Northern Florida's John Maraldo to present Religion Forum lecture Nov. 4

Oct. 29, 2010

John Maraldo, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Northern Florida, will give a Religion Forum Series lecture Thursday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life recital hall.

Maraldo's lecture, "Are Religions Only a Matter of Belief? An Alternative View," is open to the public with no charge for admission.

According to Maraldo, many people in the United States, especially Christians, seem to think of religion as matter of belief. However, people from other cultures and members of other religious traditions do not necessarily share this conception.

Throughout his presentation, Maraldo will examine the phenomenon of religion from a comparative perspective and discuss Buddhist approaches to religion.

Maraldo was University of Northern Florida Distinguished Professor in 1994 and Roche Chair at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture from 2008-09. He specializes in Asian and comparative philosophy, Japanese philosophy, phenomenology, philosophy of self and philosophy of religion.