A Global Philosophy of Religion in the Local Des Moines Community

Globally, our Lecture and Dialogue Series enacts an innovative approach to religiously inclusive philosophy of religion, exploring common religious themes from different religious perspectives through scholar lectures, practitioner dialogues, and philosophical comparisons. Locally, our Religions of Des Moines Initiative generates informative media about religious communities in the greater Des Moines area, collaborating with local practitioners to create narrative guides, digital stories, and engaging photos of their communities.

2015-16 Programming: Death and Dying

You can now find the complete programming for our 2015-16 series on theologies of death and rituals of dying on the website under “Lectures and Events” or by clicking here. This programming includes six scholar lectures, two practitioner dialogues (which will be hosted by Iles Funeral Homes’ Dunn’s Chapel), an event that features members of Above + Beyond Cancer’s 2015 mission trip to…

Student Comparisons and Evaluations (S15)

Professor Knepper’s Spring 2105 Philosophy of Religion course looked at discourses of ineffability in Jewish mysticism and Muslim mysticism (as well as a little Zen Buddhism).  In their final papers students were asked to describe and compare several of these discourses, then both to explain their commonalities and differences and to evaluate the general claim that ultimate beings and/or experiences…

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Concluding Comparisons

Tim Knepper and Leah Kalmanson, Directors of The Comparison Project, Drake University professors of philosophy and religion. April 30, 7 p.m., Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center In the final event of its 2013-2015 series on “religion beyond words,” The Comparison Project’s directors, Tim Knepper and Leah Kalmanson, will compare over the programming of the last two years, raising philosophical questions of…

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Love Is to Renounce Naming the Beloved: Muslim Mystic al-Rabi’a and Her Teaching of the Ineffable

Tamara Albertini, Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Undergraduate Certificate of Islamic Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa April 16, 7 p.m., Sussman Theater, Olmsted Center   The female Muslim mystic Rabi’a al-‘Adawiyya (d. 801) is widely considered one of the most influential mystics of Sufism, as she was primarily responsible for redirecting the spirit of early Sufism away from the path…