The Oneness of God and The Diversity of Religions: A Sikh Perspective
Lecture by Rahuldeep Singh Gill, Ph.D.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4:15 PM
Quad 264, Saint John's University
The Sikh Holy Scripture, Guru Granth Sahib (compiled in 1604), begins with the assertion that "God is One," and this theme of God's oneness pervades not only the 1430 pages of Guru Granth Sahib but also the subsequent Sikh tradition. At the same time, Sikhism promotes the idea of religious diversity as a divine good for the human family. In this lecture, Professor Gill will explore these Sikh teachings and explain why he regards them as true and necessary.
Rahuldeep Singh Gill, Ph.D., is associate professor of religion at California Lutheran University, where he also directs the Center for Equality and Justice and serves as Campus Interfaith Strategist. He has twice been voted Cal Lutheran's Diversity Professor of the Year and has served as visiting professor of Sikh Studies at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Professor Gill earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and he has become a widely sought-after speaker whose engaging lectures and workshops often have to do with creating more inclusive environments in the workplace, in the marketplace, and on campus. He has spoken before audiences of all sizes at events sponsored by the State Department's Study of United States Institutes, the Church Center for the United Nations, University of California, California State University, Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, and the Interfaith Youth Core. The Los Angeles Times, Patheos.com, and the Washington Post's On Faith blog have published his writings and he blogs at The Huffington Post. Oxford University Press is publishing his first book, Drinking from Love's Cup: Surrender and Sacrifice in the Vars of Bhai Gurdas, and he is working on a second book called Pluralists: Great Leaders in History Who Brought People Together.