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David Torbett

David Torbett

Title: Molly C. Putnam Professor of Religion, Professor of History

Department: History, Philosophy, and Religion

Education: Ph.D. in historical theology, Union Presbyterian Seminary, 2002; Master of Divinity, Andover Newton Theological School, 1992; Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing, New York University, 1987.

Research Interests: Religion in America, World Religions, Biblical Studies, Ethics, European History, Pedagogy

Recent Publications: Overcoming Evil With Good: The Autobiography of Daniel Parker, a Frontier Universalist (book in progress); Theology and Slavery: Charles Hodge and Horace Bushnell (book, Mercer University Press); “I Did “I Did Not Wash My Feet with that Woman: Using Drama to Teach the Hebrew Bible” article, Teaching Theology and Religion (13:4, 2010).

Courses (Fall 2014): Five Big Religions/Five Big Questions, History of Religion in the United States, Christian Social Ethics

Courses (Spring 2015): Alternative Religions in America, History of African-American Religion.

Phone: (740) 376-4653

Email: dt002@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

To learn something new about religion, history, or both; and to learn methods for understanding religion and exploring the past.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Seeing students learn, especially when they learn something new about what they thought they already knew.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

I make humorous musical videos on topics in European history, like this one: http://youtu.be/b504joz1lXY. I sing and play guitars and my son adds percussion. I am also a racewalker.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

A real book with covers.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

The classroom. Why not?

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

The theatre productions and musical performances. I am an armchair director.