brian’: Terry Jones’s Legacy of a Surprisingly Historical Jesus,” in The Conversation: Canada


2020 Article “The Good Place: Ethics Comedy Asks if There’s a Second Chance at Life,” in Salon


2019 Article “Learning the Land: Walking the Talk of Indigenous Land Acknowledgements,” in The Conversation: Canada:


2019 Article “A Blanket Argument for Empathy” for Friends of Canadian Broadcasting:


2019 Article: “The Man Who Painted Jesus” in ArtCritique:

2019 Article “Why Canadians Need the Right to Roam” in Narwhal:

Article about the movie “Paul, Apostle of Christ” in The National Post online:

Article about Charles Dickens and the Gospels in The Toronto Star online:

HeritageSaskatchewan video for Canada 150:

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

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

Academic reviews

2022                Indigenous and Christian Perspectives in Dialogue: Kairotic Place and Borders (Allen G. Jorgenson) for Critical Theology 4,2(Fall 2022): TBA. Christine Jamieson, ed. (upcoming)


2022                The Everlasting People: G.K.Chesterton and the First Nations (Matthew J. Milliner) for Literature and Theology Alanna Vincent, reviews ed. (upcoming)


2022                Can We Trust the Bible on the Historical Jesus? (Ehrman, Evans, and R. Stewart) for Modern Believing: The Journal of Theological Liberalism

2020                Unsettling Spirit: A Journey into 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. Sarah Rollens, ed.


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

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.



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

South-West TV news did a short mini-documentary onme and on the walk. It can be found here:


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:


July 20, 2015              Article in the Gull Lake Advance:

July 10 and Aug 28, 2015. Articles inthe Prairie Post:

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

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

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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