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Learning From Jesus’ Wife: What Does Forgery Have To Do With The Digital Humanities?, James F. Mcgrath May 2019

Learning From Jesus’ Wife: What Does Forgery Have To Do With The Digital Humanities?, James F. Mcgrath

Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS

McGrath’s chapter on the so-called Gospel of Jesus’ Wife sets aside as settled the question of the papyrus’ authenticity, and explores instead what we can learn about the Digital Humanities and scholarly interaction in a digital era from the way the discussions and investigations of that work unfolded, and how issues that arose were handled. As news of purported new finds can spread around the globe instantaneously facilitated by current technology and social media, how can academics utilize similar technology to evaluate authenticity, but even more importantly, inform the broader public about the importance of provenance, and the need ...


The Dynamics Of Interfaith, Rachel Koehler Jan 2019

The Dynamics Of Interfaith, Rachel Koehler

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection

Today, there is an ongoing debate within and between different faiths regarding the correct way to interact with religious diversity. For example, exclusive language is found in several religions, which states that individuals can only experience the Ultimate through a specific faith practice. This belief directly challenges the relevance of interreligious dialogue, but a spectrum exists amongst adherents of different faith communities in how they understand religious diversity amid absolute truth claims in their own tradition. The goal of this research is to illustrate this debate so readers have a foundation on which to build. Then, the Center for Interfaith ...


The Institution Of Gender-Based Asylum And Epistemic Injustice: A Structural Limit, Ezgi Sertler Oct 2018

The Institution Of Gender-Based Asylum And Epistemic Injustice: A Structural Limit, Ezgi Sertler

Philosophy, Religion, and Classics

One of the recent attempts to explore epistemic dimensions of forced displacement focuses on the institution of gender-based asylum and hopes to detect forms of epistemic injustice within assessments of gender related asylum applications. Following this attempt, I aim in this paper to demonstrate how the institution of gender-based asylum is structured to produce epistemic injustice at least in the forms of testimonial injustice and contributory injustice. This structural limit becomes visible when we realize how the institution of asylum is formed to provide legitimacy to the institutional comfort the respective migration courts and boards enjoy. This institutional comfort afforded ...


Review Of Telling Tales About Jesus: An Introduction To The New Testament Gospels, James F. Mcgrath Apr 2018

Review Of Telling Tales About Jesus: An Introduction To The New Testament Gospels, James F. Mcgrath

Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS

Article reviews the book, Telling Tales about Jesus: An Introduction to the New Testament Gospels, by Warren Carter.


Editor's Introduction, Gopal Gupta Jan 2018

Editor's Introduction, Gopal Gupta

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

No abstract provided.


Rudolf Otto’S Encounter With Rāmānuja As A Model For Comparative Theology, Hugh Nicholson Jan 2018

Rudolf Otto’S Encounter With Rāmānuja As A Model For Comparative Theology, Hugh Nicholson

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

Among his more noteworthy achievements, Rudolf Otto introduced Vaiṣṇava theism, Rāmānuja’s Viśiṣṭādvaita in particular, to a broader theological audience. In this paper, I argue that despite the well-known shortcomings of Otto’s comparative work, in particular, his tendency to essentialize the compared traditions and his presumption of Christian superiority, Otto’s encounter with Rāmānuja and Vaiṣṇavism nevertheless anticipates some of the characteristic features of the contemporary practice of Comparative Theology. The article describes how Otto’s work on Vaiṣṇavism exemplifies two such features of the new Comparative Theology in particular. The first of these is this discipline’s concern ...


