presentation looks at the long-established model of teaching high school and
undergraduate students according to World Religions. That idea was developed
out of an older world order.
Today, the patterns of migration, economics,
politics, and human identity have laid serious challenges before this
traditional approach. Using the idea of exploring religion, the presentation
will discuss the themes of engagement, neutrality, and historical consciousness
in the future of religion.
Bill was a Commonwealth Scholar at
Cambridge University where he received a PhD in History in 1991; he received
his BA in History from Huron College where he has been on faculty for many
years, and since 2010 in the position of Comparative Religion and History.
Recent publications include Exploring
Religion: A Reader (Oxford University Press) as well as an
edition of Cambridge University Library Manuscript Ee 3 56 for the Royal
Historical Society, at Cambridge University Press, forthcoming (2015).