R. Brad Bannon
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Dec 5, 2011
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New Beginnings: Fear and Hope

This is a time of new beginnings. Here in Massachusetts, Spring is just beginning to spring. Easter is upon us. Baseball is back. The school year is drawing to a close, but that means that summer is just around the corner and already on the minds of most students, teachers, and professors.It is especially a time of new beginnings for me, personally. Just one month ago, my son was born. Just one week ago, my comprehensive exams finally concluded, which means that the dissertation process is…See More
Apr 22, 2011
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Rev. Peter Gomes, R.I.P.

This will be a short post, partially due to the fact that I am overwhelmed with studies for comprehensive exams next month, and partially because there are already so many brilliant posts on SoF that I would encourage others to read those instead of my terse prose.I want to reflect most briefly, however, on the news that Rev. Peter Gomes, the chaplain of Harvard Memorial Chapel, passed away yesterday (Monday). Two excellent obituaries have already been published by the…See More
Mar 2, 2011
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Political Debate and Caricature

What do ancient advaita Vedānta philosophical debates with Mīmāṁsakas and Buddhists over the relationship between perception and cognition and between universals and particulars have to do with State of Formation and with Republican-Democrat political debates today? I wager that even if you don’t give a lick about Hindu or Buddhist philosophy – or philosophy in general – you will still be interested in the discussion below.This morning, I read a very interesting article by Hugh Nicholson…See More
Feb 16, 2011
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Political Debate and Caricature

What do ancient advaita Vedānta philosophical debates with Mīmāṁsakas and Buddhists over the relationship between perception and cognition and between universals and particulars have to do with State of Formation and with Republican-Democrat political debates today? I wager that even if you don’t give a lick about Hindu or Buddhist philosophy – or philosophy in general – you will still be interested in the discussion below.This morning, I read a very interesting article by Hugh Nicholson…See More
Feb 15, 2011
R. Brad Bannon and Karen Leslie Hernandez are now friends
Feb 7, 2011
R. Brad Bannon posted a blog post

Erotic Love and the Imago Dei

I am part of a community of students in theology (http://www.theologysalon.org) exploring the question: Why theology? No doubt, we all have different answers to this question. I, myself, have more than one answer.The largest and simplest answer (for me) is: Because I want to make the world a better place. It is not always clear – even to me – how theology can make the world a better place. Conversely, it is, unfortunately, often clear how theology has…See More
Feb 4, 2011
R. Brad Bannon is now friends with Korsi Senyo, Juliana Cesano and Marvin Lance Wiser
Feb 4, 2011
R. Brad Bannon posted a blog post

Scalars, Vectors, and Hypotheses beyond Atheism

Lately, the hectic duties of life have rather overwhelmed me. Although I have thought about State of Formation often and tried to keep up with my reading of the other wonderful contributors to this site, I have struggled to formulate my thoughts into a blog entry. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been reading through a half dozen of Plato’s dialogues and sections of Plotinus’ Enneads. I have wanted to blog about them and I hope to do so soon. However, each time I devote some contemplation…See More
Jan 14, 2011
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Jan 4, 2011
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The burning oíkos

I would guess that more than a few readers of the Journal of Interreligious Dialogue and likely several readers of SoF are familiar with the name Raimon Panikkar. Panikkar passed away in August of this year at the age of 91 (NYTimes obit and a tribute by Francis Clooney). His biography is nothing short of remarkable: born to…See More
Dec 13, 2010
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Dec 7, 2010
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Proceeding along the aporetic path

A recent post by Honna Eichler explores a number of important issues that we might all benefit from contemplating more. Her reflections inspired me to write this post, which responds to the question with which she concludes: “Why you have stayed in religion or prefer to exist outside of it?”At the risk of reduction and with the promise of brevity, my response is: I have remained involved in my…See More
Dec 1, 2010
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Who ‘owns’ religious practice?

