Expert on interfaith relations and religious traditions across various faiths. Most recent interest in the dialogue between Christians and Buddhists. Is author of the book "Spirituality and Emptiness, The Dynamics of Spiritual Life in Buddhism and Christianity."
Is author, co-author or co-editor of three books: "Faith and Social Ministry" (1990), "American Catholic Laity in a Changing Church" (1989) and "Mobilizing Social Movement Organizations" (1985). Teaches a course on the social significance of religion. Studies Catholics' religious beliefs and practices. Has studied the history behind the ban on churches participating in partisan politics. Is the executive secretary of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion; president of the Religious Research Association.
Expert on India and Third World culture. Studies Hindu nationalism and religious nationalism in general.
Studies American cultural history from 1865 to 1930. Wrote "A Consuming Faith: The Social Gospel and Modern American Culture" (1991) about Protestant reformers in late 19th and early 20th century America. (Will be on sabbatical during 1997 spring semester.)
Director, Social Research Institute
Co-wrote "The Churching of America, 1776-1990." Contributes to publications on church membership and the role of religion in America during the past 200 years. Also studied the growth and regulation of religion internationally. Teaches a course on the social significance of religion. Member of the executive board for the Religious Research Association. (On sabbatical during 1996 fall semester .)
Has expertise in the philosophy of religion; history of Christianity; theology; ethics; and the philosophy of art. Specializes in 18th and 19th century philosophy of religion.
Research focuses on communicative theory and reason. Also has expertise in human behavior, rationality and the study of religious knowledge.
Helps bring well-known scientists to campus to speak on how science and religion relate to each other. Will discuss the topic of science and faith.
Head, Department of Chemistry and Physics
Is an expert on science and religion. Has given talks on a physicist's view of evolution. Member of the American Physical Society, Institute for Religion in an Age of Science, and Cosmos and Creation.
Is interested in social aspects of religious movements. Has written the book "Communities of Faith" about three Lutheran sects in Denmark. Studies anthropology of religion, symbolic anthropology, psychological anthropology, anthropology of Europe and Scandinavia ,and historical anthropology.