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Kin Cheung 張健 | Assistant Professor of Asian Religions

Office location: Comenius Hall 108B
Email: cheungk@moravian.edu
Website: https://moravian.academia.edu/KinCheung

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

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

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Kin is interested in various aspects of contemporary Buddhism. He has written on Buddhist meditation and healing, practical implications of Buddhist ethics, and Buddhist institutions’ involvement in China’s stock market. His dissertation examines how meditation changes the senses of self, using both scientific studies of meditation’s effects on the brain and Chan/Zen Buddhist descriptions. Kin’s next major project is a contemporary case study of a Chinese-American religious healer.

Kin has spent time abroad in Nanjing, Seoul, Beijing, Kyoto, and Jinshan (New Taipei). He plans to teach courses that will bring students to these and other cities in East Asia. The goal is to expose students to the rich expressions of Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and additional religious-philosophical traditions.

Before coming to Moravian College, Kin has taught Introduction to Buddhism in Haverford College. He has taught courses in Chinese, Asian, and World Religions at Temple University, and Chinese Philosophy and Buddhist Philosophy at Richard Stockton College (now Stockton University).

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Kelly Denton-Borhaug | Professor of Religion; Co-director, Peace and Justice Studies; Executive Director of InFocus 

Office location: Comenius Hall 109
Office phone: 610-625-7104
Email: denton-borhaugk@moravian.edu
Website: http://kdentonblog.wordpress.com/

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

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 first book, U.S. War-culture, Sacrifice and Salvation, was published in the Equinox international series on religion and violence co-edited by Rosemary Radford Ruether and Lisa Isherwood in 2011. In addition to diverse articles and book chapters she has published, her second book-in-progress explores the cultural/religious roots of violence that give rise to the phenomenon of “moral injury” among military service members and veterans.

She teaches courses in religion, Peace and Justice Studies, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, focusing on topics such as pilgrimage studies, Christian soteriology, liberationist ethics, women and film, and the nature of peace. Most recently she is developing a unique “InFocus Global Seminar: Japan: Legacies of WWII” Mayterm course scheduled for 2017 that will involve travel with students to Japan for two weeks to study issues of war and peace, and visit Hiroshima, Nagasaki, U.S. military bases in Japan, and more.

Denton-Borhaug has been involved as a Co-director of the InFocus Center of Investigation: War, Peace and the Just Society, since 2010.  In 2016 she was named the Executive Director of InFocus at Moravian College.

She is interested in digital humanities, teaches one fully online course, and also teaches 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 in 2014; has received grants through the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and was chosen for the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2011.

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Arash Naraghi | Associate Professor

Office location: Comenius Hall 106
Office phone: 610-625-7835
Email: naraghia@moravian.edu

Education
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 | Associate Professor and Department Chair

Office location: Comenius Hall 108A
Office phone: 610-862-1314
Email: radine@moravian.edu

Education
B.A. (Philosophy), University of Michigan
M.A. and Ph.D. (Near Eastern Studies), 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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William Falla | Adjunct Professor

Office location: Reeves Library 302
Office phone: 610-625-7827
Email: fallaw@moravian.edu

Education
B.A. in Chemistry, SUNY Binghamton
M.S. in Geology, Pennsylvania State University
M.Div., United Theological Seminary
Th.M. & Th.D., Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Research interests and expertise
Science and Religion, Inter-disciplinary Theology

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Emeriti

  • Dr. Don St. John
  • Dr. G. Clarke Chapman
  • Dr. Steve R. Gordy
  • Dr. Mary Faith Carson
  • Dr. James Yerkes