Philosophy of Religion| 27mins
Director: Gresham College | Producer: Gresham College
Focus Years: 2005 | Country: United Kingdom
This event celebrated the publication of Professor Griffith-Dickson's new book, 'Philosophy of Religion' Spiritual encounters, the problems raised by evil and suffering, consideration of the concept of God and the existence of God, are the experiences that affect our religious beliefs most powerfully. These issues are considered in the context of the world's many religions and philosophical traditions, examining the thinkers and ideas of different traditions and bringing them together in the examination of philosophical questions. Professor Griffith-Dickson specializes in the philosophy and theology of different faiths. She has done groundbreaking work in bringing an interfaith approach to theology and the philosophy of religion. Her research work focuses on the beliefs of different religions, their mutual relations, and their impact on contemporary issues. Born and raised in Hawaii, Professor Gwen Griffith-Dicksonâ€™s academic career has been spent entirely in London. At the University of London, Birkbeck College, she developed and managed the countryâ€™s largest continuing education program in Religious Studies, along with Islamic Studies, Theology and Philosophy. She was the first woman to hold the Gresham Chair in Divinity in 2001 at Gresham College. She left Birkbeck in 2004 to found The Lokahi Foundation. With a background in theology and philosophy, teaching and research interests span the two disciplines, with a major focus on the philosophy of religion. Gwen's principal research interests comprise the philosophical issues of religions, and the relation of different faiths and their shared histories and beliefs. She has a background in Continental European Philosophy, especially German thought, as well as a keen interest in Hawaiian Studies. Theological interests are at the philosophical end of theology: language, religious knowledge and metaphysics, interpretation and methodology.