Wm. Andrew Schwartz

Executive Director, Center for Process Studies
Assistant Professor of Process and Comparative Theology

Dr. Schwartz is a scholar, organizer, and social entrepreneur. As a comparative philosopher and theologian, his teaching and research specializtions include religious pluralism, process thought, and ecological civilization.

With a particular interest in promoting the common good, Schwartz employs a constructive approach to theology and philosophy orriented toward addressing our world’s most pressing problems. His recent work has been focused on the development of a new paradigm for addressing religious disputes grounded in the pluralistic insights of Jainism, as well as the role of high-impact philosophy in the transition toward a more sustainable and just future.

In addition to serving as Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies and Assistant Professor of Process and Comparative Theology, Schwartz is also Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the Institute for Ecological Civilization (ecociv.org), Co-Chair of the Open & Relational Theologies Unit of the American Academy of Religion, Managing Editor of Process Studies journal, and Treasurer for the International Process Network.

Education

B.A. — Northwest Nazarene University

M.A. — Nazarene Theological Seminary

M.A. — Claremont Graduate University

Ph.D. — Claremont Graduate University

Recent Publications / Achievements

Do Christians, Muslims, and Jews Worship the Same God? Four Views, edited by Ronnie Campbell and Christopher Gnanakan (Zondervan, 2019).

The Metaphysics of Paradox: Jainism, Absolute Relativity, and Religious Pluralism (Lexington Books, 2018)

Putting Philosophy to Work: Toward an Ecological Civilization, edited with John B. Cobb, Jr. (Process Century Press, 2018)

Embracing the Past—Forging the Future: A New Generation of Wesleyan Theology, edited with John M. Bechtold (Pickwick Publications, 2015)

“Anekāntavāda (Jainism).” In Buddhism and Jainism, edited by K.T.S. Sarao and Jeffery D. Long. The Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, series edited by Arvind Sharma (Springer, 2017), pgs 118-123.

“Relativity (Jainism).” In Buddhism and Jainism, edited by K.T.S. Sarao and Jeffery D. Long. The Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, series edited by Arvind Sharma (Springer, 2017), pgs 1005-1011.

“Syādvāda (Jainism).” In Buddhism and Jainism, edited by K.T.S. Sarao and Jeffery D. Long. The Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, series edited by Arvind Sharma (Springer, 2017), pgs 1162-1167.

“Truth (Jainism).” In Buddhism and Jainism, edited by K.T.S. Sarao and Jeffery D. Long. The Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, series edited by Arvind Sharma (Springer, 2017).

“Social Holiness as Embracing Difference,” in Renovating Holiness, edited by Thomas Jay Oord and Josh Broward (SacraSage, 2015), pgs 453-457.

“How ‘Truth’ Limits Interreligious Dialogue: What Wesleyan’s Might Learn from Buddhism,” in Wesleyan Theological Journal, Vol. 48 No. 1 (Spring 2013)

“Epistemic Justification and Religious Truth Claims: Heim’s More Pluralistic Hypothesis,” in Claremont Journal of Religion, Vol. 1 No. 1 (January 2012): 54-69.

“Dialoguing as Transformation: Formation Through Encounters with ‘The Other’” in Spiritual Formation: A Wesleyan Paradigm, edited by Mark Maddix and Diane Leclerc (Beacon Hill Press, 2011), pgs 147-157.