Snead State Division Chair Continues Studies at Oxford, England

7/14/2016

A trip to Oxford, England, opened the door to many experiences for a Snead State Community College Division Chair, who continued his post-graduate studies this summer. 

Dr. Jonathan Watts, Snead State Humanities and Fine Arts Division Director and Religion and Ethics Instructor, recently completed a trip to Oxford University in England where he had defended his Ph.D. dissertation at Christ Church College in Oxford. During his time in England, Dr. Watts received the distinction of Oxford Foundation Fellow through the Graduate Theological Foundation.  
“This trip brought with it many special experiences. I spent time with Rabbi Norman Solomon, former head of Jewish Studies at Oxford,” said Dr. Watts. The meeting between the Snead Division Chair and the Rabbi included discussion of Jewish perspectives as Dr. Watts prepares for his upcoming work, “The Ethical Dilemmas of Genesis: From Failure to Grace.”
Dr. Watts is already a published author with three works entitled Gospeltelling to a Digital Culture,”  “Our Hearts Strangely Warmed: A Practical Theology for Worship in the Wesleyan Tradition” and “The Battle Lines of Worship.” 

Because of his studies in Oxford and his published work, Dr. Watts was contacted by the Graduate Theological Foundation prior to his summer trip.
“I was told someone was seeking my knowledge and advice. Dr. Mark Chater, Director of Culham St Gabriel's Trust, Kellogg College, Oxford, is working on a book regarding Religious Education and the Teachings of Jesus.  Dr. Chater was referred to me by Dr. John Morgan, past president of the Foundation,” said Dr. Watts.

Dr. Morgan had responded to Dr. Mark Chater’s request by saying, “Dr. Watts is a splendid scholar and a nationally recognized leader in his sub-field of specialization, i.e., post-modernist approaches to New Testament studies.” Dr. Chater and Dr. Watts spent an afternoon discussing the attributes of Jesus’ teaching style.
Dr. Watts concluded his recent trip to Oxford by spending time at the Bodleian Library, which was established in 1602 and its adjacent library the Radcliffe Camera, which was built in the 1740s as Oxford’s Science Library. This trip marked his seventh visit to Oxford.


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