Ames United Church of Christ
Thursday, October 27, 2016
217 Sixth Street, Ames, Iowa
Theologian in Residence
The purpose of the Theologian-in-Residence Program is to stimulate and challenge our thinking about issues of faith as they are informed by the Bible, religious traditions, and contemporary theological discussion. All sessions are free and open to the public. Preregistration and a fee is only required for those that want to eat the catered lunch.
Planned Program for March 3-5, 2017 with a proposed theme of "God, Christ and Religious Strife"
Harry T. Cook is an Episcopal priest (retired), a scholar of ancient religious texts and the ideas that have emerged from them. His primary area of research focuses on both the canonical and non-canonical gospels, and how the texts of each have influenced theological thought since the emergence of Christianity. His approach to the work is philosophical in nature, which results in open-ended inquiries that are intended to draw the interest of non-scholars to supervised study of such texts.
Cook is a graduate of Albion College with majors in English and philosophy, and of the graduate school of theology at Northwestern University where he studied biblical languages, earning honors in Hebrew and Distinction in his degree comprehensive examination.
He spent 15 years as a parish priest – 12 of them in inner-city work – then in 1979 was appointed religion editor of the Detroit Free Press where he developed a widely read column. In 1987, he was called back to parish ministry and served as rector of a suburban Detroit parish for the next 22 years until his retirement in 2009.
Cook is the author of nine books, most recently LONG LIVE SALVATION BY WORKS: A HUMANIST MANIFESTO and WHAT A FRIEND THEY HAD IN JESUS: THE THEOLOGICAL VISIONS OF 19th and 20th CENTURY HYMN WRITERS, both published by Polebridge Press – an arm of the Westar Institute. He posts weekly essays that enjoy a wide audience across three continents. He also publishes FINDINGS, on-line exegeses of the Revised Common Lectionary readings for each Sunday of the church year.
History of Theologians in Residence