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Rev. Dr. L. William Countryman


What's Love got to do with It?

The Rev. Dr. L. William Countryman is an Episcopal priest and, most recently, Sherman E. Johnson Professor in Biblical Studies at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, CA. Countryman says, "The Bible is not a strangely organized law book. It is a means by which God reaches out to us to awaken us to love and to new vision. It is the celbration in words of God's presence among us as Word. That is its true power and authority. And all faithful teaching of scripture aims ultimately at awakening us to that reality."

Countryman, who has roots in Oklahoma and was ordained there, earned his A.B., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Chicago and his S.T.B. at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. He is a prolific author, with more than a dozen published books, including Love Human and Divine, Morehouse, 2005; Interpreting the Truth: Changing the Paradigm of Biblical Studies, Trinity Press International, 2003; Gifted by Otherness: Gay and Lesbian Christians in the Church, Morehouse, 2001, with M.R. Ritley; The Poetic Imagination: An Anglican Spiritual Tradition, Orbis, 2000; and Living on the Border of the Holy; Renewing the Priesthood of All, Morehouse, 1999.