The Comparison Project

The Comparison Project is an experimental effort in a philosophy of religion that is historically grounded and religiously diverse. Our core programming consists of an biennial series of lectures, dialogues, and comparisons on a common religious theme. We work with the religious communities of greater Des Moines to create digital stories by and about them. And students in our comparative religion classes generate supplementary resources to complement our core programming.

Our Next Event:

When Expression Is Expressed, Non-Expression Is Not-Expressed: A Zen Buddhist Approach To Talking About The Ineffable

Thursday, September 18th, 7:00 p.m., Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center Lecture by Gereon Kopf, Associate Professor of Religion, Luther College Philosophy of religion as developed in the monotheistic traditions of Christianity and Islam explores the question as to if/how it is possible to talk about and predicate God. One of the answers to this question is negative …read more


Student Comparisons and Evaluations (Spring 2014 Philosophy of Religion Course)

Professor Knepper’s Spring 2104 Philosophy of Religion course looked at discourses of ineffability in Chinese Daoism, West African Religion (of the dozos), Sikhism, and Christian mysticism.  In their final papers they were asked to describe and compare several of these discourses, then both to explain their commonalities and differences and to evaluate the general claim …read more

Meditation Workshop and Dialogue

Saturday, September 6, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. First Christian Church, 2500 University Avenue, Des Moines Learn to Meditate! You are invited to participate in a meditation workshop on Saturday, September 6. The event features six local meditation instructors, each of whom will teach classes on their meditative practice, then engage in dialogue with one …read more

Expressing the Inexpressible: The Heartbeat of Sikh Mysticism

Expressing the Inexpressible: The Heartbeat of Sikh Mysticism Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, Crawford Family Professor of Religion, Colby College Thursday, April 10, 7:00 p.m., Cowles Library Reading Room “Beat of the heart” can serve as a metaphor for understanding the complexities of Sikh mysticism. Like the flow of blood in this vital organ, Sikh mysticism is vividly, …read more