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Daniel Soars

Daniel Soars

Classical and modern Vedanta

Romanticism and German receptions of Indian thought

Sanskrit and the history of European Indology

Intellectual encounters between India and Britain in 18th-19th centuries

Christian engagement with Advaita Vedanta

Thomist metaphysics

Christian Platonism


2016-2019: AHRC funded PhD student, Clare College, Cambridge (Research in Christian Vedanta, under the supervision of Ankur Barua and Douglas Hedley)

2011-2013: MRes (with Distinction) Christianity and Interreligious Relations at Heythrop College, University of London 

2011-2016: Teacher of Theology & Religious Studies at St Benedict's School, Ealing

2006-2011: Teacher of Theology & Religious Studies at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire

2005-2006: Intern at La Cote Anglican Church, Geneva

2001-2005: MA in Theology & Religious Studies (Part II:1st) and Modern & Medieval Languages (Part I:1st) at Selwyn College, Cambridge

Subject area and speciality

Philosophy of Religion specialists:

Hindu-Christian philosophical theology: 'Non-Duality in Christian Vedanta'

Hindu studies specialists:

Research Interests

The possibilities of a 'non-dual' Christianity: 20th century Roman Catholic engagement (Henri Le Saux, Bede Griffiths, Richard De Smet, Sara Grant) with Sankara and Advaita Vedanta

Thomist metaphysics and Christian (Neo-)Platonism


A8 Philosophy of Religion and Ethics

B10 God, Freedom, and the Soul (Philosophy of Religion)

B16 Life and thought of religious Hinduism and of Buddhism

Other Professional Activities

Qualified Teacher Status

Joint organiser of a conference on Dual-Belonging in Hinduism and Christianity, to be held at the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge, 3-4 July 2018.

Reviewer for Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies

Key Publications

Book Reviews:

Christian Ashrams, Hindu Caves and Sacred Rivers: Christian-Hindu Monastic Dialogue in India 1950-1993.  Mario I. Aguilar.  Jessica Kingsley Publishers: London and Philadelphia, 2016. (Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies 30, April 2018).

Religion for a Secular Age: Max Müller, Swami Vivekananda and Vedānta.  Thomas J. Green.  Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2016.  (Philosophy East and West 68:1, January 2018). 

Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux): Christian Nondualism and Hindu Advaita.  J. Glenn Friesen.  Calgary: Aevum Books, 2015.  (Heythrop Journal, forthcoming). 

Papers presented: 

'The role of virtues in Hindu-Christian Studies'.  Panel on Francis X. Clooney S.J. at Society of Hindu-Christian Studies annual meeting/AAR (18-21 November 2018)

'Exodus 3:14 - 'I am that I am' from Augustine to Abhishiktananda'.  Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism, Beierwaltes Seminar: University of Cambridge (7 July 2018)

'Sara Grant: Metaphysical Non-Dualism as a Philosophical Test-Case for Dual-Belonging in Hinduism and Christianity'.  Dual-Belonging in Hinduism and Christianity, Faculty of Divinity: University of Cambridge (3-4 July 2018)

'The Indians of Europe - German Receptions of Indian Thought: 1789–1848.’  Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics, School of Divinity: University of St Andrews (22 February 2018)

'From Romantic Schwärmerei to Institutionalisation as Wissenschaft: Indology in Early 19th-Century German Imaginations', German Graduate Research Seminar, University of Cambridge (2 February 2018)

'The Beginnings of Indology in British India', Noesis Graduate Seminar for Theology and Philosophy of Religion, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge (28 November 2017). 

Public engagement:

'Going to religious extremes?  Renouncing the world in Hinduism and Christianity'.  Festival of Ideas, Cambridge (15-18 October 2018)

'Christian Non-Dualism': Seminar on Contemplative Christianity with Bernard McGinn and Laurence Freeman OSB (11-13 May 2018) 





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