The Right Reverend C. FitzSimon Allison


Retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina
PhD, Oxford University, Philosophy
BA, University of the South, Divinity Degree

Bp. Allison was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He attended the University of the South and, after having his studies briefly interrupted by service in the United States Army during World War II, he received a bachelor of arts degree in 1949. He then studied at Virginia Theological Seminary, from which he graduated with a bachelor of divinity degree in 1952. He was ordained a deacon in June 1952 and a priest in May 1953. Bp. Allison later studied at Oxford University and received a doctor of philosophy degree in 1956. He then taught church history at the School of Theology at the University of the South and at Virginia Theological Seminary.
He served as rector of Grace Episcopal Church in New York City before being elected as the twelfth Episcopal Bishop of South Carolina. He was elected to serve as bishop co-adjutor of the Diocese of South Carolina in 1978, then was consecrated to the episcopate in 1980. Allison retired in 1990 but has continued preaching speaking, and writing since his retirement.

Bp. Allison is a beloved author, bishop, mentor, pastor, and theologian. He is commonly known as Fitz by those who admire and love him. His theology is rooted in a true and clear understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and he is admired for his work in the protestant understanding of the relationship between Law and Gospel.

Some Notable Quotes:

“Justification by faith is as rarely understood by moralists within the church as by secularists outside the church. However, of the two groups the latter are far more knowledgeable and sophisticated about the sinister effects of a religion of law. The Reformation insight that one’s identity (justification) must proceed and become the foundation of wholeness (sanctification) is precisely paralleled by the wisdom of clinical experience of the priority of ego over superego, or the necessity of the self to be nurtured in order to enable a healthy acceptance of responsibility.”

“A sergeant told a grim joke to his trainees during the Second World War, which shows the real flaw in the Pharisaic understanding of Christianity. a man stopped on a dirt road to help get another man’s car our of the ditch. The latter was beginning to harness two small furry kittens to the bumper of this huge car when he was asked, ‘Mister, you aren’t going to try to get those kittens to pull that car out of the ditch, are you?’ His reply was, ‘Why not? I’ve got a whip.’ The lash of the Law is used in similar spiritual situations. Without the principle of forgiveness our conscience acquires a quality of cruelty that makes the Gospel of Christ anything but the Good News.”

The Reverend Ephraim Radner, PhD


Professor of Historical Theology
Wycliffe College

PhD, Yale University
AB, Dartmouth College, Theology

Prior to his appointment as Professor of Historical Theology, Rev. Dr. Radner, was rector of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Pueblo, Colorado, His range of ministerial experience includes Burundi, where he worked as a missionary, Haiti, inner-city Cleveland, and Connecticut. He has taught at seminaries in Connecticut and Colorado. In the Anglican Communion context he is a member of the Covenant Design Group. He is a violinist, hiker, and traveler. He is married to the Rev. Annette Brownlee, and they are the parents of Hannah, and Isaac.


Major Publications

Reclaiming faith: essays on orthodoxy in the Episcopal Church and the Baltimore declaration (1993).

Inhabiting unity: theological perspectives on the proposed Lutheran-Episcopal Concordat (1995)

The rule of faith : Scripture, canon, and creed in a critical age(1998)
Spirit and nature: the Saint-Médard miracles in 18th-century Jansenism (2002)

Hope among the fragments: the broken church and its engagement of Scripture (2004)

The fate of Communion: the agony of Anglicanism and the future of a global church (2006)

Leviticus (2007)

Dr. David C. Steinmetz


Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of the History of Christianity, Duke Divinity School
Th.D, Harvard University
Research, University of Gottingen
BD, Drew University
BA, Wheaton College

Professor Steinmetz is a specialist in the history of Christianity in late medieval and early modern Europe. In recent years he has concentrated on the history of biblical scholarship and learning in Europe from 1350 to 1600.

Before coming to Duke in 1971, he taught at Lancaster Theological Seminary of the United Church of Christ. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Notre Dame universities as well as the Alonzo L. McDonald Distinguished Professor at Emory University. Additionally he served as a Guggenheim Fellow at Cambridge University and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Duke August Library in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.

He is the general editor since its founding of the series, Oxford Studies in Historical Theology, and is currently writing a book for Oxford entitled, The Catholic Calvin. He is a United Methodist minister and a former president of the American Society of Church History, which awarded him its Distinguished Career Award in 2010. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.