April 12, 2016

What Can Christians Learn about the New Testament from Jews?

Rabbi David Fox Sandmel will address what Christians can learn about the New Testament from Jews.

Rabbi Sandmel, a scholar of Jewish-Christian relations and interfaith activist, has served as Director of Interfaith Affairs at the Anti-Defamation League since 2014. From 2003-2014, he held the Crown-Ryan Chair in Jewish Studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Rabbi Sandmel earned his doctorate in Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Rabbinic Ordination and Masters in Hebrew Literature from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies from Ohio State University. He was the Judaic Scholar at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies in Baltimore, where he managed the project that produced “Dabru Emet: A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity.” He is an editor of Christianity in Jewish Terms and Irreconcilable Differences? A Learning Resource for Jews and Christians. His commentary on First Thessalonians appears in The Jewish Annotated New Testament.

Rabbi Sandmel’s lecture will be given Tuesday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m. in Harper Center 3028. The lecture is free and open to the public; it is co-sponsored by the ADL-CRC Plains States Region.

April 7-8, 2016

Augustine in Christian Thought, Life, and Practice

Scholars from around the world will gather to present their scholarship on Augustine in memory of Fr. William Harmless, S.J. The papers of the symposium will be published in the Journal of Religion & Society’s supplement series as a memorial to honor the life and work of Fr. Harmless.

The schedule of the symposium, including the titles of the presentations, can be found here.

The symposium will take place from 8:30 – 5:00 on Thursday and Friday, April 7-8, in the Harper Center 3029. The symposium is open to the public.

February 18-19, 2016

Symposium on Religion and Politics

This symposium will bring together scholars from Creighton and around the country to address the many ways in which religion and politics intersect. The papers will address theoretical and historical issues, as well as a wide range of contemporary issues such as the environment and climate change; the role of religion in political reform; the religious "nones" and secularization; Gay marriage; income inequality, poverty, and the "safety-net"; changing religious demographics; political Islamism; religious freedom and persecution; and other issues.

The schedule of the symposium, including the titles of the presentations, can be found here.

The symposium will be held February 18-19 in Harper Center 3029, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

September 10, 2015

The Climate Encyclical: Global Ethics in the Age of Humans

Dr. Lisa Sideris of Indiana University will present a talk on Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment for the center's Religion and the Environment lecture series.

Professor Sideris' research broadly focuses on the intersection of religion, science, and environmental ethics. She addresses how religious environmental thought incorporates, or fails to incorporate, knowledge gained from the natural sciences, particularly evolutionary theory and ecology. She is the author of Environmental Ethics, Ecological Theology, and Natural Selection (Columbia, 2003), and co-editor of Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge (SUNY, 2008). Her recent research is on the role of wonder and enchantment in (and with) science, nature, and religion, and the variety of ways in which scientific narratives, particularly those involving evolution, are being “re-enchanted” and recast as mythopoeic stories with moral content.

The lecture will be given on Thursday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m. in Harper Center 3028. The lecture is free and open to the public.