Frederick C Webster

Frederick C Webster

Frederick C Webster

Adjunct Faculty

Eastern Orthodox Christianity; Religion and Film

Frederick C. Webster, Ph.D, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at GMU since January 2020, is an archpriest in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Fr. Alexander (as he is more commonly known) retired in August 2019 as Dean and Professor of Moral Theology Emeritus at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, New York. He also retired in June 2010 as a U.S. Army chaplain in the rank of Colonel after a quarter century of service in uniform, his last five years back on active duty primarily to conduct twelve periodic visits to the American and Coalition troops of Eastern Orthodox Christian faith in the combat areas of Afghanistan and Iraq. 

In addition to 47 published scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as nearly a hundred op-ed articles in newspapers and magazines, Fr. Alexander is the author of four books on religious ethical themes: The Virtue of War: Reclaiming the Classic Christian Traditions East and West [co-authored with Dr. Darrell Cole of Drew University] (Salisbury, MA: Regina Orthodox Press, 2004); The Pacifist Option: The Moral Argument Against War in Eastern Orthodox Theology (Lanham, MD:  International Scholars Publications, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 1998); The Price of Prophecy: Orthodox Churches on Peace, Freedom, and Security (2d. rev. ed.; Grand Rapids, MI, and Washington, D.C.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company and Ethics and Public Policy Center, 1995); and The Romanian Legionary Movement: An Orthodox Christian Assessment of Anti-Semitism (Carl Beck Papers No. 502; Pittsburgh: Russian and East European Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh, 1986). His latest book, co-edited with Prof. Alfred Kentigern Siewers at Bucknell University and Prof. David Ford at St. Tikhon’s Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, is Healing Humanity: Confronting Our Moral Crisis (Jordanville, NY: Holy Trinity Seminary Press, 2020).

Education

Professor Webster earned academic degrees in History at the University of Pennsylvania (A.B., Summa cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa), History & Education at Columbia University Teachers College (M.A.), Theology at Harvard University Divinity School (M.T.S.), and Religion / Social Ethics at the University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D.).