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Ph.D., Boston College; M.Div., Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary; B.A., University of Virginia
Dr. Sydnor enjoys teaching world religions as lived realities. Hinduism, for example, is not an abstract bundle of ideas but a way of life for almost a billion people. So, students in Dr. Sydnor's classes don't just learn about a religion. Instead, they encounter it both sympathetically and critically. Through lectures, discussions, readings, films, and documentaries Dr. Sydnor tries to engage his students' imaginations and make the religion come alive.
Comparative Theology; Aesthetic Theory; Critical Theory; Theology of Religion; Theology of Religions; Interreligious Cognition; Liberation Theology; Feminist Theology; World Christian Theology
Ramanuja and Schleiermacher: Toward a Constructive Comparative Theology
Can the comparison of two theologians vastly separated in space and time help contemporary theologians to think better? Ramanuja and Schleiermacher: Toward a Constructive Comparative Theology argues that it can. Specifically, this book argues that the novel and burgeoning discipline of comparative theology is a powerful method for gaining critical insight into our inherited worldviews. More important, it argues that the critical insights gained through comparison can produce constructive theology or, in other words, revised and renewed worldviews.
Articles and Chapters (Refereed)
Dr. Sydnor practices comparative theology, or theology which draws on more than one religious tradition. In particular, Dr. Sydnor enjoys studying Hinduism and Buddhism both in their own right and as dialogue partners with Christianity. He attempts to produce new Christian theology informed by a broadened religious conversation.