Both a program of study and a career in any
academic field is called a "curriculum,"which is a
Latin term meaning "a circular course." It is a good word,
for any intellectual pursuit worth its salt will bring us back
to the perfect wisdom with which we started,
yet enhanced somehow by the laps we've made.
- Sri Abhidharma Satyananda
Dr. Laughlin is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy, Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio, where he taught Comparative Religions and American Religious History, with a concentration in 19th Century American Metaphysical Religions. A native of Northern Kentucky, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Cincinnati in classical Latin and Greek studies, and holds the Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees in Religion from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Laughlin has published numerous books and articles on a wide range of topics in religious studies, his most recent major projects being Remedial Christianity: What Every Believer Should Know about the Faith, but Probably Doesn’t (Polebridge Press, 2000), and Getting Oriented: What Every Christian Should Know about Eastern Religions, but Probably Doesn't (Polebridge Press, 2005). A former United Methodist minister and now an ordained Unity minister and an accomplished jazz pianist, Dr. Laughlin is a frequent guest speaker, workshop leader, and musician at churches and conferences all over the country. Paul is enjoying his retirement with his wife Donna in Upper Arlington (Columbus), Ohio. They are both life-long amateur "ham" radio operators (N8ZQ and WA3ZBU, respectively), and maintain an elaborate radio "shack" in their home. As for Paul's age, let's just say that he was born in the Chinese Year of the Dog.
For a more detailed account of his career, see his curriculum vitae (Latin for "more than you want to know") here.
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