Dr. Jonathan L. Zecher is an historical and philosophical theologian who teaches Latin and the Human Situation. He joined the Honors College faculty in September, 2011, having completed his doctorate in historical theology at Durham University in England, where he had previously completed his MA. He did his BA at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, where he got hooked on the ‘Great Books.’ He is interested especially in the traditions of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and his research thus far has focused on early Christian martyrs and later Christian ascetics, and he primarily researches and writes on the ever-lively topic of death. He always enjoys discussing things like theology, Byzantine history, antique philosophy, and the finer points of hip-hop—preferably while drinking very strong coffee.
Publications include ‘The Angelic Life in Desert and Ladder: John Climacus’s Re-Formulation of Ascetic Spirituality’, in the Journal of Early Christian Studies 21:1 (Spring, 2013); ‘Death’s Spiralling Narrative: How to ‘Read’ the Orthodox Funeral Liturgy,’ forthcoming in Studia Liturgica; and ‘Tradition and Creativity in the Construction and Reading of the Philokalia’, in The Philokalia: Exploring the Classic Text of Orthodox Spirituality, edited by Brock Bingaman and Bradley Nassif (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2012).