Richard Newton is a Ph.D student in Critical Comparative Scriptures program in the School of Religion. His work focuses on the way religious and not-so-religious communities create objects and rituals to shape people's worldviews. His fieldwork has taken him from modern Maya communities, to ruins in ancient Israel, to contemporary Evangelical churches. Before coming to CGU, Richard received his B.A. in Religion and Anthropology from Texas Christian University and his M.Div. from Southern Methodist University. And though he loves California, he will always be a Texan. When not at school, Richard enjoys video games, martial arts, traveling, blogging, and hanging out with his family.