The Very Revd. Professor John Anthony McGuckin, was formerly a Reader in Patristic and Byzantine Theology at the University of Leeds, England. He studied Philosophical Theology at Heythrop College, a Pontifical Athenaeum, from 1970-72, and from there read for a Divinity degree at the University of London, graduating with First Class Honours in 1975. To earn his Ph.D. from Durham University (1980), he researched the politics and theology of the early Constantinian era, with a thesis on the thought of Lucius Caecilius Lactantius, the Emperor Constantine's Christian tutor and later political advisor. In 1979 Dr. McGuckin was awarded a Certificate in Education from Newcastle University. An M.A. in Educational Studies followed later, in 1986, from Southampton University. He was elected a Fellow of Great Britain’s Royal Society of Arts in 1986, and a Fellow of The Royal Historical Society in 1996. He is a Stavrofor priest of the (Romanian) Orthodox Church. Dr. McGuckin is the author of twenty books on history and theology including, "The Transfiguration of Christ in Scripture and Tradition" (1986), "St. Cyril of Alexandria: The Christological Controversy" (1994), "St. Gregory of Nazianzus: An Intellectual Biography"(2000; Nominated for the 2002 Pollock Biography Prize), "Standing in God's Holy Fire: The Spiritual Tradition of Byzantium" (Orbis, 2001), "The Book of Mystical Chapters" (Shambhala, 2002),"The Westminster Handbook to Patristic Theology" (WJK. 2004), and “The Orthodox Church.” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). Most recently he has edited the largest-ever reference work in English on Eastern Christianity, “The Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodoxy.” (Wiley Blackwell, 2 vols. 2010). He has published over 100 scholarly articles, ranging in subject matter from New Testament Exegesis to Byzantine Iconography, though mainly centered on the thought of Origen of Alexandria, and the Fourth to Fifth Century Greek Christian theologians. In 1994, his first volume of poetry, “Byzantium and Other Poems” appeared in the UK, and has since been included in the recently published “Selected Poems” (Black Gate Press. 2010). He has served as visiting professor and guest lecturer in many universities and colleges in England, Russia, Ireland, Greece, Romania, Ukraine, Italy, and the United States. He is also a faculty member of Columbia’s Harriman Institute, and Director of the Sophia Institute, an international scholarly research forum for the study of Eastern Orthodox Culture and Affairs. In 2002 Professor McGuckin was selected by the Royal Norwegian Academy, as a Fellow, of the Center For Higher Studies in Oslo. In 2005 he was nominated by the Luce Foundation as its Henry Luce III Fellow for research in historical theology. In 2008 he received the order of the Gold Cross of Moldavia and Bukovina for his academic work from the Patriarch of Romania, Daniil. His current research interests range between the Christian writers and poets of Late Antiquity, to the Greek literature and Art of the Middle Byzantine period. In 2002 Professor McGuckin was selected by the Royal Norwegian Academy, as a Fellow, of the Center For Higher Studies in Oslo. In 2005 he was nominated by the Luce Foundation as its Henry Luce III Fellow for research in historical theology. His current research interests range between the Christian writers and poets of Late Antiquity, to the Greek literature of the Middle Byzantine period. Professor McGuckin is also the President of the Sophia Institute.