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When you buy books from iPub Global Connection, you’re not just getting a good price on books. You’re also supporting the authors we feature. You will discover many interesting writers, such as Dr. Leonard Swidler, a professor of Catholic Thought and a driving force for interreligious dialogue around the globe.
Len, who has taught at Temple University for the past half century, founded Temple’s Dialogue Institute in 1978 and created the Journal of Ecumenical Studies. Len has been a keynote presenter at conferences and forums in more than 30 nations throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as across the U.S. As the author of over 100 books on religion, dialogue, and philosophy, we celebrate him as the first Featured Author on this site.
Leonard Swidler, PhD
Leonard Swidler is truly a citizen of the world whose empathy has reached friends and fellow thinkers in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
While others use religion as a barrier, Len sees it as a way to bring people together, even people from different religions. After all, the first religions emerged from peoples’ desire to understand the world around them.
Some civilizations created gods who controlled the earth, sea, sun, moon, and stars. Others recognized a single Creator who sent great thinkers—Buddha, Jesus, Mohammad, Moses, Krishna—to teach us right from wrong. These thinkers had a lot more in common than their followers may realize.
Antony Fernando, PhD & ThD
Born to a catholic Sri Lankan family, Professor Antony Fernando was singled out for success at a young age. When Dr. Fernando was 9, he scored sufficiently enough on IQ test to be awarded a free education by the Sri Lankan government. As a result, he was enrolled in the largest seminary school in Sri Lanka. After completing his regular schooling and exiting the seminary system as an ordained priest, Fernando was assigned, in no small part due to his academic performance, as a lecturer at the same seminary. He was later sent to Rome to study theology, where he received his doctorate from the Gregorian University in Rome during this time spent abroad. He also traveled to other Catholic institutions in Europe and interacted with members of other faiths, experiences which shaped many of his views on spirituality. The contrast between the practice of Catholicism in Sri Lanka and in Europe had a profound impact on his spiritual beliefs.
Paul Mojzes, PhD
Dr. Paul Mojzes is professor emeritus of religious studies at Rosemont College, Rosemont, Pennsylvania and was distinguished visiting professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. In retirement he became interim director of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies doctoral program at Gratz College.
A native of Yugoslavia, he studied at Belgrade University Law School, received the A.B. degree summa cum laude from Florida Southern College, and Ph.D. degree from Boston University. Dr. Mojzes is the co-editor of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and founder and editor of Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe. He is the author of six, the editor of fifteen books and has written over 100 articles.
As a part of the post-Vatican II, Arlene’s work on women in the Catholic Church began in 1966. Her feminist ideas began in Catholicism, but they soon expanded to other religions as well. Most of her efforts were spent meeting and talking with people and editing. By the early 1990’s, she had published more than eighty articles and book reviews, served as an editor of two different periodicals, and participated in editing and writing thirteen books, along with more than forty years of college/university teaching.
Hans Küng is a Swiss Catholic priest, controversial theologian, and prolific author. Since 1995 he has been President of the Foundation for a Global Ethic (Stiftung Weltethos). Küng is “a Catholic priest in good standing,” but the Vatican has rescinded his authority to teach Catholic theology. Though he had to leave the Catholic faculty, he remained at the University of Tübingen as a professor of Ecumenical Theology, serving as Emeritus Professor since 1996. In spite of not being allowed to teach Catholic theology, neither his bishop nor the Holy See has revoked his priestly faculties.
Andrea French was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and raised in El Paso, Texas. She wrote her children’s book when she was a high school junior as an assignment for a Child Development class. Andrea’s book charmingly reveals how she found a new puppy sitting on her couch one day. Though Andrea didn’t know where the puppy came from, she believed it was a gift from her grandmother Guerra who had passed away the week before. Andrea dedicated the book to her family, but mostly to her grandmother, who she believed blessed her with the new family dog, Guerrita, named after her grandmother.