Luther D. Reed Professor of Systematic Theology and Director, Asian Theological Summer Institute
The Rev. Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar is originally from India and served as pastor in South India and Iowa. He previously taught at The Gurukul Lutheran Theological College, Madras/Chenni, and the United Theological College, Bangalore, India. He worked as Executive Secretary for Theology, Lutheran World Federation, Geneva, Switzerland. He joined the faculty of LTSP in 1991 as Associate Professor and served as Dean of the Faculty, LTSP (2000-2012).
He is rostered in the NJ Synod of the ELCA. He was elected a member of the ELCA Church Council, (2006-2010), elected to the Commission on Accreditation, Association of Theological Schools (2006-2010). He has directed the Asian Theological Summer Institute since 2007, served as chair of the Asian Lutheran International Conference, member of the Consultative Panel for Lutheran-Muslim Relations, ELCA, and, Consultant, Interfaith Center, Philadelphia. In addition to teaching courses in Systematic Theology, Luther and Reformation Theologies, his expertise is in Theology of Religions, Interfaith Dialogue, Christian Ecumenism, World Mission, Scriptures of the World, Cross-cultural studies and Asian/Asian American studies.
PhD, University of Iowa
STM, Concordia Seminary/Seminex
BD, United Theological College, Bangalore
BA, University of Mysore
Dr. Rajashekar is author and editor of several books and numerous essays on Luther, Religious Pluralism, New Religious Movements, Islam in Asia and Africa, Asian/Asian American Theology and Interfaith Dialogue.
Recent publications include, Abundant Harvest, Stories of Asian Lutherans (compiled with Edmund Yee), 2012; “Luther as a Resource of Dialogue with Other Religions,” eds. Robert Kolb, et. al. Oxford Handbook for Martin Luther’s Theology (Oxford University Press, 2015); “Our God and Their God: A Relational Theology of Religious Pluralism, ed. Carol LaHurd (Lutheran University Press, 2016);”The Dialectic of ‘Solas’ and “Simul’ in Martin Luther’s Theology of Religions” in Bangalore Theological Forum, Fall 2017.
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