Professor

Dr. Kenneth Rose

  • PhD, Harvard University
  • MA, Harvard University
  • MDiv, Harvard University
  • BA, Ohio State University

Office: McMurran 129
Phone: (757) 594-7965
Email: krose@cnu.edu

Areas of Specialization
Modern Western Religious Thought, Comparative Mysticism, Philosophy of Religions, Comparative Theology, Hinduism, Meditation

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Book Publications:

  • Pluralism: The Future of Religion. Continuum Publishing, New York, forthcoming in 2013. 
  • Knowing the Real: John Hick on the Cognitivity of Religions and Religious Pluralism. Peter Lang Publishing, New York, 1996.

Articles:

  • “Toward an Apophatic Pluralism: Beyond Confessionalism, Epicyclism, and Inclusivism in Theology of Religions.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 46:1 (Winter 2011): 67-75. 
  • “Pluralism and the Upaniṣads.” Journal of Vaishnava Studies 19:1 (Fall 2010): 23-48.
  • “The Sanctuary of Sri Ramanasramam.” Integral Yoga Magazine (Fall 2009): 15-17.
  • “The Sanctuary of Sri Ramanasramam.” The Mountain Path 46:1 (July 2009), 93-100.
  • “’Interspirituality’: When Interfaith Dialogue is but a Disguised Monologue.” Hinduism Today 29:4 (October/November/December 2007): 54.
  • “Keith Ward’s Exclusivistic Theology of Revelations.” New Blackfriars 79 (April 1998): 164–176. DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-2005.1998.tb01592. (Published online July 27, 2007).
  • “Meditating at Wat Pasantidhamma.” Santidhamma Journal 8:2 (2005): 6–7.
  • “Is Christianity the Most Universal Faith? A Response to Robison B. James’s Tillich and the World Religions: Encountering Other Faiths Today” (Mercer University Press, 2003). The Bulletin of the North American Paul Tillich Society 30 (Winter 2004), 15-19.
  • “Religions are like languages of spirituality. Daily Press, Newport News, VA, July 28, 2001.
  • “What would Jesus do about ‘B.C.’ strip?” Daily Press, Newport News, VA, April 28, 2001.
  • “Keith Ward’s Exclusivistic Theology of Revelations.” New Blackfriars 79 (April 1998): 164–176.
  • “Has ISKCON Anything to Offer Christianity Theologically?” in Gaudiya Vaishnavism & ISKCON: An Anthology of Scholarly Perspectives. Steven J. Rosen ed. (Vrindaban, India: Ras Bihari Lal & sons. No date. Reprint. First published in ISKCON Review 2 [1986]: 64–75).
  • “Has ISKCON Anything to Offer Christianity Theologically?” Journal of Vaishnava Studies 5 (Spring 1997): 41–54. (Reprint. First published in ISKCON Review 2 [1986]: 64–75).
  • “Has ISKCON Anything to Offer Christianity Theologically?” ISKCON Communications Journal 4 (1996): 39–49. (Reprint. First published in ISKCON Review 2 [1986]: 64–75).
  • “Doctrine and Tolerance in Theology of Religions: On Avoiding Exclusivist Hegemonism and Pluralist Reductionism.” Scottish Journal of Religious Studies 17 (Autumn 1996): 109–121.
  • “Faith or Hermeneutics in the Methodology of Mircea Eliade.” Journal of Alpha Theta Kappa 18 (Fall 1994): 15–31.
  • “Has ISKCON Anything to Offer Christianity Theologically?” ISKCON and Interfaith (1999) (Reprint. First published in ISKCON Review 2 [1986]: 64–75).
  • “Has ISKCON Anything to Offer Christianity Theologically?” ISKCON Review 2 (1986): 64–75.
  • “The Case for Theology.” Unitarian Universalist World 15 (October 1986): 15.
  • “The Lion Shall Eat Straw Like the Ox: The Bible And Vegetarianism.” Back to Godhead 19 (November 1984): 8–11.
  • “The Discipline of Delay.” Unity Magazine 159:8 (August 1979) 45–48.
  • “The Unexpected Parsley Patch.” Unity Magazine 158:9 (September 1978) 4–8.

Book Reviews:

