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Bradley Nassif

Professor of Biblical & Theological Studies

As a “leading academic expert on Orthodox-Evangelical dialogue,” (according to, among others, the New Republic and the New York Times) Dr. Brad Nassif first came to North Park for its integrated approach to Christian education. “We welcome people of all faith traditions,” says Dr. Nassif. “That’s the world in which we live, and that’s what I wanted my students to engage as they take their faith to work.”

Dr. Nassif finds this “unity-in-diversity” approach unique to North Park. “Our faculty hold diverse theological perspectives, yet are united in the Gospel and a common core of Christian faith,” he says. “Honest religious dialogue must be based not on theological compromise, but on integrity and mutual respect,” he says.

He believes that students can translate this approach to vocational success. “The relationship between career preparation and the liberal arts encourages future theologians to become increasingly relevant in the marketplace.”

In Dr. Nassif’s classes, students engage the city of Chicago through service learning projects and excursions to local churches to understand their approach to worship. “It’s our desire that students will leave our department with their faith deepened, knowledge expanded, and hearts aflame with love for God and neighbor,” he says.mi

In Dr. Nassif’s classes, The History of the Church, Christian Spirituality, and Eastern Orthodox Christianity, he gives roots to students’ faith and grounds them in the time-tested truths of the Christian religion (historically, theologically and spiritually). A growing number of students seem to be increasingly dissatisfied with the contemporary church’s preoccupation with the ‘new’. These classes teach students that the most valuable perspectives on the present are those which carefully, yet critically, build on the past. Non Christians seem to value the academic study of Christianity as one of the many faith traditions of the world. Christian students, however, come away feeling connected with their spiritual heritage—be it Catholic, Protestant, or Orthodox. They seem to gain a new appreciation for the vibrancy of classical Christian faith and its relevance to the modern world. In short, they come to love the church’s “living tradition.”

Recent Publications

Member of the Editorial Advisor Board for the 5 volume “Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States”, eds. George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport, Foreword by Martin Marty (2016).

Chapter entitled, “The Beauty of Holiness: Deification of the Passions in the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom” in “The Spirit, the Affections and the Christian Tradition” eds. Dale Coulter and Amos Yong (University of Notre Dame Press, 2016).

Wrote the Introduction to “The School of Antioch: Biblical Theology and the Church in Syria,” ed. Vahan S. Hovhanessian (Peter Lange Publishers, 2016).

Bradley Nassif. Bringing Jesus to the Desert. Zondervan, 2012.

Bradley Nassif, Brock Bingaman, eds. The Philokalia: A Classic Text of Orthodox Spirituality. Oxford University Press, 2012

Events/Lectures

Keynote speaker, “The Mission of God.” The Lausanne Initiative for Orthodox-Evangelical Consultation of Senior Leaders, Albania, 2013; and “What is the Gospel?” Finland, 2016.

Featured speaker for the Wheaton Theology Conference (Wheaton College, 2017) on “The Gospel We Share: An Eastern Orthodox Contribution to Sacramental Unity.”

Popular Courses

  • The History of the Church
  • Christian Spirituality
  • Eastern Orthodox Christianity

Inspirations & Interests

“I love to cook! I’m Lebanese American and enjoy Middle Eastern food, as well as dishes from other nations of the world. So cook for a hobby. It gives me great joy to make special dishes and desserts and then give them to friends and relatives. I love to give people pleasure and this one way I can make their lives more enjoyable.”