Introducing Guest Newsletter Essayist, David Weddle

David L. Weddle is Professor Emeritus at Colorado College. He served as chair of the Department of Religion from 2001 to 2008 and was named the David and Lucile Packard Professor of Religion for 2009-2012.

Dr. Weddle also taught at Cornell College for 27 years, most of that time as chair of the department. He held the Norma and Richard Small Senior Faculty Chair and hosted a weekly public service program on controversial moral issues on KCRG-TV.

His recent book Miracles: Wonder and Meaning in World Religions (New York University Press, 2010) explores popular enthusiasm for miracles, official regulation of miracle claims, and religious objections to miracles, drawing on examples from Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, and Islamic traditions.

His current project is a study of sacrifice in world religions, ranging across practices of ritual killing, ascetic self-denial, martyrdom, self-erasure in mystical ecstasy, offerings made in devotion, and references to sacrifice in the rhetoric of war.

Library of Social Science Review Essay by David Weddle
Recent Book by David Weddle
Miracles: Wonder and Meaning in World Religions
  • Publisher: NYU Press (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814794165

Book Description

Despite the dominance of scientific explanation in the modern world, faith in miracles remains strong, particularly in resurgent forms of traditional religion. In Miracles, David L. Weddle examines how five religious traditions—Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam—understand miracles.

“Combines extensive comparative knowledge and understanding of major religious traditions with solid grounding in diverse modern philosophical understandings.” 
—Frederick M. Denny, Professor Emeritus of Islamic Studies and History of Religions, University of Colorado at Boulder