  • Review of Baby Krishna, Infant Christ: A Comparative Theology of Salvation, Kristin Johnston Largen (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2011); Only One Way? Three Responses on the Uniqueness of Christ in a Religiously Plural World, Gavin D’Costa, Paul Knitter, and Daniel Strange (London: SCM Press, 2011); I Am/No Self: A Christian Commentary on the Heart Sutra, John P. Keenan and Linda K. Keenan (Leuven: Peeters, 2011). Journal of Ecumenical Studies, forthcoming, 2013.
  • Review of Criteria of Discernment in Interreligious Dialogue. Catherine Cornille, ed., (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2009). Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 46:4 (Fall 2011): 685-686.
  • Review ofGod Is Dead” and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself: Theological Engagements with the New Atheism, Andrew David, Christopher J. Keller, and Jon Stanley, eds. (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2010); John F. Haught, God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens (Louisville, KY, and London: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008). Journal of Ecumenical Studies 46:1 (Winter 2011): 117-118.
  • Review of Against a Hindu God: Buddhist Philosophy of Religion in India, Parimal G. Patil (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009). Journal of Ecumenical Studies 45:4 (Fall 2010): 669-670.
  • Review of Christian Identity and Dalit Religion in Hindu India, 1868-1947 (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans, 2008), Chad M. Bauman; Jesus Imandars and Christ Bhaktas: Two Case Studies of Interreligious Hermeneutics and Identity in Global Christianity, Jonas Adelin Jørgensen, (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2008). Journal of Ecumenical Studies 45:2 (Spring 2010): 319-320.
  • Review of The Song Divine: Christian Commentaries on the Bhagavad Gītā, edited by Catherine Cornille (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books). Journal of Vaishnava Studies 18:1 (Fall 2009): 175-182.
  • Review of Kṛṣṇa and Christ: Body-Divine Relation in the Thought of Śaṅkara, Rāmānuja, and Classical Christian Orthodoxy, Steven Tsoukalas (Paternoster, 2006). Journal of Vaishnava Studies 17:1 (2008): 174-179.
  • Review of Crossover Queries: Dwelling with Negatives, Embodying Philosophy's Others, Edith Wyschogrod (Fordham University Press, 2005). Journal of Ecumenical Studies 43:4 (Fall 2008): 629-630.
  • Review of In Good and Generous Faith: Christian Responses to Religious Pluralism, by Kenneth Cracknell (Epworth, 2005); Is It Insensitive to Share Your Faith? Hard Questions about Christian Mission in a Plural World, James R. Krabill (Good Books, 2005). Journal of Ecumenical Studies 42:4 (Fall 2007): 640.
  • Review of Reality and Mystical Experience, F. Samuel Brainard (Penn State Press, 2000). Journal of the American Academy of Religion 71:2 (Summer 2003): 426-428.
  • Review of A Comparative History of Ideas, Hajime Nakamura, The Mountain Path 31 (December 1994): 193.
  • Review of The Christ and the Faiths, Kenneth Cragg. (London: SPCK Press, 1986). Bulletin of the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions 14 (1987/1988): 56–61.
  • Review of Christianity and the World Religions: Paths of Dialogue with Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, Hans Küng et. al. (New York: Doubleday). Bulletin of the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions 15 (1988/1989): 62–66.

Select Presentations:

  • “The Mystic Quest.” The School of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Virginia, fall semester 2012. Course
  • “The Death and Rebirth of God.” School of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Virginia, Fall 2011. Course.
  • “The Mystic Quest.” The School of Continuing and Professional Studies, University of Virginia, fall semester 2010. Course.
  • “Common Threads,” a co-production of WGVU am/fm Radio, an NPR affiliate and The Interfaith Dialogue Association, on WVGU, an NPR station in Grand Rapids, MI, December 9, and December 16, 2007.  Featured Guest in Radio Interviews.
  • “Religion and the Scholarly Life.” Induction Ceremony, Virginia Zeta chapter of Alpha Chi National Honor Society, Christopher Newport University, November 11, 2007. Lecture.
  • “Interspirituality and Unsaying: Apophatic Strategies for Departicularizing Christ and the Church in Current Roman Catholic Mystical Movements.” The Mysticism Group, the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 23, 2003. Conference Presentation.
  • “Is Christianity the Most Universal Faith?” A Response to Tillich and World Religions: Encountering Other Faiths Today, by Robison B. James (Mercer University Press, 2003), North American Paul Tillich Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA November 21, 2003. Conference Presentation.
  • “Interspirituality and Unsaying: Apophatic Strategies for Departicularizing Christ and the Church in Current Roman Catholic Mystical Movements.” Dean William Parks Colloquium, Christopher Newport University, November 13, 2003. Lecture.
  • “Reconciling Global Revelation and a Penultimate God: Keith Ward’s Comparative Theology of Revelations,” American Academy of Religion Southeastern Regional Meeting (SECSOR), Columbia SC, March 1996. Conference Presentation.
  • “Is it in the Nature of Religious Belief to be Intolerant?” The Tolerance Conference, Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg VA, November 1993. Conference Presentation.
  • “The Absoluteness and Relativity of Revelation: Toward a Global Theology of Revelation,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Washington DC.
  • “Rethinking John Hick’s Pluralistic Hypothesis,” American Academy of Religion Southeastern Regional Meeting (SECSOR), Charleston SC, March 1993. Conference Presentation.
  • “Truth and Religious Pluralism: The Hostage Parable,” Religion Honor Society, University of Richmond, October 1991. Guest Lecture.
  • “John Hick’s Pluralistic Hypothesis and the Cognitivity of Religion,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 1990. Conference Presentation.
  • Has ISKCON Anything to Offer Christianity Theologically?” “Krishna Consciousness in the West: A Multidisciplinary Critique.”  A Conference at New Vrindaban, WVA, July 1985. Conference Presentation.