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Back to listAug 2, 2006

Dialogue Series between Preeminent Theologian Harvey G. Cox Jr. and SGI President to Begin in September Ushio

Professor Harvey G. Cox Jr. (left) and SGI President Ikeda (right) at Soka University, Hachioji, Tokyo, May 1992

A dialogue series between leading religious studies expert Harvey G. Cox Jr., Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University, USA, and SGI President Daisaku Ikeda will begin in the September issue of Ushio, a monthly Japanese literary magazine. Titled "Peace and Religion in the 21st Century" (tentative translation), they discuss contemporary themes such as "Dialogue Among Religions and Civilizations" and issues such as "peace and security" and "nuclear armament." The two explore how religion serves to shed wisdom on the serious problems facing humanity, and the role of religion and spirituality in today's society.

Professor Cox was born in Malvern, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1929. After graduating with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1951 with a B.A. in History, he earned a Bachelor of Divinity in 1955 from the Yale University Divinity School. In 1963 he received a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy from Harvard University and began teaching theology there. A friend of the late Martin Luther King Jr., Professor Cox participated in the U.S. civil rights movement. He is a prolific writer and his Secular City, published in 1965, became an international bestseller. The University of Marburg selected it as one of the most influential books of Protestant theology in the twentieth century.