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Huston Smith, Ph.D
Huston Smith is an internationally recognized philosopher and scholar of religion. He holds eleven honorary degrees and is the author of the classic college textbook The World's Religions which has been the most widely-used textbook on its subject for a third of a centuryand has sold over two and a half million copies worldwide.

In 1996, Bill Moyers devoted a 5-part PBS special to Smith's life and work, "The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith."

Smith has produced three series for public television: "The Religions of Man," "The Search for America," and (with Arthur Compton) "Science and Human Responsibility." His films on Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Sufism have all won awards at international film festivals.

Born of missionary parents in Soochow, Smith lived in China until he was seventeen. His youth there provided an appropriate background for his subsequent interest in comparative philosophies and religions. After receiving his doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1945, Smith taught at Washington University, M.I.T., Syracuse University, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Smith's most recent books are Why Religion Matters and Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals. His other books include The World's Religions, The Purposes of Higher Education, Forgotten Truth, Beyond the Post-Modern Mind, One Nation Under God: The Triumph of the Native American Church, and (with David Griffin) Primordial Truth and Postmodern Theology. He has authored over eighty articles in professional and popular journals.

Smith is the father of three daughters. His wife, E. Kendra Smith, Ph.D., is a psychologist. They live in Berkeley, California.

Wade Clark Roof
Wade is a professor of Religion and Society at the University of California at Santa Barbara and is the author of the following books:
A Generation of Seekers: The Spiritual Journeys of the Baby Boom Generation
American Mainline Religion: Its Changing Shape and Future, Bridging Divided Worlds
Community and Commitment: Religious Plausibility in a Liberal Protestant Church
Generational Cultures in Congregations
Spiritual Marketplace: Baby Boomers and the Remaking of American Religion
The Post-War Generation and Establishment Religion: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
World Order and Religion (Suny Series in Religion, Culture, and Society)
And the editor of these books:
Beyond Establishment : Protestant Identity in a Post-Protestant Age (Editor)
Work, Family and Religion in Contemporary Society: Remaking Our Lives (Editor)
Liberal Protestantism : Realities and Possibilities (Editor),

Dr. Obadiah Harris
Dr. Obadiah Harris is president of The Philosophical Research Society

Dr. Harris received his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Michigan as a Stewart Mott Foundation Fellow. His distinguished work in community education includes service as Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Community Education at New Mexico State University and as Associate Professor and Director of the Regional Center for Community Education at Arizona State University. Dr. Harris's in-depth study and practice of the great Eastern and Western traditions has helped shape and direct his life. Dr. Harris has seamlessly combined these elements-community education and wisdom teachings-in his leadership of PRS. Among his published works are the books The New Consciousness, Self-Knowledge and Social Action, and Unitive Spirituality.

Chuck Smith Sr.
Chuck Smith is one of the founders of Calvary Chapel, a Southern California church that developed innovative ministries to reach young people in the counterculture. He has been the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa since 1965.

Chuck Smith Jr.
Chuck Smith Jr. started Capo Beach Calvary in Capistrano Beach, California, and has served as its pastor for twenty-five years. His father founded Calvary Chapel, a Southern California church that developed innovative ministries in the 1970s to reach young people in the counterculture. Today, Chuck is doing the same thing for emerging generations of the postmodern age. The father of five children, he and his wife, Barbara, also have two grandchildren, two cats and one dog.

Marc Judd
Marc graduated with a degree in trumpet performance and went on to medical school in Loma Linda, CA where he graduated and was accepted to an anasthesiology residency. He ended up turning down the residency to pursue the call of God on his life to pastor a contemporary Adventist church in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Marc is a member of Faith First, a group of four young adults who have hit the Christian music scene running. The group's close harmonies, rich vocals and professionally produced backgrounds provide a refreshing addition to the world of Christian contemporary music.
Marc also helped to co-found Dwell Ministries. Dwell Ministries' vision is to see people encounter the presence of God and then to see them trained and equiped to step into the destiny that God has for their lives.

Edie Hughes
"My journey to faith has been an extremely long journey. It's been the majority of my life. I grew up thinking that I had to do things to have faith, I had to be the good person. I had to do all the right things. I had to work. It's only been the last few years that I finally understood that there is nothing, absolutely I can do to have faith except to give my life to God. Once I did that and understood it, my faith has grown by leaps and bounds."