I have never quite believed Christians who declare that they’ve never thought of God as male but only as spirit. I suspect that this non-personal designation leaves a void that is too easily filled by Western art, biblical pronouns, and prayers to God as Father and Lord. The patriarchy must be lurking somewhere in their […]
Michelle Voss Roberts
Michelle Voss Roberts is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Theology at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. She has degrees in Theological Studies from Emory University (Ph.D.), Candler School of Theology (M.T.S.), and Calvin College (B.A.). She teaches in the fields of systematic, comparative, and feminist theologies and is active in the leadership of the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies.
In Dualities: A Theology of Difference (Westminster John Knox, 2010), Voss Roberts introduces feminist methods and norms to the discipline of comparative theology. Her second book, Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion (Fordham University Press, 2014) explores the role of the emotions in religious experience through the lens of Indian aesthetic theories. Her current book project is a theological anthropology that explores neglected dimensions of human being, including the elements, organs of sense and action, and even limitations, as integral to a contemporary view of humanity.
The Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017 was one of the most transcendent twenty-four hours of my life. Despite involving a long bus trip that began and ended in the middle of the night, waiting in long lines for the Metro, and being packed shoulder-to-shoulder with half a million other human beings for […]
“Some of you have thanked me for not outing you as closet Buddhists,” said the pastor as he introduced me for my presentation on multiple religious belonging. I wondered: What work was the language of the closet doing in this space? I had the opportunity to think about this question again this October 24-26 at […]
Professors across the land are preparing to return to the classroom, beginning with the all-important discussion on first day: setting the ground rules. Sometimes I ask the class to generate guidelines, beginning with their top list of classroom dos and don’ts. And inevitably, after “listen to others,” “don’t dominate the conversation,” and “respect other views,” […]
A few months ago in Cambridge, Mass., Mona Haydar and her spouse had the creative idea of setting up a stand offering free coffee, doughnuts, and the opportunity to “Ask a Muslim.” The NPR story covering the occasion is largely dedicated to describing her apprehensions before the event and her reflections, afterwards, on the goodwill […]