Panel: Christian and Islamic Spirituality


Panel: Christian and Islamic Spirituality

Todd E. Johnson (Ph.D. University of Notre Dame) currently holds the Brehm Chair of Worship, Theology, and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary and is the Theological Director of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts. Todd is the lead professor in the new PhD concentration in Worship and Preaching. Todd’s scholarship includes writings in the arts, liturgy and ritual, and spirituality and mysticism. Todd is both an ordained Protestant minister and an associate in a religious order. Todd’s experiences include working with youth, and those with addictions, hospital chaplaincy, pastoral ministry, and two decades of teaching religion at the graduate level. Some of Todd’s works include Performing the Sacred: Theology and Theatre in Dialogue (Baker 2009), Common Worship in Theological Education (Pickwick 2010) and the multimedia resource Living Worship (Brazos Press, 2010).

Dr. Saritoprak’s research focuses on issues related to Islamic theology, spirituality, and eschatology as well as Islamic approaches to the environment. He is a leading specialist in the thought and writings of the important early 20th century Turkish Muslim scholar Bediüzzaman Said Nursi. Additionally, he has written on Rumi, the contemporary Turkish Muslim scholar Fethullah Gülen, as well as many other Islamic theologians and mystics. Dr. Saritoprak has also written on interfaith dialogue and is actively involved in interfaith dialogue including the Catholic-Muslim Dialogues co-sponsored by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Islamic Society of North America. In 2014 Dr. Saritoprak published Islam’s Jesus and he is currently in the final stages of completing a book titled Islamic Spirituality: Faith and Practice for the Modern World. 



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