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Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity

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Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity

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Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity

Rank #1: Vincent J. Miller "Consumerism, the Architecture of Indifference, and the Work of Solidarity"

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Vincent J. Miller, the Gudorf Chair of Catholic Theology and Culture at the University of Dayton, talks about how globalization has resulted in shallow consumer relationships where people don't know where or how the things they buy are made. He explains why this is a Catholic concern and what the popes since Vatican II have had to say about it, and suggests ways that individuals can become more mindful consumers.

Apr 23 2015

1hr 8mins

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Rank #2: Vern Bengtson "Millennials, Parents and Grandparents: Are families still passing on their faith?"

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Vern Bengtson, researcher for the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the University of Southern California, reports the findings of the largest-ever survey of religious faith across generations. He is author of the 2013 book "Families and Faith: Generations and the Transmissions of Religion."

Oct 02 2014

1hr 5mins

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Rank #3: Cathleen Kaveny "Prophetic Rhetoric in the Public Square"

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Legal scholar and moral theologian M. Cathleen Kaveny, the newly named Darald and Juliet Libby Professor at Boston College, discusses how Catholics in a pluralistic society should frame their public discussion of controversial issues.

Apr 08 2014

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Rank #4: Martin Nowak "God and Evolution"

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Martin Nowak is professor of biology and of mathematics and director of the program for evolutionary dynamics at Harvard University. His latest book, "SuperCooperators," was published by Simon & Schuster in 2011. In this talk, he proposes that cooperation is the third fundamental principle of evolution after mutation and selection. He also addresses the tension between science and religion and suggests that science does not disprove the existence of God, and evolution should pose as little a problem for religion as gravity.

Mar 18 2013

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Rank #5: Robert P. George "Natural Law, God, and Human Dignity" (audio only)

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Robert P. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and founder and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. In this lecture, he explains that, according to natural law theory, all persons possess irreducible capacities for reason and freedom, and that moral norms are rooted in the good of human beings.

Feb 18 2013

1hr 18mins

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Rank #6: Pericles Lewis "The Burial of the Dead in the Modern Novel"

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Pericles Lewis, professor of English and comparative literature at Yale University, is assuming duties as president of the New Yale liberal arts college in Singapore. His talk explores the theme of the burial of the dead in the work of such authors James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, and William Faulkner.

Feb 12 2013

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Rank #7: Bishop Robert McElroy "What Does It Mean to Be a Faith-filled Voter in Our Polarized Society?"

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Bishop Robert W. McElroy is auxiliary bishop of San Francisco and the author of "Morality and American Foreign Policy" (Princeton, 1992). He holds degrees in history, political science and moral theology from Harvard, Stanford and the North American College in Rome.

Oct 16 2012

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Rank #8: Lisa Sowle Cahill "Catholic Social Teaching, Bioethics and Justice"

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Lisa Sowle Cahill, the J. Donald Monan Professor of Theology at Boston College, talks about access to health care in the U.S. and globally from the perspective of a theological ethicist and progressive Catholic.

Feb 02 2012

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Rank #9: Stanley Hauerwas "Sacrificing the Sacrifices of War"

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Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University Divinity School, a distinguished contemporary ethicist and pacifist, asserts that war is a moral practice and its Christian alternative is worship.

Nov 08 2010

1hr 10mins

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Rank #10: Smita Lahiri "Mystical Transfers, Local and Global: The Modernity of 'Folk' Catholicism in the Philippines "

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Smita Lahiri, associate professor of anthropology at Harvard University, talks about her research at Mt. Banahaw, a major center of folk-Catholic pilgrimage in the Philippines.

Sep 28 2009

59mins

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Rev. David Brown, S.J. "Catholicism and Science in the Modern Era: A New Rapprochement"

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Vatican Astronomer Rev. David Brown, S.J. talks about his work on star evolution at the Vatican's Observatory outside Rome and current research areas in astronomy, and considers how questions of the universe fit in with Catholic belief.

Apr 06 2016

1hr 29mins

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Robert Ellsberg and George Horton '67 on Dorothy Day: A Saint for Today

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Robert Ellsberg, publisher of Orbis Books and editor of Dorothy Day's selected writings, diaries and letters, speaks about Day, social justice activist and founder of the Catholic Worker movement, and in favor of her case for canonization. George Horton, Catholic Charities' director of social and community development for the Archdiocese of New York, shares an update on the process of canonization in New York and expectations for taking the case to Rome.

Mar 15 2016

1hr 29mins

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Shaji George Kochuthara "Patriarchy and Gender: Understanding the Spiraling Incidences of Sexual Violence on Women in India"

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Shaji George Kochuthara, CMI, is a Catholic priest, associate professor of moral theology at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram in Bangalore, India and the chief editor of "Asian Horizons, Dharmaram Journal of Theology." He describes the increasing incidences of sexual violence in India and the prevalent patriarchal social structure that exacerbates it. He points to recent protests and the beginnings of a cultural shift in gender roles and attitudes.

Feb 29 2016

1hr 6mins

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William T. Cavanaugh "Does Religion Promote Violence?"

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William T. Cavanaugh is director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology and professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University. He is author of "The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict" (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Feb 04 2016

1hr 7mins

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Paul Bloom "Against Empathy"

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Paul Bloom, Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Cognitive Science Program at Yale University, draws upon his research into psychopathy, criminal behavior, charitable giving, infant cognition, cognitive neuroscience and Buddhist meditation practices to argue that empathy is a poor moral guide and we are better off without it. He is author of "Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil" (Crown Publishers, 2013).

