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    Brother Lawrence A. Whitney, PhD, LC† has served as University Chaplain at Boston University since 2007 where he also completed the PhD in philosophical and comparative theology in 2019. Professed and a priest in the Lindisfarne Community, he is also a Fellow at the Institute for Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University, on the board of directors of Convergence on Campus, and President of the North American Paul Tillich Society.


    2019: PhD – Boston University
    2009: MDiv – Boston University
    2005: BM – Ithaca College

    Other Publications


    Language as Ritual: Saying what Cannot Be Said with Western and Confucian Ritual Theories. Doctor of Philosophy, Boston University, 2019,


    §“Faith Transforms in Times of Crisis” Kissing in the Chapel, Praying in the Frat House: Wrestling with Faith and College. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, December 2014.

    *“Symmetry and Asymmetry: Problems and Prospects for Modeling” Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities. Dordrecht, Nethelands: Springer, 2013,

    §“From the Mainline to the Margins” Secular Monasticism: A Journey. Bloomington, IN: Xlibris, 2012.

    “Orthodoxy: Continuing Testimony into a Third Millenium” Tracing Contours: Reflections on World Mission and Christianity. Newton Centre, MA: Boston Theological Institute, 2010.


    §“Mentoring for Discernment” FTE Guide to Discernment Retreats. The Forum for Theological Exploration (September 17, 2019),

    *§“Institutional Dimensions of the Future of Philosophy of Religion” Palgrave Communications 4.1 (12 June 2018),

    §“Correlating to ‘Nones:’ Tillich’s Method of Correlation and Late Modernity” Bulletin of the North American Paul Tillich Society, Summer 2014.

    *“Experience and the Ultimacy of God” Journal of Speculative Philosophy 26.1 (2012): 43-60,

    “Mission Theology and Interreligious Encounter: 1910-2010” Bulletin of the North American Paul Tillich Society 37.2 (Spring 2011): 39-46.

    Response Articles

    “Poor Jesus: No Place to Stand” Journal of Interreligious Dialogue 8 (February 2012): 75-77.

    Books Reviewed

    Verbs, Bones, and Brains: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Nature. ed. Agustín Fuentes, Aku Visala. (University of Notre Dame Press: 2017) in

    Blog Posts


      §“Free Speech, Religious Liberty, and the Academy,” webinar, Convergence on Campus, 26 September 2019.

      “Boston Confucianism” with Robert Neville and 宋斌 Bin Song, produced by the Confucius Institute U.S. Center, Washington, D.C. 16 October 2019.

      “Protestantization” and “Protestantization and Confucianism,” The Common Thread Podcast, The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, 26 March 2018,;

      §“Discovering Marsh Chapel” BU Today. with David Bergeron-Keefe, Beth Boucher, Janice Checchio, Andy Costello, Charlie Guerrero, Laura Nooney, Bill Politis, Jackie Ricciardi, Cydney Scott, and Alan Wong. 10 October 2017.


      • American Academy of Religion

      • North American Paul Tillich Society

      • National Association of College and University Chaplains

      • Association of College and University Religious Affairs

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