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Thursday, 22 November 2001, 12:00AM

Blinding Darkness

Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson

The Isa Upanisad tells us: 'Into blinding darkness enter those who worship ignorance and those who delight in knowledge enter into still greater darkness.' The Jaina notion of perspectivism maintains that, on any given matter, there is not one truth but rather at least seven different points of view. Deep investigation of inter-faith questions raises the problem of religious 'knowledge' and of the interpretation of human religious experience. But the diversity of religious claims and testimonies also raises questions of multiple perspectives; of relativism or its alternatives.

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Professor Griffith-Dickson specialises in the philosophy and theology of different faiths. She has done groundbreaking work in bringing an interfaith approach to theology and the philosophy of religion. Her research work focuses on the beliefs of different religions, their mutual relations, and their impact on contemporary issues.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson’s academic career has been spent entirely in London. At the University of London, Birkbeck College, she developed and managed the country’s largest continuing education programme in Religious Studies, along with Islamic Studies, Theology and Philosophy. She was the first woman to hold the Gresham Chair in Divinity in 2001 at Gresham College. She left Birkbeck in 2004 to found The Lokahi Foundation. With a background in theology and philosophy, teaching and research interests span the two disciplines, with a major focus on the philosophy of religion.
Gwen's principal research interests comprise the philosophical issues of religions, and the relation of different faiths and their shared histories and beliefs. She has a background in Continental European Philosophy, especially German thought, as well as a keen interest in Hawaiian Studies. Theological interests are at the philosophical end of theology: language, religious knowledge and metaphysics, interpretation and methodology.

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22 November 2001

Blinding Darkness
Professor Gwen Griffith-Dickson

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