Religious Pluralism Examined at November 29 Friends of the Burke Library Lecture


NEW YORK, November 27, 2007 Theologian Paul Knitter, Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary, will examine the nature of interreligious dialogue and religious pluralism on November 29th.

WHAT: “If All Religions Are Good, Is Mine the Best?”

WHEN: Thursday, November 29, 2007. Reception at 6:00 p.m. Lecture at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Bonhoeffer Room, Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway at 121st Street

Dr. Knitter is Professor Emeritus of Theology at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. Most of his research and publications have dealt with religious pluralism and interreligious dialogue. Since his ground-breaking 1985 book, No Other Name?, he has been exploring how the religious communities of the world can cooperate in promoting human and ecological well-being. This is the topic of One Earth Many Religions: Multifaith Dialogue and Global Responsibility (1995) and Jesus and the Other Names: Christian Mission and Global Responsibility (1996) His most recent book is a critical survey of Christian approaches to other religions: Introducing Theologies of Religions (Orbis Books, 2002). In 2005, he edited a multifaith exploration titled The Myth of Religious Superiority (Orbis Books).

From 1986-2004, Knitter was on the Board of Directors for CRISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador). He serves on the Board of Trustees for the International, Interreligious Peace Council, formed after the 1993 World Parliament of Religions, to promote interreligious peace-making projects.

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