On March 2, I was happy to give several lectures at Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, at the invitation of Professor Steven Kepnes, Chair of the Department of Religion and Professor of Religion and Jewish Studies. Read more about CSWR Director visits Chapel House
On March 1st, CSWR resident Nina Bryce led a workshop entitled “Peace in Myself, Peace in the World.” Nina began by framing this workshop within her work in the field of youth development and within her studies at HDS. Having been a full time youth worker before starting the MDiv at HDS last fall, Nina is interested in the meeting place of spiritual practice and social change and has found youth work with teenagers to be an area ripe with possibility for this work. Read more about Peace in Myself, Peace in the World
In CSWR's Annual Comparative Theology Lecture, Robert C. Neville, Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology at the Boston University School of Theology, discusses the nature of comparative theology and the different approaches one could take: being grounded in a home tradition versus using a comparative approach to inform one’s own ideas about religion. Read more about Video: Religion-Specific or Trans-Religious?
On February 22nd, CSWR resident Soltan Bryce gave an autobiographical presentation titled “An Autoethnographic Case Study in Intersectional Identities.” Soltan framed his talk by tying his lived experience as part of the CSWR community to the Center’s founding principles and mission. By exploring his own intersectional history, Soltan contributed to a shared understanding of contemporary faith identities and the complex role that religion plays in modern societal structures. Read more about A Case Study in Intersectional Identities: Autoethnography of Soltan Bryce
On Monday, March 6, Robert C. Neville, Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology at the Boston University School of Theology, will deliver the Annual Comparative Theology Lecture at the Center for the Study of World Religions. Read more about Religion-Specific or Trans-Religious?
On February 8th, CSWR resident Danny Kraft gave a presentation titled “Life, Death, and Spiritual Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto.” Danny framed his talk with an introduction to scholarly and popular perceptions about Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. For many decades, the prevailing assumption was that Jews did not resist their persecution, and that any instances of resistance, such as the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, must be seen as exceptional. Read more about Life, Death, and Spiritual Resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto
On February 1, CSWR resident Rob MacSwain presented on his sabbatical research project dealing with the idea of saints as evidence for God. He began by introducing the traditional tendency of Western Christian philosophy and theology to offer arguments for the existence of God and summarized the classic arguments. Rob then showed that, although the claim is rarely encountered in standard discussions, several prominent figures have argued that exemplary human lives motivated by religious belief (“saints”) provide evidence for the existence of God, and indeed perhaps even the best evidence. Read more about The Hagiological Argument for the Existence of God