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Professors Published in International Journal

Posted on Friday, December 4, 2009

The works of two Westminster College professors were published in a special issue of the international peer-reviewed journal Religion.

Dr. Bryan Rennie, professor of religion and chair of Westminster's Department of Religion, History, Philosophy and Classics, guest-edited the issue, wrote the introduction, and contributed an article.

The papers in the special issue were submitted by some of the top international scholars and are revisions of papers that originated from two sessions at the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) Quinquennial Congress in Tokyo in 2005.

Rennie's intent in organizing the sessions was to investigate the possibility of any valuable interchange between the philosophy of science and the study of religion, particularly in applying ideas from the philosophy of science to the study of religion.

Rennie's article, "Myths, Models, and Metaphors: The Philosophy of Science and the Study of Religion," developed from his "Philosophy of Science" course and is an abridged section of his 2002 Henderson lecture.

Dr. David Goldberg, associate professor of philosophy, authored "d'Aquili and Newberg's Neurotheology: A Hermeneutical Problem with their Neurological Solution" for the issue. The article is drawn from Goldberg's "Philosophy of Mind" course, which is usually clustered with a neuroscience class.

Rennie, who holds the Vira I. Heinz Chair in Religion, has been with Westminster since 1992. He earned an undergraduate degree, a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has authored four books and numerous articles on Mircea Eliade.

Goldberg, who has been with Westminster since 2002, earned undergraduate and master's degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

Contact Rennie at (724) 946-7151 or e-mail for additional information. Visit for details of the magazine issue.

Dr. Bryan Rennie
Dr. David Goldberg