The Predicament of Pluralism: A Discussion with GWU President Steven Knapp

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April 2, 2013
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Berkley Center Third Floor Conference Room Map

There is a growing dissatisfaction with the rigid dichotomies that dominate contemporary debates around religion, philosophy, and science. Increasingly pluralistic societies and secular universities are recognizing that matters of faith are complex, that doubt is endemic to belief, and that dialogue is indispensable. But many obstacles arise while attempting to juggle the multiple belief systems. For example, how does an individual balance appreciation for the explanatory power of modern science with belief in a traditional religious account of the ultimate nature and purpose of our universe?
Dr. Steven Knapp, president and professor of English at the George Washington University, led a discussion on issues surrounding pluralistic and secular approaches to religion and science, in relation to his book The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, and Faith (2011). Co-written with the dean of the Claremont School of Theology and provost of Claremont Lincoln University, Philip Clayton, the book analyzes contemporary reasons for doubting theistic claims. It draws from modern concepts of science, philosophy, and religion, with a focus on Christian tradition and scattered references to other religions, and a chapter on the problem of religious plurality.

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