There is an interesting debate brewing over yoga. The Hindu American Foundation posted an article entitled “Yoga Beyond Asana: Hindu Thought in Practice” on its website. The article seems primarily educational. It simply explains that there is more to yoga than āsana (posture) and prāṇāyāma (controlled breathing). These are but aspects of a robust philosophical, theological, and moral tradition. It does not claim that everyone who…See More
Nov 27, 2010
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A dialogue continued

My last post, "Valid Sources of Knowledge," to my surprise, generated some very good discussions. Fellow SoF contributer James Croft has offered some well-reasoned and thought-provoking retorts to my positions. It seems to me that the discussion is bearing the fruits of this shared endeavor - we are not only describing our various states of…See More
Nov 26, 2010
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Valid Sources of Knowledge

I’ve tried to come up with good justifications for writing this post, knowing that more than a few folks will find it boring, lacking the excitement of another commentary on Lady Gaga, the familiarity of a personal anecdote, or the sensationalism of blogging on Michael Vick as a role model. The thing that I suppose I keep coming back to in my mind is that while I respect and appreciate most religions,…See More
Nov 24, 2010

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Religion / Faith
Christian
I have attended the Parliament of Religions:
Never
Local Religious Community / Interfaith Affiliation:
State of Formation
Website:
http://www.stateofformation.org/author/brad-bannon/
I have come to PeaceNext looking for:
networking, intrareligious reflection, friendship
I am inspired by:
Advaita Vedanta, particular in its relation to the earlier purva mimamsa ritualist school and in the writings of Sankara
Christian theology, especially apophatic theology in the writings of Nicholas of Cusa, Pseudo-Dionysius, and others
Indian philosophy, especially philosophy of language and ontology, such as Bhartrhari
Western philosophy, especially in the writings of Heidegger, Derrida, Wittgenstein and others
Comparative theology, especially Hindu-CHristian comparisons and religious epistemologies
My favorite spiritual places:
Mt. Sinai
Jerusalem
Mysore
Kanyakumari
Madurai
Interreligious causes I care about:
Hindu-Christian dialogue and comparative theology
Changes I am working toward in my community:
New understandings of scripture and scriptural engagement
About Me:
I am a third year doctoral student in comparative theology examining the epistemologies and apophatic theologies of Sankara and Nicholas of Cusa. I study with Prof. Frank Clooney at Harvard Divinity School. I am married to a wonderful woman and we have a daughter (2) with another kid due in March 2011.

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New Beginnings: Fear and Hope

Posted on April 22, 2011 at 11:00am 0 Comments

This is a time of new beginnings. Here in Massachusetts, Spring is just beginning to spring. Easter is upon us. Baseball is back. The school year is drawing to a close, but that means that summer is just around the corner and already on the minds of most students, teachers, and professors.

It is especially a time of new beginnings for me, personally. Just one month ago, my son was born. Just one week ago, my comprehensive exams finally concluded, which means that the dissertation…

Continue

Rev. Peter Gomes, R.I.P.

Posted on March 2, 2011 at 11:34am 0 Comments

This will be a short post, partially due to the fact that I am overwhelmed with studies for comprehensive exams next month, and partially because there are already so many brilliant posts on SoF that I would encourage others to read those instead of my terse prose.

I want to reflect most briefly, however, on the news that Rev. Peter Gomes, the chaplain of Harvard Memorial Chapel, passed away yesterday (Monday). Two excellent obituaries have already been published by the…

Continue

Political Debate and Caricature

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 12:04pm 0 Comments

What do ancient advaita Vedānta philosophical debates with Mīmāṁsakas and Buddhists over the relationship between perception and cognition and between universals and particulars have to do with State of Formation and with Republican-Democrat political debates today? I wager that even if you don’t give a lick about Hindu or Buddhist philosophy – or philosophy in general – you will still be interested in the discussion below.

This morning, I read a very interesting article by…

Continue

Erotic Love and the Imago Dei

Posted on February 4, 2011 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

I am part of a community of students in theology (http://www.theologysalon.org) exploring the question: Why theology? No doubt, we all have different answers to this question. I, myself, have more than one answer.

The largest and simplest answer (for me) is: Because I want to make the world a better place. It is not always clear – even to me – how theology can make the world a better place. Conversely, it is, unfortunately, often clear how…

Continue

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