Paul Dinter


Religious Studies

Paul E. Dinter served as Catholic Chaplain at Columbia University from 1973 – 1988 during which he received his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Union Theological Seminary. In the years since, he has taught at Fordham University, Mt. St. Mary’s College, the Maryknoll School of Theology, Marymount Manhattan College (where he also directed the privately funded college program at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility), Mercy College (at Sing Sing Correctional Facility) and Manhattan College where he is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. The author of Beyond Naïve Belief (Crossroads, 1994), The Changing Priesthood (Thomas More, 1996) and The Other Side of the Altar (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003), he has written for Cross Currents, Commonweal, and America as well as on the subject “The Evolution of the Soul: A Thought Experiment” in The Global Spiral (April 2008), the on-line publication of The Metanexus Institute.    


  • PHD, Union Theological Seminary
  • MA, St Joseph Seminary C
  • BA, St Joseph Seminary C

Courses Taught

RELS 110      The Nature and Experience of Religion
RELS 200      Special Topic: in Religion
RELS 207      Central Themes New Testament
RELS 305      Understanding the Bible
RELS 331      Eastern Christianity