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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 […]

Building Bridges in Interfaith Communities II: Mercy
Berkeley Public Theology Program
May 18, 2018 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ABSW Chapel, Berkeley California

This event is part of the Berkeley Public Theology Program series Sacred Texts, Public Talks. These meetings bring together diverse scholars to discuss key religious issues in a public setting. They are co-hosted in partnership with area organizations, and take place off the Berkeley campus. Their aim is to unsettle both sacred and secular commonplaces, […]

Building Bridges in Interfaith Communities I: Sacrifice
Berkeley Public Theology Program
May 17, 2018 / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ABSW Chapel, Berkeley California

This event is part of the Berkeley Public Theology Program series Sacred Texts, Public Talks. These meetings bring together diverse scholars to discuss key religious issues in a public setting. They are co-hosted in partnership with area organizations, and take place off the Berkeley campus. Their aim is to unsettle both sacred and secular commonplaces, […]

Thinking about Science, Religion, and Secularism
Berkeley Public Theology Program
April 27, 2018 / 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

All-Day Workshop

This workshop gathers scholars whose work engages both the study of religion and secularism, and the study of modern science. These two fields of inquiry have contributed significantly to current academic understandings of modernity, yet are rarely put into explicit conversation. At the same time, questions of science and religion are regularly taken up by […]

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 […]

A Sacred Space is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism
Berkeley Public Theology Program
April 11, 2018 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley CA

Victoria Smolkin, Assistant Professor of History, Wesleyan University

When the Bolsheviks set out to build a new world in the wake of the Russian Revolution, they expected religion to die off. Soviet power used a variety of tools — from education to propaganda to terror — to turn its vision of a Communist world without religion into reality. Yet even with its monopoly […]

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