Richard S. Ascough

Dr. Richard S. Ascough
Address99 University Avenue
Kingston, ON

Associate Professor, Queen’s Theological College, Queen’s University

B.A., Winnipeg Bible College, 1985
M.A., London Bible College, 1988
M.A., University of St. Michael’s College, 1992
Ph.D., University of St. Michael’s College, 1997

Richard Ascough’s current research interest focuses on community formation in the first century CE. He is particularly interested in how various religious groups attracted, maintained, and lost members. Richard has published What Are They Saying About the Formation of Pauline Churches? (Paulist Press, 1998), The Miracles of Jesus (Novalis Press, 2003), and Voluntary Associations and Paul’s Macedonian Christian Communities (Mohr-Siebeck, 2003), along with a number of articles on Paul and Luke-Acts..
Critical thinking within Christian community and society
“As a teacher, I strive to help others understand biblical texts in their original historical and literary contexts and then see the application of these texts to modern life. Ultimately, I hope to instill the ability to undertake critical thinking about various issues within the Christian community and within society more generally.”

Integrating research and teaching
“My research nourishes my teaching and my teaching grounds my research as I strive to integrate both in my life in the College. I am currently exploring how various ancient religious groups, including Christians, formed community.”

Technology and communication is shaping cultures
“I am fascinated by the ways in which technological changes, particularly in the communications sector, are changing and shaping cultures around the globe. I am particularly interested in the growth of computer-mediated communication and the way in which community is enhanced and hindered through it.”

For more information about Richard and his courses, including current and recent syllabi, please visit his web page.

Areas of Interest

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