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Cedarville University Assistant Professor of Political Science Gerson Moreno-Riano, Ph.D., recently spoke at an international conference that focused on scientific investigation and philosophical consideration of the varieties of religious experience. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office

February 28, 2005

Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University Assistant Professor of Political Science Gerson Moreno-Riano, Ph.D., recently spoke at an international conference that focused on scientific investigation and philosophical consideration of the varieties of religious experience. Held in a 13th century monastery in Switzerland, the Eranos Conference featured distinguished speakers from around the globe who collectively addressed major themes and issues within each of the world`s major religions. "The significance of each lecture and the conference as a whole cannot be overstated," Moreno-Riano said. "It was of fundamental importance and intellectual significance since it presented perhaps one of the first 21st century treatments of religion by some of the world`s most eminent authorities in the area of philosophy of religion and religious studies." He added, "This was extremely timely given the place of religion in today`s social and political milieu." Moreno-Riano served as the conference`s opening speaker. He was chosen to participate because of his research in the areas of natural law and 14th century political thought along with additional research into the thought of the 20th century German-American philosopher Eric Voegelin. As the only American presenter, Springfield resident Moreno-Riano said he was extremely honored to be part of this exclusive conference, considered to be one of the most prestigious intellectual conferences in Europe. "Only 10 speakers from around the world are selected to give a lecture to an audience of invited guests which includes local government and European Union dignitaries, Nobel Prize winners, faculty from various universities, and doctoral candidates," he explained. "The speakers selected are considered to be the leading lights in their particular areas of research," he said. The lectures were delivered in German, Italian, French, or English with translations provided for the audience. The conference was held under the auspices of the Associazione Amici di Eranos and is supported financially by the Township of Ascona and the tourist office Lago Maggiore. -30-