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Comparative Theology

Mysterium Horrendum: Mysticism & the Negative Numinous

Lecture Type: 
Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Study of Religions/Mysticism Seminar
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Simon Podmore
Date: 
Friday, January 28, 2011 -
14:00 to 15:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

According to Rudolf Otto’s ‘Idea of the Holy’, while elements of a so-called ‘mysticism of horror’ are well-acknowledged in Hindu traditions, this remains an under-recognised, yet undeniably present, strain in Western Christian mysticism.

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Simon

Religious Experience in Early Buddhism

Lecture Type: 
Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Study of Religions/Mysticism Seminar
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Richard Gombrich
Date: 
Friday, February 18, 2011 -
14:00 to 15:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

This seminar examines accounts of religious experience in early Buddhism as gleaned from our textual sources. Of particular importance here has been the role of meditation and living an upright and ethical life. 

Professor Gombrich was the Boden Professor of Sanskrit for many years. He is a world authority on Buddhism and has written definitive works on early Buddhism and the Theravada tradition. Among his publications are What the Buddha ThoughtHow Buddhism Began andTheravada Buddhism

First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Richard

Mystical Traditions in Comparative Perspective: Session Two - Buddhist Meditation

Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Sarah Shaw
Date: 
Friday, February 5, 2010 - 14:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

Mysticism is a term that has fallen out of use in recent years, partly due to the critique of essentialism in the history of religions, partly due to the recognition that mysticism is particular to tradition and culture and partly due to the orientation to understand religion in terms of a politics of culture that sees religion purely in constructivist terms.

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Sarah

The Relationship Between Religious Experience and Religious Belief: Essentialism, Scholarly Naivety, or Logical Positivism?

Lecture Type: 
Mysticism Seminar/Interdisciplinary Seminar for the Study of Religions
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Dr Gregory Shushan
Date: 
Monday, May 9, 2011 -
14:00 to 15:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

In recent decades, the study of ‘religious’ or ‘mystical’ experiences has been criticised by postmodern scholars who argue that because all experience is dependent upon language and culture, it is unintelligible to speak at all of some cross-culturally comparable event called ‘religious experience’. Because experience cannot precede culture, such scholars assert that it is ‘naive’ or otherwise methodologically or theoretically unsound to claim that the origins of religious beliefs can lie in ‘religious’ experience.

First name (inc. titles): 
Dr Gregory

The Problem of Evil and Western Theodicy: But what says Indian Theism and Non-theism to the challenge?

Lecture Type: 
Shivdasani Lecture
Full Name (inc. titles): 
Professor Purushottama Bilimoria
Date: 
Monday, October 17, 2011 -
14:00 to 15:00
Location: 
OCHS Library

Purushottama Bilimoria, PhD is Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Studies at Deakin University in Australia and Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne. Visiting Professor and Lecturer at University of California, Berkeley and Dominican University, San Anselmo, and Shivadasani Fellow of  Oxford University. His areas of specialist research and publications cover classical Indian philosophy and comparative ethics; Continental thought; cross-cultural philosophy of religion, diaspora studies; bioethics, and personal law in India.

First name (inc. titles): 
Professor Purushottama

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