God and the Modern University: Religion, Radicalisation and the Future of Human Flourishing

Series Name Professorial Inaugural Lecture Series
Speaker Professor Clive Marsh
Type Lectures & Talks
When 06 Feb 2018, 05:30PM - 06:30PM
Venue Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 1
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
For Bookings Contact Pritty Moman, inaugural@le.ac.uk

What place is there for discussion about God in universities in the contemporary West? Why should the question even be posed in universities without departments of religion/religious studies or theology? Are not universities by definition secular institutions because of the open, critical enquiry that they promote? This lecture will examine examples from the history of university education in the West before going on to engage with recent research into developments in university life in Europe and North America.

The lecture will draw practical conclusions for understanding a university’s role in society today with respect to religion as a phenomenon. At a time when the ‘secularisation thesis’ has been found wanting, when religion is often in the news, when (still) most people in the world – including in universities – self-define as religious in some way, and the language of ‘radicalisation’ has become too narrowly defined, the lecture addresses a highly contemporary topic.

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