SHANTZ, COLLEEN Contact Areas of Interest

Shantz, Colleen
St Michael’s College, Alumni Hall 325
121 St Joseph Street
Toronto, ON M5S 3C2
t: 416-926-7103
  • Letters of Paul
  • Christian origins
  • Cognitive science of religion
  • Religious experience
  • Emotion and religion


Colleen Shantz is Associate Professor of Christian Origins and Biblical Studies at St. Michael’s College. She specializes in New Testament literature, particularly the letters of Paul, and the earliest communities in the Christian tradition. Her current research focuses on “experiential” factors in Christian origins—including emotional, ritual, and social phenomena. She has served several years as Chair of the Religious Experience section of the Society of Biblical Literature and is co-editor of the Experientia series of essays presented at those sessions. Prof Shantz also sits on the executive committee of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion and the steering committee of the AAR section on Cognitive Science of Religion.

Primary Teaching

  • Letters of Paul
  • Early Christian Communities
  • Research Methods

Selected Publications

“Emotion, Cognition, and Social Change: A Consideration of Galatians 3:28” in Mind, Morality, and Magic: Cognitive Science Approaches in Biblical Studies. Durham: Acumen, 2013.

Experientia, Volume II: Linking Text and Experience (Society of Biblical Literature, 2012) co-edited with Rodney Werline.

“’I Have Learned To Be Content’: Happiness According to St. Paul,” pp. 187-201 in The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness, ed. Brent Strawn (Oxford University Press: 2012)

Paul in Ecstasy: The Neurobiology of the Apostle’s Life and Thought (Cambridge University Press: 2009).

Experientia, Volume I: Inquiry into Religious Experience (Society of Biblical Literature, 2008) co-edited with Frances Flannery and Rodney Werline.