After skipping two months due to the Annual Banquet and the holiday season the Monthly Talk Series return with another distinguished speaker from academia. Dr. Jay McDaniel of Hendrix College will be with us on Thursday, January 19, 2012 and talk about one of the unique aspects of interfaith dialog. The title of his talk is "The Wisdom of Multiplicity". Below you will find a short bio of Dr. McDaniel.
Please note that the event is free and open to everyone BUT do not forget to RSVP/register.
Dr. Jay McDaniel:
Trained in the philosophy of religion and theology, his specialty is Process or Whiteheadian thought. Dr. McDaniel's dissertation was on Whitehead and Buddhism. Since writing his dissertation many years ago, he has had the privilege of teaching the religions of the world, and his interests have grown to include them all. He is impressed with the various kinds of wisdom that each contains: wisdom that seems relevant not only to their adherents but also to the wider world. He is simultaneously impressed by the need on the part of people in the many different traditions to engage in dialogue with one another for the sake of peace and mutual transformation.
Accordingly, Dr. McDaniel has written books on religion and ecology, religion and inter-religious dialogue, and spirituality in an age of consumerism. His current interest is to see how these myriad concerns might unfold in China.
His aim as a teacher at Hendrix is to help students understand how people live and think in different parts of the world when they are shaped by religious points of view. It is also to help students develop "philosophies" and "theologies" of their own in dialogue with the many religions and also with people who are not interested in religion. Understanding others and creatively responding to what one learns: these are the guiding ideals of my teaching.
He has written five books and edited three. These include With Roots and Wings: Christianity in an Age of Ecology and Dialogue; Living from the Center: Spirituality in an Age of Consumerism; and Gandhi's Hope: Learning from Other Religions as a Path to Peace.