Daniel Joseph

A non-stipendiary cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church for 33 years, Fr. Daniel worked in education at all levels for 43 years. As a schoolteacher he taught general science, and biology; and had extensive pastoral responsibility. In this latter connection he took the Nottingham University Med in Human Relations. His chief interest throughout the last 48 years has been Philosophy, especially Philosophy of Religion. He studied under Prof. A.G.N Flew during his first degree; and then Prof. R.G. Swinburne supervised his MA by thesis in the philosophy of religious experience (Keele 1978). Fr. Daniel’s position, which has evolved over many years could be described as “Christian existentialist inductive realism”, and his work, not least in the UOD Multifaith Centre – where there is a thriving philosophy club (“Get Real”) – provides many opportunities for testing and refinement. To Fr. Daniel, religion is a risky option whose benefits are best assessed by the committed risktaker. Accordingly,it is never appropriate for religion to be employed as justification for any form of persecution or abuse. His interest in science remains since childhood, and he is a Chartered Biologist and Member of the Royal Society of Biology.

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