We (Dept Philospohy, University of Sheffield) are pleased to announce a new season of talks in our ‘God and the Good: Thinking Religion and Ethics’ series, in partnership with Sheffield Cathedral.
All talks: 7.30pm-9pm
Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, S1 1HA
This series of interdisciplinary talks, is intended for a general audience. The series will consider the relation between religious thinking and traditions on the one hand, and ethics on the other. While most ethical traditions have a religious background, the increasing secularization of modern society has put this connection in question. These talks will consider how far ethical issues can be illuminated by coming at them through a religious context, and vice versa, as well as the history of the interconnection. All are welcome, and there is no need to register attendance.
Diatribe, dialogue and difference: reflections on Christian-Muslim relations
2nd October 2018 – Mona Siddiqui
Throughout history, the encounter between Christianity and Islam has been largely polemical driven by theological, political and sociological differences. The lecture will explore how doctrinal differences on a range of issues such as the nature of God, law and salvation led to serious intellectual engagement between Christian and Muslim scholars but also a gradual cultural and civilizational distance. Many of the historical tropes are being revived today in our Euro-Atlantic politics leading to new shifts and rifts in this most complex relationship.
Religion, atheism and the varieties of the good life
19th February 2019 – John Gray
It is commonly claimed that atheists can be as moral as practitioners of traditional religions, and no doubt this can be so. However, John Gray suggests that atheists have promoting a wide variety of conceptions of the good life. Examining the history of atheism over the past several centuries, he will argue that it has not been a single intellectual movement but a diversity of contending sects adhering to divergent and often conflicting values and advancing very different ways of life. The question is therefore not whether atheists can be moral, but: Which morality should atheists follow?
Seeking the Welfare of the City: What Can the Church Contribute to the Common Good?
26th June 2019 – Bishop Pete Wilcox
This talk will explore how, in pursuit of the common good, the church has something to offer in policy-making as well as in project-delivery, in what might be called a prophetic role and not merely a pastoral one.
More information, including information about the speakers is available on our website.
We hope to see you there!
Dr Minna Shkul
University Teacher and Senate Fellow.
Department of Philosophy. The University of Sheffield. 45 Victoria Street. Sheffield. S3 7QB