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Global Religions Faculty




Kin Cheung 張健 | Associate Professor of East and South Asian Religions; Chair, Departments of Global Religions and Philosophy

Office location: Comenius Hall 110
Office phone: 610-625-7844

Ph.D., Religion, Temple University 
M.A., Religion, Temple University
B.A., Philosophy, New York University

Research interests and expertise
Contemporary Buddhism (Buddhism and health, Buddhist involvement in economics and capitalism), 
Chinese Buddhism (Chan and Huayan), Chinese Philosophical-Religious Traditions (Confucianism, Daoism), Japanese Buddhism (Zen), Buddhist Ethics, Buddhism and Science

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Dr. Cheung researches how contemporary agents use Buddhist doctrine and ritual practices in Chinese and American contexts as well as transnational networks. He has published on Buddhists engaging with healing, meditation, ethical dilemmas, economics, capitalism, secularism, science, and technology. His work appears in The Journal of the American Academy of Religion; Religion, State and Society; The Journal of Buddhist Ethics; Miracles: An Exercise in Comparative Philosophy of Religion; Teaching About Asia in a Time of Pandemic; Buddhism and Medicine: An Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Sources; Studies in Chinese Religions; and Handbook of Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness. 

Dr. Cheung is co-editor of Buddhism and Healing in the Modern Worldforthcoming by the University of Hawai'i Press scheduled for 2024. In that volume, he contributes a chapter on a contemporary Chinese American religious healer and his healing community in the New York City area. The chapter argues that the research subject's healing of vastly disparate ailments-including a cancerous tumor, dislocated jaw, balance disorder, and amnesia-lends him legitimacy when he teaches Buddhism. The healer spreads religion to his community by explaining karmic causes of disease and prescribing Buddhist healing rituals. Dr. Cheung's next major research project is a monograph that examines this healer and community in detail. 

In addition to his scholarly work, he has written public-facing essays on religious studies, international students, and mindfulness in classrooms and art spaces. Dr. Cheung received a BA in Philosophy from New York University and a MA and Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Temple University. He has studied or worked abroad in Nanjing, Seoul, Beijing, Kyoto, and Jinshan (New Taipei).  He is a strong proponent of religious literacy. Regardless of personal identification with a religious group, the study of religion promotes understanding of human experience. 





Kelly Denton-Borhaug | Professor of Religion; Program Director, Peace and Justice Studies; Co-director, Moravian University Humanities Fellowship 

Office location: Comenius Hall 109
Office phone: 610-625-7104

Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA 
M.Div. with Honors, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
B.A., California State University, Northridge

Research interests and expertise
Cultural criticism of religion, religion, militarism and war in the U.S. context, moral injury, liberationist ethics, Christian soteriology and ethics.

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Kelly Denton-Borhaug has been speaking and writing about “sacrificial U.S. war-culture” since the early 2000’s. Her latest book, And Then Your Soul Is Gone: Moral Injury and U.S. War-culture, addresses the public crisis of military moral injury, and analyzes the roots of this phenomenon in U.S. war-culture. 

Her first book, U.S. War-culture, Sacrifice and Salvation, is part of the Equinox international series on religion and violence co-edited by Rosemary Radford Ruether and Lisa Isherwood. She has authored many articles and book chapters.

She teaches courses in religion and ethics, Peace and Justice Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and more. She has focused on topics such as pilgrimage studies, Christian soteriology, liberationist ethics, women and film, and the nature of peace. She led the development of a unique “InFocus Global Seminar: Japan: Legacies of WWII” Mayterm course to travel with students to Japan for two weeks to study issues of war and peace, the legacy of atomic weapons, and visit Hiroshima, Nagasaki, U.S. military bases in Japan, and more.

Denton-Borhaug served as a Co-director of the InFocus Center of Investigation: War, Peace and the Just Society, and now is Executive Director of InFocus at Moravian University.

She is interested in digital humanities, teaches online, hybrid and in-person courses, and two seminar travel courses.  "Latin Liberation Theology" involves travel with students to the border region between the U.S. and Mexico to study religion, ethics, immigration, and U.S. policy of the border.  "Japan: Legacies of WWII" is an InFocus Global Travel Seminar course through which students learn about the history and ethics of nuclear weapons and disarmament through travel to Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Kyoto.

Denton-Borhaug was the recipient of an National Endowment of the Humanities grant to develop "What Is Peace?" with Dr. Bernie Cantens; has been a digital humanities consultant with the Consortium of Independent Colleges, has received grants through the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and received the Moravian University Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.


Arash Naraghi | Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Program Director for Ethics

Office location: Comenius Hall 106
Office phone: 610-625-7835

M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, University of California, Santa Barbara

Research interests and expertise

Applied Ethics: Social Ethics, Ethics of Human Rights, Ethics of Gender and Sexuality; Meta-Ethics: The Logic of Moral Dilemmas; Philosophy of Religion and Islamic Philosophy: God’s Foreknowledge, Arguments for the Existence of God, the Problem of Evil; Reformist Movements in Contemporary Islam: Models of Reconstruction/Reform of Islamic Thought; Contemporary Shi’i Theology: Shi’i Political Theories- The Theory of Velayat-e Faqih; Islamic Mysticism: The School of Khurassan: Al-Ghazali, Rumi, Abu Saeed Abul-Khayr.

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Jason Radine | Professor of Biblical and Jewish Studies

Office location: Comenius Hall 108A
Office phone: 610-861-1314

Ph.D., Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan
M.A., Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan
B.A., Philosophy, University of Michigan

Research interests and expertise
The origins of Israelite/Jewish identity in the ancient Near East, intra-religious conflict in biblical texts, ancient Near Eastern culture and religion, modern Judaism, ethical issues in religion. Dr. Radine's current research projects are on the phenomenon of literary prophecy and its role in the development of Israelite/Jewish religious and political thought.

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  • Dr. William S. Falla, Emeritus Adjunct Professor
  • Dr. Don St. John
  • Dr. G. Clarke Chapman
  • Dr. Steve R. Gordy
  • Dr. Mary Faith Carson
  • Dr. James Yerkes