Scientology A New Religion
professor of religion and culture
renison college, university of waterloo
waterloo, ontario, canada


I have also been a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University, Cambridge, U.K., (1980), the Indian Institute of Islamic Studies, New Delhi, India (1986), the Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Institute for Advanced Studies in Philosophy, University of Madras, Madras, India (1987), Hamdard University, New Delhi, India (1993), and Nairobi University, Nairobi, Kenya (1994). I have lectured at numerous universities in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe.

I am the author of four volumes in the study of religion: To Whom It May Concern: Poverty, Humanity, Community, (Philadelphia, 1969), A World Broken By Unshared Bread, (Geneva, 1970), Religion in a New Key (New Delhi, 1992) and Jonathan Edwards' Grammar of Time, Self, and Society (Lewiston, NY, 1993). I have also edited (singly or jointly) twelve further volumes in the field of religious studies including Exploring Unification Theology (New York, 1978), God: The Contemporary Discussion (New York, 1982), The Many Faces of Religion and Society (New York, 1985), Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy: Studies in His Life and Thought (Lewiston, NY, 1986), Interreligious Dialogue: Voices for a New Frontier (New York, 1989) and Pluralism, Tolerance, and Dialogue (Waterloo, 1989). I have compiled with Doris Jakobsh A Canadian Interfaith Directory (Waterloo, 1993). I have published more than forty scholarly articles including "Faith and History in Grant's Lament," "Media Ethics," "Cinema, Religion, and Popular Culture," "Sin and Society," "The Consolations of Philosophy," "New Religions: Issues and Questions," "Towards a Grammar of the Spirit in Society," "Interreligious Dialogue and Understanding," "The Purposes of Christ: Towards the Recovery of a Trinitarian Perspective," "From 'De' to 'Re' or Does the 'Future of Ontotheology' Require the Recovery of the Experience/Sense of Transcendence?", "The Kumbha Mela: A Festival of Renewal," and "To Hear the Stars Speak: Ontology in the Study of Religion." My publications range across the broad area of religion and culture but can be broken down into the following areas: I. Theology and Ethics, II. Religion in North America, III. New Religious Movements, and IV. Interreligious Dialogue.

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