On Monday, April 15, Amy Hughes became the first female theologian to successfully defend her dissertation, entitled “‘Chastely I Live for Thee’: Virginity as Bondage and Freedom in Origen of Alexandria, Methodius of Olympus and Gregory of Nyssa.” Her advisor is Dr. George Kalantzis. While most centrally an exercise in historical theology, the project interacts heavily with Platonic philosophy and provides constructive insight for the church’s ongoing life. Amy’s project articulates “virginity as a ‘performing’ Christology,” a paradigm that shaped the Christian conception of the ascent as the telos of the human life. Her second reader was Dr. Beth Felker Jones and her external examiner was Dr. J. Warren Smith.
She and her husband Benjie reside in Aurora, IL and are excited to recommence life without a looming dissertation. Amy will be preparing her dissertation for publication along with working on a book project on women in early Christianity. She will be teaching here at Wheaton in the fall.