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Joel Daniels Professorial Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Religious Studies Department of Philosophy & Religion

Joel Daniels
CAS - Philosophy and Religion
Office Hours (Fall 2021)
Mondays and Thursdays 11:00-12:45 and by appointment
PhD, MA, Georgetown University; MTS, Boston University

I study religion from a global perspective through Asian religious thought, world Christianity, particularly Pentecostalism, and comparative religion, philosophy, and ethics. My current project examines how and why Pentecostal spirituality has flourished in China over the past 100 years.

I have also published in academic journals and edited volumes on topics like the Emerging Church, religious "nones," Zhuangzi, religion and psychology/neurology, emotions, philosophy, interreligious dialogue, comparative religion, gender, feminism, and ecology. In addition, I have presented my research at national and international conferences, including stops as close as Canada and as far as China.
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications


“From Normative to Nothing: A Pentecostal Theological Conception of the Body,” Pneuma: Journal of the Society of Pentecostal Studies 43(2): 233-249.

“Strategically Opposing Injustice: A Feminist Approach to John B. Cobb, Jr. and James H. Cone’s Theologies,” Process Studies 50(1): 128-147.


“What Lies Within: Uncovering the Holy Spirit with the Aid of Buddhist Philosophy,” Buddhist-Christian Studies 40: 287-305.


“Uncarved and Unconcerned: Zhuangzian Contentment in an Age of Happiness,” Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 18(4): 577-596.

“Restrictions or Resources? Buddhist-Christian Discourse for Our Growing Population,” Journal of Interreligious Studies 28: 76-90.


“Friedrich Schleiermacher: Pentecostal Friend or Foe?” Ecclesiology 14: 69-90.

“A Church for the De-Churched and Un-Churched: Sunday Assembly as a Response to and Space for the Nones,” in The Emerging Church, Millennials, and Religion: Volume 1, edited by Randall Reed and Michael Zbaraschuk, 188-211 (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers).

“Processing the Pentecostal-Buddhist Dialogue: A Panexperiential Approach,” Journal of Pentecostal Theology 27: 115-145.

Professional Presentations


“Bernt Berntsen’s “Popular Gospel Truth” (通傳福音真理報) Newsletter: Translating Pentecostalism in Republican China”

  • Yale-Edinburgh Group on World Christianity and the History of Mission, New College, Edinburgh University, UK [virtual] (June).

“The Fire of Pentecost without the Flames of Hell: A Model for Pentecostal Ecumenism Based on the Engaged Pneumatology of Missionaries Thomas and Helen Junk” 

  • Teaching Ecumenism in the Context of World Christianity, Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland [virtual] (June).

“There is No Longer Male or Female: The Pentecostal Spirit En-Gendering Fluidity” 

  • Society for Pentecostal Studies 2021 Annual Meeting, Southlake, TX [virtual](March). 

“Spirit-filled (靈/灵) Religiosity and the Pentecostal Encounter with the Religious Other in Early Republican China” 

  • Third International, Interdisciplinary World Christianity Conference, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ [virtual] (March).         


“Emerging Voices in the Study of Chinese Religions” Roundtable. 

  • American Academy of Religion 2020 Annual Meeting, Society for the Study of Chinese Religions, Boston, MA [virtual] (December).


“All Local Coherences: Describing ‘Pentecostalism’ through Tiantai Buddhist Philosophy”

  • Society for Pentecostal Studies 2019 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (February). 


“Restrictions or Resources? Finding Solutions to Our Growing Population”; and “Pentecostal Skillful Means: Nondual Living as a Scholar-Practitioner”

  • The Parliament of the World’s Religions Conference, Toronto, Canada (November).

“Uncarved and Unconcerned: Zhuangzian Contentment in an Age of Happiness”

  • International Society for Comparative Studies of Chinese and Western Philosophy Biennial Conference, Zhejiang University 浙江大学, Haining, China 海宁中国 (June).