Symposium on Religious and Political Disagreement: Miroslav Volf
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Thursday, April 20, 2017
at 3:45 PM
Tomson Hall, 280
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The St. Olaf College Institute for Freedom and Community will host a Symposium on Religious and Political Disagreement April 20 and 21 featuring a panel of experts.

The symposium will begin with a lecture April 20 by Miroslav Volf titled Negotiating Difference Without Sacrificing Identity: Religion, Pluralism, and Globalization.

Volf’s lecture will focus on negotiating differences in pluralistic societies while remaining true to our deepest (and often tradition-based) commitments. This is one of central issues that his recent book, Flourishing: Why We Need Religion in a Globalized World, takes up.

In his talk, Volf will elaborate on why living as Christians in the context of “contending particular universalism” matters and what it takes to do so.

Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and the founder and director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture.

The Institute for Freedom and Community encourages free inquiry and meaningful debate of important political and social issues. By exploring diverse ideas about politics, markets, and society, the Institute aims to challenge presuppositions, question easy answers, and foster constructive dialogue among those with differing values and contending points of view.

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