Religion in Multidisciplinary Perspective

Philosophical, Theological, and Scientific Approaches to Wesley J. Wildman

Edited by F. LeRon Shults & Robert Cummings Neville

Subjects: Religion, Theology, Philosophy Of Religion, Sociology Of Religion
Hardcover : 9781438487410, 348 pages, January 2022
Paperback : 9781438487403, 348 pages, July 2022

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Table of contents

1. Introduction to the Work of Wesley J. Wildman
F. LeRon Shults and Robert Cummings Neville

Part I: Philosophical Approaches

2. The Model(ing) Philosophy of Wesley Wildman
F. LeRon Shults

3. Wildman's Reconstruction of Philosophy of Religion
Timothy D. Knepper

4. Wesley Wildman's Lessons for and from Ethics
Sarah E. Fredericks

5. Pragmatist Inquiry and the Problem of Value
Nathaniel F. Barrett

Part II: Theological Approaches

6. Pragmatism and the Future of Philosophical Theology
Michael L. Raposa

7. Committing Theology in the Secular University
Kevin Schilbrack

8. Wesley Wildman's Theology
Robert Cummings Neville

9. Wildman's Effing Symbology
Nancy K. Frankenberry

10. Nature and Homo religious in Wildman's Science and Religious Anthropology
Robert S. Corrington

Part III: Scientific Approaches

11. Relating within Wildman's Integrative Engagement with Psychology, Spirituality, and Humility
Steven J. Sandage

12. Wildman's Contributions to the Neuroscience of Religious and Spiritual Experiences
Patrick McNamara

13. Religious and Spiritual Experiences: An Imagined Dialogue with Wesley Wildman
Anne Taves

14. The Man Who Receives Too Many Emails: Exploring the Construction of Wildman's Institutional Reality
Richard Sosis

15. Response to Religion in Multidisciplinary Perspective
Wesley J. Wildman

Author Bios

An up-to-date examination of the work of one of the most inventive thinkers in the study of religion.


Religion in Multidisciplinary Perspective provides the first comprehensive treatment of the work of Wesley J. Wildman, one of the most inventive thinkers in the field of religious studies. Scholars with expertise in philosophical, theological, and scientific approaches to the study of religion offer critical and constructive engagements with Wildman's astonishingly creative and integrative oeuvre. The essays address themes that will be of interest to those concerned with the current state of scholarship on religion from a variety of disciplines, including philosophy, theology, ethics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and others. The volume concludes with a response by Wildman.

F. LeRon Shults is Professor at the Institute for Global Development and Planning at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway. His many books include Practicing Safe Sects: Religious Reproduction in Scientific and Philosophical Perspective. Robert Cummings Neville is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology and Dean Emeritus of the School of Theology at Boston University. His many books include Metaphysics of Goodness: Harmony and Form, Beauty and Art, Obligation and Personhood, Flourishing and Civilization, also published by SUNY Press.


"Readers of this volume should come away with an understanding of what genuinely comparative and multidisciplinary philosophy of religion looks like in practice." — Religious Studies Review

"This is a unique volume, the first to comprehensively examine the theological work of Wesley J. Wildman. Wildman represents a twenty-first-century way forward for comparative and philosophical theology, and each chapter offers valuable discussions and critiques of his work." — John R. Shook, author of The God Debates: A 21st Century Guide for Atheists and Believers (and Everyone in Between)