Timothy Knepper, associate professor of religion at Drake University, will present the guest lecture "How to Teach Philosophy of Religion at a College of the Church" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in Valders Hall of Science Room 206 on the Luther College campus.
The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.
A majority of the content in philosophy of religion textbooks focuses on the nature, proof, and problems with evil concerning a theistic God. Knepper will argue that philosophy of religion should not continue to be taught this way, given the great diversity of realities and religious paths. He will share ways he has used at Drake University to move beyond the old ways of teaching a theistic philosophy of religion.
Knepper was educated at Boston University. He currently serves as associate professor of religion, chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, and directs "The Comparison Project" at Drake University. He serves as co-chair of the Global-Critical Philosophy of Religion Seminar at the American Academy of Religion. He is the author of "The Ends of Philosophy of Religion" and "Negating Negation" and is working on a number of projects including a picture book on the religions of Des Moines, a monograph on the genealogy of ineffability and a textbook on the philosophy of religion.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,400, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.