Faith & Life Lecture Series
The Faith & Life Lecture Series is free and open to the public, however registration is recommended.
“Being Faithful in a Religiously Complex World”
Dr. Paul F. Knitter, Ph.D.
How does one remain personally and intellectually faithful to one's own religious commitments and values in a world in which so many other people are following so many other commitments, often with differing values? While religious diversity has always marked the history of humanity, today we are much more aware of, even bumping into, other religious believers as never before. In these presentations/discussions, we will explore inter-religious dialogue as a necessity, a complexity, and an opportunity, giving particular attention to the Buddhist-Christian dialogue. The BW “Faith & Life Lecture Series” will take place in February.
The first lecture will discuss “Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian” and will take place on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Lindsay-Crossman Chapel, 56 Seminary St., Berea. The second lecture will focus on “The Necessity and Possibility of Interreligious Dialogue” and will be held on Thursday, February 20 at 10:00 a.m. in Lindsay-Crossman Chapel, 56 Seminary St., Berea. The final talk will be a panel discussion covering, “The Promise and Perils of Religious Pluralism”, on Thursday, February 20 at 2:00 p.m. in Strosacker Hall, Sandstone 3, 120 E. Grand St., Berea.
Paul F. Knitter is the Paul Tillich Emeritus Professor of Theology, Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Dr. Knitter is a leading theologian of religious pluralism. Knitter’s journey into interfaith dialogue began in 1964 when he was a seminarian in Rome and experienced the Second Vatican Council firsthand, at a time when the Roman Catholic Church declared its new attitude towards other religions. He is the author of “Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian.”
For more information or directions to campus, please call 440-826-2193. Visit http://www.bw.edu/inspiration for a daily Inspirational Message from Alan Kolp, the BW Chair in Faith & Life.