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Interfaith Friday: Michael Hogue

Friday, July 03, 2020
02:00pm EDT

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"Elements of Religious Naturalism"

Michael Hogue joined the Meadville Lombard Theological School faculty in September 2005. He teaches and writes at the intersections of theology, religious ethics, and philosophy of religion, and is particularly influenced by the pragmatist, process, and naturalist lineages in American philosophy of religion, which he refers to as the “left wing of American radical theology.”

As a scholar and teacher, he uses these traditions to explore issues related to religion and the environment, political theology, religion and science and social ethics.  He serves on the on the Board of Advisors for the Religious Naturalist Association.

Professor Hogue’s courses at Meadville include, among others, Community Studies, Liberal Theology, Process and Liberation Theologies, Global Religions, Multi-faith Theologies, Religious Ethics and Global Dynamics, and Religious Naturalism.   

Dr. Hogue has served in leadership capacities in diverse religious, academic, and activist contexts. He has served on program committees at the American Academy of Religion, as co-founder and past convener of Oikos: The Religion and Environment Initiative, as Vice President of the Institute for American Religious and Philosophical Thought, as past president of the American Theological Society of the Midwest, as Co-director of the Religion, Vulnerability, and Resilience Project, and as a fellow with the Enhancing Life Project.

He is the editor of the American Journal of Theology and Philosophy and serves on the editorial boards of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, Science and Religion, and Culture.

His published articles have appeared in Literature and TheologyZygon: Journal of Religion and Science,Crosscurrentsthe Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and the American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, among others.

He is the author of three books, The Tangled Bank: Toward an Ecotheological Ethics of Responsible Participation (Pickwick, 2008), The Promise of Religious Naturalism(Rowman and Littlefield, 2010), and most recently, American Immanence: Democracy for an Uncertain World (Columbia, 2018). 

Dr. Hogue grew up in Traverse City, Michigan and spent his childhood exploring the lakes and landscapes of the north-woods. He is married to Sara and is the proud father of Kincade, Mikaela, and Kamryn. He has always been a “dog person,” but his family recently adopted two kittens, Liv and Maddie—and they are making a convert of him!

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