Events this Week in DC

Thumpin’ It: Two Perspectives on Politics and the Bible

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at 7:00pm Gaston Hall Georgetown

Professors Jacques Berlinerblau and Michael Eric Dyson will discuss different approaches to the issues raised by Prof. Berlinerblau’s book, ‘Thumpin’ It.’

Spinoza’s Timeliness

Thursday, March 27, 2008 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm

McCarthy Hall McShain Lounge (large) Georgetown

Among the first and the greatest to argue that religious belief and liberty were mutually reinforcing was Benedictus de Spinoza. Spinoza’s religion of reason seeks to provide man with the only form of redemption which is truly available. It asks us to do something that is far more difficult for us than the most severe practices of asceticism. It asks us to be reasonable. It asks us to look at ourselves with unblinking objectivity. And it asks us, as well, to face squarely the terror of our own mortality.

Peter Berkowitz is the Tikvah Visiting Professor in Jewish & Political Thought. His scholarship focuses on the interplay of law, ethics, and politics in modern society. His current research is concerned with the material and moral preconditions of liberal democracy in America and abroad.

March 27 — 30, 2008 The Catholic University of America Center for Law, Philosophy and Culture

In response to the personal appeal of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, this symposium seeks to elicit ideas and concepts for the renewal of a global culture that can sustain the moral insight necessary for addressing our world’s pressing problems. Can we reclaim an original attitude of acknowledgment of, and respect for, the gift of existence that arguably has historically informed the world’s great moral and cultural traditions? Leading thinkers from philosophy, theology, ethics and politics will gather for several days of papers, discussion and common reflection centered on this question.

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