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  • About the Authors

Donald A. Crosby is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus of Colorado State University. His main research interests are in the areas of religious naturalism, metaphysics, American philosophy, and philosophy of religion. His latest published book is Nature as Sacred Ground: A Metaphysics for Religious Naturalism (SUNY Press, 2015). He has recently completed and had accepted for publication two new book manuscripts: Consciousness and Freedom: The Inseparability of Thinking and Doing and The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Seven Types of Everyday Miracle. He and Jerome A. Stone are editing and have proposed for publication a Handbook for Religious Naturalism.

Gary Dorrien is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and professor of religion at Columbia University. His many books include Kantian Reason and Hegelian Spirit: The Idealistic Logic of Modern Theology (2012, 2015), which won the Association of American Publishers’ PROSE Award.

William David Hart is the Margaret W. Harmon Chair of Religious Studies at Macalester College. He is the author of three monographs: Edward Said and the Religious Effects of Culture (2000); Black Religion: Malcolm X, Julius Lester, and Jan Willis (2008); and, Afro-Eccentricity: Beyond the Standard Narrative of Black Religion (2011). Hart researches the intersection of religion, ethics, and politics. His current project, Slaves, Animals, and Fetuses: Race and Ethical Rhetoric, explores associations among religion, slavery, race, criminality, and animality by analyzing the use of antislavery metaphors within the animal rights and antiabortion movements.

Eric Steinhart grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania. He received his BS in computer science from the Pennsylvania State University, an MA in philosophy from Boston College, and a PhD in philosophy from SUNY at Stony Brook. He has taught at Dartmouth College and William Paterson University. His books and articles have concerned Nietzsche, the logic of metaphor, mathematics, and life after death. He is interested in using new computational concepts to solve old philosophical problems. He is especially interested in new and emerging religions.

Anne Stricker is a research assistant at the Chair of Systematic Theology of the Institute of Protestant Theology in Dresden, Germany. She holds a degree [End Page 295] in English and Protestant theology and works on the relation of religion, language, and reality in the works of Gordon Kaufman.

Thurman Willison is a doctoral candidate at Union Theological Seminary. He is writing a dissertation that examines the genealogy of theories of human dignity in modern thought and offers a constructive theological proposal for a nonanthropocentric, nondualist, and ecologically oriented account of human dignity. His research draws heavily upon American philosophical and theological traditions (pragmatism, personalism, and process) as well as Confucian thought. [End Page 296]



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