Img1My name is Richard Newton. I am Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. As a teacher-scholar, I am committed to germinating conversation about religion and culture in order to yield a more thoughtful society. Sowing the Seed represents that commitment in digital form.

My scholarship focuses on the politics of scriptures– sacred and secular, ancient and modern, written and not written. This research is interdisciplinary in nature, so I have had the pleasure of sharing my reflections in forums as varied as the Journal of Biblical Literature, Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts and Social Worlds, and Method and Theory in the Study of Religion. My current work centers on Alex Haley’s Roots as a modern American scripture.


As a former student once told me, I like to find generous ways of discussing the matters that friends shy away from at dinner parties–religion, culture, politics. Conversation partners include undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars from across the disciplines. So here you’ll find multimedia musings on human difference–particularly the complicated relationship between making difference and making a difference in the world. These blog posts, podcasts, and video on this site are born out of a dialogue with

I’m glad you could join us. If you’d like to contact me, please email me at rwnewton -at- ua -dot- edu or fill out the form below.