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Hannah Matis

Dr. Hannah Matis is the associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of church history at the University of the South’s School of Theology.

Jesus’ Bible

"Do you know that the Bible begins in the middle of a sentence?” The seminarians in my living room look at me pityingly, and...

A Hymn for Queen Catherine

Ask Anglicans or Episcopalians how they, their church, and their tradition came to be, and the near-universal, reflexive answer will inevitably come back, “Because...

Newly Accessible Medieval Worlds

Dr. Hannah Matis reviews Pilgrims and Revelations.

Setting the Believers an Example: Strategy and Tactics in Online Seminary Education

By Hannah W. Matis I appreciated Kirk Smith’s recent piece, published on this blog, on his tenure as the interim dean of CDSP and the several...

Niggle’s Parish: Concerning Trees in Purgatory

By Hannah Matis Between 1938 and 1939, in the mounting tensions before the outbreak of war, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a cameo-like fable that he called,...

For Such a Time as This

Esther 3:1-5:8 By Hannah Matis If thrillers, even when unrealistic, give you a sense of what people are afraid of in contemporary society, romance novels can...

The Rings of Power

By Hannah Matis Caveat lector: The series is available to stream on Amazon Prime. I will do my best to avoid spoilers internal to the...

The Demise of the Church Social?

By Hannah W. Matis One image from the famously bohemian Glastonbury Music Festival this year seemed, at least to me, to sum up a great...

A Broader Anglican Ecology

The following essay is excerpted from a chapter in “God Wills Fellowship”: Lambeth Conference 1920 and the Ecumenical Vocation of Anglicanism, ed. Christopher Wells...

The Dissolution and the Transformation of the English Church

By Hannah W. Matis In the flat landscape of East Anglia, the horizon is regularly punctuated by windmills and the square church towers which dominate...