Professors Published in International Journal

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.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Guide to America's Best Colleges. Westminster ranked third among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 371 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


Dr. Bryan Rennie


Dr. David Goldberg