Guest Lecture - Monday, March 9, 2015 @ 3:30 P.M., Meeter Center LH
"Feeling My Neighbor's Faith: Aesthetics and Hindu-Christian Encounter"
Christian encounter with other faith traditions can evoke strong aesthetic reactions, both positive and negative. At the same time, the intensity and meaningfulness of aesthetic experience have often been described in theological terms. Calvin College Religion Department alumna, Dr. Michelle Voss Roberts ('98), brings together these insights in her study of Hindu traditions. In this public lecture, she will discuss how Hindu theological aesthetics can help Christians understand the role of art and emotion in interfaith understanding.
Dr. Michelle Voss Roberts is Associate Professor of Theology at Wake Forest University, School of Divinity. Education: BA, Calvin College; MTS, Candler School of Theology; PhD, Emory
Dr. Voss Roberts teaches in the fields of systematic, comparative, and feminist theologies. She is the author of two books and over a dozen peer-reviewed articles. Her first book, Dualities: A Theology of Difference (Westminster John Knox, 2010), received the award for the Best Book in Hindu-Christian Studies (2008-2011). In her new book, Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion (Fordham University Press, 2014), she explores the role of the emotions in religious experience through the lens of Indian aesthetic theories. Dr. Voss Roberts currently serves as Secretary for the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies and is past co-chair of the Comparative Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion.