Robert Hamerton-Kelly, Th.D
is pastor of the
From 1986 to 1997, he was a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for
International Security and Arms Control at
. He specialized in the ethics of nuclear weapons, and the ethics of military
intervention, with special attention to ethnic conflicts in
. During this period, he traveled extensively in
, and the
. 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
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
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:
Hamerton-Kelly, Robert (Ed.). Violent
Origins: Walter Burkett, René Girard, and Johnathan Z. Smith on Ritual Killing
and Cultural Formation.
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