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?
Professor Francis X. Clooney, S.J., the director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, continues his exegesis on Islam with a moving discourse on the meaning of compassion and mercy found in the Quran.
At this week’s World Religions Café, Axel Takács, a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the study of religion, presented on a topic related to his dissertation, which is an exercise in Christian comparative theology with the Islamic religious tradition, and tentatively entitled “Cultivation of Desire.” For his presentation, Axel examined a Persian love lyric (ghazal) by the well-known 14th-century poet of Shīrāz, Ḥāfiẓ. He situated his interpretation of this love lyric within two traditions contemporaneous to Ḥāfiẓ. Read more about Cultivation of Desire