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The Rev. James W. Farwell, Ph.D.

Professor James W. Farwell joined the VTS faculty in 2012. He is currently the Professor of Theology and Liturgy. He completed his Ph.D. in Religion at Emory University in 2001. His work is in liturgical and sacramental theology, theories of ritual and religion, comparative theology and theologies of religious pluralism. He previously earned a M.Div. at the General Theological Seminary, with honors; and a B.A. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America.

Before joining the faculty at VTS, he was Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy and Chair of the Department of Humanities at Bethany College. He has also taught at The General Theological Seminary, Drew University, and Bexley Hall. In addition to publishing numerous articles, essays, and reviews, Professor Farwell is the author of the book This Is the Night: Suffering, Salvation, and the Liturgies of Holy Week (T. & T. Clark Int’l., 2005); and has recently written a new version of the classic primer The Liturgy Explained (Morehouse, 2013). His current long-term projects include The Eucharist: Ritual Ethics and Belief in Western Christianity for New York University Press; and a book chapter on “Theorizing Religion for Inter-religious Participation.”

From 2010 to 2011, Professor Farwell was a Fellow of the AAR/Luce Foundation Summer Seminars on Comparative Theology and Theologies of Religious Pluralism. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the North American Academy of Liturgy, and the Society for Comparative Theology.

Professor Farwell served for nearly 20 years in parish ministry in Miami, Atlanta, Long Island, and West Virginia. He has also been on the Board of Directors for Church Publishing Inc. (Morehouse, Seabury, CP), and was the east coast consultant to NBC’s “The Book of Daniel.”

Professor Farwell has two grown daughters and a granddaughter.
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The Liturgy Explained

This Is the Night: Suffering, Salvation, and the Liturgies of Holy Week