Thinking The Creator And Creature Together’: How Rāmānuja’S Account Of Scriptural Meaning Encourages Unitive Language In Christian Discourse About God And The World, Martin Ganeri Op Jan 2018

Thinking The Creator And Creature Together’: How Rāmānuja’S Account Of Scriptural Meaning Encourages Unitive Language In Christian Discourse About God And The World, Martin Ganeri Op

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

The interest shown by Christian theologians in the work of Rāmānuja has tended to focus on his doctrinal account of God and his embodiment cosmology. This paper explores instead Rāmānuja’s account of language in general and then those Vedāntic texts that grammatically identify the world with the ultimate reality, Brahman. It shows how Rāmānuja is able to affirm the primary meaning of these texts, but in such a way as to express the complete contingency of the world on the ultimate reality as well as their distinction. The paper goes on to develop a theological dialogue between Rāmānuja and ...


Does God Have A Body? Rāmānuja’S Challenge To The Christian Tradition, Jon Paul Sydnor Jan 2018

Does God Have A Body? Rāmānuja’S Challenge To The Christian Tradition, Jon Paul Sydnor

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

The Christian tradition’s core theological assertion is the embodiment of God in the person of Jesus Christ. Yet, even while asserting God’s incarnation in space and time, the tradition has usually denied embodiment unto the Godhead itself. Theologians have based this denial on Jewish iconoclasm, Greek idealism, and inferences from God’s omnipresence, transcendence, and infinity. This speculative essay will argue that Hindu Śrīvaiṣṇava theologian Rāmānuja successfully addresses these concerns. He argues for the embodiment of an omnipresent, transcendent, and infinite personal God. Rāmānuja largely derives his arguments from the Hindu scriptures. Nevertheless, their rational explication and internal ...


Act Properly: Rāmānuja And Luther On Works, Rakesh Peter Dass Jan 2018

Act Properly: Rāmānuja And Luther On Works, Rakesh Peter Dass

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

2017 offered a reason to celebrate and compare two great theologians. In April 2017, Hindus celebrated the 1000th anniversary of Śri Rāmānujācārya. In October, Christians celebrated the 500th anniversary of Luther’s reformation. The occasion to compare was also an opportunity to show that the ideas of Rāmānuja and Luther converge in certain ways. This paper explains that Rāmānuja’s teachings on proper acts prefigure Luther’s commentary on good works. This echo is threefold in nature. First, the idea of merit or reward-inspired actions preoccupied and shaped their respective theologies. Second, their teachings on merit reflect a shared interest ...


Why Rāmānuja? Some Reflections On Christian-Vaiṣṇava Comparative Theology, Gopal Gupta Jan 2018

Why Rāmānuja? Some Reflections On Christian-Vaiṣṇava Comparative Theology, Gopal Gupta

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

This paper examines the very idea of developing a Christian-Hindu comparative theology by focusing on Rāmānuja in particular. The paper begins by reflecting on some possible reasons--social, political, theological and philosophical—that Rāmānuja, instead of Madhva and other Vaiṣṇavas, has held, and continues to hold, such a central place in Christian-Vaiṣṇava comparative work. It then compares the Thomist doctrine of creation ex-nihilo with the theologies of Rāmānuja, Madhva and Jīva Goswami to illustrate that engaging with multiple Vaiṣṇava voices can enrich and expand the Christian-Rāmānuja comparative discourse.


Expanding And Refining Christian Interpretations Of Rāmānuja, John B. Carman Jan 2018

Expanding And Refining Christian Interpretations Of Rāmānuja, John B. Carman

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

In the last century there has been a remarkable expansion of studies of Rāmānuja by scholars outside the Śrīvaiṣṇava community. This paper concentrates on the contributions of some Christian scholars. Many of the earlier studies focused on Rāmānuja’s opposition to Śaṇkara’s interpretation of the Vedanta, with Roman Catholic scholars tending to favor Śaṇkara and Protestant scholars Rāmānuja. The Belgian Jesuit Pierre Johanns argued for a Christian reinterpretation of the Vedanta that would merge the truths in the different Hindu schools, giving primary importance to Śaṇkara, but modifying the Hindu teaching through the distinctive Christian doctrine of “creation out ...