Sep 24 2015

1hr 15mins

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Vincent J. Miller "Consumerism, the Architecture of Indifference, and the Work of Solidarity"

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Vincent J. Miller, the Gudorf Chair of Catholic Theology and Culture at the University of Dayton, talks about how globalization has resulted in shallow consumer relationships where people don't know where or how the things they buy are made. He explains why this is a Catholic concern and what the popes since Vatican II have had to say about it, and suggests ways that individuals can become more mindful consumers.

Apr 23 2015

1hr 8mins

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AUDIO: Rev. Bryan Massingale "Unconscious Racial Bias and the Challenge of Solidarity"

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Rev. Bryan Massingale, professor of theological ethics at Marquette University and author of "Racial Justice and the Catholic Church" (Orbis, 2010) talks about Catholic Social Thought post Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown. He explains that an unconscious, unintentional, racial bias creates a culture where the shooting unarmed black men is considered a reasonable response. He reflects on faith as way to promote solidarity and compassion for all people.

Oct 28 2014

1hr 30mins

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David Yamane "How Do People Become Catholic?"

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David Yamane, associate professor of sociology at Wake Forest University and author of "Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape," talks about the significant numbers of American adults converting to Catholicism and their motivations why, and explores the process and success of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults introduced by Vatican II.

Oct 23 2014

1hr

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Vern Bengtson "Millennials, Parents and Grandparents: Are families still passing on their faith?"

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Vern Bengtson, researcher for the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the University of Southern California, reports the findings of the largest-ever survey of religious faith across generations. He is author of the 2013 book "Families and Faith: Generations and the Transmissions of Religion."

Oct 02 2014

1hr 5mins

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Cathleen Kaveny "Prophetic Rhetoric in the Public Square"

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Legal scholar and moral theologian M. Cathleen Kaveny, the newly named Darald and Juliet Libby Professor at Boston College, discusses how Catholics in a pluralistic society should frame their public discussion of controversial issues.

Apr 08 2014

58mins

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Mary McAleese "Shared Responsibility: Re-imagining the Future of Governance in the Church"

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The popular former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese, combines her personal history and governing experience in Ireland with her study of canon (church) law to make a case for change in the governance of the Catholic Church. She advocates for an increased decision-making role by the College of Bishops, a theme highlighted at the Second Vatican Council, and a Church that actively listens to its 1.2 billion followers.

Oct 29 2013

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Martin Nowak "God and Evolution"

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Martin Nowak is professor of biology and of mathematics and director of the program for evolutionary dynamics at Harvard University. His latest book, "SuperCooperators," was published by Simon & Schuster in 2011. In this talk, he proposes that cooperation is the third fundamental principle of evolution after mutation and selection. He also addresses the tension between science and religion and suggests that science does not disprove the existence of God, and evolution should pose as little a problem for religion as gravity.

Mar 18 2013

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Robert P. George "Natural Law, God, and Human Dignity" (audio only)

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Robert P. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and founder and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. In this lecture, he explains that, according to natural law theory, all persons possess irreducible capacities for reason and freedom, and that moral norms are rooted in the good of human beings.

Feb 18 2013

1hr 18mins

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Pericles Lewis "The Burial of the Dead in the Modern Novel"

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Pericles Lewis, professor of English and comparative literature at Yale University, is assuming duties as president of the New Yale liberal arts college in Singapore. His talk explores the theme of the burial of the dead in the work of such authors James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, and William Faulkner.

Feb 12 2013

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Kenneth Parker "Coming to Terms with the Past: How Our Understanding of the Christian Past Shapes our Future"

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Kenneth Parker, associate professor of historical theology at Saint Louis University, discusses how competing accounts of historical narrative are used to define the church today.

Nov 07 2012

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Bishop Robert McElroy "What Does It Mean to Be a Faith-filled Voter in Our Polarized Society?"

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Bishop Robert W. McElroy is auxiliary bishop of San Francisco and the author of "Morality and American Foreign Policy" (Princeton, 1992). He holds degrees in history, political science and moral theology from Harvard, Stanford and the North American College in Rome.

Oct 16 2012

1hr 1min

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Rev. Paul Mariani, S.J. "Living in China's Highly Politicized Church of Today"

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Rev. Paul Mariani, S.J., assistant professor of history at Santa Clara University, talks about religious policy and conflict in the People's Republic of China since 1950 and how Catholics in China understand their faith today. He is author of "Church Militant: Bishop Kung and Catholic Resistance in Communist Shanghai" (Harvard University Press, 2011).

Oct 03 2012

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Eliza Griswold "Along the Boundary of Faiths: Christianity and Islam on the 10th Parallel"

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Journalist and poet Eliza Griswold, author of "The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam," talks about her travels and research in North Africa and Central Asia, where high concentrations of Christians and Muslims live together.

Apr 19 2012

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Lisa Sowle Cahill "Catholic Social Teaching, Bioethics and Justice"

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Lisa Sowle Cahill, the J. Donald Monan Professor of Theology at Boston College, talks about access to health care in the U.S. and globally from the perspective of a theological ethicist and progressive Catholic.

Feb 02 2012

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Philip Endean, S.J., "Ignatius Loyola and Why It's Not Quite Enough to Do What Jesus Would Do "

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Philip Endean, S.J., who teaches theology at Campion Hall, Oxford University, suggests that knowledge of God is more than any encounter with Jesus Christ and that Ignatian spirituality calls on believers to continue where Jesus left off.

Nov 08 2011

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