Monday, January 30, 2012
A review essay by Dr. Bryan Rennie, Westminster College Vira I. Heinz professor of religion, was published in a recent issue of the journal Religions of South Asia.
Rennie's contribution, "Heterological Alternatives in the History of Religion," was included in a special issue dedicated to review essays of Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair's book Religion and the Specter of the West: Sikhism, India, Postcoloniality, and the Politics of Translation.
In the essay, Rennie writes: "I had not previously realized the extent to which the homogenization of language in the culture of monotheology and monotheolingualism was imposed by the British in India. Mandair's impressive knowledge of not only Sikhism and colonialism but also of the continental philosophy of religion has given me an opportunity to fill some gaps in my own education, and for that I am profoundly grateful."
Rennie, who chairs Westminster's Department of Religion, History, Philosophy and Classics, has been with Westminster since 1992. He earned an undergraduate degree, master's degree, and Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His research interests focus on the works of Mircea Eliade, about whom he has authored four books and numerous articles.
Contact Rennie at (724) 946-7151 or email for additional information.