This event occurred on November 13th, 2008
The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs
Peter Phan of the Theology Department spoke as part of the Religion and Religions seminar series sponsored by the Berkley Center's Program on the Church and Interreligious Dialogue. Over the course of the semester, Georgetown professors from a variety of fields addressed how religion and religions intersect. An ongoing theme was whether and how interreligious dialogue sheds new light on the category of religion, advances our understanding of it, makes it more complicated, or diminishes the claims of particular religions.
Peter C. Phan is the Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought in Theology. A native of Vietnam, he emigrated to the US in 1975. He has earned doctoral degrees in sacred theology from the Universitas Pontificia Salesiana in Rome and in philosophy and divinity from the University of London. Phan is the first non-Anglo to be elected president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. His publications address topics ranging from patristic theology to eschatology and the history of missions in Asia; the role of non-Christian religions discussed in Being Religious Interreligiously: Asian Perspectives on Interreligious Dialogue (2004) garnered scrutiny from the Catholic hierarchy. Phan is also editor of the series Theology in Global Perspective (Orbis Books) and Ethnic American Pastoral Spirituality (Paulist Press). He has previously taught at the Catholic University of America and Union Theological Seminary.