R. Joseph Hoffmann
Dr. Joseph Hoffmann is an historian specializing in the social and intellectual development of early Christianity. He is best known for his early controversial thesis regarding the role and dating of the heretic Marcion in the history of the New Testament canon, and for his reconstruction of the writings of the pagan opponents of Christianity: Celsus (1987), Porphyry (1994), and Julian the Apostate (2004). Trained at Harvard, Oxford and Heidelberg, Hoffmann was Senior Scholar of St. Cross College, Oxford, from 1980-1983. He has also taught at the University of Michigan, Oxford, the American University of Beirut, and was most recently Campbell Professor at Wells College. He has been Chair of the Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion (CSER) since 2003, and also currently serves as Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Educational Programs at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, NY.