Greetings McCormick readers. I hope that this finds you all well once again.

Now, as some of you know, we have some well-traveled professors here, and Bob Cathey is one if them. On sabbatical for the school year of 2010-2011, Bob Cathey is spending this precious time in Beirut, Lebanon, teaching and being the studly scholar that he simply is at the Near East School of Theology (NEST). After that he will be travelling to Syria and Jordan before returning home to us here at McCormick.

Now, take it from me folks, this man is a great teacher. I took his T300 (Intro to Theology) course, co-taught with our Dean of Faculty, Dr. Luis Rivera-Rodriguez, and it was great. The discussions that Bob helped to lead in class were always interesting, relevant and important.

Dr. Cathey is ordained through the Presbyterian Church (USA). He joined the faculty of McCormick in 1998 and was named as our Professor of Theology in 2008. He received his BA in Philosophy at Davidson College just outside of Charlotte, NC. (As a fellow Philosophy major myself, I have a special place in my little seminarian heart for Dr. Cathey.) He then received his Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary, followed by his Ph.D. from Duke University. His wife, the Rev. Dr. Barbara Cathey, serves as the pastor of Edgewater Presbyterian Church in Chicago and has been working with McCormick Seminary as a Field Site supervisor for McCormick students during their filed site studies here (we’ll talk more about that later).

Dr. Cathey is also heavily involved in the pursuit of interfaith dialog, working with such groups as the Council for a Parliament of World’s Religions, in which he participated in their gathering this past year in Australia. His current book, God in Postliberal Perspective:Between Realism and Non-Realism, is available on Amazon. Just go ahead and order your copy and stop debating it. You won’t regret it.

Below is a link to Dr. Cathey’s blog which details his work, travels and teachings in Beirut.

(Photo courtesy of McCormick Seminary)

Peace to all you bloggers!

~Shelley D.

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