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Philosophy & Religion Progarms

Scholars of the New Testament and early Christianity continue to debate a number of crucial issues that matter not only to people of faith, but also to anyone interested in the history of the world’s largest religion. Following his previous “great controversies” seminar, Bart Ehrman, a leading authority on early Christianity, the New Testament, and the life of Jesus, returns to explore four more intriguing questions of faith and Biblical scholarship.

Event date
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Though Jews have been part of British society since the 11th century, that long relationship was often a troubled one. Historian Virginia W. Newmyer surveys a cultural and religious history in which achievement and acceptance prevailed over suspicion and ignorance.

Event date
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.

Issues of death, dying, and the meaning of life—and the afterlife—hold key places in the belief systems of the major religious traditions of the world.  Explore differing visions of these themes from a variety of Eastern and Western cultural perspectives.

Event date
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

In a fascinating evening, internationally known astrophysicist Mario Livio explores why mathematics is as powerful as it is in terms of explaining the cosmos.  He also tells fascinating stories and insights of renowned mathematicians who have shaped our ideas about mathematics and the philosophy of mathematics.

Event date
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 6:45 p.m.