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May 8, 2015

Representations of ISIS and the Public Understanding of Religion

What ISIS Really Wants,” Graeme Wood’s much-discussed recent article in the Atlantic, has once again brought to the fore questions about the role religion scholars can play in ‘defining’ religion in the public square.

April 15, 2015

Charles Taylor Discusses Meditation and the Lives of Faith Today

Meditation lies at the intersection of religion and secularity, modernity and authenticity. Charles Taylor, one of the world’s leading scholars of these topics, lectured on the connection between meditation and faith in modern society. A practicing meditator in the Roman Catholic tradition, Taylor began the evening’s event with a short meditation. Fr. Laurence Freeman, O.S.B. moderated a discus...

March 4, 2015

Proselytism and Development in Pluralistic Societies: A Public Dialogue

The relationship between religious proselytism and development is sharply contested. International covenants recognize that religious freedom includes rights to personal religious conversion and public religious witness. But critics claim that proselytism can violate the rights of affected communities to maintain their traditions and can sow division in fragile societies. There is wide agr...

February 26, 2015

Anger and Revolutionary Justice

Lessons for Our Era from Three Parts of the Globe

When there is great injustice, it is very tempting to think that righteous anger is the best response, and even a necessary response. On the other hand, it is noteworthy that the three most successful revolutionary freedom movements in the past century have been conducted in a spirit of non-anger (distinct from, though sometimes jo...

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