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Vestrucci-Luther B&W

Tue, September 27, 2016, 5:00 - 7:00pm
3401 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

Andrea Vestrucci, Researcher, Éric Weil Institute, University of Lille, France

Against Sorbonne theologians, Luther claimed that theology has to speak a different language from philosophy, a nova lingua. What is the nature, and what are the conditions, of this lingua? Contemporary scholarship is divided into two positions, referring the specificity of theological language either to the semantics (and specifically to the analogy), or to the formal … Continue reading

Finbarr Barry Flood

Thu, October 6, 2016, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Finbarr Barry Flood, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities, Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, New York University

The image of Islam in the West has been consistently informed by the idea that Islam fosters distinctive attitudes towards the image. Recent controversies about Islam, aniconism and iconoclasm are typical in this respect, often taking the idea of an Islamic Bilderverbot (image prohibition) as a given. Seen from the perspective of the longue durée, … Continue reading

June 3, 2016 Dear Friend of BCSR, 2015-16 has been an extraordinary year for the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion. We’d like to give you a sense of our activities, current and future, and thank you for helping to make our year such a success. The biggest news came in April 2015, when … Continue reading