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Scrogin, Katy Posted: 7/31/2014 8:11:30 AM
Graduation Date:2009
Katy Scrogin (Ph.D., 2009) has been hired as the Vice President for Programming for the Chicago Sunday Evening Club in Chicago, IL.
Hustwit, Jeremy Posted: 6/19/2014 1:06:31 PM
Graduation Date:2007

J. R. Hustwit has written Interreligious Hermeneutics and the Pursuit of Truth (Lexington Books, 2014).

Philosophical hermeneutics provides a model of interreligious dialogue that acknowledges the interpretive variability of truth claims while maintaining their relation to a preinterpretive reality. The dialectic and tensive structure of philosophical hermeneutics directly parallels the tension between the diversity of belief and the ultimacy of the sacred. By placing philosophers like Gadamer, Ricoeur, Peirce, and Whitehead in conversation, J. R. Hustwit describes religious truth claims as coconstituted by the planes of linguistic convention and uninterpreted otherness. Only when we recognize that religious claims emerge from a dalliance back and forth across the limits of the understanding can we appreciate the engagement between religions. In terms of dialogue, this approach treats religious truth claims as tentative hypotheses, but hypotheses that are frequently commensurable and rationally contestable. Interreligious dialogue goes beyond facilitating bonhomie or negotiating tolerance; dialogue can and should be a disciplined space for rationally adjudicating claims about what lies beyond the limits of human understanding.

Surely, when we believe something, we believe it to be true, yet the truth claims of religion are in crisis today. In Interreligious Hermeneutics and the Pursuit of Truth, Jeremy Hustwit deftly charts a path between those who wish to dispense with truth altogether and those who are all too sure that they alone possess the final truth. Neither too skeptical nor too restrictive, Hustwitt offers a powerful platform for the new multi-faith dialogue. After all, how can the religions engage one another if they cannot even acknowledge where their beliefs differ?
(Philip Clayton, Ingraham Professor of Theology, Claremont School of Theology)

In Interreligious Hermeneutics and the Pursuit of Truth, J. R. Hustwit proves to be a trustworthy guide to the tangled landscape of religious pluralism with its hermeneutical dead ends and epistemological bogs. His well-argued endorsement of a faillibilist hermeneutics in conjunction with a commonsense understanding of truth is sorely needed by interpreters of apparent conflict among religious beliefs. Hustwit leaves us not with a solution to the problem of religious pluralism, but with a meaningful, constructive, critical way forward.
(Wesley J. Wildman, Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics, Boston University School of Theology)

J. R. Hustwit offers a perfectly pitched articulation and defense of a “reticent” realistic hermeneutical method that facilitates interreligious dialogue. Beyond seeking to understand commonalities and differences, he urges interfaith dialogue to engage truth questions. His review of European hermeneutics from Kant to the present is detailed and profound without being tortured. This is the best presentation of the Claremont Process School of hermeneutics to date, bringing its promotion of “constructive” (as opposed to “deconstructive”) postmodernism into clear conversation with the larger hermeneutical discussion. What a delight it is to find philosophical hermeneutics from the hands of someone who actually knows a lot about many religions!
(Robert Cummings Neville, professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology, Boston University and author of Realism in Religion and Religion in Late Modern)
Hustwit, Jeremy Posted: 6/19/2014 12:56:42 PM
Graduation Date:2007
J. R. Hustwit (Religion, 2007) recently published Interreligious Hermeneutics and the Pursuit of Truth (Lexington Books, 2014). The book uses theories of interpretation to show that dialogue between religions is good for more than just bonhomie or negotiation. Interreligious dialogue can be comparative metaphysical investigation. Hustwit is assistant professor of Philosophy and Religion at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.
Scrogin, Katy Posted: 10/17/2012 7:13:35 PM
Graduation Date:2009
Katy Scrogin (Ph.D., 2009) is the senior producer of the radio show, Things Not Seen: Conversations About Culture and Faith. (
Pielke, Robert Posted: 4/24/2012 9:53:11 AM
Graduation Date:1973

A New Kind of Science Fiction from a New Kind of Writer
Published by Altered Dimenision Press
ISBN-10: 1936021234
ISBN-13: 978-1936021239

It has taken centuries to recognize that all humans possess certain unalienable rights. There will come a time when we have to consider whether others deserve those rights as well. That time will come on July 3rd 1863.

When a stranger carrying a shiny,metallic valise steps aboard a train carrying Abraham Lincoln home from a 2 year stint in Congress, everyone stares, wondering about the stranger's odd clothing and strange footware with the word Nike emblazoned on them. When the strange man shows up in Lincoln's office at the White house 14 years later, still wearing the same clothes, carrying the same valise and looking not a day older, the president and his staff know something is odd. But when Edwin Blair opens his valise and projects a 3d image of the Earth on Lincoln's wall, then proceeds to tell a fanciful tale about time traveling aliens preparing to land at Gettysburg on July 3rd, they are sure they've met a lunatic. Unfortunately for them, they're wrong.

A New Birth of Freedom: The Visitor, is the first book in a new science fiction trilogy involving timetravel, alternate history and double first contact.

The remaining two books of the Trilogy will be published by Whiskey Creek Press.

A New Birth of Freedom: The Translator will be released in November, 2012.

