Mark Schmanko
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Mark Schmanko replied to Balder's discussion A Secular Age? Reflections on Taylor and Panikkar
"Hi everyone! I just read Dallmayr's review of Panikkar and Taylor - two thinkers I'm relying a lot upon for my thinking and research. I generally like the piece, but Dallmayr definitely short shrifts Taylor; his preview of Taylor casts…"
Apr 14
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Oct 30, 2015
Mark Schmanko replied to Layman Pascal's discussion Oleg Linetksy is the Enemy of God
"I haven't read much of the posts related to Oleg in the past few weeks; and, in very briefly looking at the first two pages of the transcription of his talk (posted here recently), I realized immediately it's polarizing  to the extent…"
Jun 19, 2014
Balder left a comment for Mark Schmanko
"Nice to read your updated bio, Mark, and to hear a little about the work you're doing at Rice.  Looking forward to Skyping in a couple weeks...  "
Jun 6, 2014


Mark Schmanko has a graduate degree from Harvard Divinity School and is currently a doctoral student at Rice University in the Religious Studies Department, working with historian of religion, Jeff Kripal. Mark is fascinated by the existential, historical and philosophical study of religion in light of the human condition and all things deemed sacred in the embodied religious imagination. He is currently pursuing research on the nature and implications of spiritual and religious identity formation, as well as the theory and practice of religion in the contemporary (post)secular American landscape.

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At 12:23pm on June 6, 2014, Balder said…

Nice to read your updated bio, Mark, and to hear a little about the work you're doing at Rice.  Looking forward to Skyping in a couple weeks...


At 1:17pm on July 16, 2013, Balder said…

Namaste, Mark-ji!  Welcome.  Nice to see you here... 

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