Professor Emeritus to Deliver Religious Reconciliation Lecture Nov. 9

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Professor Emeritus to Deliver Religious Reconciliation Lecture Nov. 9


Dr. David Weddle will deliver the keynote address for the Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the ballroom at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.

The event is free and open to the public.

As a professor emeritus of religion at Colorado College, Weddle taught courses in Christianity, philosophy of religion, comparative theology, religion in America, religious ethics and theory and method of religious studies.

He has previously studied miracles through comparative means, and is currently doing the same with sacrifice. He is digging into the practice of sacrifice in world religions, including ritual killing, ascetic self-denial, martyrdom, self-erasure in mystical ecstasy, offerings made in devotion and references to sacrifice in the rhetoric of war.

Weddle’s address is titled "Sacrifice and the Problem of Religious Violence," and is tackling the linkages between sacrifice and reconciliation. He will speak about comparing sacrificial practices across religious borders and the role it plays in religious reconciliation.

Weddle received a B.A. in philosophy from Hope College in Michigan, and received both his M.A. and Ph.D. in religious studies from Harvard University.

Weddle has had a long career in higher education. He taught courses in Christian theology and modern religious thought as an assistant professor at Westmont College from 1970-73. He then went on to be a professor at Cornell College where he taught for 27 years.

After leaving Cornell, Weddle joined Colorado College as a professor of religion where he recently retired as professor emeritus in 2014.

In addition to articles in scholarly journals, he is the author of the books “Law as Gospel: Revival and Reform in the Theology of Charles G. Finney” and “Miracles: Wonder and Meaning in World Religions.”

The Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture is named in honor of USAO Alumni Hall of Fame member U.S. Navy Captain Bradford Edward Ableson.

A visionary in religious reconciliation, an architect of the modern model for military chaplains and a chaplain to President Bill Clinton, Ableson graduated magna cum laude from USAO in 1980.

Ableson served a 25-year naval career, providing combat ministry for the Marines during the first Gulf War, serving as an executive to the chief of Navy chaplains and, later, as command chaplain of the U.S. Strategic Command where he served as special advisor on matters of religion at the strategic level.

While at the Strategic Command, Ableson was named priest-in-residence at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral – a position he held until his death at the age of 50 in 2009.

For more information about the event, call (405) 574-1318.