Andrew Daniel Thrasher

Andrew Daniel Thrasher

Andrew Daniel Thrasher

Adjunct Faculty

Comparative theology; Philosophical Theology; Secularism; Indian Philosophy; Systematic Theology

Andrew D. Thrasher is an adjunct professor of Religious Studies at George Mason University. He is a native of Southeastern VA, and is a two time alumnus of George Mason University. He holds two master degrees in Theology and Interdisciplinary Studies and is currently pursuing his doctorate through the University of Birmingham, U.K. Raised in a secular home, he found himself at George Mason University in search of truth and love. While pursuing his studies at Mason, he delved into Indian Philosophy and Comparative Theology. After leaving Mason he became a Christian and pursued at post-graduate Master's degree in Theology at Regent University where he obtained two awards for his studies in theology and in leading and founding Ratio-Christi at Regent University. He currently teaches at Tidewater Community College and George Mason University, where he specializes in teaching comparative and Asian religions. He enjoys a good cup of coffee and enjoys reading fantasy, and any theology or philosophy that makes his head hurt. He is active in the global church planting Acts 29 network.

Current Research

Andrew D. Thrasher is currently researching the intersection of Christian theology and the secular, with an emphasis on the intersection of Postmodern Philosophy with the Radical Orthodoxy Movement and Charles Taylor. Prof. Thrasher is also active in scholarship surrounding the thought and impact of Raimon Panikkar, particularly in relation to Christian theology and secularism.

Selected Publications

"The Lion King, Re-Imagining Righteousness, and Religious Pluralism" July 2019 on popcultureandtheology.com: https://popularcultureandtheology.com/2019/07/31/the-lion-king-re-imagining-righteousness-and-religious-pluralism/

Contributor, Raimon Panikkar: A Companion to his Life and Thought, ed. Peter Phan and Young-chan Ro (James Clarke & Co., 2018).

"Dr. Strange and Modern Re-enchantment," in Theology and Marvel, ed. Greg Stevenson (Forthcoming).

"Valar Morghulis: Late Modern Imaginaries of Death and Nihilism in Game of Thrones," in Theology and Game of Thrones, ed. Matthew William Brake (Forthcoming).

Courses Taught

RELI 212: Religions of Asia

Education

Andrew D. Thrasher is a Post-Graduate Doctoral Researcher at the University of Birmingham, holds a Post-Graduate Master of Theology (ThM) from Regent University (2017), and a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from George Mason University (2014).

Recent Presentations

"Re-enchanting Secularism: Charles Taylor and Raimon Panikkar and the Re-enchantment of Secular Experience," at the 51st Annual meeting of the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy.

"Re-forming the Secular: Ecclesial Counter-Formations and Ordinary Affirmations with James K. A. Smith and Charles Taylor," at the 2018 Eastern Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.