Dr. Paul Knitter,
Paul Tillich Professor Emeritus of Theology

Faith & Life Lecture Series

The Faith & Life Lecture Series have now concluded.  Each session from the Lecture Series can be viewed online at the links below:

“Being Faithful in a Religiously Complex World”

Dr. Paul F. Knitter, Ph.D.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
"Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian"

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.
"The Necessity and Possibility of Interreligious Dialogue"

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m
"The Promise and Perils of Religious Pluralism" Panel Discussion

How does one remain personally and intellectually faithful to one's own religious commitments and values in a world in which so many other people are following so many other commitments, often with differing values? While religious diversity has always marked the history of humanity, today we are much more aware of, even bumping into, other religious believers as never before. In these presentations/discussions, we will explore inter-religious dialogue as a necessity, a complexity, and an opportunity, giving particular attention to the Buddhist-Christian dialogue.  The BW “Faith & Life Lecture Series” took place in February. 

The first lecture discussed “Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian”.  The second lecture focused on The Necessity and Possibility of Interreligious Dialogue”. The final talk was a panel discussion covering, The Promise and Perils of Religious Pluralism".

Paul F. Knitter is the Paul Tillich Emeritus Professor of Theology, Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.  Dr. Knitter is a leading theologian of religious pluralism. Knitter’s journey into interfaith dialogue began in 1964 when he was a seminarian in Rome and experienced the Second Vatican Council firsthand, at a time when the Roman Catholic Church declared its new attitude towards other religions.  He is the author of “Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian.”

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