Dr. Richard Penaskovic to present "Muslim-Christian Dialogue & M. Fethullah Gulen"

Thu, 01/08/2009 (All day)

Jan. 8, 2009
Mobile, Ala. – Dr. Richard Penaskovic will present “Muslim-Christian Dialogue & M. Fethullah Gulen” at the monthly lecture of the Christus Theological Institute at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 in Byrne Memorial Hall on the campus of Spring Hill College.

M. Fethullah Gulen is the inspiration behind a growing faith-based movement in present-day Turkey. Gulen is not a Muslim theologian but a writer, preacher and visionary. Despite the tensions between Muslims and Christians over the centuries, Gulen insists on the importance of interfaith dialogue. He argues that for interfaith dialogue to succeed we must forget the past, ignore polemics, and focus on the commonalities between Islam and Christianity. After exploring Gulen’s life and thought, the lecture will conclude with some reflections on the opportunities and challenges in developing an effective Muslim-Christian dialogue in today’s polarized world.

Penaskovic is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Auburn University. He received his master’s degree in theology from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany, and his Ph.D. from the University of Munich. His most recent book, “Critical Thinking and the Academic Study of Religion,” is now distributed by Duke University Press. His articles have appeared in such publications as “Theological Studies,” “Augustinian Studies,” “The Heythrop Journal” in London and “Louvain Studies.”

Christus Theological Institute, housed at Spring Hill College, was formed in 1989 and offers a unique opportunity for grass-roots ecumenism among Christians and churches of the Mobile Bay area.

Admission for Christus members is free and for guests, $2. Byrne Memorial Hall is located near the Old Shell Road entrance to the College. For more information about this lecture or the Christus Theological Institute, contact the Department of Theology at (251) 380-4660 or by e-mail at christus@shc.edu.