Robert Hamerton-Kelly, Th.D is pastor of
the Woodside Village
Church in Woodside
, Calif. From 1986 to 1997, he was a Senior
Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford
University . He specialized in the
ethics of nuclear weapons, and the ethics of military intervention, with
special attention to ethnic conflicts in Central Europe
. During this period, he traveled extensively in Central Europe
, especially Hungary ,
Romania , Slovakia
, and the Czech Republic
. He was chiefly interested in the psychosocial elements in ethnic
conflict, categories like vengeance, resentment, envy and scapegoating, and the
parts religion and quasi-religion play in these processes. In these researches
he has been influenced by the thought of Rene Girard, with whom he has worked
closely, as a colleague at Stanford, for the past 20 years.
His formal training was in biblical
studies, especially the New Testament. From 1972 to 1986, he was Dean of the Chapel
and minister of Memorial Church
at Stanford, Consulting Professor of religious studies and, by
courtesy, of classics. Since retiring from Stanford in 1997, he has devoted
himself to the study of the Greek Fathers of the church and to the writing of sermons
and other explicitly Christian texts.
He is a founding member of the Colloquium
on Violence and Religion, an international colloquium, which has met biannually
for the last eight years in the United States
and Europe .
Rev. Hamerton-Kelly has authored, edited,
or contributed to several volumes including: The Gospel and the Sacred:
Poetics of Violence in Mark (with Rene Girard; Fortress, 1993); Violent
Origins (Stanford University Press, 1988); God the Father: Theology and
Patriarchy in the Teaching of Jesus (Fortress, 1979); and Preexistence,
Wisdom, and the Son of Man (Wipf & Stock, 1991).
Hamerton-Kelly, Robert. Pre-Existence,
Wisdom, and the Son of Man. Wipf
& Stock Publishers: 2001.
Hamerton-Kelly, Robert and Rene Girard. The
Gospel and the Sacred; Poetics of Violence in Mark. Fortress Press: 1993.
Hamerton-Kelly, Robert (Ed.). Violent
Origins: Walter Burkett, René Girard, and Johnathan Z. Smith on Ritual Killing
and Cultural Formation. Stanford University
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