The study of religion will prepare me for a life of teaching Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism to university students and members in the religious communities at large. I already teach in various ways the local members in nearby community churches about the wisdom that I have learned in my academic path in religion. The School of Religion's Critical Comparative Scriptures program is a siginificant catalyst by which I will produce journal articles and self-help books for university audiences and non-academic audiences, respectively. There is a definite need to introduce comparative approaches in religion to our surrounding non-academic communities and in this new Critical Comparative Scriptures Program in the School of Religion. I am willing to undertake these two academic and extracuricular priorities in my academic/career paths while attending CGU. I am currently writing one book tentatively titled Jesus: Our Bread of Life Through The Narrow Gate That Makes US Peacemakers Among Christians and Neighbors, which will discuss universal implications through Jesus' teachings amidst personal spiritual journeys across the world.
Would you like to collaborate?
Areas for collaboration (research studies, publishing, conference presentations, etc.)
I would enjoy collaboration with individual scholars and practitiioners across various academic and non-academic fields and organizations whose goal is to promulgate dialogue between religious discourses by means of intelligent, peaceful, rational, and informative approaches. This academic and non-academic collaboration may take the form of co-publishing journal articles and books in the areas relating to Christian, Islamic, and Buddhist perspectives across disciplines, contexts, and schools. This transdisiplinary collaboration may also take the form of partcipating in presentations in academic and non-academic conferences that seek to improve and increase dialogue between religious communinities and traditions in the world. My strong academic background in research methods include ethnographic, survey, and statistical data collection skills that could potentially help anyone. My extensive knowledge and familiarity with various statistical methods (i.e., multiple regression analyses, ANOVA, MANOVA, logit, probit, among others) for understanding quantitative data, can potentially help anyone who seeks me. My knowledge in statistical programs such as SPSS, STATA, R, ACCESS, and SAS may help anyone as well. I also encourage non-academic individuals, organizations, and communities to seek me for any help with their program evaluations, as my 3 year experience with governmental program evaluations can benefit anyone who decides to seek me.
Would you say your research is Transdisciplinary?
My focus and understanding within Christian, Islamic, and Buddhist religious and scriptural traditions automatically connote a transdisciplinary approach. Because of my previous graduate work in anthropology, political science, and sociology, I incorporate cross-cultural, political, and social perspectives when understanding the relationships between these scriptural traditions. For instance, I include, in my current research and teachings, Buddhist (and some Hindu) perspectives about the New Testament. Most importantly, this transdisciplinary understanding begins to reconcile some differences between these scriptural traditions. During my CGU academic career, I will employ ethnographic methods (anthropology), multiple levels of analysis (political science), and survey methods (sociology) for understanding Bible, Quran, and Buddhist Scriptures. I especially will enjoy fieldwork in the various religious communities at large.
Publications / Presentations
Jesus: Our Bread of Life Through The Narrow Gate That Makes Us Peacemakers Among Christians and Neighbors (In Progress)
Morris, M., Arifuku, I., Tillson, R., Garcia, V., Dhanoa, S., Juneja, P., & Krisberg, B. "An Assessment of Disproportionate Minority Confinement in San Mateo County". Prepared for The San Mateo Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commision. Final Report (2004)
“The Effects of Acculturation on Attitudes Toward Crime and Justice Among Individuals of Mexican Descent”. (2004).
Carlen, Pat, ed. Women and Punishment. Portland, OR: William Publishing, 2002. IN International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, Spring 2004, 28, 1.
Future goals as a scholar
After completing the Masters program in the School of Religion, I plan to enroll in the Ph.D. Program and complete this degree. While completing these two degrees, I look forward to building community ties across various local religious communities within the Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties, which will include relationships with members from Islamic mosques, Christian churches/chapels, and Buddhist Temples. My ultimate goal is to begin my very own all-denominational ministry within my very own spiritual community even while attending CGU. I will begin on a smaller scale and make it a bigger scale, as people hear the call to peace in these religious communities. I anticipate my first job after Ph.D. completion to be a faculty position, while still continuing an all-denominational spiritual community. I look forward to this destiny!
Must-read books or articles in your field
White, Michael L. Scripting Jesus: The Gospels in Rewrite. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2010.
McCannon, Tricia. Jesus: The Explosive Story of the 30 Lost Years and the Ancient Mystery Religions. Charlottesville: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc., 2010.
Ratzinger, Joseph, Pope Benedict XVI. Jesus of Nazareth from: From The Baptism In The Jordon To The Transfiguration. Citta del Vaticano: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2007.
Ashby, Muata Abhaya. The Mystical Journey From Jesus To Christ: The Origins, History And Secret Teachings of Mystical Christianity. Miami: Reginald Muata Ashby, 1998.
MacArthur, John. Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible and What He Wants to Do With You. Tennesse: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2005.
Acharya, S. Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha, and Christ Unveiled. Kempton: Adventures Unlimited Press, 2004.
Murdock, D.M. Christ In Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection. Stellar House Publishing, 2009.
Yogananda, Paramahansa. The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of The Christ Within You, A Revelatory Commentary on The Original Teachings of Jesus. Los Angeles: Self Realization Fellowship, 2004.
Yogananda, Paramahansa. The Yoga of Jesus. Los Angeles: Self Realization Fellowship, 2007.
Throckmorton, Burton H. Gospel Parallels: A Comparison of The Synoptic Gospels. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1992.