The History of Religions and Evolutionary Models: Some Reflections on Framing a Mediating Vocabulary
William Paden [+]
University of Vermont
PADEN E. WILLIAM has been a member of the Department of Religion, University of Vermont from 1965 until his retirement in the Spring of 2009. He served as Chair from 1972-78 and 1990-2005. He has been a visiting scholar at Wolfson College, Oxford (1999, 1992), and spent time as a research fellow and lecturer in Japan (1999, 1992). Publications include the books, Religious Worlds: The Comparative Study of Religion (Beacon Press, 1988; 21994), and Interpreting the Sacred: Ways of Viewing Religion (Beacon Press, 1992; 22003), both translated in numerous foreign language editions.
William Paden considers the history of religious tradition, and its body of evidences of panhuman thematics, and tries to find ways of modelling consilience with evolutionary ideas.