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Canisius Center for Global Study of Religion welcomes expert on Asian Catholic thought

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Mon, Jan 20th 2014 09:35 am

The Canisius College Joseph J. Naples '41 Conversations in Christ & Culture Lecture and Performance Series presents Peter C. Phan, Ph.D. Thursday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m., in the Grupp Fireside Lounge of the Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center. Phan's lecture, titled "Vatican II and the Asian Catholic Churches: Reception, Renewal, Revival," is free and open to the public.

Phan is the inaugural holder of the Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University. He is the founding director of the graduate studies program in theology and religious studies. He is the first non-white person to be elected president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. In 2010, Phan received the John Courtney Award, the highest honor given by the Catholic Theological Society of America for outstanding achievements in theology.

Phan's publications cover a wide range of topics and include "Culture and Eschatology: The Iconographical Vision of Paul Evdokimov"; "Social Thought, Grace and the Human Condition"; "Eternity in Time: A Study of Rahner's Eschatology"; "Death and Eternal Life"; "Mission and Catechesis: Alexandre de Rhodes and Inculturation in Seventeenth Century Vietnam"; "Christianity with an Asian Face"; "In Our Own Tongues"; and "Being Religious Interreligiously."

Phan holds three doctorates: a doctor of sacred theology from the Universitas Pontificia Salesiana, Rome; and a doctor of philosophy and a doctor of divinity from the University of London.

The Joseph J. Naples Conversations in Christ and Culture Lecture and Performance Series fosters conversations about important issues involving the relationship between Christianity and culture. It promotes cooperation and understanding across religious, gender and ethnic lines. The lecture series is sponsored by the Canisius College Institute for the Global Study of Religion and the generosity of the ecumenical community of Western New York.

For more information, contact Phillip Reed, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy, at 716-888-2386.

Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation.

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