Apr 08, 2013

CNU Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Writes New Book

(Newport News, Va.) - Dr. Kenneth Rose, CNU Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, has written a new book titled Pluralism: The Future of Religion.

In the book, Rose surveys current trends in theology and philosophy of religions, fields that explore doctrinal issues raised by the encounter of once-unrelated religious traditions. These encounters produce varied responses, which can be sorted into three categories: exclusivism, inclusivism and pluralism. Exclusivism views one of humanity’s many religious traditions as final and normative for all of humanity, inclusivism sees religious traditions other than the home tradition as needing supplementation from the home tradition, while pluralism claims that the limitations of language imply ceaseless development of new religious ideas, none of which is universally plausible. Rose’s book takes the latter stance and argues that pluralism is the most appropriate standpoint from which to explore humanity’s varied religious heritage.

In addition to CNU, Rose has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Richmond and the University of Massachusetts. He holds an MDiv from Harvard University Divinity School and an MA and PhD in the study of religion from Harvard University. While at Harvard, he was a fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions. He is also the author of Knowing the Real: John Hick on the Cognitivity of Religions and Religious Pluralism, and has published numerous academic articles and reviews.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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