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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 […]

Are Atheists Tolerable? American Nonbelievers and Irreligious Freedom
Berkeley Lecture on Religious Tolerance
March 12, 2018 / 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
To Be Determined, Berkeley CA

Leigh Eric Schmidt, Edward C. Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor in the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis.

Modern constructions of religious liberty often left atheists and nonbelievers out. Long after the ratification of the First Amendment, it remained an open question whether religious freedom included irreligious freedom. Counted an intolerable danger to the commonwealth, atheists were frequently denied equal rights and liberties; several states barred them from holding offices of public trust, […]