Patricia Z Beckman,
Assistant Professor of Religion
Trish Beckman received her MA and PhD from the University of Chicago Divinity School and BA from Gustavus Adolphus College. Her research and teaching focus on the history of Christianity with particular emphasis on the diversities of Christian thought and practice. She serves on the Council of the American Society of Church History and has worked as senior fellow for the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues project. She is an advocate for the public understanding, discussion, and debate of all things religious.
Recent publications include: Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism (forthcoming); "The Power of Books and the Practice of Mysticism in the Fourteenth Century: Heinrich of Nördlingen and Margaret Ebner with Mechthild's Flowing Light of the Godhead" Church History. Studies in Christianity and Culture (March 2007);"Swimming in the Trinity. Mechthild of Magdeburg's Mystical Play" Spiritus. A Journal of Christian Spirituality (Spring 2004).
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