Dr. Robert H. von Thaden, Jr. is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Mercyhurst University who specializes in biblical and other sacred texts. He received his B.A. from Muhlenberg College, his M.A. from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. from Emory University. His current research and writing involve the cognitive science of religion, especially embodied theories of culture. Using these tools he explores early Christian rhetorical constructions of the body as sacred space and how this imagistic language was able to persuade audiences to modify their behavior. He is the author of one book, Sex, Christ, and Embodied Cognition: Paul's Wisdom for Corinth
(2012), and a number of articles/essays.