2003–2004

April 15, 2004

Abraham and the Seeds of Patriarchy

In Genesis 22, where Abraham is presented as a model of faith, he is willing to sacrifice rather than protect his son, Isaac. His model of faith is at the foundation of the three monotheistic, Abrahamic religions. Prof. Carol L. Delaney in the Women and Religion Lecture Series questioned this model. She suggested that assumptions about gender and procreation underpin the story that symbolizes the establishment of a patriarchial theo-social order.

Prof. Delaney is a professor of anthopology at Stanford University. She has written several books including The Seed and the Soil: Gender and Cosmology in Turkish Village Society (U. California), and Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth (Princeton).

The lecture was given on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 pm. in lecture hall G4 of the Hixson-Lied Science Building. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program.


March 30, 2004

Can God be Free?

God is necessarily perfect in power, knowledge, and goodness. How, then, can God be free not to create a good world, or free to create less than the best world? For his perfect nature necessitates his always doing what is best. Prof. William Rowe addressed the questions of whether God can be free as part of the Philosophy - Theology Lecture Series.

Prof. Rowe is a professor of philosophy at Purdue University. He has held numerous fellowships, and is the author of five books, including his recent, Can God Be Free? (Oxford, 2004).

The lecture was given on Tuesday, March 30 at 7:00 pm. in the Skutt Student Center, room 104. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Philosophy and Theology Departments of Creighton University.


March 24, 2004

Religious Faith and Political Activity: Reflections American and Catholic

The Intellectual Issues Forum addressed the role of religious faith in political activity. Issues that will be considered include 1) the Catholic Church's understanding of its adherents' participation in political life, 2) Church-State relations, and the Catholic approach to political activity, in light of recent work by
American Constitutional scholars, and 3) discussion of concrete public policy issues such as war and peace, economic policies, and family issues. Panelists for the forum include:

John W. Carlson, Department of Philosophy
Bette Novit Evans, Department of Political Science and International Relations
Todd Salzman, Department of Theology

The forum was held Wednesday, March 24 at 3:30 - 5:00 in the Skutt Student Center room 105. The forum is free and open to the public.


February 17, 2004

Should Hate Speech be Protected as Free Speech?

The Critical Issues Forum addressed the issue of whether hate speech should be protected as free speech. The forum was moderated by John Wingender, associate dean of the College of Business Administration. Panelists for the forum included:

Bette Novit Evans, Department of Political Science and International Relations
Bob Wolfson, director of the Plains States Regional Office of the Anti-Defamation League
Carol Zuegner, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

The forum was held Tuesday, February 17 at 3:30 - 5:00 in the Union Pacific Room of the Reinert Alumni Library. The forum was free and open to the public.


January 29, 2004

Exploring Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ

This symposium explored some of the issues surrounding Mel Gibson's soon to be released movie dramatizing the passion of Christ. The lectures and speakers were as follows:

"Is the New Testament Anti-Semitic?"
by Dennis Hamm, SJ, Creighton University

"Christ's Passion on Stage: The Traditional Melodrama of Deicide"
by Gordan Mork, Purdue University

"Christian Anti-Semitism: Past History, Present Challenges"
by John Pawlikowski, OSM, Catholic Theological Union

"Passion-ate Moments in the Jesus Film Genre"
by Adele Reinhartz,Wilfrid Laurier University

"Romans, Jews, and Greeks: The World of Jesus and the Disciples"
by Sidnie White Crawford, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

"The Execution of Jesus: A Historical Reconstruction"
by Philip Cunningham, Boston College

"Gibson's Passion: A Case Study in Media Manipulation"
by Mark Silk, Trinity College

"Sectarian Catholicism and Mel Gibson?"
by Michael Lawler, Creighton University

A Review of the The Passion of Christ
by Charles Jurgensmeier, SJ, Creighton University

All papers are published in the Journal of Religion & Society

Download the Viewer's Guide for the film.

The symposium was co-sponsored by the Journal of Religion and Film, Anti-Defamation League (Plains States Office), Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization, Journal of Religion & Society, Jewish Educational & Library Services (JELS), the Jesuit Community, and the Committee on Concerts, Lectures, and Films.


November 7, 2003

Divine Images: Cult Statues in the Ancient Greek World

Dr. Jennifer Larson presented a public lecture on origins and development of cult statues, their relationship to the Greek temple, and some of the methodological problems involved in the study of cult images.

Dr. Larson is an associate professor of classics at Kent State University. She is a dynamic teacher and accomplished scholar who is currently working on a book on ancient Greek cult statues, and what these art works can tell us about ancient religion. Her publications include Greek Nymphs: Myth, Cult, and Lore (Oxford University Press, 2001) and Greek Heroine Cults (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1995).

The lecture was given on Friday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m. in the Union Pacific Room. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Classical & Near Eastern Studies Department.


September 14-15, 2003

The Jews of Eastern Europe

The Sixteen Annual Klutznick-Harris Symposium explored the context of Jews iin Eastern Europe. The two day symposium, drawing speakers from around the United States, Great Britain, and Israel, was held at the Jewish Community Center on Sunday, September 14, and at Creighton University on Monday, September 15 in the Student Center Ballroom.

For further information, see the website of the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization.

The proceedings of the symposium will be published in the Studies in Jewish Civilization series.


September 8, 2003

Knowing God Through Creation: Aquinas vs. Scotus

Fr. David Burrell, C.S.C. of Notre Dame presented a public lecture on "Knowing God Through Creation" as part of the Philosophy - Theology Lecture Series.

David Burrell, C.S.C. is currently Theodore Hesburgh Professor in Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame, and has been working since 1982 in comparative issues in philosophical theology in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as evidenced in Knowing the Unknowable God: Ibn-Sina, Maimonides, Aquinas (Notre Dame, 1986) and Freedom and Creation in Three Traditions (Notre Dame, 1993), Friendship and Ways to Truth (Notre Dame, 2000), and two translations of al-Ghazali: Al-Ghazali on the Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of God (Cambridge: Islamic Texts Society,1993) and Al-Ghazali on Faith in Divine Unity and Trust in Divine Providence (Louisville: Fons Vitae, 2001). With Elena Malits he co-authored Original Peace (New York: Paulist, 1998). Earlier published writings include Analogy and Philosophical Language (1973), Exercises in Religious Understanding (1975), Aquinas: God and Action (1979), and an edition (with Bernard McGinn): God and Creation (1990).

The lecture was given at 7:00 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center room 105. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Philosophy and Theology Departments.