October 18, 2017


Thatamanil presents Williams Lectures on religious diversity


Please note: An earlier version of this release gave an incorrect time for the Nov. 8 lecture. This version contains the correct time.

The Williams Institute at Methodist Theological School in Ohio welcomes Union Theological Seminary faculty member John Thatamanil for two lectures Nov. 7 and 8. His first lecture, at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, is titled “Circling the Elephant: Christian Approaches to Religious Diversity.” The second lecture, at 10 a.m. Nov. 8, is “The Quest for Interreligious Wisdom.” Both lectures are in the Alford Centrum on the MTSO campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware, Ohio. They are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Both lectures will be available for live and archived viewing on Livestream.

In addition, Thatamanil also will preach at MTSO’s chapel service at 1 p.m. Nov. 7 on the topic “No One Comes to the Father but By Me?”

Thatamanil is associate professor of theology and world religions at Union, where he teaches a wide variety of courses in the areas of comparative theology, theologies of religious diversity, Hindu-Christian dialogue, the theology of Paul Tillich, theory of religion and process theology. A central question that drives his work is, “How can Christian communities come to see religious diversity as a promise rather than as a problem?”

The author of The Immanent Divine: God, Creation, and the Human Predicament. An East-West Conversation, Thatamanil is currently completing his second book, The Promise of Religious Diversity: Constructive Theology After Religion. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, his Master of Divinity from the Boston University School of Theology and his Ph.D. from the Boston University Division of Religious and Theological Studies.

MTSO’s Williams Institute was begun in 1981 to honor the late Dr. Ronald L. Williams, professor of theology from 1971 until his death in 1981. The institute has featured speakers from many backgrounds, including theologians, ethicists, poets, biblical scholars, historians, pastoral psychologists and Christian educators.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just and sustainable world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.

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Danny Russell, communications director
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