Arthur Joseph Bellinzoni
Prof. Arthur Bellinzoni retired from Wells College in Aurora, New York in June
2000 after serving for 38 years as Professor of Religion and for 17 years as Director of
Planned and Leadership Giving. He is currently Professor of Religion Emeritus and
serves Wells part-time as Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives.
Frankly, from what I have learned, he is largely responsible for Wells College’s reversal
of some years of decline to a position of stability and strength.
Arthur’s field of scholarly expertise is first and second century Christianity, and he
has published several books, monographs, and articles, including: The Sayings of Jesus
in the Writings of Justin Martyr, Intellectual Honesty and Religious Commitment, The
Two Source Hypothesis: A Critical Appraisal, The Gospel of Matthew in the Second
Century, and The Gospel of Luke in the Second Century.
He has served on the board of directors of the United Way of Cayuga County and as president of the board of directors of the Cayuga County Community College Foundation. He is currently on the board of directors of the Auburn Memorial Hospital Planned Giving Committee in Auburn, NY, People For the American Way in Washington, DC and The Rothko Chapel in Houston. Arthur remains a champion of human rights in many arenas.
Following his graduation from Princeton, Arthur received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He also studied at Heidelberg University in Germany. World travel continues to be a passion of Arthur’s. Successful fund raising for Wells has been a big part of that, I believe.
His previous book, The Future of Christianity: Can It Survive? was inspired by a speech he presented at the Rothko Chapel. The book has drawn very good reviews, I’m pleased to report, and has had to go into a second printing since its release in May. Our classmate, Turhan Tirana, gave it a very enthusiastic review on Amazon.com, and it was picked as the Featured Religious/Spiritual/Ethical book for 2006 in July by the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance.