About Me

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In 2005, a spindly nerd in smalltown Pennsylvania reached out and read Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History from cover to cover. Undaunted, he then dove into the Patristic writings of Ignatius, Polycarp, and Origen…

But then he decided all that was way too boring, so he decided to study ancient Christian magic, demonology, and alchemy instead, setting him, perhaps unreflectively, on an arcane career path.

That kid is me…Andrew Henry, graduate from Messiah College, and currently pursuing a Ph.D in Religious Studies at Boston University.  My personal research focuses on early Christianity, specifically the archaeology of religion in the Roman East.

Why do I do this? This may not surprise you, but studying religion is a soul-sapping experience…what with all the focus on death, demonic attacks, and damning heretics. But the whimsical idealist in me wants to have fun with it…

So I started Religion for Breakfast to explore and even enjoy the study of religion. Yes, criticizing it when deserved, but also celebrating its inherent creativity as an expression of human culture. Hopefully by learning about religion, we can mitigate its negative aspects, remembering that it reflects the deepest concerns of humanity: how we cope with existence, forge identities, and commune with divinity through our actions and beliefs. Through this blog, I will seek to explore these aspects in an open, cordial, and non-academic forum, and I encourage you to join in the discussion!

If you’d like to keep in touch, you can find me on Twitter @andrewmarkhenry or Facebook!