Pew Forum Conference on Theology, Morality, and Public Life

Feb. 26-27

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and the Pew Christian Scholars Program announce a conference entitled "Theology, Morality, and Public Life," to be held all day from February 26-27 in the third-floor lecture hall of Swift Hall.

What is the role of religious and moral discourse in the public realm? Some argue that theological beliefs, traditions, and concepts have no place in public life. Others dissent strongly from this proposition. This conference will explore what is at stake in this ongoing debate by giving special attention to how theology informs our understandings of political authority and persuasion. What contributions should religious traditions make to the public life of a pluralistic polity? How well does democratic pluralism accommodate religious belief and understanding? Do religious perspectives provide our best hope for public consensus, and should consensus be of primary concern to religious believers? What, if any, part can religious belief and moral understanding play in America's "civil conversation?"

Preeminent voices of our day from the fields of political theory, moral philosophy, and theology convene to explore these and related questions at this two-day conference at the University of Chicago Divinity School. The conference is free and open to the public. Advance online registration is preferred, though latecomers may register on conference day.

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