- About the Authors
Joseph A. Bracken, SJ, professor emeritus of theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, has specialized over the years in linking the metaphysical scheme of Alfred North Whitehead with classical Roman catholic church doctrine, the proper relations between religion and science, and the philosophical presuppositions of interreligious dialogue. His latest book publications are Does God Roll Dice? Divine Providence for a World in the Making (Liturgical Press, 2012) and The World in the Trinity: Open-ended Systems in Science and Religion (Fortress Press, 2014).
August Higgins is a doctoral student in christian spirituality at the oblate school of Theology in san Antonio, Texas. His research is focused on the nature of religious experience in the North American philosophical and spiritual traditions.
John J. Markey, OP, and Greg Zuschlag are associate professors of systematic theology at the oblate school of Theology in san Antonio, Texas. Both received their doctorates from the Graduate Theological union in berkeley, cA, under the direction of Donald gelpi, sJ. Markey is the author of Moses in Pharoah's House: A Liberation Spirituality for North America (Anselm Academic, 2014) and Who is God? Catholic Perspectives through the Ages (Anselm Academic, 2016), a book to which Zuschlag contributed a theological analysis of the musical film version of Les Misérables. both are interested in exploring the ways in which the North American philosophical tradition, with a special emphasis on Peirce and Royce, can contribute to contemporary christian theology.
Louis A. Ruprecht Jr. is the William M. Suttles Chair in Religious Studies, as well as the director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, at Georgia State University. His research focuses primarily on ancient Mediterranean cultures, with particular interest in the way certain classical themes and tropes have been deployed in various Early Modern arenas such as ethics and politics, psychology and sexuality, and the fine arts. His recent books include Policing the State: Democratic Reflections on Police Power Gone Awry (Cascade, 2013) and Winckelmann and the Vatican's First Profane Museum (Palgrave, 2011).
Weaver Santaniello is professor of philosophy at Penn State, Berks College. Her research interests are in contemporary philosophy, ethics, and Jewish Studies. [End Page 223] Recent publications include "Nietzsche: Half a Nazi?," in Ethics, Art, and Representations of the Holocaust (2014); and "Nietzsche's Antichrist," in Iyyun: The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly (2015).
Gary Slater is visiting assistant professor of religious and theological studies at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. His primary research focus is American pragmatism, but he also works in environmental ethics, the ethics of technology, and method and theory in the study of religion. As his article in this issue demonstrates, he also has interests in diagnosing and remediating communication problems within and between diverse religious and political communities. He recently published C. S. Peirce and the Nested Continua Model of Religious Interpretation (Oxford University Press, 2015).
Carol Wayne White is professor of philosophy of religion at Bucknell University, and the author of Poststructuralism, Feminism, and Religion: Triangulating Positions (2002); The Legacy of Anne Conway (1631–70): Reverberations from a Mystical Naturalism (2009); and Black Lives and Sacred Humanity: Toward an African American Religious Naturalism (2016). She has recently published articles addressing the intersections of religious naturalism and queer theory, ecology and religion, and critical race theory and naturalistic views of the human. White is currently working on two new book projects. One explores the tenets of deep ecology and religious naturalism that are expressed in contemporary American nature poets and writers; the other addresses the problematic connections between antiblack racism and speciesism using the tenets of religious naturalism. [End Page 224]