Dr. Chad Meister

Dr. Chad Meister

Islamic Philosophy, Hindu Vedanta Philosophy



ITT, B.A.S Automated Manufacturing Technology, 1986. 

M.A. – Trinity International University, 1993. 

Ph.D. – Marquette University, 2002.  


Areas of Specialization: Global Philosophy of Religion, Comparative Religion, Interfaith Dialogue, Philosophical Theology 


Dr. Chad Meister is Faculty Affiliate of the Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion at the University of Notre Dame and former Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy and Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Bethel University. A scholar of global religion, he has published a number of books on religion and religious diversity, including The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity, The Cambridge Companion to the Problem of Evil, The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion, and The Cambridge Companion to Religious Experience. He is also general editor of three book series that focus on issues in religion from a global perspective: Cambridge Elements: Religion and Monotheism; Cambridge Studies in Religion, Philosophy, and Society; and Investigating Philosophy of Religion. His authored and co-authored books which focus on themes in global religion include Evil: A Guide for the Perplexed, Introducing Philosophy of Religion, and Contemporary Philosophical Theology 

In 2015 he was a visiting research scholar at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies and the William Paton Fellow at the John Hick Centre for Global Philosophy of Religion at the University of Birmingham. He has given invited lectures at the Universities of Oxford (the Joseph Butler Society, Oriel College), Cambridge (the D-Society, Clare Hall College), and London (Heythrop College). He currently serves as a board member of the United Religious Community of St. Joseph County (URC) and is regularly involved in national and local interfaith events.