Metropolitan Joseph (Al-Zehlaoui) and Archpriest Josiah (aka “Brad”) Trenham of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese
When I read Orthodoxy in Dialogue I do so as an outsider. I’m a Presbyterian minister who is the pastor of what could possibly be the most progressive, left-fringe congregation in my denomination. I also went to Westmont College with Josiah Trenham—though back then he was a surfer dude named Brad.
Back when I knew him, Brad was part of a group of students who agitated—successfully, is some cases—to convince the college to deny tenure to Religious Studies professors who actually studied religion. Chief on the list of targets were professors who used literary criticism in their biblical scholarship. Keep in mind, our college was an academically respected (if somewhat conservative) institution. The Religious Studies department, where I studied, had professors with degrees from places like Harvard, Duke, Oxford, and Cambridge. Brad and his buddies had high school diplomas, and they were sociology majors who never took classes in religion beyond what was needed for graduation. They criticized what they did not understand. Read More