Presented By Harry Coverston
Evidence of religious observance is found in the earliest remains of human cultures. Human beings have often been described by scholars of religion as homo religious. A Hindu proverb observes that there are “many paths, one destination” among human religious traditions.
All religions seek to answer certain kinds of questions for their human adherents. We will begin by identifying the questions and the roles that religions play in answering them. We will then turn to a discussion of four of those paths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism representing the four largest spiritual paths within the American populace today and how those traditions seek to answer humanity’s enduring questions.
Dr. Harry Coverston is a fifth generation Floridian and a fifth generation educator. He has lived in every part of the state as well as the San Francisco Bay area and a summer in Washington, D.C. where he was a congressional intern. He has specialized in Latin American studies and has spent a number of summers studying in Central and South America including being named a Fulbright Scholar to Brazil in 2011. Coverston is a non-practicing Florida attorney, an Episcopal priest and a permanent lecturer in religious studies, humanities and the philosophy of law at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. He has served as the designated scholar for the Florida Humanities Council in the Civic Reflections program, the Prime Time family reading program, the Community Discussions program, the Lake County Caribbean Humanities series and has delivered a wide range of public scholarship presentations on religion and culture across the state.
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