Professor Lara has degrees and interest in art, architecture, liturgics, and anthropology. His studies have focused on early Christianity, the Spanish Middle Ages, medieval theater, and the colonial era of Latin America. His most recent publications include Christian Texts for Aztecs: Liturgy and Art in Colonial Mexico; City, Temple, Stage: Eschatological Architecture and Liturgical Theatrics in New Spain; “Christian Cannibalism and Human(e) Sacrifice: The Passion of Christ in the Conversion of the Aztecs” (Oxford University History Series Perspectives on the Passion); “A Vulcanological Joachim of Fiore and an Aerodynamic Francis of Assisi in Colonial Latin America,” in Studies in Church History, vol. 41; “Catholic Worship in Hispanic America,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Christian Worship; “The Language of the Arts,” in The Languages of Worship/Los Lenguages de la Liturgia; and “Feathered Psalms: Old World Forms in a New World Garb,” in The Psalms in Community. He has another book in preparation on volcanoes, myths, and the Book of Revelation in the Andean countries. B.A., Cathedral College; M.Div., Immaculate Conception Seminary; M.A., City University of New York; S.T.M., Yale University; Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union and University of California, Berkeley.