Robert Pielke, retired from teaching philosophy, reisides in Claremont, CA.
Pielke, Robert Posted: 4/24/2012 9:45:43 AM
Graduation Date:1973

Rock Music in American Culture: The Sounds of Revolution
Published by McFarland & Co.
ISBN: 978-0-7864-4865-4

From its roots in the black and white "under classes" through its clash with the broader culture to its multifaceted incarnation today, rock and roll has fostered and reflected a genuine cultural revolution that has gone on to influence the world.

This critical work investigates rock music from a philosophical perspective, an approach rarely seen in the literature. Topics include a definition of rock music and a suggested typology; an examination of rock on radio and in television and film; and a depiction of what is to come. Of particular interest is how rock’s shifting mores have mirrored the complex changes experienced by American society as it has undergone almost continuous turbulence.

Robert G. Pielke is a retired professor of philosophy and the author of numerous scholarly articles. He lives in Claremont, California.
Scrogin, Katy Posted: 1/15/2012 12:26:28 PM
Graduation Date:2009
In Hazy Zones, Katy Scrogin's translation of Histoires floues (Cathie Fidler), was published by Edilivre, 2010. Additionally, Scrogin's article, “Toward a Hopeful Politics: Václav Havel’s Legacy of Responsible Commitment," was featured in The Other Journal.
Coleman, Monica Posted: 11/18/2011 1:04:52 PM
Graduation Date:2004 Posted by an administrator

A Movement Engaging Process Thought
EDITED BY Monica A. Coleman, Nancy R. Howell, and Helene Tallon Russell
FOREWORD BY Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki

Creating Women’s Theology engages women’s questions:
• Can women from different religious traditions engage one theological approach?
• Can one philosophical approach support feminist religious thought?
• What kind of belief follows women’s criticism of traditional Christianity?
Creating Women’s Theology offers a portrait of how some women have found room for faith and feminism. For the last twenty-five years, women religion scholars have synthesized process philosophy with their feminist sensibilities and faith commitments to highlight the value of experience, the importance of freedom, and the interdependence of humanity, God, and all creation. Cutting across cultural and religious traditions, process relational feminist thought represents a theology that women have created. This volume offers an introduction to process and feminist theologies before presenting selections
from canonical works in the field with study questions. This volume includes voices from Christianity, Judaism, goddess religion, the Black church, and indigenous religions. Creating Women’s Theology invites new generations of undergraduate, seminary, and university graduate students to the methods and insights of process relational feminist theology.

“Fifty years ago Valerie Saiving noted the congeniality between the process critique of the philosophical and theological tradition and the insights of Christian women. This remarkable volume shows how the work of women process theologians and of feminists and womanists who found process categories useful together constitute a single richly textured movement. From the perspective of this male process theologian, this movement is today the most promising expression of process theology. Indeed, I view it as embodying the cutting edge of Christian theology as a whole.”
—John B. Cobb Jr., Claremont Graduate School and Claremont School of Theology

“Creating Women’s Theology is an important contribution to the literature. It offers a good summary of the relation to feminism and process theology. It also
delves into some basic questions about the universality of feminist approaches to theology in different religious traditions. This book will be a helpful introduction for courses in feminist theology.”
—Rosemary Radford Ruether, Claremont Graduate University

“In its relational structure and transtemporal movement, this book works like a society of occasions in process should! It is a beautifully aimed series of reflective events, displaying the transgenerational trajectories of the feminist and womanist process theologies as they have been massively but often indirectly unfolding. By making this movement within a movement so becomingly readable and so dialogically explicit, by highlighting its intersections with other movements and its internal differences, it will lure yet another generation of thinkers into a vital conversation.”
—Catherine Keller, Drew University Theological School

MONICA A. COLEMAN is Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions and Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology and Associate Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. She is the author of The Dinah Project: A Handbook for Congregational Response to Sexual Violence (2004) and Making a Way Out of No Way: A Womanist Theology (2008).

NANCY R. HOWELL is Professor of Theology and Philosophy of Religion and Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. She is author of A Feminist Cosmology: Ecology, Solidarity, and Metaphysics (2000).

HELENE TALLON RUSSELL is Associate Professor of Theology at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is author of Irigaray and Kierkegaard: On the Construction of the Self (2009).
Epperly, Bruce Posted: 5/17/2011 1:59:40 PM
Graduation Date:1980 Posted by an administrator

Continuum, 2011
BRUCE EPPERLY, Religion, M.A., 1977; Religion, Ph.D., 1980.

This text provides an accessible introduction to process theology, aimed at nurturing the theological imagination of undergraduates, pastors and interested laypersons. It describes the major themes of process theology and relates them to the everyday lives and spiritual commitments of people today. In addition to addressing traditional theological issues, Epperly addresses cutting edge issues in theology and ethics such as pluralism and postmodernism, matters of life and death, science (technology and genetics), spiritual formation, healing and wholeness, and emerging forms of Christianity. This text is designed for seminary and university classes as well as congregational study. It will help readers to overcome the obstacles created by the technical language often employed by process theologians.
Epperly, Bruce Posted: 5/16/2011 11:31:51 AM
Graduation Date:1980 Posted by an administrator
Bruce Epperly, M.A. 1977; Ph,D., Religion 1980, gave the Oreon E. Scott Lectures on the theme, "Loosely Christian: Theology, Spirituality, and Mission in a Postmodern, Pluralistic Age." He also published two books in Spring 2011: Starting with Spirit: Nurturing Your Pastoral Leadership;(Alban) Process Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum).
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