Abhiṣiktānanda: A Reception History1, Enrico Beltramini Jan 2018

Abhiṣiktānanda: A Reception History1, Enrico Beltramini

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

In this article, I present an evaluation of the scholarly reception history of Abhiṣiktānanda. I argue for an identifiable threefold division in Abhiṣiktānanda scholarship: the earliest biographies and appraisals focused on his ‘spiritual search;’ a second wave of scholarship stressed Abhiṣiktānanda’s role as a pioneer in the interreligious dialogue; and, most recently, a third ‘turn’ has emerged in which a generation of scholars are concentrating on ‘internal’ Christian doctrinal critiques of Abhiṣiktānanda’s theology. I also suggest that today’s escapable and perplexing Abhiṣiktānanda is not necessarily the same Abhiṣiktānanda who inspired scholars in the past.


Writing, Living, And Editing Hindu-Christian Studies: Appreciation For Bradley Malkovsky’S Contribution, Michelle Voss Roberts Jan 2018

Writing, Living, And Editing Hindu-Christian Studies: Appreciation For Bradley Malkovsky’S Contribution, Michelle Voss Roberts

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

No abstract provided.


Getting Real With Advaita Vedānta: Receiving Bradley J. Malkovsky’S Gifts Of Grace, Reid B. Locklin Jan 2018

Getting Real With Advaita Vedānta: Receiving Bradley J. Malkovsky’S Gifts Of Grace, Reid B. Locklin

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

No abstract provided.


Viewpoint: Rethinking My Religion, Bradley Malkovsky Jan 2018

Viewpoint: Rethinking My Religion, Bradley Malkovsky

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

No abstract provided.


2018 Annual Meeting Sessions, Society Of Hindu-Christian Studies Jan 2018

2018 Annual Meeting Sessions, Society Of Hindu-Christian Studies

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

No abstract provided.


Book Review: The Human Icon: A Comparative Study Of Hindu And Orthodox Christian Beliefs, Rico G. Monge Jan 2018

Book Review: The Human Icon: A Comparative Study Of Hindu And Orthodox Christian Beliefs, Rico G. Monge

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

Book review of The Human Icon: A Comparative Study of Hindu and Orthodox Christian Beliefs. By Christine Mangala Frost. Cambridge, UK: James Clarke & Co, 2017, xv + 368 pages.


Book Review: Teaching Interreligious Encounters, Stephanie Corigliano Jan 2018

Book Review: Teaching Interreligious Encounters, Stephanie Corigliano

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

Book review of Teaching Interreligious Encounters. Edited by Marc A. Pugliese and Alexander Y. Hwang. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, 368 pages.


The God Of Love And The Love Of God: Thinking With Rāmānuja About Grace In Augustinian Christianity, Ankur Barua Jan 2018

The God Of Love And The Love Of God: Thinking With Rāmānuja About Grace In Augustinian Christianity, Ankur Barua

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

‘moments’ of the Lord’s gracious help offered to the devotee and also the active response of the devotee; second, to indicate the contours of an Augustinian Christian resolution of this theological paradox; and third, to offer some reflections on what Christian theologians could learn through an engagement with Rāmānuja’s understanding of the divine presence. As we will see, the doctrine of production of the world and the doctrine of divine favour are mutually interrelated across Vaiṣṇava Hindu and Augustinian universes. For the later Augustine (411–430 CE), the key theological note is the utter incapability of human beings ...


Rāmānuja At 1000: The Heritage And Promise Of The Study Of Rāmānuja In A Christian-Hindu Comparative Theology, Francis X. Clooney S.J. Jan 2018

Rāmānuja At 1000: The Heritage And Promise Of The Study Of Rāmānuja In A Christian-Hindu Comparative Theology, Francis X. Clooney S.J.

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

This brief essay is a response to the essays collected in this issue of the journal, based on the 2017 AAR panel honoring Rāmānuja at his 1000th birth anniversary. The response highlights key features of each essay as giving us insights into the theology of Rāmānuja and his place in the Western study of Hinduism. The response ends with some reflections on the future of Rāmānuja studies, suggesting the agenda before the next generations of scholars.


