This unique anthology, now with contributing editor C. Wayne Mayhall, includes spiritual autobiographies of both men and women from a variety of religious traditions within a multicultural context. It presents religion as a "lived experience" and helps students think empathetically about religious experiences in a wide variety of cultural and religious settings.
Gary L. Comstock is professor of philosophy and director of the ethics program at North Carolina State University. He is best known as the founder of the Bioethics Institute, a faculty development workshop that has helped five hundred scientists around the world integrate discussions of ethics into their courses. Dr. Comstock recently published VEXING NATURE? ON THE ETHICAL CASE AGAINST AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY. It explains how, after writing essays against genetic engineering, he changed his mind to become a "cautious proponent" of genetically modified foods. He is also the editor of LIFE SCIENCE ETHICS. Prior to his current position, Dr. Comstock was professor of religious studies at Iowa State University. He has held appointments at Oregon State University; is a Member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey; a past president of the Society for Agriculture and Human Values; and a popular speaker who has lectured across Europe, the US, and Canada, and in Israel, South Korea, Belize, and New Zealand. His work has been translated into Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Bulgarian. In 1998 he won his College's Award for Excellence in Outreach. Dr. Comstock has served as principal investigator or project director on more than fifteen grants totaling more than a million dollars, including major awards from NSF and USDA. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and his B.A. from Wheaton College.
Part I: ABOUT RELIGIOUS AUTOBIOGRAPHY. 1. What Is Religious Autobiography? 2. What Is Religion? Part II: RELIGIOUS AUTOBIOGRAPHIES. 3. Lakota Sioux. John Fire Lame Deer. Mary Crow Dog. 4. Druidry. Philip Carr-Gomm. Emma Restall Orr. 5. Hinduism. Gopi Krishna. Shudha Mazumdar. 6. Buddhism. Thich Nhat Hanh. Satomi Myodo. 7. Creation Spirituality. Matthew Fox. Layne Redmond. 8. Judaism. Judith Magyar Isaacson. Samuel Heilman. 9. Honduran Catholicism. Padre Carney. Elvia Alvarado. 10. African-American Protestantism. Benjamin E. Mays. Bessie Jones. 11. Islam. Jalal Al-e Ahmad. Zaynab al-Ghazali.