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Jaroslav Pelikan
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    (December 12, 1923-May 13, 2006)
    Born in Akron, Ohio
    American author and theologian
    Author over 40 books including; 'Christianity and Classical Culture: The Metamorphosis of Natural Theology in Christian Encounter with Hellenism'
    'The Light of the World: A Basic Image in Early Christian Thought,' 'Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures through the Ages'
    BA from Concordia University, PhD from the University of Chicago
    Most well-known for his 5 volume, 'The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine'
    Third generation Lutheran clergyman who joined the Orthodox Church
    Once said 'If Christ is risen, nothing else matters And if Christ is not risen, nothing else matters'
    He gave his books really, really long titles.
    He smoked.
    He gave up on being a concert pianist to become a scholar.
    He once won a goofy contest for translating Field & Stream magazine's motto, 'Keep your powder, your trout flies, and your martinis dry,' for the record in Latin it is 'Semper siccandae sunt: potion et pelliculatio'
    He was smart on a level that was unreal; spoke a dozen languages, learned to type at age three so he could write but his hands were too small to hold a pen, he earned his PhD at age 23.
    Received over 40 honorary degrees.
    He almost single-handedly brought Eastern Orthodoxy theology into American 20th century theological thought.
    He was hugely popular as a teacher.
    He taught at Yale University for over forty years!

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