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Berkeley Lectures in Public Theology
April 25, 2019 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

Ruth Marshall, Associate Professor, Study of Religion and Political Science, University of Toronto

The dramatic resurgence of religion across the globe has prompted a critical reappraisal of the relationship between the religious and the political. Under the rubric of “political theology,” these inquiries have brought to light a question, or a field of inquiry, that both the doctrine of secularism and liberal political theory have obscured: the persistence […]

What’s Theology Got to Do with It? An Eighteenth-Century Chinese Emperor Debating Religions and Christianity
Berkeley Lectures in Public Theology
March 13, 2019 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

Eugenio Menegon, Associate Professor of Chinese History, Boston University; Collaborative Scholar, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, Boston College

In his Lettres chinoises, indiennes et tartares, Voltaire republished “a note by the good Kangxi Emperor to the Peking Jesuits” as follows: “The emperor is surprised to see you so stubborn in your ideas. Why would you worry so much about a world where you have not been yet? Enjoy the present. Your God must […]

Critical Public Theology: How to Use and Not to Use the Bible in Contemporary Public Issues
Berkeley Lectures in Public Theology
March 07, 2019 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Matrix, UC Berkeley CA

Konrad Schmid, Professor of Old Testament Science and Early Jewish Religious History, University of Zürich

The Bible sometimes plays a major role in current, political discourses, especially in the United States. As a project, public theology supports efforts to let the Bible speak to contemporary, public concerns. But using the Bible in this way involves many potential traps. How can a 2000 year old book provide guidance for social and […]

A White Stone for Belfast: One Take on Religious Politics
Berkeley Lectures in Public Theology
April 17, 2018 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

Robert Orsi, Professor of Religious Studies and History and Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies, Northwestern University

This lecture asks what “religious” politics might be given the deconstruction of the concept of “religion” that has taken place over the past several decades, which has uncovered its implicit social, legal, and political agendas from early modernity forward. It takes as its starting point an experience Anglican sisters had in Belfast at the height […]

Pantheist Monstrosities: On Race, Gender, Divinity, and Dirt
Berkeley Lectures in Public Theology
March 15, 2018 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Professor of Religion and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wesleyan University

Lecture details forthcoming. Mary-Jane Rubenstein is Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University; core faculty in the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; and affiliated faculty in the Science and Society Program. She holds a B.A. in Religion and English from Williams College, an M.Phil. in Philosophical Theology from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy […]

Innocence and Violence: The Theology of a Gun Culture
Berkeley Lectures in Public Theology
January 31, 2018 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

Dominic Erdozain, Freelance Writer

Gun rights are typically identified with the Second Amendment – a legal, indeed constitutional, prerogative. This lecture argues that they are better understood as part of a culture and a belief system, centering on ideas of innocence and legitimate violence. I argue that this belief system is apparent in the contemporary gun culture’s confidence in […]

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