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Gereon Kopf

Gereon Kopf

Gereon Kopf is professor of religion at Luther College. Kopf is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Buddhist Philosophy. He is also the author of Beyond Personal Identity and the co-editor of Merleau-Ponty and Buddhism. He publishes in the areas of Japanese Buddhism, comparative philosophy and intercultural understanding. At Luther College, he is the coordinator of the Asian Studies Program, organizes the student meditation group and teaches study abroad courses in Japan, Hong Kong and China.

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Training or education: a plea for the liberal arts

While many recognize the value of educating students in trade skills and STEM, some argue for these fields of study to the detriment of the liberal arts and humanities. As the Luther community discusses the unique challenges of maintaining its identity as a Norwegian college of the church in the 21st century, Professor Kopf shares his thoughts on protecting the liberals arts.

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Do we really know what we are doing?

Do we choose inclusion or exclusion? Do we choose the compassion of tolerance or the irascibility of hubris? Will we be a nation that seeks solutions for those in need or will we indulge in rhetoric and forget the past? Professor Kopf argues that the key lies in our awareness of the shortcomings of our communities and ourselves.

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On being uncomfortable

Discussing being uncomfortable, Gereon Kopf, Luther professor of religion, finds that maybe being comfortable isn't all it's cracked up to be. Do we really want everyone to agree with us?

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Religious studies at Luther College

The religion department decided to dedicate this year's religion forum to the topic "teaching religion at a college of the church." It seems that, while I was away on sabbatical, my colleagues felt that there is a need to clarify the purpose and scope of the academic study of religion at a church affiliated college. From my experience, I have to agree that there seems to be a lot of confusion with regard to the academic study of religion in general and its role at Luther College in particular.

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What to do about disagreement?

Gereon Kopf, Luther College professor of religion, challenges the community to think critically about disagreement and what readers can do to open themselves to a different point of view.

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Return from Fright Mountain

Gereon Kopf, Luther College professor of religion, reflects on his trip to Fright Mountain and a Buddhist temple that offers services where family members can contemplate the questions of what happens after death.

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