University of California, Santa Cruz
Born in Holywood, California, Gary Lease received his doctoral degree in theology from the University of Munich. Currently Professor of the History of Consciousness and Dean of Humanities at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he has taught at the John XXIII Institute for Ecumenical Theology (Chicago), at Loyola University (Los Angeles), and at the University of Munich.. His research deals with the history of religious thought in 19th and 20th century Germany (editions of Harnack and Sohm; religion and National Socialism; German-Judaism; biography and study of Hans-Joachim Schoeps); late antiquity Mediterranean religious history (Mithraism; Egyptian monasticism; Near Eastern archaeology); the relationship between politics and religion (National Socialism, RC Modernism); and theories of religion (religion and historiographical theories; religion and politics; religion as cultural artifact).
Essays in Partial Answers
K. Ludwig Pfeiffer, The Protoliterary: Steps toward an Anthropology of Culture
Volume 3, Number 2, June 2005