2018 Annual Meeting, Nov 17-20

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Annual Meeting! Plan to join your colleagues in Denver November 17-20. More info to come soon!

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Books and Major Publications

Jonathan Crane, Emory University Center for Ethics

Eating Ethically: Religion and Science for a Better Diet, Columbia University Press, 2018.  Few activities are as essential to human flourishing as eating, and fewer still are as ethically fraught. A new eating strategy is urgently needed, one grounded in ethics, informed by biology, supported by philosophy and theology, and, ultimately, personally achievable. Drawing on religion, medicine, philosophy, cognitive science, art, ethics, and more, Crane shows how distinguishing among the eater, the eaten, and the act of eating promotes a radical reorientation away from external cues and toward internal ones. This turn, Crane concludes, is vital for survival, personal health and social cohesion. 

Veli-Matti Karkkainen, Fuller Theological Seminary and University of Helsinki

A Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World, 5 volumes, Eerdmans, 2013-17. Christ and Reconciliation, vol. 1 (2013); Trinity and Revelation, vol. 2 (2014), Creation and Humanity, vol. 3 (2015), Spirit and Salvation, vol. 4 (2016), Hope and Community, vol. 5 (2017). 

Sabrina D. MisirHiralall, Montclair State University

Confronting Orientalism: A Self-Study of Educating Through Hindu Dance, Sense Publishers, 2017. The author aims to use Kuchipudi Indian classical Hindu dance to educate non-Hindus about Hinduism with postcolonialism in mind. For non-Hindus, she feels the power of the exoticizing gaze when she dances, which might very well block the educational intention of the dance. The author’s problem is moving the exotic gaze of non-Hindus to an educational gaze that seeks to learn about the ethics of Hinduism in a manner that takes into consideration the multiple perspectives of the complex society we live in today.

Robert Montgomery, Retired

Following the Human One: The Way to Fulfillment and FlourishingWipf and Stock Publishers, 2017. This book follows 5 previous books and several articles focused on explaining causes for the spread of religions. The most wide-spreading religions were found to be Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. After examining both religious content and secular social causes in previous writings, Montgomery finds that the most essential cause was that the three most wide-spreading religions focused on a person who could give people access to the transcendent or God. This book focuses on the drawing power of Jesus Christ who fulfills the universal longings.   

Benjamin E Zeller, Lake Forest College

Heaven's Gate, Pineapple Street Media / Stitcher, 2017. Podcast. Zeller served as academic advisor, consulting producer, and on-air expert for this ten-part podcast exploring the history and lived experiences of members of Heaven's Gate, the new religion best known for the 1997 mass suicides that ended the group. Hosting by NPR's Glynn Washington, the podcast combines archival audio, interviews with ex-members and family, Zeller's analysis, and Washington's own commentary. The podcast peaked at #1 on the Apple iTunes store in early January.