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Withrow, Brandon

Brandon Withrow

Brandon G. Withrow (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Historical and Theological Studies and Director of the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) program at Winebrenner Theological Seminary (Findlay, OH). He also teaches courses for a joint Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies program with the University of Findlay. His specialization is the history of Christianity, with research interests in ancient and early-modern Christianity. He is the author most-recently of Katherine Parr: A Guided Tour of the Life and Thought of a Reformation Queen. His blog, The Discarded Image, focuses on "living ontologically" by exploring the intersection of faith, philosophy, and science through literature.

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Copernicus, Interrupted (Part 1)

2 Part Series: Copernicus, Interrupted

In this short series, Brandon Withrow compares the historical clash between heliocentrism and Protestantism to the current conflict between evolution and Evangelicalism. He examines three main ideas held by ancient Christians that led to the initial rejection of Copernicus’ sun-centered system as well as traces the major events that led to its gradual acceptance. Based on the outcomes of this past event between science and faith, Withrow predicts that it will be a long time before evolution is assumed to be correct.
October 28, 2010 
Brandon Withrow 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
 
Augustine, Genesis, and “Removing the Mystical Veil”: Part 1

2 Part Series: Augustine, Genesis and “Removing the Mystical Veil”

Brandon Withrow discusses St. Augustine’s interpretations of Genesis 1. He first gives a brief introduction of St. Augustine, portraying both his faith journey and understanding of the world. Withrow concludes by relating Augustine’s views on the days of creation and the firmament, effectively showing how his understanding of the world influenced his reading of Scripture.
October 11, 2010 
Brandon Withrow 
Biblical Interpretation 
 
Origen on our Species and Divine Baby Talk, Part 1

2 Part Series: Origen on our Species and Divine Baby Talk

Brandon Withrow discusses Origen, an ancient Christian interpreter of Scripture, and his reading of the Genesis 1 text. Origen believed that God’s inspired Word was a form of “baby talk for an infant human race.” Therefore, he looked for deeper spiritual meanings rather than simplistic literal readings. Withrow looks at Origen’s struggles with interpretation as well as the Platonic worldview that permeated his understanding of reality.
September 24, 2010 
Brandon Withrow 
Biblical Interpretation