Book Review: "'Without Ceasing To Be A Christian': A Catholic And Protestant Assess The Christological Contribution Of Raimon Pannikkar, Francis Clooney Sj Jan 2018

Book Review: "'Without Ceasing To Be A Christian': A Catholic And Protestant Assess The Christological Contribution Of Raimon Pannikkar, Francis Clooney Sj

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

No abstract provided.


Book Review: The Past, Present, And Future Of Theologies Of Interreligious Dialogue, James Elisha Taneti Jan 2018

Book Review: The Past, Present, And Future Of Theologies Of Interreligious Dialogue, James Elisha Taneti

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

Book review of The Past, Present, and Future of Theologies of Interreligious Dialogue. Edited by Terrence Merrigan & John Friday. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017, xi + 259 pages.


Volume 31, Full Contents, Jhcs Staff Jan 2018

Volume 31, Full Contents, Jhcs Staff

Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

No abstract provided.


Luther, The Flawed Giant, Brent A. R. Hege Oct 2017

Luther, The Flawed Giant, Brent A. R. Hege

Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS

Presentation given in part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the First Lutheran Church on October 21, 2017 in Columbus, Indiana.


Europe At The Time Of The Reformation, Brent A. R. Hege Oct 2017

Europe At The Time Of The Reformation, Brent A. R. Hege

Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS

Presentation given in part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the First Lutheran Church on October 21, 2017 in Columbus, Indiana.


Luther’S Life And Thought, Brent A. R. Hege Oct 2017

Luther’S Life And Thought, Brent A. R. Hege

Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS

Presentation given in part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at the First Lutheran Church on October 21, 2017 in Columbus, Indiana.


Rudolf Bultmann On Myth, History, And The Resurrection, Brent Hege Oct 2017

Rudolf Bultmann On Myth, History, And The Resurrection, Brent Hege

Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS

The Christian faith stands or falls with the confession that Jesus Christ is risen. While that assertion itself is perhaps uncontroversial, precisely what this confession means has been a subject of profound significance and immense controversy for centuries. Central to this discussion is the role of myth and history in the biblical witness and in the church’s theological engagement with the confession that Jesus Christ is risen. This book traces key trajectories of German Protestant discussions of myth, history, and the resurrection from its earliest critical analysis in the work of Hermann Samuel Reimarus and David Friedrich Strauss to ...


Slow Scholarship: Do Bloggers Rush In Where Jesus’ Wife Would Fear To Tread?, James F. Mcgrath Aug 2017

Slow Scholarship: Do Bloggers Rush In Where Jesus’ Wife Would Fear To Tread?, James F. Mcgrath

Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS

No abstract provided.


"Enchantment Dissolved": A Reexamination Of The Hymn's Authorship And Significance In The Commonplace Ms. Hannah Swynock, Hannah Bradley Apr 2017

"Enchantment Dissolved": A Reexamination Of The Hymn's Authorship And Significance In The Commonplace Ms. Hannah Swynock, Hannah Bradley

Butler Journal of Undergraduate Research

“Enchantment Dissolved” is a hymn written by John Newton and a part of the first publication of the Olney Hymns in 1779. However, starting around the year 1803, the hymn was misattributed in multiple publications to William Cowper, the second author of the collection. This article will analyze Cowper’s literary style and consider why the hymn may have been mistaken for his creation. This particular hymn also appears in a 17-18th century commonplace, Hannah Swynock 1687, in the Parker MSS. at the Lilly Rare Book Library at Indiana University. In this hand-written manuscript, the hymn has four additional verses ...


Luther Goes Viral: Mass Communication In The Lutheran Reformation, Brent A. R. Hege Feb 2017

Luther Goes Viral: Mass Communication In The Lutheran Reformation, Brent A. R. Hege

Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS

Presentation given at the Indiana Association of Historians Annual Meeting on February 18, 2017 in Lafayette, Indiana.