2010 Interfaith Dialogue » Panel Facilitator

Compassion in Daily Practice: Exploring Common Ground
University of the West | Saturday, March 13, 2010 | 9:00am-5:00pm

Panel Facilitator

Dr. Richard A. Rose

Professor of Religion and Philosophy, University of La Verne

Dr. Rose teaches religion and philosophy at the University of La Verne. He is also the Director of Christian Education at Christ our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Irvine, CA.

Dr. Rose is believer in doing things not just for the self, but for the broader community. A particular topic that interests Rose about religion is the conflicting truth claims of different religions. "When you look at religion on the surface, it seems each provides a specific way of salvation, meaning that it is right and others are wrong," he says, adding that he looks to find common ground rather than conflicts. "It's a way of seeing religion that not a lot of people think about and dwell upon."

Dr. Rose's current project is a book titled, "A Functional Paradigm: Developing a Global Ethic Through Metaphorical Coherence" which takes a look at the functional nature of truth claims. He poses the question, "How does the religious tradition function to make better people as opposed to simply having belief statements that people either affirm or deny?" While he has only been writing for a year and a half, Dr. Rose says he's been working on the book "my whole life." Within his field, Dr. Rose draws inspiration from Howard Thurman, a 20th Century writer who spoke of spirituality and the human condition. Thurman was the subject of Dr. Rose's dissertation. Other inspiring figures in his life are Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Rose says organized religions can learn much from Gandhi and King, Jr. about how to make religious ideals a powerful force in society.

Dr. Rose has a Ph.D. (Claremont Graduate University), a M.Div.(Howard University), and a B.A. (Pacific Christian College).

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