Keith Ward is a British philosopher, theologian, priest and scholar. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a priest of the Church of England. He was a canon of Christ Church, Oxford until 2003. Comparative theology and the relationship between science and religion are two of his main topics of interest. He was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford from 1991 to 2004.

Don’t forget to check out some amazing free lectures of Keith. Literally quality, zesty, nerdy, and free lectures.

Here’s his previous podcast visits:

We discuss…

  • the question of religious pluralism
  • the definition of religion
  • the role of Durkheim in the study of religion
  • reductive religionists and the ability to “explain away”
  • the “perennial philosophy”
  • difference across religious traditions
  • the nature of situated knowledge
  • the problem and challenge of religious syncretism
  • why we don’t have to believe the same thing to get along
  • diversity is good and Schleiermacher says so
  • the role of hermeneutics in religion
  • the curse of religion – trying to make people believe what you believe.
  • the search for meaning and the historicity of a religion
  • John Hick and religious pluralism
  • cultivating the ability to celebrate pluralism

Here’s Keith’s ‘debate’ with Daniel Dennett.


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