Dialogue or Danger: Expert on Religious Pluralism to Speak
The Department of Religious Studies is pleased to present a lecture by Dr. Paul F. Knitter, “When Truth Becomes Dangerous: Religion and Violence” on Monday, April 20 at 5 p.m. in the Science and Technology Amphitheater. Knitter, a leader in interfaith dialogue and theologian of religious pluralism, is the Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He envisions interfaith dialogue as one that “engages the realities of suffering due to oppression” --that is both theological and social in nature.
Professor Knitter has written some of the most influential books in the area of interreligious understanding, including No Other Name? A Critical Survey of Christian Attitudes toward World Religions (1985), The Myth of Christian Uniqueness: Toward a Pluralistic Theology of Religions. Co-edited with John Hick (1987) and Jesus and the Other Names: Christian Mission and Global Responsibility (1996). In 2005 he edited The Myth of Religious Superiority and is currently writing Without Buddha I Could not be a Christian. He has also been active in several peace and justice initiatives. Knitter served on the Board of Directors of CISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador) and currently is a trustee for the International Interreligious Peace Council.
Dr. Knitter received his Licentiate in Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1964 and his doctorate from the University of Marburg, Germany in 1972. He is Professor Emeritus at Xavier University in Cincinnati, where he taught for 28 years before joining the faculty at Union. He has also taught at the Center for Cross-cultural and Interreligious Studies, Gadjha Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
The Department of Religious Studies is grateful to the College of Arts and Sciences and its President's Advisory Council members for their generous support of this event.
For more information please contact:
Charles E. Carter, Ph.D.